Home from Home

At Thornton College, we are a small, vibrant, diverse and close knit boarding community of approximately sixty girls aged 7 – 18 years. This means that girls can board with us at prep school age right through to Sixth Form if they wish, without having to make a transition between two schools.

The Manor House and grounds at Thornton are a second home.  All our boarding is on-site and girls are encouraged to treat Thornton as a home from home.  It’s the opportunity to have not one but two families; to be able to play tennis until lights out and to enjoy a pool party (on a school night!); to have staff on hand to give both pastoral and academic support, encouragement and advice; to live with peers from other countries and cultures whose different points of view about the world develop tolerance and a deeper understanding of society which, together, make a boarding experience so special.

The happiness and well-being of our students is at the heart of what we offer at Thornton and our friendly, family atmosphere ensures all our students feel comfortable, contented and supported.

“We call it upstairs”

Boarding Team

Each group of boarding girls is cared for by our boarding house staff, with a very experienced and dedicated Housemistress and Assistant Housemistress in charge of all aspects of the health and happiness of the girls in their house.

Mrs Tracey Wilks, Responsible for Boarding, SMT

Miss Fern Smith, House Mistress – Bachelor & Façade & Villa

Mrs Jules Tisdale, House Mistress – New Wing

Miss Sophie Holmes, Boarding Assistant – Bachelor & Façade & Villa