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AIIMI – Employer Partnership

21st November 2023

Students from Years 10, 11 and 12 signed up to visit Aiimi, at their state of the art office. The company moved from London Bridge three years ago, choosing Milton Keynes for its location and talent pool, and have created an amazing work space. Clients, such as Rolls Royce and Anglian Water are referenced by…

Women in Engineering: Niftylift

16th November 2023

Year 9 students took part in a fabulous Women In Engineering Day, hosted by Niftylift. The company provided a wide ranging carousel of activities, including experimenting with tools from the shadow board, what to consider when designing MEWPs (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms) and various challenges set by the Purchasing Team. We learnt that Niftylift sell…

Spotlight Seminar: AstraZeneca

14th November 2023

AstraZeneca offer some fabulous Degree Apprenticeships, and we are so grateful to Scott Staple for hosting a seminar with four of our Year 12 students interested in this pathway. Scott completed his HR Degree Apprenticeship last year. When he applied, there were four different streams of apprenticeship available at the company, now there are fifteen,…

Spotlight Careers: Physiotherapy

8th November 2023

Thornton welcomed students from St Paul’s to our latest careers talk on Wednesday 8th November, which was delivered by Jess Green from the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. She shared information about the seven different disciplines of Physiotherapy in hospitals, including Musculoskeletal, Neurological, Paediatrics, Cardiovascular and Orthopaedic. Jess explained how she had set her heart on…

Youngest Students Learn More About Fire Engines

7th November 2023

Our youngest students in EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) had some very exciting visitors on 6th November to help launch their new topic, ‘Sparkle and Shine’! Fire officers from Buckingham Fire Station talked to the girls about the various features of their fire engine. The fire officers talked about and demonstrated several items of equipment…


23rd October 2023

Thornton College is a wonderfully diverse school and has a student led Equalities Committee working on raising awareness, embedding best practise, and sustaining equality across all age groups. For Black History Month 2023, the Equalities Committee have concentrated their efforts on the theme #Saluting Our Sisters.  They launched an internal poetry competition open to all…


18th October 2023

We have many students interested in careers working with animals, so it was fantastic to welcome Dr Jayne Powles, Programme Manager of Animal Science at Harper Adams University. Their three excellent degree courses lead to a wealth of different pathways, including Clinical Animal Behaviourists, roles in Veterinary Pharmaceutical Companies, Animal Health Officer within local authorities,…

World Mental Health Day

11th October 2023

To celebrate World Mental Health Day, all students from Year 1 through to Year 6 were invited to take part in a ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing Treasure Hunt’ organised by our Year 12 students. Prep students visited five stations ‘staffed’ by Year 12s who engaged with them about healthy eating, the benefits of being outdoors,…

Positive Peers

10th October 2023

As part of a wellbeing survey for girls in Year 7, Ms Stinson, Head of Year 7, asked students to identify peers who had been particularly kind and helped others to settle into the year group. Five names were mentioned repeatedly and those girls were awarded a ‘Positive Peer’ certificate in Chapel Assembly last week….

Year 11: Next Steps

10th October 2023

As part of their PHSE module, Next Steps, Year 11 have welcomed a number of speakers. This includes current Year 12 students, sharing their experience of vocational qualifications and why they chose them and old girls who have just graduated from university. We were recently joined by Lee, the Apprenticeship Manager from Milton Keynes University…

Spotlight Seminar: Healthcare

10th October 2023

Year 12 Health and Social Care students all attended a fantastic seminar with guest speakers from both Milton Keynes University Hospital and Bedford Hospital. This not only reinforced aspects of the curriculum but also allowed students to find out more about roles within the NHS. Team leaders from Patient Experience, Volunteers and Apprenticeships showcased different…


10th October 2023

Our Year 11 Business students had a fantastic experience at the John Lewis Distribution Centre at Magna Park. There are 820 partners working at the centre and it was interesting hearing more about the excellent employee benefits that John Lewis offers. Their commercial commitment is Happier People, Happier Business, Happier World, and we all saw…