Our School Vision is to create an irresistible Church School; a beacon for learning experiences which lead to great life achievements.

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  • 11 November 2020

    ​It has been a jam-packed week and the events just keep coming.

    Friday is Children in Need and we would like to acknowledge it in...Read more

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  • 11 November 2020

    Our classes have been preparing for Remembrance Day 11am, today. Over this school week, they have added their own thoughts, prayers and...Read more


Our School is underpinned by our Christian Values: Thankfulness, Hope, Friendship, Wisdom and Trust. 

We are committed to nurturing the whole child: mind, body and spirit. With the help of our families,  we aim to encourage pupils to achieve high academic standards while taking responsibility for themselves and others. Achievement through working together in a Christian Community following the teaching of Jesus. The staff, parents, carers, church workers, pupils and governors of Thurlbear CE VA Primary School work together to: 

  • Nurture happy, confident and independent learners
  • Create a learning community confident in its Christian distinctiveness
  • Inspire our children to attain their full potential
  • Encourage attitudes of mutual respect and care
  • Provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced, challenging and inclusive
  • ​Foster a partnership between our school, families, church and community

In that way, we make Thurlbear the best possible place to learn, develop and achieve.​

We aim to provide an education for the ‘whole’ child. Such an education would both realise and appreciate their capabilities and talents, as well as academic achievements. To do this, we provide a safe, happy, caring, well ordered environment in which children, teachers and parents all play their part. The school is a small community within a larger one. In any community the rights and freedoms of an individual are acceptable only if they do not infringe on the rights and freedoms of others. The Christian Foundation of the school underpins the values we promote. We have close links with our family of churches supported by Rev Christabel Ager and the Seven Sowers Benefice.​


Mr Steve Gillan - Headteacher ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​What our parents say...


"He loves coming to school and is always full of enthusiasm about his day when I pick him up. "
Mrs H, July 2017


"“We have seen her grown in confidence and in her own self belief in her abilities this year, which I am sure has happened through the great support of the Thurlbear team."
Mrs B, July 2017


"She is now on track and all of this is due to the fantastic school and staff. I can't be happier that we chose Thurlbear and thank you all very much."
Mr R, July 2017


"The children are very lucky to belong to such a caring and high achieving school that sets them up so well for their future."
Mrs S, July 2017