Aspiration Respect Enjoyment Participation
Welcome from The Executive Head
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.
CEO - HISP MAT
Welcome from The Head of School
Thornden is a school where staff, students and parents feel valued. We have a warm community spirit that enables individuals to develop their own talents and abilities, whilst taking the opportunity to try something new and different, without the fear of failure.
We have superb teachers and support staff, who take pride in their work and their achievements. They have passion for their subject and an enthusiasm in ensuring that all children in their care reach their full potential.
Our students make excellent progress, this is as a result of high-quality teaching, strong relationships with teachers and a collective, aspirational desire to do their best.
We place emphasis on our four key themes: Participation, Respect, Aspiration and Enjoyment.
Maintaining a constant focus on these four themes, provides the drive for continuing to improve our already outstanding school. We are not prepared to rest on our laurels but strive for even greater opportunity for improvement.
Our school is, however, unique and no website can fully capture the spirit of Thornden. The only way to get a feel for what we believe in and how we do things is to come for a visit on one of our Open Mornings or Open Evening and meet the people that make the school such a special place.
Head of School
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel our annual Open Evening and Open Morning events. We understand how important it is for parents/carers and students to see the school prior to making an application so please do look at the video as this will cover some of what is discussed during the events.Read More All News
The ski trip is a highly anticipated annual residential for Years 8 - 11, and this February half term's second venture to Madonna de Campiglio in the Dolomites was another roaring success! A trip designed to accommodate skiers of all abilities, from the newbie who has never even seen snow, to the seasoned off-piste professional – all abilities are welcome!Read More All News
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.Read More All News
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.Read More All News