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

As our newly elected Senior Head Boy, I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity to represent my fellow students and work in collaboration with the Headmaster, Mr Ayres and Head of Seniors, Mr Wells. In addition, I am looking forward to working closely with our Prefect team to serve the school community.

I joined Thorpe at the start of Year 7 and right from the induction I knew that this was the school for me. I have attended many schools of varying sizes, including a huge school when I lived in Canada and I can safely say that Thorpe is the best of the lot! Despite the fact that Thorpe House is small, it is perfectly well equipped to ensure that the teachers achieve maximum potential from each and every pupil. Obviously, it isn’t just about the academics – as everyone has the chance to take part in team sport, musical theatre and the many other activities on offer. The relatively small size of Thorpe House means that I know nearly all the students in our Senior Department and of course, the teachers really well. The boys, past and present, have certainly given me great memories and made sure that my experience at Thorpe has been top notch.

It goes without saying that Thorpe has given me great academic opportunities, but I have also been strongly encouraged by the sporting staff who have created exciting and frequent opportunities to represent the school in rugby, basketball, tennis, table tennis, athletics and (my main love) football. I think I can safely say that I am just as mad about sport as our Headmaster! In fact, some of us from different forms were given the chance to trial and play for the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA). I was personally lucky enough to play against QPR Academy and a few other top teams in preparation for a residential tournament in Shrewsbury where we played against ISFA Squads from all over England. Every year the school also takes part in District athletics competitions against other local schools, the Schools’ County Championships and we regularly compete against other independent schools. In Years 7 and 8 a few of us even qualified for the Independent Schools’ National Championships at the home of English Athletics, the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham… not a bad achievement for our comparatively small school!

It must be said, however, that the sports field is not the only forum where we are given the chance to excel: “Youth Speaks” is one such activity upon which the school prides itself, where students have progressed to compete against much larger schools and given them a real run for their money. Additionally, I’ve had some memorable experiences on school trips, (such as our WW1 Battlefields in France) and also in music and drama, singing in the school choir and even with our in-house rock band! The school production of Oliver! this year was definitely a highlight for us and I’m looking forward to getting involved again this year if I can.

To conclude, these reasons are just a taste of the many attributes which makes Thorpe House such a special place to learn and I am genuinely looking forward to seeing what this year brings. As Head Boy, I hope I will be able to continue the great work of my predecessors, helping to uphold our values and the unique culture of our school. Importantly in this final year I hope I will be able to welcome the new year seven boys into the Senior Department and the Thorpe Family, so that they will have as engaging and rewarding a time as I have had!

Rhys Arnold

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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