About Us

Principal's Welcome

Welcome to our website. We hope that you will find all of the information you need on here, whether you are prospective or current parent of our academy. If there is anything you cannot find, please contact our office and let us know so that we can keep updating our website with useful information.

Blackthorns Community Primary School initially opened its doors on 6th January 1972 to 186 children. The school was thought to be a temporary solution to a short-term rise in the number of school places needed locally. It became clear over time that this ‘short term rise’ was actually a little more permanent than they had thought and the school has now been growing and thriving for over 40 years.

Blackthorns is a vibrant primary academy in the beautiful village of Lindfield, near Haywards Heath in West Sussex. We currently have 240 pupils on-roll in our eight classes, with one class in every year with the exception of Year 1, where there are currently two classes.

As a Community Primary Academy, our role within our local and wider community is very important to us. Our strong relationships with parents are crucial as it is when schools and parents work closely together that children progress best both academically and as people. Working as we do with children every day is both a responsibility and a privilege.

We have a highly skilled, passionate and dedicated team of teachers and support staff who strive for the very best for the children at our academy. This is very clear as soon as you set foot in our academy, by the wonderful and stimulating environment that is created for the children. It is always a joy to show visitors around our academy and share in some of the things that make Blackthorns such a unique and special place to learn and work.


I look forward to meeting you soon.

Mrs Marianne Brand, Principal