A school steeped in history

Thorpe House School was founded in 1923 by Cyril Averill as a traditional boys’ prep school with Mr Averill as the school’s first Headmaster. The school opened on a site in The Queensway, just behind where main school is now.

1925

The school moved into what is now, the main school building on Oval Way

1928

The former Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, left Oxford after failing his divinity exams and spent the year as Cricket Master at Thorpe House.

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1928

In September, Cyril Averill’s son, Maurice takes over as proprietor and Headmaster.

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1964

In January, Kingscote was founded as the Pre-Prep School to Thorpe House accepting boys from age 5 to 7 years old and Peggy Morris (Head of the Prep Department at Thorpe House) is appointed Headmistress at Kingscote.

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1978

In September, Maurice Averill retires as Headmaster but stays on as Bursar. Leighton Brunt is appointed as the new Headmaster.

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1984

In September, Peggy Morris retires as Headmistress at Kingscote and Mr Brunt’s wife, Rae Brunt takes over as the new Headmistress.

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1985

September sees Thorpe House School become a Charitable Educational Trust, but Kingscote remains a proprietorial school.

1987-88

At the end of the school year, Leighton Brunt retires as Headmaster to take up an opportunity in Saudi Arabia and Jeremy Snow is appointed as the new Headmaster. Mr Brunt’s wife, Rae Brunt, retires as Kingscote Headmistress in April 1988 to join her husband and Joyce Bunce, a teacher at Kingscote, is appointed acting Headmistress. In September, Sally Tunstall, a Year 3 teacher at Thorpe House, is appointed as the new Kingscote Headmistress and remained so until her retirement in 2010.

1994

At the end of the school year, Headmaster Jeremy Snow leaves to take up the Headship at St Andrews School in Pangbourne and his successor, John Scaife is appointed.

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1998

Four years later in December, John Scaife is appointed to the Headship at Parkside School in Surrey and Roger Pitblado is appointed acting Headmaster.

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1999

In April, Anthony Lock is appointed Headmaster at Thorpe House.

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2014

In January, Natasha Doran is appointed Head of Pre-Prep. In August, Thorpe House successfully purchases the field surrounding the Pre-Prep Department, securing it for future generations of Thorpe House boys to use. Anthony Lock retires as Headmaster and Terence Ayres is appointed Headmaster and remains so today.

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