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Thornton College, located between Milton Keynes and Buckingham, is an award winning, leading non-selective, independent day and boarding school for girls 3 - 18, set in 25 acres of beautiful grounds. Our main school building is a Manor House which dates back to the fourteenth century.

We believe that when we create a community in which every child is loved and valued equally and just for being themselves, then we see not only a happy child, who loves coming to school but also a child who aspires to be their very best self. We are, in fact, much more than just a school. Thornton is a family, where we learn and grow together, respecting the value of each member of our community, regardless of background. As well as acknowledging who each of our girls is, we encourage them to aspire to what they can become.

We are non-selective, recognising, in line with our ethos, that children develop at different rates and stages of their lives and in each one there is potential to excel. A strong work ethic, exceptional teaching and excellent pastoral care provides the secure environment where your daughter will be known and encouraged to develop her strengths, her social skills and her ability to pursue, with confidence, the next stage of life.

Our wide subject choice, particularly in Sixth Form, allows girls to follow individual interests and strengths as well as to embrace new challenges. We monitor progress continuously, challenging and supporting at the right level and at the right time. But, this is only one aspect of the education your daughter will receive at Thornton. Our small classes ensure that your daughter will be known and encouraged in all aspects of her education here and an extensive co-curricular programme encourages the exploration of new interests and challenges.
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We, as a school, recognise that there is a broad spectrum of ability and differing educational needs and talents. All students may have additional needs at different times and therefore a wide variety of strategies are used to meet these needs as they arise. We believe that meeting the special educational needs of individual students is not a peripheral or external activity but the responsibility of each teacher and therefore teaching strategies need to be responsive to the needs of individuals. Opportunities for learning within the curriculum are differentiated and targeted towards the area of need for each individual. Reasonable additional support and interventions are provided in order to ensure students make progress. Teachers and Key Workers constantly monitor and review the student’s progress, adapting activities so that the whole curriculum policy is available to all. There are some children whose needs may not be able to be met at Thornton College (see admissions policy).

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