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.
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
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.
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)
Bucks College of Agriculture
Berkhamsted School (independent)
Chalfont Community College
Chesham Grammar School
Chesham Sports Academy
FAB Football Academy
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.
Head Chef, Mr J Hill
Assistant Chef, Ms M Mosley