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Please find below a selection of frequently asked questions.


Can we pay the fees in instalments?

Yes. You can set up a direct debit through a number of fee plan companies. There is a link to one on our fees page.

When can we come and have a look around?

You are very welcome on any day of the week. Our Registrar, Mrs Claire Ballantyne, will arrange an appointment for you.

We will take you around the school so that you can see the facilities and classes in action and after the tour we will arrange a meeting for you with the Head, Mrs Jo Storey. A typical visit to the school will last approximately 1 ½ hours. You are very welcome to bring your daughter(s) with you on this visit, but many parents prefer to come alone the first time and then arrange for their daughter(s) to spend a day in school with her peer group.

How early do I need to register my daughter and are there waiting lists?

You are welcome to register your daughter with us years in advance of her actually joining. We do not actually offer a firm place however until your daughter has spent a trial day with us in school.

Following the trial day your daughter would be offered a firm place for the following September (depending on place availability and her suitability to the School) or be placed on a waiting list for a subsequent year’s entry. We rarely offer firm places for more than one year ahead as the demand for places is high and all places are usually filled.

Do we need to be a Catholic family to join?

Thornton College is a Christian school in the Roman Catholic tradition. Not all the children at Thornton are practising Catholics and we welcome children of all faiths and of no faith. All children are educated in keeping with Christian values.

Is there an entrance exam?

No, Thornton is a non-selective school. Pupils are offered a place if we feel that they can cope with the pace of the curriculum and we can offer an education that will fulfil their potential.

How many students are there in the school?

There are currently just over 400 pupils in the School.

How big are the classes?

Class sizes vary from year to year. The maximum class size is 20. 

Is there bus transport?

Yes. We run an extensive bus network exclusively for Thornton girls. Most girls are collected from outside their front door. When two or more girls live in close proximity to each other there is a pick-up point. Full details of pick-up points can be found in the general information section of the website under 'parent information' ‘transport’.

Which are your feeder schools?

We welcome day girls from a 30+ mile radius of Thornton so there are many primary/preparatory schools which recommend Thornton. We attract girls from state and independent schools. We do not give priority to girls from any particular school. Each girl is admitted on her own merit irrespective of school or background.

Most girls from our own Nursery will join the Prep School into the Reception class and almost all girls will move up from Year 6 in the Prep to Year 7 in the Senior School.