What food options are there for girls who are boarding at Thornton?
There is a big choice and wide variety of food at each meal, choices including vegetarian, coeliac, dairy free and so on.
Will I share a room?
Younger boarders share a bedroom with girls of the same or similar age.
From Year 10 onwards (girls aged 14+) girls have their own bedroom (subject to availability).
How many beds are there in a bedroom?
There are one to five beds typically. Two of our bedrooms have six beds – these are some of our favourite rooms in the house!
Junior boarders and Year 7 and 8 girls (aged 11+ – 12+) share three to six girls, most of the Year 9 girls (aged 13+) will have a twin room and from Year 10 (14+) girls have single study bedrooms (subject to availability).
Are there bunk beds?
Only in one of the Junior Bedrooms. Rooms feel spacious and homely. We don’t cram girls in!
What are the bathroom facilities?
Each area has plenty of toilets and showering facilities. All have been refurbished to a high standard and offer a good degree of privacy.
How many clothes can I bring?
Each girl has a single wardrobe of space for clothes plus under bed storage and a bedside cabinet with drawers.
What are the arrangements for laundry?
We have a daily in-house laundry service provided by our Housekeeping Team.
Can I wear make-up?
There is a strict ‘no-make-up or jewellery’ policy at school, during the school day, but both can be worn at weekends and in the evening. Girls can expect to receive the type of comments about excessive make-up as they do at home!
Can I bring my laptop/mobile devices?
Yes.and WiFi access will soon be available in all boarding houses.
Can I bring my Teddy bear?
Of course – but he or she will have to share your bed!
I have medication – is that a problem?
Not at all. Matron will take care of it for you.
What if I get ill?
During the day Matron will take care of you and your Housemistress will take care of you in the evening. All have first aid qualifications. We will ensure that you are taken to the doctor if required and will let you parents know. In addition, the school doctor visits every Thursday.
Can we have pocket money?
Of course. This is kept in our School Bank and you can visit the bank each Friday lunchtime to withdraw what you need for the weekend and week ahead.
Can we watch TV?
Of course – but not all the time. There is so much more going on. Every common room has a large flat-screen TV and dvd player.
Can we have sweets?
You will have your own snack box which is kept in the tuck cupboard and accessed every evening. Years 10 and 11 keep their tuck in their own rooms.
I am Jewish / Muslim – can I pray?
Of course, we welcome all denominations at Thornton. Most girls pray at break and lunchtimes during the school day and are supported in prayer outside of these times.
How often do I leave school?
This depends on whether you are a weekly or termly boarder and how many activities outside school you are involved in. Weekly boarders leave on Friday evenings and return either on a Sunday night or Monday morning and termly boarders live in all week, but go home or to a guardians on exeat weekends and end of term holidays. Girls who are part of county sports teams or are exceptional athletes and so on are escorted to and from specialist practises.
Will I get picked up at the airport?
Yes, by a DBS checked escort service. When girls arrive into the country the driver will wait in the arrivals lounge and help her to the car with her luggage. When bringing girls back to the airport to come home, he/she will wait with her in departures until her flight is called and not leave the airport until the flight is airborne.