Thornton named as Finalist in the Independent Schools Award

Posted: 15th September 2020


Thornton have been recognised as a Finalist in the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2020!

The Independent Schools of the Year Awards is an annual celebration of the successes of schools and their students across the independent education sector in the UK and British schools overseas. Showcasing the excellence of the educational experience available to students of all backgrounds, these awards recognise and applaud the varied and imaginative ways in which independent schools prepare young people for their future lives. This year Thornton College has been recognised for its outstanding Student Careers Programme.


Mrs Holmes, Thornton’s Headteacher commented, ?We are thrilled to be a finalist for this award as we passionately believe that pupils? interest in career paths will be fostered by seeing how their classroom learning transfers to the workplace. We have an excellent careers team who go above and beyond each year to provide our students with engaging opportunities and one to one support. I am delighted that my colleagues? hard work has been publicly recognised and I would like to say a huge thank you to all our partnership companies and of course our students for their positive engagement year on year. Of course, I hope we win in October but I also wish all the other finalists the best of luck too.’


Each year Thornton College delivers an extensive STEAM programme, which includes inviting other schools to a broad range of events providing employer and university encounters for students from Years 7 ? 13. Recent events include building a Formula One car with Sahara Force India and constructing a prototype level crossing with Network Rail. Thornton also runs an Annual STEAM Careers? Event hosting over twenty leading companies including Unilever, AECOM, Tesla, PwC, Aon and Sport Pesa Racing. This year over 350 students from local schools attended the event and found out more about the range of pathways available on our doorstep. Thornton is also recognised for leading the way in introducing robotics across the curriculum supporting SEND children in social skills and stretching the more able. Thornton College is home to a family of ten Mekamon robots which visit classrooms in the Prep School across a range of specialist subjects.

Mrs Scott, Thornton’s Careers and Enterprise Leader said, ?We are proud of our extensive Careers? Programme and our commitment to supporting students with individualised, bespoke guidance. We passionately believe in providing a broad range of employer and university encounters to allow all our students to build the employability skills that companies seek. To be a finalist in such a prestigious competition is fantastic!?

Categories: Careers Whole School