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Thornton College

Thornton College

College Lane, Thornton, Milton Keynes, MK17 0HJ, Buckinghamshire

01280 812610



Thornton College
School type Girls' Day & Boarding Preparatory & Senior, Nursery & Sixth Form
Founded 1917
Headteacher Dr Louise Shaw
Date Appointed November 2022
Girls Age Range 3-18 years (boarding from 8)
Number of pupils 400
Number of boarders 60
Day fees per annum £15,180 - £19,350 per annum
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £21,765 - £27,555 per annum
Boarding fees per annum £27,075 - £33,570 per annum
Average Class Size 14
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:20
Associations AGBIS, GSA, ISC

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 and equally valued.

Thornton College is part of an international family of J&M schools in twenty nine countries around the world. This gives our students the best of opportunities for student international partnership programmes, celebrations, projects and exchanges, enabling each student to grow 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 occasional, flexi, weekly and termly boarding for domestic and international students with a dense programme of exciting evening activities and weekend trips.

Thornton College is a one site school ensuring that there is smooth transition for students throughout pre-prep, prep, senior and sixth form and lots of leadership and role modelling opportunities.

Our academic results are comparable with high achieving competitive schools whilst having a varied ability intake and Thornton consistently ranks as one of the top non-selective schools in the UK. Girls can join us at three years old into our Pre-Reception class offering families the very best start to their daughter's education. Woodland walks, cookery, ballet, French, music and movement, library time and a host of other weekly activities excite their young minds. 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. Thornton College is leading the introduction of robotics into Prep school curriculum and won the Independent School of the Year Award 2020 Student Careers Programme, was a finalist in the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion 'This is Me' Awards 2022, is a Green School with Distinction 2023 as well as winning numerous Independent School Association competitions and awards over the last three years. Students in Senior and Sixth Form enjoy overseas sporting tours, World Challenges, Duke of Edinburgh (with sixth formers achieving their Gold Awards); EPQs; UCAS and careers events and debating. Our Sixth Form, which opened in 2016, offers a wide subject choice, small class sizes and individual attention with future pathway support.

Thornton College is an incredibly diverse and multi-talented community where each girl can thrive to be the best version of herself, to know her own strengths, to recognise her own challenges and to pursue with confidence the next stages of her life.