About Us

At St. Thomas' we cater for children aged from four to eleven. We have an intake of 21 per year. Our children are divided into five, mixed aged classes which are all managed by experienced and professional staff. Along side the class teacher, each class is supported by teaching assistants working to support the children with their education.


Our classes:

Class 1 
Reception/Year 1 
Miss Wardle (Class Teacher)
Miss Thompson (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Matthews (Learning Support Assistant) 

Class 2 
Year 1/Year 2 
Miss Simpson (class teacher)
Mrs McCabe (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Howarth, Mrs Matthews and Mrs Aslam (Learning Support Assistants)

Class 3 
Year 2/ Year 3
Miss Hobbs (Class Teacher and Assistant Headteacher)
Mrs McCabe (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Barraclough (Learning Support Assistant)

Class 4 
Year 4/Year 5 
Ms McAllister (Class Teacher)
Mrs Horridge (Teaching Assistant

Mrs O'Toole, Mrs Thewlis, Mrs Howarth and Miss Orme (Learning Support Assistants)

Class 5 
year 5/year 6 
Miss Lockley Class teacher 
Mrs Horridge (Teaching Assistant)


Art and Design Technology Mrs Robinson supported by Mrs Aslam

Talking and Drawing Therapy Mrs Robinson

Forest School Mrs O'Toole and Mrs Williams

Sports Coach Mr Paul Wong

We also offer instrument tuition to all our children from year 2 upwards. Currently, children have the opportunity to learn to play violin,  ukulele, cello, keyboard, flute, clarinet, guitar, cornet and tenor horn. The children perform in a musical extravaganza at the end of the school year. Many children take part in the annual Rochdale Music Festival.

Children in classes 2, 3, 4 and 5 have whole class instrument lessons which are led by music service staff.

We offer extra curricular activities to our children including: football, netball, cricket, rounders, film club, choir, orchestra and school council.

Football coaching in school is supported by One Goal Sports Coaching. All PE lessons are delivered by a professional sports coach who also supports at lunchtime by running sports activities. We have achieved our Gold School Games award - which recognises the school's commitment to competitive sports.

Our children compete against other schools in a variety of competitions including: football, netball, athletics, basketball, water polo, cross country, swimming, sports hall games and for the first time this year (2017) lacrosse. In the summers of 2017 ansd2019 we won the inaugural Pennine Cluster Athletics Trophy for Sportsmanship - an award we are very proud of. 

At St. Thomas' we welcome many people to support us in delivering an exciting curriculum. Visitors to school have recently included: the NSPCC, Kinetic Science Theatre Company, Imran Kotwal from the Muslim Learning Centre, Barnabas in Schools, Judaism with Jeremy, Mr Hurst from the Evangelical Church, the dentistry team, doctors and nurses from the Royal Oldham hospital, the Welsh Birds of Prey Centre, Greater Manchester Police Dogs, Dan from Living Streets and Rev. Ivan Ruitters, St. Thomas' vicar.

As a Church of England Primary School, faith is central to everything we do. Class 5 lead worship in Church 5 times a year at Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas, Easter and the Leaver's Service. Year 6 children attend the annual Diocesan Leaver's Service at Manchester Cathedral and year 4 children will be taking part in the annual Rochdale Anglican Federation Banner Service, in which the school banner is blessed. Although faith is important to us, you don't have to attend church to be a member of the St. Thomas' family.

Alongside our Christian values, we instill the British Values of tolerance, respect, individual liberty, the rule of law and democracy into our children. We do this through our work, discussions and through our worship. Class 4 have linked with Brimrod Community School this year to support our work on British Values. Brimrod is a primary school in the centre of Rochdale. It is very different from our school  - it is bigger, not a faith school and many of the children are from an Asian background. This is an exciting project and we hope to extend it as the year goes on.

St Thomas' is a member of Digital Schools, which supports parents with understanding of the pitfalls of the internet alongside supporting teachers. We are also a Stonewall School Champion. Stonewall is a charity that works with schools to abolish homophobic, transphobic and biphobic bullying. We are in our second year of working with Stonewall. The final charity that we work with is Living Streets. They are supporting us with a year long walk to school project which is to encourage familie to leave the cars at home!

We are also very proud of the charity work we do. The school council has the uneviable task of deciding which charities we support. Recently we have raised money and items to support: the Rochdale Food Bank, the Booth Centre, Springhill Hospice, Children in Need, MAcmillan Cancer Care, the Children's Society, The Rotary Club shoebox appeal, Comic Relief and Mediquip 4 Kids alongside Christian Aid.

In school we place a high importance on health and wellbeing. We provide weekly yoga sessions for parents and children, twice a week, the whole school take part in the 'daily mile' challenge, there is a healthy schools tuck shop at break time three times a week  - run by the health and wellbeing committee. Some teachers are trained in delivering mindfulness to children and all support staff are trained in using different therapeutic approaches including lego therapy and forest school.

We also have close links with Moorhouse Sure Start Centre who use our school to deliver a 'Boogie Beats' on a Friday morning in the school hall at 10.00am.

In addition we also host a childcare facility which is open to children who are on roll at St. Thomas' called 'Tommy's'. Mrs Val Turner is the manager and can be contacted via the school email address.


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Contact the School

St Thomas' Church of England Primary School

Huddersfield Road,
OL16 3QZ

Main Contact: Mrs J. Whittles

Tel: 01706 847093