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You are welcome to register your daughter at any time, although we would recommend the sooner the better. Places are only offered after your daughter has had a day visit with us, or you have completed the virtual admission process.
We admit girls throughout the year and if you are registered with us, we will inform you if the year group you are interested in is reaching capacity enabling you the opportunity to secure your place before any waiting list.
We do have waiting lists but the year groups reaching capacity vary year on year.
We welcome families of all faiths and none. Around 20% of our current student population are Catholic. All are equally valued and all are equally important. Thornton College is a Catholic school, and we are proud of our history and heritage, and we encourage strong core Christian values.
No, Thornton is a non-selective school. Pupils are offered a place if we feel that they can access the academic curriculum independently, do not require 1-1 support in every lesson and that we can offer an education that will fulfil their potential. For more information, please read our Admissions Procedure.
We currently have just over 400 girls in the school, of which 60 are boarding students. Each year around 20 – 25 of our students are international who are termly boarders and join us for one year or as long term students for their GCSEs/A Levels. The majority of our boarders are weekly and we have lots of families who make use of our flexi boarding offer.
Class sizes vary from year to year but are capped at 20 students in each class to ensure that we continue to provide excellence in teaching the individual.
Brand new uniform including Blazer, summer, winter and P.E kit will cost approximately £600. We do have a ‘nearly new’ shop run by our Parents Association, of second hand, high quality laundered items that will offer alternative options.
As our class sizes are small, our teachers are able to get to know each girl, not only their interests and natural abilities but also how they learn best and access the curriculum. This enables our teachers to ensure differentiation and challenge to stretch individual ability. We do run a More Able and Talented Programme.
We offer over 80 different clubs and societies for the girls to join each week. The majority of these are lunch time clubs but some do take place after school. For individual lessons please see our Extra Curricular page for details on lessons such as Music, Speech & Drama and Ballet.