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Thornton College

Thornton College

College Lane, Thornton, MK17 0HJ, Buckinghamshire

01280 812610



Thornton College
School type Girls' Day & Boarding
Founded 1917
Headteacher Mrs Val Holmes
Date Appointed November 2018
Girls Age Range 2½-18
Boys Age Range 2½-4
Number of pupils 437
Number of boarders 57
Day fees per annum £10,035 - £16,005
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £17,310 - £21,900
Boarding fees per annum £21,525 - £26,700
Average Class Size 14
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:20
Associations AGBIS, ISCis, GSA

Thornton College day and boarding school for girls, located between Milton Keynes and Buckingham, is set in 25 acres of beautiful grounds. The main school building is a manor house dating back to the 14th century and it became a school in 1917, founded by the Sisters of Jesus and Mary.

The school is very proud of its rich history, exceptional pastoral care for the individual and its strong emphasis on core Christian values, though it is also proud of the fact that it is a forward looking school, with exciting opportunities both in and outside the classroom, and where girls of all faiths and no faith are equally welcome. Thornton College is part of an international family of J&M schools in twenty eight countries around the world. This gives our students the best of opportunities for student international partnership programmes, celebrations, projects and exchanges, enabling a unique global outlook and cultural intelligence.

Boarding is 'upstairs' in our main manor house offering a home from home experience. The boarding bedrooms and common areas are bright and spacious. We offer flexi, weekly and termly boarding for domestic and international students with a dense programme of exciting evening activities and weekend trips.

Our academic results are comparable with high achieving competitive schools whilst having a varied ability intake. As a Forest School, girls at Thornton excel inside and outside the classroom with our prep school children enjoying our outdoor classroom in our woodlands and exploring and pond dipping in our eco habitat park. Students in senior and sixth form enjoy overseas sporting tours, World Challenges, Duke of Edinburgh (with sixth formers achieving their Gold Awards); EPQs; partnership work with our heritage link school St Columba’s School for boys such as #STEM events, UCAS and careers events and debating. Thornton College is a pilot school and partner for ReachEdu leading the introduction of robotics into prep school curriculum.

Our one site school ensures that the transition from early years into our pre-prep, prep, senior and sixth form is smooth and our older girls are role models for our younger students ensuring plenty of opportunities for mixed age group activities. The Thornton co-educational nursery creates a sense of wonder making children’s introduction to learning so exciting. Woodland walks, cookery, ballet, French, music and movement, library time and a host of other regular pursuits enhance the play and craft activities and excite their young minds. Our Sixth Form, which opened in 2016, offers a wide subject choice, small class sizes and individual attention with future pathway support. Sixth Form students undertake the Oxbridge programme, gain competitive apprenticeships, and apply and receive Russell Group offers.

At Thornton, EVERY GIRL is encouraged to develop her talents, not only in the classroom but through a broad co-curricular programme which makes use of our modern facilities and beautiful grounds.

Thornton College is non-selective, recognising, in line with its ethos, that children develop at different rates and stages of their lives and in each one there is potential to excel. A strong work ethic, exceptional teaching and excellent pastoral care provides the secure environment where each girl is known and encouraged to develop her strengths, her social skills and her ability to pursue, with confidence, the next stage of life.