Welcome to the Senior Department

The Senior Department opened in 2006 in response to the overwhelming demand from parents who were looking for continuity in their son’s education and a high quality alternative to the schools that were available at the time. Since its inception, the school has gone from strength to strength and is now oversubscribed year on year.


Boys may join the Senior Department, providing spaces are available, at any point throughout Year 7, 8 and 9. The main point of entry for boys not already at Thorpe House is the beginning of Year 7. The second intake is at the beginning of Year 9, when boys from local prep schools join and remain with us until they complete their GCSEs in Year 11. Currently we have very few spaces available in the Senior Department and an early application is advised.

Our aim is simple – to 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 and by using kinaesthetic, visual and auditory techniques, the boys learn to develop their skills and strengths, so that by the time they leave us, they are equipped to face the challenges of a new school and higher education.

The Senior Department provides more than just an opportunity to achieve excellent results. We offer all the other important elements that help to produce a well-rounded individual. We believe that education extends beyond the classroom and we take our extra-curricular activities equally seriously. All boys have the opportunity to compete for the school or their House on the sports field, in the swimming pool and on the athletics track. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is offered as is Young Enterprise, both of which help to develop self-reliance and entrepreneurship. 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, the GCSE History trip to Ypres Battlefields in Belgium, the joint art and Spanish trip to Barcelona, and the biennial skiing holiday in France.

Above all, the Senior Department is a happy and friendly place in which to learn. Our highly experienced teachers get the best out of each boy and we would be delighted to meet you to discuss how we can work together to ensure that your son maximises his potential in some of the most important years of his life.

Graham Wells, Head of the Senior Department


GCSE Results

'Our Year 11s have achieved another strong set of GCSE results this year and I am very proud of their accomplishments; 96% of the boys achieved 5 or more GCSEs at A*- C which is a significant achievement. I wish all the boys the very best as they take the next steps in their learning journey.'

Mr Ayres, Headmaster

We have a responsibility to ensure our boys excel academically and to their best abilities, and year on year they never fail to impress us with their diligence at exam time.  Our excellent GCSE results are indicative of this commitment to learning.   Typically two thirds of boys obtain A*, A or B grades.

2015/16 GCSE results:

96% achieved 5+ A*-C and above

87% achieved 5+ A*-C including English and maths

21% achieved all A*-A grades.


The Seniors’ school day

The Senior Department day is similar in structure to that of the Prep Department, but break times and lunchtimes are staggered to give the younger and older boys their own time in the dining room and playground.

‘I’m not leaving Thorpe House behind; I’m taking the values and skills I have learnt since joining the school 13 years ago with me.’

Senior Head Boy, 2014 – 2015


The majority of boys remain at Thorpe House to complete their GCSEs, but for those boys who take the 11+ and gain entry to local grammar schools there are several single sex and co-educational options available including; Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Royal Grammar School, John Hampden Grammar School, Chesham Grammar School and Burnham Grammar School.

At age 16 our boys have a number of choices in terms of the next stage of their education. Local grammar schools offer places at sixth form level and the local sixth form colleges have excellent reputations. In a typical year, 65-70% of our 16+ leavers move into grammar schools.

Those who do not enter the grammar school system at 16+ gain places at other independent schools for sixth form.

2015-2016 leavers’ destinations include:

Akeley Wood (independent)
Amersham College
Aylesbury College
Bucks College of Agriculture
Berkhamsted School (independent)
Chalfont Community College
Chesham Grammar School
Chesham Sports Academy
FAB Football Academy
Henley College
John Hampden Grammar
Mill Hill School (independent)
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School
West Herts College

Regardless of the journey our boys take, we are there at every step to guide them and their parents to making the best decision for their child.

Senior Leadership Team




Deputy Headmaster


Head of Pre-Prep


Head of Prep


Head of Seniors



Teaching staff

Dr J Bates, ICT
Mr C Blango, Head of the Religious Studies Department
Mr J Brawn, PE
Mr P Britton, Head of Prep PE & Year 6 form tutor
Mrs P Clarke, Science Administrator
Mr S Day, Director of Sport
Mrs M Degan, Maths
Mrs Y Del Arco, Head of the Spanish Department & Year 7 form tutor
Mrs J Delve, Learning Support
Mrs I Devlin, English & Year 10 form tutor
Mr M Heppner-Logan, PE
Mr A Hoar, Head of the English Department & Year 10 form tutor
Mrs H Horwood, Science & Year 7 form tutor
Mrs L Hughes, Head of Drama & Year 7 form tutor
Mrs J Jackson, Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs S Jenkin, Head of the Science Department & Year 11 form tutor
Mr S Kochhar, Head of Mathematics & Year 10 form tutor
Mr A Lewis, Geography
Mrs J MacMillan, Head of Learning Support and Year 6 form tutor
Mr I Plunkett, Science and Mathematics & Year 8 form tutor
Mrs S Saif, Chemistry & Year 11 form tutor
Mrs K Stallabrass, Director of Music & Year 5 form tutor
Ms K Soltys, Head of the French Department & Year 9 form tutor
Mr J Swart, Head of the DT Department
Mr N Tomlinson, Head of the Art Department & Year 9 form tutor
Mr P Turner, Head of the IT Department
Mrs M Wade, Learning Support
Mr N Webber, Gap Year Student
Mrs L Wheat, Head of the Latin Department
Mrs J Whiting, Art technician
Mr A Worth, Mathematics and History & Year 7 form tutor

Peripatetic teachers

Mr R Freeman, Brass
Mr T Leakey, Piano
Mr P Mallyon, Drums
Mrs L McGrory, Piano
Mr M Morris, , Guitar and violin
Mr A Penman, Woodwind
Mr G Sculphur, Electric guitar
Mr M Talks, Cello
Mr J Woodward, Percussion

Activity coaches

Mrs E Berry, Swimming Coach
Mr A Davis, Wycombe Wanderers Football Club
Mr M Small, Judo

Office staff

Bursar, Mrs J Potter
Bursar’s Assistant, Mrs C Young
Registrar and Headmaster’s PA, Mrs J Tyler
School Administrator and HR Officer, Mrs N Davidson
PR and Marketing, Mrs S Melvin
Matron and Domestic Bursar, Mrs J Parker
Receptionists, Mrs J Bevan and Mrs J Solloway
Maintenance Officer, Mr D Perry
Maintenance Officer/ Bus Driver, Mr A Webb

Kitchen staff

Head Chef, Mr J Hill
Assistant Chef, Ms M Mosley

We chose Thorpe House for its warm and nurturing environment. Since our sons have been there they have thrived academically and socially. What sets Thorpe House apart for us is the fact every boy is encouraged to reach their full potential.

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