About Our School
About Tornedale Infant School
Our last Ofsted was in February 2018. We achieved good in every aspect, and we’re commended for our good work. Ofsted recognised that many aspects of our school are outstanding and that we have the capacity to improve even further.
The staff at Tornedale are one team that work hard together, children at our school understand that everyone’s role is important from cleaning staff to senior staff, and I think that is one of the reasons our school works so happily together. We have good links with other infants schools in the Local authority and are an associate of Doncaster Teaching School, Partners in Learning.
Values & Ethos
At Tornedale our shared vision is that of community, where everyone works together for the children. We wish to provide a safe and inclusive school where everyone is challenged and supported to reach their own individual potential. We aim to be creative and innovative in our approach and welcome new ideas to enhance learning experiences for everyone. We want our children, staff and parents to feel safe and happy and enjoy the experiences that learning provides.
Priorities 2021 – 2022
- Continued focus on talk, phonics, early reading and number to address gaps in attainment.
- Support for children’s self-regulation strategies.
- Development of social and emotional learning.
- Long term priority: Develop outdoor areas
Who can attend our school?
The youngest children at our school are three and the oldest are seven (Nursery to Year 2). We have a school nursery as well as the main school.
Tornedale has 4 classes and a Nursery at present. We have 135 children on roll and we can accommodate up to 232. We are currently running mixed year 1 and 2 classes. Nursery has 23 children attending (either mornings, afternoons, 2.5 days or 30-hours). We have 60 places available in each year group, with 33 children currently in Reception, 40 in Year 1 and 39 in Year 2.
About the staff
There are over twenty staff in our school for just our classes and a nursery. We believe that lots of adults to help your child learn is best, and a lot of our school budget is spent on that. The staff at Tornedale are dedicated to the children, families and school and all want the best for your child.
About the building
Our school building is now over fifty years old. Lots of people in the village remember coming to Tornedale. It has had a lot of improvements made over the last couple of years, both inside and out – so it’s well worth having a tour if you don’t already know the school. In 2010, we had new gas boilers installed and a new ventilation system in the school kitchen. We have also had new fencing erected to help keep our children safe whilst on the school grounds. Although we are a small school we have a lot of space both indoors and outside.
How long is the school day?
The main school is open between 8.45 am and 12.10 p.m and 1.20 pm to 3.00 pm. Nursery is open between 8.30 am and 11.30 am (morning session) and 12pm and 3pm (afternoon session).
We are lucky enough to work with Magic Breakfast, who provide ingredients to ensure we can give a child breakfast before they go to their lessons. Children are encouraged to try the various items on offer and take part in board games, coloring a picture or watch a suitable film. They are then taken to their relevant classrooms ready to start the day at registration time.Breakfast club allows children into school for breakfast between 8.20AM and 8.30AM.