School Life

At Thorpe House we pride ourselves on the nurturing environment we offer each and every boy, providing him with the support, care and learning experiences he needs to reach his academic, sporting and creative potential.


Headmaster’s welcome

Thorpe House School is a warm and vibrant school with over 90 years of experience as an excellent educational provider for boys. We are a truly unique independent day school; small enough to value and know each individual and large enough to provide him with a rich and varied range of learning opportunities, inside and outside of the curriculum. We are also the only all-through boys’ school in Buckinghamshire taking boys from our Thorpe Explorers’ Nursery at age three through to their GCSEs at age 16.

Our vision is to create a centre of excellence for boy-centred learning. Teachers at Thorpe are passionate about delivering interactive lessons through a range of multi-media packages, ensuring that differentiated, practical learning activities are available to help consolidate and extend learning. The school day is tailored in such a way that it provides the boys with shorter lessons and brain breaks and teachers provide a purpose for learning which gives value to the work being completed and motivates the boys to achieve.

The benefits of this approach are not solely academic, although our boys generally achieve well above the national average, with the majority of Year 11 boys achieving a grade above those predicted in Year 7. More importantly, boys leave us with a desire to continue learning and achieving academically, an outcome which is much more likely if they have had a positive, engaging and enjoyable learning journey.

Finally, at Thorpe House you buy into much more than a school. We offer a caring, home-from-home environment in which each and every boy is treated in a way that he feels secure and an important member of the whole school body, thus allowing his learning to flourish. Our boys are at the heart of our school and are taught traditional British values such as: dignity and integrity, tolerance and compassion, self-respect and respect for others and to be resilient and confident, always giving his best, qualities reflected in the school motto, ‘to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield’.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of your son joining us, please do not hesitate to contact us and experience for yourself why Thorpe House is the first choice for our parents and their sons.

I look forward to meeting you and your son in the near future.

Terence Ayres


Head Boy’s welcome

After receiving the tremendous honour of being appointed Head Boy, I am looking forward to the challenges the next academic year brings including: completing my GCSEs, being involved in the annual school production - which is always an entertaining experience - supporting and developing the House System and serving the Thorpe community.

I am looking forward to working with our Headmaster Mr Ayres, our Deputy Head Mr Walker, our Head of Seniors Mr Wells, all the staff, fellow prefects and peers to keep moving the school forward in a positive direction.

Since joining the school in Year 7 in 2013, Thorpe has become a second home to me thanks to the friendly and welcoming staff and pupils. Due to its small size, the teachers have the time to really get to know us and find out what works best for us so we can get the most out of our studies. The school’s size also means I have made lots of friends who all differ in character and personality leading to some very memorable moments! For this reason, I believe it is the people at Thorpe who make my time at school so enjoyable and I am sure I am not alone in saying that.

Not only has the school given my peers and I a wide-ranging education, but it has also offered us a variety of day visits and trips, many of which have been abroad. To date I have been on a moving trip to Auschwitz in Poland as well as a World War I Battlefields trip to Belgium and France. I have also taken part in numerous extra-curricular activities such as sailing, guitar lessons, choir, school plays and public speaking competitions all of which I have thoroughly enjoyed, and have enabled me to develop other areas of my character.

What makes Thorpe House School unique? Everything. Since joining Thorpe, I have been supported in all aspects of school life, both in the classroom and out on the sports pitches. Thanks to the exceptional teaching in every department and its pastoral care, I believe Thorpe House has been and is a fantastic place to learn.

Ben Wober

Thorpe is a nurturing environment that promotes individuality and encourages the boys to be the best they can be

Thorpe House isn't just a school, it's a family that only wants the best for your boys

Teachers are willing to 'go the extra mile' and are unstinting in the time they give to individual pupils


Pre-Prep Department

A vibrant, inclusive and very happy school, where small classes ensure a high level of care and attention to every boy, and where boys are encouraged to embrace the values of friendship and respect, alongside perseverance and a love of learning.


Prep Department

A warm, friendly, family-like community where each boy is known by his teachers and taught in classes of no more than 16 boys. Due to these small class sizes, our teachers have the time, energy and experience to look after the individual needs of each and every boy.


Senior Department

We provide excellent teaching in a small school environment, where each boy is known by all of his teachers and is treated as an individual.We utilise our understanding of each student so that by the time they leave us they are equipped to face the challenges of a new school and higher education.

Contact Thorpe House School

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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