Drake Infant School Main EntranceFlowers grown by the children in the grounds of Drake School ThetfordOutdoor play equipment at Drake SchoolOutdoor play equipment at Drake SchoolLittle Pirates Children's Centre at Drake Infant School

Our Vision

We believe our children deserve the best and have the right to be happy, healthy, safe and cared for whilst exploring their world. Learning in a caring environment we treat the children as individuals to produce confident, independent learners who achieve their full potential and become responsible citizens.

When asked this is what the children said about learning in this setting

A child at Drake school feels:- excited, happy, safe, fantastic, satisfied, cared for, ready to have fun.Their learning feels great, interesting, fun, nice, comfy, calm, sometimes challenging and relaxing. All people should be kind, good, gentle, caring, organised, cheerful, helpful and friendly. The things children do should be adventurous, awesome, excellent, harder as you get older, not rushed, indoors and outdoors and fun.

Drake Infant and Nursery School is situated on Fairfields, off Croxton Road in Thetford. It is named after Sir Francis Drake, the explorer. The school takes children from 3 to 7 years old.

In January 2008 a brand new Day Care Centre attached to the school opened. This provides quality day-care for children aged 0-4 years, offers funded sessions for 3-4 year olds and during out of school hours it also caters for children up to 11 years old. This facility is known as Little Pirates at Drake and they were judged to be 'Outstanding' by Ofsted  in December 2012.

piano picDrake is an attractively built school with rooms sited around an open courtyard. Our rooms are bright and inviting and provide a secure environment for your child to play and learn. We are fortunate to have extensive grounds that include play areas, large grass playing fields, wild life areas, mature trees, an amphitheatre, a variety of outside play equipment and other landscaping.

We were very pleased that in our most recent OFSTED report Drake was rated as Oustanding, the inspectors saying “This is an outstanding school where the excellent care for each child lies at the heart of its work. Pupils flourish within this exciting, friendly and supportive environment in which memorable experiences and opportunities ensure they achieve exceptionally well”. OFSTED also noted how much children enjoy coming to school and how highly the parents regard the school.

Mary Bartrop - Headteacher of Drake Infant Scool and Children's Centre

The staff and I take every care to ensure that your child feels valued and happy at our school and centre so they do well and build a solid foundation for lifelong learning. We hope you and your child will enjoy being part of the community at Drake and Little Pirates.

If you want to find out more about our school and day care you are most welcome to come and visit.

Mary Bartrop - Headteacher

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