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The Thornton Development Fund has been established to ensure continuous investment in the School’s facilities and provide capital for a sustainable bursary fund.

School fee income finances the day to day running of the School, the extensive upkeep and maintenance programme for the buildings and estate and small improvement and refurbishment projects. We offer excellent value for money at Thornton and it remains vital to maintain our fees at an affordable level to ensure that the very special education Thornton provides is as accessible to as many children as possible.

To do this, we will need to devote as much of the fee income as possible to meeting the School's operating costs. Development of the capital facilities and the development of a sustainable Bursary Fund will need to rely much more on the philanthropy and generosity of Old Thorntonians, parents, past parents, and friends of the School. Many of our parents would not be able to meet the demands of significant fee increases.

Unlike many public schools, Thornton does not have access to an endowment fund or legacies. The last major development project to be funded externally through donations and legacies was the Sports Hall which was completed in the early 80’s.

The Capital Fund has been established to support all future major projects at the School.