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Every pupil, both day and boarding, is placed in one of the three school Houses, Ingleton, Tyrell and Cavendish. The Houses are named after famous families who resided at Thornton Manor in former centuries.

Each House nominates a Captain and Vice Captain representing the Junior and Senior schools. Inter-house competitions in sport and extra-curricular activities regularly take place. Each house is responsible for organising a charity fund-raising event once a term. These are heavily attended and raise thousands of pounds for charity over the course of the year. 

Year-round the girls are involved in charity work. In addition to raising funds for their chosen charities, they bring in food items for the Milton Keynes Food Bank. This is taken to the Bank on a weekly basis. All our Harvest Festival offerings are also given to this worthy cause.




House Events

PJ Party, February 2015

Cavendish House invited every pupil and member of staff to pay £1 to spend the day in their onesies and PJs. To raise even more money, the House did a roaring trade selling homemade cookies and chocolate milk at break time. Come lunch, it screened an episode of Modern Family and Miranda with popcorn for the Seniors while Prep children enjoyed playing games like musical statues. Tombola prizes included chocolate and toiletries. Cavendish raised just over £900 for the Northampton Hope Centre and a Jesus and Mary School charity.


A day at the Races, april 2015

Ingleton House put a stylish twist on its fundraising day in aid of Northampton Hope Centre and a Jesus and Mary School charity.

It invited pupils and staff to come to school dressed to the nines for A Day at the Races. Everyone pulled out the stops and we were treated to a wonderful array of hats and headpieces, plus the prettiest dresses this side of Ascot.

At break time, our ladies paid some pennies for pink ‘champagne’, popcorn and cakes imaginatively decorated with horseshoes and horses’ heads. Over lunch, horse-and-jockey-related games came thick and fast. The girls played pin the tail on the horse, they guessed the number of carrots in a sack, and they had their photo taken as a jockey. There were also horse tail-plaiting competitions and a racing contest with hobby horses, while fancy nail painting added a touch of glamour. Hats off to Ingleton. All in all, it raised more than £900.


Colours for Others, October 2015

Tyrell House raised around £900 in the first fundraising event of the new academic year. The catchy theme – Colours for Others – encouraged pupils and teachers alike to ‘light up other peoples’ lives’. By making a donation they had Mrs Storey’s blessing to come to school dressed in their loudest and boldest clothes. The bigger the neon clash, the better the look.

The girls were tickled pink (if you’ll pardon the pun) to be given the opportunity to wear clashing prints and we saw a mismatch of bright ra ra skirts and electric-coloured legwarmers making the school grounds glow.

As well as donating £1 for the privilege of leaving their uniform at home, pupils had the chance to buy hot chocolate and cakes at Little Break. Over lunchtime, representatives from Tyrell House also organised a tombola with a fabulous range of prizes on offer, kindly donated by the girls’ families.

In September, the three school houses voted to support the local branch of Brain Tumour Research this year. Half of all monies raised from their fundraising efforts will go towards this charity. The other 50 per cent will go towards Jesus and Mary convents in Lebanon and Pakistan.


have a heart, february 2016

Love was in the air when Ingleton House put its heart and soul into a Valentines-themed fundraiser.

In exchange for a £1 donation, staff and pupils were invited to come to school dressed head to toe in red or pretty in pink. At Little Break, the girls had the opportunity to buy limited edition chocolate lollies and homemade cakes and cookies washed down with ‘pink drinks’.

The Pre-Prep and Prep School children in particular were more than happy to part with 20 pence for a Cupid’s Scavenger Hunt around the school grounds and they loved purchasing delicate paper roses, candles and pink hairbrushes to take back home to the ones they hold dear.

Other heart-themed activities at lunchtime included guessing the name of a cute teddy bear and making a humungous ‘heart of coins’ from lots and lots of loose change, collected by the form groups in jars over the course of the week.

Ingleton had its heart set on raising as much as £1,000 from the fundraising day.