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We, the Old Thorntonians are the association for former students of Thornton College. We are still in touch with over 1500 former pupils and we hold decade reunions each year. 

Usually we host a class reunion on the third Sunday in May each year, but this year, as part of our centenary celebrations, we are holding numerous event to which former students are warmly invited.  The first is our Fireworks Night which takes place on Tuesday 17th October - 100 years to the day since Mother St Clare arrived at Thornton Manor to form this wonderful school.  If you are interested in coming to the fireworks night and would like to purchase a ticket, please email

If you ever want to call in to school to see us you will be very welcome.  Please do telephone in advance however, as due to strict child protection rules, all adults on site must have an enhanced DBS check or be with a member of school staff.  This means that it isn't possible to simply pop in and look around any more.  We do hold special events for former students however and, if you call in advance, we would be very happy to show you around.

If you have any please do get in touch. You can email all news to Jane Holliday (Haseldine 1985). We will also publish your news on this part of the Thornton website. To update our records with your new address or indeed new name, please email Jane.

Thank you to everyone who has returned the 'contact update form' sent out to all OTAs on our database.


The Association relies on donations from Old Thorntonians to pay for the postage of correspondence and organisation of events. A Life Subscription offers the most cost effective membership at just £100. Annual Subscriptions vary depending on your status (standard sub is £10).



We are happy to help in the organisation of year group reunions for any old girls wishing to get together with former classmates.  We help you to trace your old friends through our database and will host the event at the school if you so wish.  Each year we hold one major reunion for girls celebrating their decade anniversary, i.e. for girls who left Thornton 10,20,30,40,50, 60 (and sometimes 70!) years ago.  

The next event is on Sunday May 21st for all those who left the school in a year ending with a '7'.  

To cover the cost of the event we ask for donations of £7.50 per head which includes  welcome drinks and afternoon tea. 

Format for the afternoon

2.30 pm            Arrivals and welcome from our Head,  Mrs Jo Storey

3 - 4 pm            Tours of the school & catch up with friends

4 - 5 pm            Afternoon tea in the Drawing Room

5 pm                 Farewells

Please confirm your attendance by emailing Jane Holliday (1984 leaver and social secretary for the OTA)  She will add you to the guest list and email BACS payment details.  There is no charge for Life Members of the OTA, but please still let us know you are coming.