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Spotlight Careers: Horticultural Therapist

10th May 2023

Bridewell Gardens is a mental health charity based near Oxford. Director Ruth Madder gave us a fantastic insight into the work they do and what employment in the Voluntary and Community Sector looks like. The charity supports adults recovering from serious mental health challenges who are referred by the NHS. There are 8 employed staff…

Careers in Healthcare: Bedford Hospital

10th May 2023

Bedford Hospital supported a fabulous event for Senior School students in the Conference Room at Thornton. They brought along clinicians from a number of teams including Paediatrics, Radiography, Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy. This enabled students to find out more about the wealth of roles available in the NHS. Bedford Hospital are hugely forward-thinking in their…

Robotics Experience Day – ABB Robotics

3rd May 2023

As a follow up to our STEM Event last term, ABB Robotics created a fantastic Experience Event for a group of our Year 10 students. Thornton students were joined by pupils from Oakgrove School at the recently built state of the art ABB Factory for a series of talks and interactive activities. ABB Robotics have…

Spotlight Careers: Steph Carter

27th April 2023

Steph Carter is a fantastic guitarist who has been on five world tours with his band Gallows and currently works for Marshalls Amplification in Milton Keynes. He took time out to speak to students about his three different careers in the industry and stressed that a career in music is available to everyone. There are…

Spotlight Careers: Healthcare Science Week

16th March 2023

To celebrate Healthcare Science Week, we were delighted to welcome Georgie Conrich-Wilks to talk to students about her role as a Trainee Clinical Scientist. From Year 9, Georgie was keen to pursue a career in Medicine, and took Biology, Chemistry and Maths for A level. She took a gap year after school to work as…


7th March 2023

As a follow up to the recent fabulous Unilever workshop, we were delighted to welcome Jacob to deliver this week’s Spotlight Talk. Jacob knew he wanted a career in Science, having studied Biology and Chemistry as two of his A levels. Although he also applied to university, he explored the Degree Apprenticeship route and secured…

Unilever Workshop

27th February 2023

We are always keen to explore different ways of linking careers with the teaching curriculum, and were thrilled to welcome Heather and Pete, who work for Ben and Jerry’s Icecream at Unilever, to work with our Year 7, 8 and 9s. Students had to work in teams to create an innovative ice cream flavour with…


8th February 2023

Phee Jones gave our students a whistle-stop tour around the huge number of fantastic courses on offer at the University for the Creative Arts. A wealth of degree courses are taught across three campuses, Epsom, Farnham and Canterbury, and a film studio in Maidstone. Degrees include: Design for Theatre and Screen, Photo and Digital Journalism,…


2nd February 2023

We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have the support of so many leading companies who work with us in our delivery of careers. Without these wonderful people, our students would not have the opportunity to be inspired by job sectors they have not previously considered or heard about. This week, 24 companies hosted stands at…

Spotlight Careers: Kierat Ranautta-Sambhi

23rd November 2022

This week we welcomed back an Old Thorntonian, Kierat Ranautta-Sambhi to share her career journey. Kierat currently works for Albany Associates, supporting governments, charities and communities in areas of conflict around the world. Her role focuses on preventing and countering violent extremism in countries that include Somalia, Mozambique, Syria, Iraq and Chad. Students learnt how…

Women In Engineering – Niftylift

17th November 2022

A group of Year 9 girls enjoyed a fantastic day with Niftylift, taking part in a range of activities across the company to inspire and inform about the wealth of different job roles available in design and engineering. The students created switches using CAD and learnt how AI is used all around us every day….

Spotlight Careers: Celia Forbes

9th November 2022

This week’s Spotlight Careers Talk was led by Celia Forbes, a Junior PR Officer for the Kennel Club. Celia was a high achiever at school and decided to go the Apprenticeship route rather than attend university. After completing her Level 4 Apprenticeship, she started work for the Kennel Club  in a role she absolutely loves!…