At St. Mary’s Thorncombe you will find children who love learning, describe the ‘family feel’ of a safe environment in which they learn and grow and who engage in the challenges of exciting learning opportunities designed by outstanding teachers.  We encourage all children to give their all and strive for success in everything they do.  It is important to us that children achieve academically but are also happy at school, develop as kind and well-rounded individuals and take pride in all they do.

Emily Smith, Head of School


Mission Statement & Aims

Thorncombe St Mary CE VC Primary School provides an exciting and extensive education based on Christian values in a safe & happy atmosphere. Each person is uniquely valued and their gifts and potential are nurtured and developed, enabling them to go forward to their next stage of learning with confidence and skills.

To underpin our Mission Statement the school aims to:

Enable our pupils to experience and value the wonder of God’s world

Create a love of learning in which our children will experience personal achievement and fulfilment

Provides opportunities for our children to develop their academic, practical and intellectual skills

Develop personal qualities including caring, sharing, self-esteem and initiative

Engage in a partnership with parents and carers to encourage and develop these qualities

Value and respect all members of our school community

Latest News

Butterflies in Pippin class

Pippin class have been looking after some butterfly chrysalides which hatched last week in to beautiful Painted Ladies! Today it was time to set them free in the wildlife garden!  

Music Concert

A fabulous afternoon of music was held at Thorncombe St Marys, led by our very own Mrs Orr-Ewing, who teaches piano and violin to some of our pupils, as well as leading our school choir and whole school singing assemblies! Featuring performances from individual...

Mini Marines at Thorncombe

70 Year 6 children from across the Acorn MAT came together at Thorncombe St Mary's Primary School for an overnight camp with Royal Marines from Elite Commando Survival. The camp was organised by Luke Owen, Executive Head at Thorncombe, as part of the Acorn MAT's...