We firmly believe that extra-curricular activities are as important in enriching the boys’ education as those on the curriculum.
During their time at Thorpe House, boys are given the opportunity to take part in a number of overseas trips and visits. The most popular of which are the annual football squad tours to a range of European venues (every November), the History GCSE trip to Ypres Battlefields in Belgium (every March), the joint art and Spanish trip to Barcelona, and the opportunity to take part in the biennial skiing holiday in France.
Closer to home, our Performing Arts Department provides a wide range of opportunities to perform and holds termly musical concerts and a major drama production each year. Previous drama productions have included The Wizard of Oz, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Oliver! and a modern re-working of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set to the backdrop of football hooliganism and warring rival fans. In partnership with the neighbouring girls’ school, Romeo and Juliet marked the first major, collaborative project between the two schools.
We have an experienced team of peripatetic teachers offering piano, classical and electric guitar, singing, drum and percussion, woodwind, brass and string lessons and there is a strong uptake of boys taking ABRSM, Rockschool and Trinity College London Music exams. Boys are encouraged to join ensembles to broaden their experiences and all are welcome to participate whether or not they have lessons in school. The Prep and Senior Department have their own choirs who perform regularly at school and who also go on a tour to Europe every two years; in the past they have performed in Paris, Barcelona, Holland and the Black Forest in Germany. There’s also a Thorpe House Orchestra and a Rock Band in addition to various ensembles.
Sport plays a huge part in the life of our school and uniquely, every boy has the opportunity to represent the school at least once every year and compete in a team fixture against a neighbouring school; a full list of fixtures can be found on the school Google calendar. In addition to these fixtures, boys also participate in a number of tournaments which include:
Reading Blue Coat School Tournament
St Bernard’s Prep Tournament
St Columba’s College Tournament
U6 – U11 District Football Cup Tournament
U11 England Football League Tournament
U12 – U16 National and Regional Independent Schools Football Association
Claire’s Court Football Tournament
St Bernard’s Prep Football Tournament
The Beacon Football Tournament
Dair House Football Tournament
U12 – U13 Independent Schools National Futsal Tournament
English Schools Swimming Association Swimming Galas
Independent Association of Prep Schools Swimming Gala
Cricket and Athletics:
U12 – U16 Bucks County Cricket
U12 – U16 National and Regional England Schools Athletics Tournament
Independent Association of Prep Schools Athletics Tournament at Eton
Thorpe House Cricket Tournament
Thorpe House Athletics Tournament
We also have many boys who swim and play golf at national level, and many who play rugby, cricket, athletics and football at regional, district and county level and at Thorpe, we provide the time and support to nurture these talents.
Card and Board Games Club
Domino and Scrabble Club
Duke of Edinburgh
Little Samurai Kick Boxing
Outdoor Games Club
Remote Control Car Club
Rubics Cube Club
Clubs are free of charge unless run by outside providers and are offered on a first-come-first served basis at the beginning of each term.