By working hard together, our small steps will build your path to the future.

"The Lord is my Shepherd...he guides me along the right paths" Psalm 23


Headteacher: Mike Sitch

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Administrator: Marion Harp

Litton Class – Reception

Ages 4 & 5 years old

Teacher: Mrs Smith

Chesil Class – Years 1 & 2

Ages 5 – 7 years old

Teacher: Miss Smith

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Buzza

Bredy Class – Years 3 & 4

Ages 7 – 9 years old

Teachers: Mr White

Teaching Assistant and HLTA: Mrs Cox

Eggardon Class – Years 5 & 6

Ages 9 – 11 years old

Teacher: Mrs Biggins & Mr Sitch.

Teaching Assistant and HLTA: Mrs Hayter

Teaching Assistant: Miss Symes

Lunchtime Supervisors: Mrs Peach & Ms Wills

Caretaker: Mrs Peach

Cook: Mrs Turnbull

Computing: Mr Cowper

SENCO: Mr Sitch


Teacher Profiles:

Mrs. Smith

Kate has lived in the Bride Valley for 20 years and has three daughters who thrived in their years at Thorner’s.
After gaining a BA (QTS) with Theology and Religious Studies in 1996 at Froebel College, Roehampton Kate taught in St.Catherine’s School, Bridport for 22 years.
Kate is in her third year teaching Litton at Thorner’s. She loves inspiring the Early Years with a fun, creative and enthusiastic approach.
Kate enjoys running, music, upholstery and dressmaking.

Miss Smith


Miss Smith has worked at Thorners for over five years since completing her BEd Primary degree. She specialised in maths and now is the subject coordinator for maths and music. Miss Smith loves singing to the children in the classroom which the children and Mrs. Buzza do not always enjoy. When not in school, you can find her walking her dog, reading a book and eating too much chocolate.

Mr. White


Sam joined Thorner’s in 2020. He teaches Bredy class which comprises of year 3 and 4 pupils. He read Politics and International Relations at Reading before completing his PGCE at Exeter. This is Sam’s first teaching role, but he has previously spent time at Thorner’s and other Dorset schools during his training year. He is responsible for running tag rugby club. He lives in Dorchester and enjoys a wide range of sports and travelling, he aims to visit a new country every year.

Mrs. Biggins


Minty joined Thorner’s in 2018, teaching in Bredy for a year. She teaches Years 5/6 alongside Mr Sitch. Her role as Literacy Co-ordinator is a role close to her heart, being an avid reader and lover of the written word. In addition to Literacy, she is subject leader for RSE. In her home city of Bristol, she forged a brief career in fashion retail prior to training in Primary Education. Minty taught in an inner-city school in Bristol before making the move down to the South coast. She and her husband live with their two young children and dogs. During her free time, she enjoys walking the beautiful local area, reading and running.

School Cook

Mrs Turnbull.

Mrs Turnbull started at Thorner’s as bank staff for Fledglings in 2018, and then became school cook in April 2019. She’s now responsible for cooking and serving all the hot lunches, provided by Local Food Links, to all the children. She also helps with the TSA, a parent run fundraising group, which raises additional funds for the school.

Previously she worked at a garden centre for over 10 years where she did various jobs including Houseplant and Giftware Manager and office administrator. Clare lives in the village with her husband and two children and her interests are gardening, arts and crafts, singing and swimming.


Mr Sitch.

Mike joined Thorner’s in 2012, and became Headmaster in 2020. He teaches maths and science to Yrs 5/6 – sharing the class with Mrs Biggins. He is also SENDCO for the school. He read Classics and Ancient History at Nottingham and Cambridge and, prior to life as a teacher, he trained and worked as a lawyer in the city for almost a decade. He serves on the Governing Body and is subject leader for Science, PE and French. He and his wife live in the valley with their two young children and he enjoys cooking, cricket and swimming.

Fledglings Staff

Magda Malak

After 15 years of working in broadcast media, Magda left London and moved to Dorset to pursue a career in education. Magda joined Thorners in 2019, working with Fledglings and Litton. Magda is in her final year of studies for a degree in Child Psychology and Education. Her time at Thorners has deepened her passion for learning and education and is fortunate to have her own daughter attend the school. Magda adores the creative arts, has a passion for music, photography and oil on canvas painting. She also has experience in camerawork, editing and graphic design.


Sarah Buzza

Sarah started as a teaching assistant at our school in 2014 and has since become breakfast club and after school club leader. She has a qualification in Paediatric First Aid and is a trained emotional literacy support assistant. Outside of school she enjoys running, gardening, baking and reading.


Rose Symes

I started my career in education by gaining my CACHE Level 3 diploma in Childcare (Early Years Educator) where I worked in an early years setting before joining Thorners in 2017. I am currently in Eggardon working with Years 5/6, however, I run after school care club from Tuesday ~ Thursday. I also run the KS1 Art club. Outside of school I am kept busy with my horse, Pickles and working as a Sous Chef at a local pub.

Litton Class

Cassandra Grindley

Cassandra has lived in Dorset her whole life and joined Thorners in 2019, working in Litton and Fledglings. Cassandra’s experience at Thorners has inspired her to start her degree and pursue a career in teaching. She loves Jane Austen, hair scrunchies and performing in local ‘am-dram’. Cassandra runs a lunchtime singing club and loves bringing performing into the classroom.

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