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Thornden is an Outstanding School, passionate about working with young people to develop learners who are excited and ready for today, tomorrow and their future.


Students at Thornden achieve outstanding results regardless of their starting point.  They leave us and move to excellent local colleges before feeding into universities across the country and the world as well as moving into exciting training and employment opportunities.


We teach students how to learn; to face challenges and problems and to find solutions, building resilience, confidence and the ability to work individually and together.


High expectations reach far beyond academic performance.  Students engage in clubs, activities, trips and charity events, developing resilience while they enjoy and learn to work with people around them.  This engagement is fulfilling in itself but also develops strength and confidence when responding to academic and individual challenges.


Supporting students to develop friendship and enjoyment in a respectful environment, allows them to learn how to work together, value each other and engage with the wider world, media and local community.


Partnerships with parents/carers are critical to ensuring the best outcomes.  All our teachers, but particularly tutors and Heads of Year, will work with students and parents/carers as individuals to support children to reach their potential and overcome any barriers that may be present or arise.


We are pleased to present our current prospectus.  We feel it will provide you with a valuable insight into how we provide the highest standards of education for all our students.  We would be delighted for you to join us at one of our open events so that you can see the school during a normal day of learning.

Su Whelan Head Teacher


Published Results for 2019

On Thursday 6th February we received our validated results for the 2019 series of GCSE exams. We are delighted with the outcomes for both attainment and progress, which put Thornden as the highest performing school in Hampshire. What is particularly pleasing is that this success covers students across all ability ranges and this makes us extremely proud.

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U16 Boys Hockey Success

Thornden's U16 Boys hockey team recently enjoyed a successful county tournament at Southampton Sports Centre on Thursday. They beat St.

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U13 Girls Football County Cup Quarter Final

On Friday 24th January the U13 girls football team played Bitterne Park School in the quarter final of the County Cup. Thornden took an early lead through a well worked team goal finished by Isobel.

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Young Health Champions Trip To LifeLab

Our current group of Young Health Champions recently made their first trip to LifeLab at Southampton General Hospital. Here they began their training as health ambassadors through the Royal Society for Public Health ‘Young Health Champions’ scheme.

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Our "IT" Recycled

Jamie's Computers were on hand once again to collect and recycle our old and unwanted IT equipment. Jamie's Computers are part of The Society of St James (SSJ), a homelessness charitable organisation based in Southampton.

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