Thorpe House School
Thorpe House School is an independent day school for boys in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. We are a truly unique school as we offer a bespoke learning journey for boys from 3 years old when they join in Nursery, through to 16 when they complete their GCSE examinations. We pride ourselves on our nurturing environment providing our boys with the support, care and learning experiences they require to reach their academic, sporting and creative potential. Thorpe House is much more than a school; it is a home from home where boys feel confident, valued and empowered to achieve beyond their potential.
We operate over three sites along Oval Way in Gerrards Cross - Pre-Prep, Prep and Seniors – and because of this we are able to focus on each individual stage of our pupil’s education.
The Pre-Prep is a vibrant, inclusive and very happy school, where small classes ensure a high level of care and attention to every boy, and where boys are encouraged to embrace the values of friendship and respect, alongside perseverance and a love of learning. We are dedicated to individual learning and guide the boys in becoming confident, capable and polite individuals, willing to take a risk and discover more about themselves in the process.
Our classes are small with no more than 16 boys and teaching styles vary to create a positive and enabling learning environment. Standards are high and boys are encouraged to be independent in their learning and ask questions about the topics they cover, though support and guidance is always available should a boy need it. Music is part of daily life at Pre-Prep and is taught by a dedicated peripatetic teacher who knows how to encourage even the most reluctant musician: the boys love the opportunity to showcase their work in year group assemblies, school performances and end of term concerts.
The Prep Department is a warm, friendly, family-like community where each boy is known by his teachers and taught in classes of no more than 16 boys. Due to these small class sizes, our teachers have the time, energy and experience to look after the individual needs of each and every boy, to enable him to feel safe and valued and therefore to blossom both academically and emotionally. As a school educating boys, we recognise the importance of delivering a learning experience tailored to the way boys learn, so we are constantly looking for contextual, kinaesthetic and visual learning opportunities to engage the boys and get them excited about learning.
Although warm and friendly, we maintain high standards of discipline and pride ourselves in producing boys who are caring, tolerant and respectful as well as encouraging a love and curiosity for learning.
The Senior School opened in 2006 in response to the overwhelming demand from parents who were looking for continuity in their son’s education and a high quality alternative to the schools that were available at the time. Since its inception, the school has gone from strength to strength and is now oversubscribed year on year. Our aim is simple – to provide excellent teaching in a small school environment, where each boy is known by all of his teachers and is treated as an individual. Using our clear understanding of each pupil and how each of them learns, we develop the specific skills and strengths of our boys so that by the time they leave us, they are equipped to face the challenges of a new school and higher education.
The majority of boys stay with us to take their GCSEs at the age of 16, with two thirds of GCSE grades obtained typically being A*, A or B. This provides our boys with the opportunity to move onto a variety of different local schools to take their A Levels.