We all love to win and at Thorpe House winning is important but it is not our end goal. We focus on developing the individual; nurturing their skills and natural talents so they can become the best sportsmen they can be.
The main school playing fields are set in seven acres and are located on Priory Road (SL9 8SB), a 2 minute mini bus journey from the main school. As well as fixtures and PE lessons, Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior Department sports days also take place on the playing fields at the end of the summer term. The playing field facilities include four, full size rugby pitches, an AstroTurf tennis court, a long jump pit and an AstroTurf cricket strip. Match teas are served in the pavilion which also houses five changing rooms, showers, a weights room and a kitchen.
Pre-Prep have over an acre of their own playing fields for their PE lessons and the Early Years sports day (Years 1 and 2 go to the playing fields for their sports day). The school gym is on the main school site and is used by the Prep and Senior Department, whilst Pre-Prep have their own hall for indoor PE lessons, drama and music lessons, school assemblies and productions.
Mr Day has been teaching since 2005 and is a Master in Charge of football and athletics. He is one of only a few level 3 football coaches in the county and holds the coveted UEFA ‘B’ coaching badge. With this level of expertise, Sean has helped coach the England Schools Under 18 football team and is the Head Coach for the Independent Schools Football Association Under 15 team. He is also the Lead Coach for the Buckinghamshire Schools County Under 15 football team. Under his leadership, the Thorpe House fixture list has grown and now incorporates rugby, cricket, football, athletics, table tennis, handball, swimming, tennis, basketball and golf fixtures , allowing all boys the chance to succeed and in doing so, find their own sporting niche. The department also has an enviably high GCSE pass rate well above the national average.
Mr Britton has been teaching for many years and is Master in Charge of swimming, rugby and tennis. He plays rugby semi-professionally in the National Leagues, has played for Berkshire County and at Thorpe he coaches many of the Prep and Senior rugby teams. He has been teaching at Thorpe for seven years and when he’s not in school, he assists with coaching the Buckinghamshire County U18 rugby team.
Mr Brawn graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Physical Education and he completed his teacher training at Sir William Borlase in Marlow and Prospect School in Reading.
He played rugby for the University of Brighton first team and now plays for Slough RFC.
Mr Lewis is a very experienced teacher and before joining Thorpe House seven years ago he held the post of Head of PE in three different schools and was also the Director of Rugby and Cricket at Shiplake College. Adrian has played rugby for England Schools and cricket up to County 2nd XI level. He has coached several Middlesex County Youth teams as well as The London Wasps/Middlesex School of Rugby and London Wasps Elite Player Development Group (EPDG).
As an RFU ‘A’ list referee, Adrian has officiated at Twickenham on several occasions, in addition to refereeing in Australia, France and the Netherlands. After finishing as a semi-professional referee he is now a National Panel Referee Coach.
The following members of staff also hold coaching qualifications:
Mike Heppner Logan: Rugby Football Union Level 2, ECB Cricket Level 1.
Helen Horwood: Rugby Football Union Level 1.
Columba Blango: International Decathlete who represented Sierra Leone at the Moscow Olympics.