Welcome from Dr Louise Shaw, Head of Pre-Prep 

Thornton Pre-Prep School is a wonderfully creative and ambitious school. Rooted in our core belief that every child should strive to be the very best version of themselves, we take time to know our girls so that their talents are recognised and their potential realised. Teaching and learning is outstanding; lessons are fun and girls are supported and challenged to explore ideas and form their own opinions.  Whilst recognising that each of our girls is a unique individual, each one is also very much a member of the Thornton Community – our pastoral care is outstanding – friendships are formed and each child is able to strive to achieve their best knowing that they are cared for not only by their teachers but by all in our special family. 

Thornton Pre-Prep School will provide a world of opportunity, both inside and outside of the classroom, developing lively, enquiring and creative minds.  Most importantly, however, Thornton Prep School will provide every opportunity for your daughter to be happy – and that is what lies at the heart of success.

Set in 25 acres of beautiful grounds our Pre-Prep (Pre-Reception – Year 2) Claudine Thévenet Wing is nestled behind our main Manor House with its own easy access for the drop off and pick up of your little one!  Your daughter will have access to:

  • Outside play areas with a friendship cabin, mud kitchen, games table, climbing frame and dinosaur tunnel!  
  • Cottage garden & orchard
  • Forest school and eco park with our own dipping pond, den building and nature trail
  • Expressive arts studio
  • Library
  • Sports Hall and outdoor pitches and heated swimming pool
  • Robotics and ICT

‘Giving young girls the very best start to their education enabling them to be at the forefront of whatever direction they take in their academic life’

Mrs Felicity Jacobson, Early Years Foundation Manager

‘Creating a Sense of Wonder’

Our Pre-Prep Team

The Early Years Team

Please find below a list of all of our talented, wonderful and dedicated staff. 

Mrs Val Holmes (Head of Thornton College)

Dr Louise Show (Deputy Head)

Our team of professions pre-reception staff ensure that every child is immersed in learning experiences that challenge their things and ignite a love of exploration and learning:

Mrs Felicity Jacobson (Early Years Foundation Manager and Reception Class Teacher)

Miss Holly Bagwell (Higher Trained Teaching Assistant Pre-Prep Class)

Mrs Hisana McPartlan 

Mrs Sandra Bird

Ballet/Dance Teacher


Extra- Curricular Programme

Each term an abundance of clubs are offered each day varying from Hockey Club, Green Club and needlework to Lego, music theory, multi lingo and samba drumming!  All girls are encouraged to attend clubs, try something new and find something they enjoy and excel at.

Co-Curricular Programme

Girls in the Pre-Prep School can have individual instrument/singing (£215), dance ballet (£95) and speech and drama (£105) for around 10 lessons per term.  It is possible to hire musical instruments for these lessons and this is an additional £45 per term.