Welcome to the Prep Department

The Prep Department is a warm, friendly, family-like community where small class sizes mean our teachers have the time, energy and experience to look after the individual needs of each and every boy, enabling him to feel safe and valued and therefore to blossom both academically and emotionally.


As a school educating boys, we recognise the importance of delivering a learning experience tailored to the way boys learn, so we are constantly looking for contextual, kinaesthetic and visual learning opportunities to engage the boys and get them excited about learning.

The Prep Department is located on both the Pre-Prep site (for Year 3) and the main school building (for Years 4 to 6) where boys are given an excellent foundation for taking the Secondary Transfer Test or the 11+ in September. Our 11+ results for the last three years are shown below; to provide context, approximately 33% of children score 121 or more and at the end of the process and following Selection Reviews, approximately 37% qualify for grammar school.

2015 – 60% of Thorpe boys who took the test were successful.
2016 – 63% of Thorpe boys who took the test were successful.
2017 – 60% of Thorpe boys who took the test were successful.

2017 – 2018 Thorpe House Year 6 leavers’ destinations:

Burnham Grammar School
Chesham Grammar School
Dr Challoner’s Grammar School
John Hampden Grammar School
Royal Grammar School

We take two different approaches to the boys learning in Prep: In Years 3 to 4 the boys have one class teacher for all subjects with the exception of ICT, French, design technology, music, games and PE which are taught by specialist teachers. This prepares them for moving to a fully specialist taught timetable in Years 5 and 6.

The Prep Department is not just about academia though, we provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities and trips to contextualise learning and most importantly make it fun. More information can be found here. Although warm and friendly, we maintain high standards of discipline and pride ourselves in producing boys who are caring, tolerant and respectful as well as encouraging a love and curiosity for learning.

We are proud of our department and would like to invite you to visit us so you can experience for yourself the buzz of industrious, happy boys as they go about their busy days.

Mrs K. Hampshire, Head of the Prep Department


The Prep day

Life at Prep is always very busy, which is something our boys thrive on because in their words, ‘being bored is not an option!’

Senior Leadership Team




Head of Pre-Prep


Head of Prep


Head of Seniors



Teaching staff

Dr J Bates, ICT
Mr C Blango, Head of the Religious Studies Department
Mr J Brawn, PE; Year 7 form tutor
Mr P Britton, Head of Prep PE and Year 6 form tutor
Mr D Correia, Year 2
Mr S Day, Director of Sport, Pastoral Head of Years 7 & 8
Señora Y Del Arco, Head of the Spanish Department & Year 7 form tutor
Mrs P Clarke, Science Adminstrator
Mr T Corin, Head of the Music Department; Year 7 form tutor
Mrs M Degan, Maths
Mrs J Delve, Learning Support
Mr G Devlin, Year 3
Mrs I Devlin, English and Year 11 form tutor
Mrs N Doran, Year 6 English
Mr O Green, Gap Year Student
Mr M Heppner Logan, PE
Mr A Hoar, Head of the English Department & Year 10 form tutor
Mrs H Horwood, Science
Mrs L Hughes, Head of Drama & Year 7 form tutor (Maternity leave)
Mr M Jenkin,Year 4
Mrs S Jenkin, Head of the Science Department & Year 11 form tutor
Mr S Kochhar, Head of Mathematics and Year 10 form tutor
Mr A Lewis, Geography
Mrs J MacMillan, Head of Learning Support & Year 5 form tutor
Mrs J Newson, Physics
Mrs J Redman, Year 5 form tutor
Mrs S Saif, Chemistry and Year 11 form tutor
Madame K Soltys, Head of the French Department & Year 9 form tutor
Mr J Swart, Head of the DT Department
Mr N Tomlinson, Head of the Art Department & Year 9 form tutor
Mrs E Trevitt, English; Year 8 form tutor
Mr P Turner, Head of the IT Department
Mrs M Wade, Learning Support
Mr R Walker, Head of the Geography Department; Year 8 form tutor
Mrs L Wheat, Head of the Latin Department & History
Mr A Worth, Mathematics, History & Physics

Peripatetic teachers

Mr R Freeman, Brass
Mr T Leakey, Piano
Mr P Mallyon, Drums
Mrs L McGrory, Piano
Mr M Morris, , Guitar and violin
Mr A Penman, Woodwind
Mr G Sculphur, Electric guitar
Mr M Talks, Cello
Mr J Woodward, Percussion

Activity coaches

Mrs E Berry, Swimming Coach
Mr A Davis, Wycombe Wanderers Football Club
Mr M Small, Judo

Office staff

Bursar, Mrs J Potter
Bursar’s Assistant, Mrs C Young
Registrar and Headmaster’s PA, Mrs J Tyler
School Administrator and HR Officer, Mrs N Davidson
PR and Marketing, Mrs S Melvin
Matron and Domestic Bursar, Mrs J Parker
Receptionists, Mrs J Bevan & Mrs J Solloway
Maintenance Officer, Mr D Perry
Maintenance Officer/ Bus Driver, Mr A Webb

Kitchen staff

Head Chef, Mr J Hill
Assistant Chef, Ms M Mosley

``We chose Thorpe House for its warm and nurturing environment. Since our sons have been there they have thrived academically and socially. What sets Thorpe House apart for us is the fact every boy is encouraged to reach their full potential.``

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If you would like more information about the school, would like a prospectus or would like to arrange a visit, please contact Mrs Tyler, our registrar using the form below.

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