Head’s Welcome

Thornton College is a community where girls thrive; where outstanding pastoral care and a wonderfully creative and broad curriculum and co-curriculum enables each girl to become the very best version of herself.  

We are a vibrant and diverse school, welcoming girls from 3 to 18 of all faiths and none, from across the UK and the world – including many of the Jesus and Mary Schools situated in 28 different countries. We embrace and celebrate our differences knowing that we are also a community, a community bound by a shared set of values rooted in the story of our foundress, Claudine Thévenet, a story of a young girl who, faced with challenge, chose forgiveness, love and courage, a story that  continues to inspire all that we do at Thornton and continues to teach our girls that they should never underestimate the difference they can make. 

At Thornton, we educate girls so that not only can they make a difference, but they want to make a difference. We do this by providing a curriculum and co-curriculum that inspire curiosity and by providing classes and clubs that stir debate and instil the belief needed to formulate and share opinions; Thornton girls learn how to listen and empathise, to work together and share ideas but also how to lead. Our small class sizes allow us to know each girl as an individual, to grow with her on her educational journey, crafting a school experience so that she is not only able to discover her talents but more importantly – use them to the full!  

Thornton College provides a world of opportunity in a community that has kindness, respect and forgiveness at its heart. The ethos that we share at Thornton is truly special and is one based upon the values of Christ’s Gospel, the same values lived by Claudine Thevenet and the values that ensure each girl is nurtured and encouraged so that she is not only able to meet the challenges of life courageously but, more than anything else, is happy. Happiness is key to all we do at Thornton – and that is because we know that a happy child will always be a confident and successful child.  

Thornton College is an incredibly special place – and I warmly invite you to join us on one of our open days, our ‘Meet the Head’ Coffee mornings or for a personal tour on any ‘normal’ working day – do come along, you will always have a warm welcome.  

Dr Louise Shaw, Headteacher