Aspiration       Respect       Enjoyment       Participation

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Thornden School 360° Tour

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.


Su Whelan
Executive Headteacher



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.


Steve Hicks
Head of School



Open Evening

Students (current and prospective), their parents, carers and member of our local community are all invited to our open evening.




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2021 Results Day

Today we were delighted to welcome back our Year 11 students and their parents to celebrate an incredible set of results. Given the circumstances statistics are less important this year but we are delighted with the individual student achievements.

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Cancelled New Intake Information Evening

Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision not to go ahead with this evening in person.Instead, the evening has been recorded and the necessary links can be found on our Year 6 Transition Information page  so that you can view the presentations with your children at a time that is convenient for you. 


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Teaching Schools

Thornden School has been selected to provide high-quality professional development to teachers and leaders across two teaching school hub regions.



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Cancelled Open Evening and Open Morning

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.

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Congratulations Year 11

Dear Parents and Year 11 students Today our congratulations go to our year 11 students who receive their GCSE results. These grades are the end result of many years of hard work, commitment and focus.

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Spanish Exchange Visit

We have had a fantastic week with our partner school, St Patricks in San Sebastian. Pupils have enjoyed hosting and getting to know their partners before we return in September.

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Ski Trip

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!

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Sport Relief 2020

The first of our Sport Relief Miles (or more) took place on Monday 9th March. All Yr.

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U13 Girls Football County Cup Semi Final

On Monday 2nd March the U13 girls football team played Kings in the Hampshire Cup Semi final. To say it was a tense game would be an understatement!

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Regional Badminton Success

Thornden's U14 girls and U16 boys went to Guildford on Thursday last week as county champions to represent Hampshire schools in the South East Regional Tournament. The standard of badminton on display in both competitions was phenomenal.

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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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