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Thornton College has a spectacular co-curricular programme. 


In addition to the host of regular lunchtime, after school and House activities there are special events throughout the year dedicated to the development of the girls' all-round education. Two major events held each year are 'Curriculum Enrichment Day - Time to Shine' and 'Activities Week'. 

Curriculum Enrichment Day 

The event takes place each March and showcases the best in the girls creative and performing arts skills. Leading up to the event the girls represent their Houses in performance and non-performance categories including photography, creative writing, making 3D models of food and writing short stories and performance categories including group musical and individual dance performances. During the first half of the Lent term, Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior pupils prepare their entries for the non-performance categories and heats are held for the performance categories. 

On Enrichment Day the finals are held for the performance categories and all the non-performance entries are displayed, with winners indicated.

Activities Week is held during the last week of June each year and normal classes make way for experiences of a lifetime including action-packed adventure holidays and creative workshops.  


Activities Week 2016

Activities Week in 2016 took place during the first week of July. Pre-Prep and Prep girls enjoyed life-enriching day trips, plus a fabulous range of hands-on activities and workshops within the school grounds. 

  • Years 5 and 6 girls spent an exciting week at Barton Hall, a PGL site in Devon
  • Years 3 and 4 visited The Living Rainforest near Newbury
  • Years 1 and 2 spent a stimulating day out at the working farm of Greatworth Hall

Years 3 and 4 at The Living Rainforest

To celebrate the end of the Trinity term’s topic on rainforests, Prep girls enjoyed an exciting trip to The Living Rainforest near Newbury.

Here, two enormous tropical glasshouses house 700 species of plants, plus exotic birds, butterflies and animals. The girls could move about freely as they explored the trails through the hot and steamy jungle with a new delight to see every which way. It was amazing to get close to some of the world’s food and medicine plants.

They also crossed paths with free-roaming lizards, toucans, turtles, tortoises and a chameleon, plus pygmy and black monkeys leaping from branch to branch above their heads. The resident sloth named Cinammon proved elusive, however. In the water lived stingrays and priranhas, which the girls witnessed courtesy of an underwater viewing gallery.   

The guide talked about ‘Amazing Adaptations’, telling the group how animals and birds have adapted to rainforest conditions. The black money is dark because it lives on the forest floor, for example, while some plants have leaves pocked with holes to allow the light to shine through them.

With also time to play, shop for gifts and eat a picnic lunch, the girls were unanimous in their verdict of such a special day off-timetable – they all loved it!







School Trips

Year 6s attend Mass with 200 other schools, October 2016

More than 200 Catholic primary schools in the Northampton Diocese congregated in Dunstable in October to celebrate mass with Bishop Peter at St Mary’s Church. All our Year 6 students participated with form captains Lucy and Clara proudly carrying the Thornton College banner.


Year 5s volunteer at the Food Bank Milton Keynes, May 2016

After hosting a question and answer session with two representatives from The Food Bank Milton Keynes as part of the Year 5 RE topic the girls were so inspired by the work of the charity that they volunteered their time to help sort the food that it receives on a daily basis.

As the Food Bank can only accommodate eight children at once we also offered to help out at Baby Basics a few doors down. It operates in a similar way to the Food Bank, but provides families with clothes, toys and equipment.

At The Food Bank the girls accepted donations and separated the donations into appropriate boxes, such as pasta, rice, fruit, custard and rice pudding. Once the boxes were full the girls also organised the items into date order and put them into labelled boxes. Hannah, Evie and Jasmine enjoyed checking the dates of the food and were pleased that they found some that were out of date so that they weren’t handed out. Izzy worked very quickly to organise the donations into the boxes.

At Baby Basics the girls organised suitable donations into sizes, decided which donations needed a wash or iron and chose items for each box. Elisabetta said of the experience: ‘My favourite thing was choosing items for a baby boy aged 9-12 months – all of the clothes were so small and cute!’ Harriet added: ‘I enjoyed Baby Basics because I knew we were helping people near us.’

Miss Marum

Year 5 girls visit Baptist church, February 2016

The Year 5s spent an afternoon at Loughton Baptist Church to support their learning about Christian denominations. As part of their topic, the girls had already learnt that Christianity is made up of many different groups, for example, the Salvation Army, the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, Amish and Quakers. Before they set off, the girls were eager to learn more about the Baptist faith, but didn’t really know what to expect.

Once we arrived we were met by Craig, the Pastor, and his wife, Elyse, who we already knew from our Bridgebuilder Trust assemblies! We were surprised at the age of the original part of the building; it was built in 1864.

The girls were amazed at the size of the baptismal pool and were keen to learn lots about how Craig filled it ready for baptisms. We learnt that those who are baptised have made a personal choice to follow Jesus. This was quite surprising because in the Catholic faith babies tend to be baptised and their parents and godparents make the promises for them.

We met Craig and Elyse’s son, Garrett, who is a worship leader in the church. He was very musical and plays the guitar during services. We were allowed to choose from a selection of percussion instruments and joined in with some lively and uplifting songs. We found that their songs were more modern than those we sing in school.

Craig told us that the motto of Loughton Baptist Church is ‘Christ in the Community’. He, along with his congregation, organise many different groups, classes and social events throughout the week. Each week they help at a Soup Kitchen and during the winter months have worked with another church to provide food and shelter for homeless people. In contrast to this, several exercise classes run inside the church. Next week, children from their local school will invite their mums for a special Mother’s Day assembly where they will present gifts they have made.

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and hope that other classes from Thornton will have the opportunity to visit too. 

Report by the girls in 5CM

Christmas theatre trip for pre-prep and prep school girls, December 2015

Years 1 to 6 enjoyed a special treat when they were whisked off to the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton to watch a spellbinding production of The Snow Queen, based on the Hans Christian Anderson story.

Seven highly-talented actors brought the touching story of best friends Kai and Gerda to life in stunning fashion. Locked up by the unfeeling Snow Queen in her Ice Palace, Kai prays for the loyal Gerda to rescue him, which she does with some help from the Raven, Snow White and Prince Charming, not-so Little Red Riding Hood, Mrs Wickedy Wickedy Witch (aka Mrs Johnson) and a Santa-loving reindeer.

Plenty of thrills, songs and laughter were to be found along the way. The girls and staff thoroughly enjoyed the show which set them happily on the road to the holidays!

Mrs Macleod

Year 5 Visit to Sulgrave Manor, March 2015

Year 5 students loved studying the Tudors in the spring term. They finished the topic on a high with a visit to Sulgrave Manor, a Tudor manor house on the border or Northants and Oxon and the ancestral home of George Washington.

To really get into the spirit of life as a Tudor, the girls dressed as Tudor maids – and fellows. They did some role-play about their old friend Henry VIII and his wives. Some of them were even beheaded. They learnt about Tudor music and dance and had a tour of the manor, finding out about Tudor lifestyles by examining recreated rooms, such as the kitchen, the dining room, the master bedroom and some outhouses. What a fabulous finish to a wonderful topic.

Mrs Macleod



Time to Shine

All pupils came off-curriculum for Time to Shine 2016 to celebrate the talent and spirit of their classmates.

Competition was particularly intense for the non-performance part of the inter-House competition with a record turnout of Year 3 to Year 6 pupils –  82 in total – given just 30 minutes to decorate a biscuit or paper plate. (Older year groups undertook clay modelling or cake decorating under controlled conditions.)

In addition, Pre-Prep girls showcased their artistic talents with some wonderful collages and paintings. Prep girls also took great delight in designing and producing bespoke T-shirts, redesigning the cover of their favourite book, and submitting a sample of their best needlework.

Following performance heats, our enrichment day culminated with representatives from Tyrell, Cavendish and Ingleton Houses going head-to-head in a thrilling performance-based competition.

Year 2’s Eleanor P opened the event with a beautiful rendition of The Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond, for which she earned first place for Cavendish. Following on, Years 3 and 4 wowed the audience with assured instrumental solos while girls from Years 5 and 6 recited their favourite poems. Prep School students also cast aside their nerves to take to the stage and showcase their vocal, instrumental and dance skills, either individually or as part of a group.

Some amazing gymnastic routines and elegant dance and musical performances by Senior School pupils demonstrated to us just how much talent we are nurturing throughout the school.

Tyrell House came third with 84 points and Cavendish placed second with 98 points. To cheers from the crowd, Ingleton House captains raised the winning trophy with a total of 104 points.



We ditched the normal academic curriculum in March 2015 for our yearly Enrichment Day – Time to Shine.

Leading up to the event, the girls took part in heats for musical and choreographed solo and group dance performances. On the day itself, they represented their Houses in non-performance categories that included photography, story writing, and painting – we had more than 120 entrants for the biscuit, cake, mug and plate decoration competitions alone. 

The nail-biting stuff really began in the afternoon when battle for first, second and third place kicked off in the performance categories. Talented movers and shakers took to the stage to wow us with musical and choreographed solo and group dance performances in front of the entire school and an external judging panel. It was a fantastic day of showmanship, with everything from juggling and balloon modelling to poem recitals. Cavendish House won the event overall. Ingleton narrowly beat Tyrell to come in second. A massive well done to all the houses to make 2015 bigger and better than ever.

Junior Fun Morning

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was the theme for Thornton’s Junior fun morning in March 2015.

It was less a case of ‘off with their heads!’ and on with the top hats as headmistress Miss Williams transformed herself (very convincingly) into the Queen of Hearts to front a morning filled with arts and crafts and eye-spying around the grounds.

All our Nursery and Junior school children and their families were invited to the event. They enjoyed lots of making and doing in the sports hall all morning. Decorating heart-shaped biscuits was a tasty option and the children also got the chance to make their own Mad Hatter top hats from circles of foam – set at a jaunty angle they looked really dashing.

They also embarked on a hunt around the grounds to find 22 wooden red hearts dangling from trees and hidden in the walled garden and around the church. Once they had ticked them all off they were entered into the tombola to win a chocolate Easter egg, handed out by the head of our Junior school Mrs Wethey looking as pretty as a picture as Alice.


Our most recent school production has been Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Years 5 and 6 raising the roof of Thornton College School for Girls during their four performances in March 2015.

All the girls sang and acted their hearts out to produce a fantastic performance.

Latest Sports Results

A round-up of our Prep School successes in the sporting arena.

The Thornton Trail, November 2016

The Thornton Trail, now in its third year, saw more than 100 external girls from 10 local schools join Thornton for two nail-biting cross-country races. The U10/11 race had students in Years 5 and 6 compete in a 2,000-metre course around the school grounds. Our team performed magnificently with Hannah S from Year 6 finishing in a splendid fourth place. The U8/9 race covered approximately 1,200 metres with Chloe C in 4T placing a deserving sixth.

Well done to all the competitors. Special thanks also to ex-student Anna Radford who returned to run as the hare and to the crowd of spectators cheering on their runners.

horse riders qualify for NSEA regionals

We’re very proud of Isabella (Year 4) and Zara (Year 5) for their success representing Thornton College at the NSEA (National Schools Equestrian Association) qualifier in September 2016.

Isabella came second in the 40cm and fourth in the 50cm, meaning Thornton qualifies for the regional championships in both classes. Zara won the 50cm, again taking the school straight through to the regionals. She also won ‘best rider’ in the class! 


12-medal haul at St teresa's junior athletics championships 

The athletes in our U11, U10 and U9 teams came away with 12 bronze, silver and gold medals between them in the fifth annual St Teresa’s Junior Athletics Championships on 8 June 2016. Thornton College ranked fourth overall out of 27 competing schools  a fantastic achievement considering the event was for boys and girls and, naturally, we had girls' teams only!

The medal winners:

Victorious D: 75m gold; triple jump silver; relay gold
Izzy G: 150m bronze; high jump silver
Skye H: triple jump gold
Issy K: long jump gold; relay gold
Stephanie P: long jump bronze
Jasmine S: 150m bronze; relay gold
Hannah S: relay gold 


equestrian team qualifies for the NSEA National Schools Championships

Stand-out performances at Buckinghamshire’s inter-schools show jumping competition in April 2016 means that Thornton's grassroots team is through to the championships.

Isabella R (Year 3) Anna S (Year 4), Lizzie L (Year 5) and Charlotte L (Year 7) – along with their ponies – had a very successful day. The team secured first place for Thornton in the grassroots style and performance class by gaining the highest marks.

On an individual level, Anna earned first place and Isabella came third out of more than 40 entrants. The team also placed second overall in the 50cm class where Charlotte took the ride on Isabella’s pony to complete the fastest clear.


Year 1’s Scarlet K wins the 8 and under mixed Australian Open at David Lloyd Milton Keynes

Scarlet served and rallied her way brilliantly through the final on Saturday 23 January to win with a convincing 10-3 final score. She went on to play again the following day, winning all five matches at Berkhamsted Lawn & Squash Rackets Club.

Our Year 1 tennis player continues to go from strength to strength in her sports career with a slate of wins over the past year. She brought her latest trophy in to school to proudly show it off to her classmates. 




The 2016 netball season gets off to a terrific start

In the first two matches of the Lent term we’re pleased to announce some great results. In matches against The Grove School, the U10/11A team won 6-1 with Eseosa J and Issy K named players of the match. The U10/11B team also came away with a convincing win with a final score of 13-1. And the players of the match? Grace H  and Amy B, both in Year 6.




school hosts 141 children for its annual thornton trail competition

Open to pupils from Year 3 to Year 6, the cross-country challenge every November is open to state and independent schools. Pupils run in teams of four, with medals awarded for the best-placed teams and also for the first runner from each team to finish the course.  

The event is now its second year and in November 2015 saw double the number of runners on 2014 from 11 different school. Competition was strong, but our own girls performed magnificently.

The Thornton team (including strong Year 2 runners Eleanor P and Lizzie S) came first in the Year 3 and 4 race over a distance of 1,200 metres. The 2,000 metre Year 5 and 6 combined race around the school grounds saw Nikki K from Year 6 finish strongly in second place overall. Well done to all the entrants!

Horse riding success, November 2015

Congratulations to Daisy G (Year 6), Isabella R from in Year 3 and Year 9 student Molly L (pictured left to right) for competing so magnificently in the Akeley Wood Show Jumping event at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in November 2016.

The girls finished third overall in the dressage team competition. Daisy and Molly went on to both go double clear in the 90cm jumping, while Isabella cleared 40cm. The girls (usually along with Year 10’s Amy H who couldn’t compete on Sunday) belong to Thornton’s Equestrian team. Members have to be able to jump at least 90cm and have their own pony.