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…


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…


1st February 2023

The playground was even more exciting than usual for Prep School students this week, as we welcomed Volkswagen and three of their products; the new Volkswagen ID Buzz,  the Audi Q4 E-Tron and SEAT Arona. The girls had a fantastic time, swarming all over the cars both inside and out! This was a great way for…

Jackson – Inspiring Civil Engineers

18th March 2022

A group of Year 10 and 11 students were invited by the Jackson team to visit Linmere Construction Site, as a follow up activity from our STEM Event in January. This was a fantastic opportunity to see first hand what the role of a Civil Engineer involves. The site will be used for housing and…

STEM Event

26th January 2022

Almost six years ago to the day, Thornton hosted its inaugural STEM Event. Companies who took part included Sir Robert McAlpine, and one of our students, Antionette Marchant, was inspired to follow a career in Civil Engineering as a result of attending the evening. Antionette is now studying Civil Engineering and Architecture at Bath University,…

Students Visit Aerospace Robotics Dept

18th November 2021

Three students, Lara J (Year 10), Cheryl Chau (Year 12) and Alex K (Year 8), accompanied by Mrs Nolan, Thornton’s Head of Computer Science, visited Cranfield University’s Aerospace Robotics Post Graduate department recently.  This faculty do amazing work with Rolls Royce and BAE amongst other large engineering firms.  Their work at Cranfield is also focused…

Students Attend ‘Women in Engineering’ Event

17th November 2021

Twelve Year 9 students recently took part in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event for ‘Women in Engineering’  hosted by Niftylift at its World Headquarters in Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes. The all-female event was organised in recognition of the national Women in Engineering Day, which took place on Tuesday 23rd of June, to break-down traditional…

Nia’s Creative Egg Clock Invention

8th September 2021

Year 10 student Nia R has made this incredible fully-functional clock with an egg as the pendulum. To recognise her vital contribution to the project, opening the door at the back of the clock shows a photograph of the chicken who laid the egg!

Rockin’ Robotics

26th May 2021

Dr Gilbert Tang and Laboratory Manager James Fowler from Cranfield University gave our students a fantastic insight into the world of Robotics. Students from Years 5-9 had a virtual tour around the laboratories at Cranfield and were introduced to both industrial and humanoid robots. It was a great opportunity to see the workings of a…

STEM Event

27th January 2021

We were hugely fortunate to welcome so many fantastic speakers to our annual STEM event. Using the Zoom platform, students from Years 9, 10 and 11 were treated to an array of talks from companies such as Hollis, Aston Martin, KPMG, Storm Geomatics and Unilever. There were a diverse range of job sectors represented and…