Preparing children for life's horizons



Chemistry, Biology and Physics are taught as distinct subjects

Small Classes...
...Big Difference

We are a co-educational school for pupils aged 3 - 13.  Pupils can join us at any stage. Many join us for their Years 7 & 8.  Our pupils go on to secure scholarships at prestigious public secondary schools, or their state equivalents such as The Thomas Hardye School.  "ItsLearning" allows parents to stay in touch with their children's lessons on a daily basis.

We are a co-educational school and pupils can join us at any stage in their primary education

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We take an unashamedly traditional approach to the vital importance of the basics; mental arithmetic, times tables, good grammar, spelling and punctuation.  We ensure we tailor learning to the specific needs of the pupil.  We strive to balance excellence with inclusion both inside and outside the classroom - see "The Thornlow Timesor visit "Latest News" to read more!

All Thornlow pupils learn Mandarin as part of the curriculum


Thornlow pupils study Spanish, French and EnglishAll languages are timetabled on the curriculum and are taught by specialist language teachers.  To enhance learning, our incredibly strong links with Spain provide exchange opportunities.  Our traditionally English classic school uniform, exudes quality, just like our language department!

Our hosts are SailLaser at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy


We're a small school, but we have a giant reputation for sailing. We hone our skills in the safe waters of Portland Harbour.  During winter months we have also embarked on an Outdoor Activities Programme which included rock-climbing and mountain biking.

Children in our Early Years Nursery even learn French!

Early Years

Our Early Years Nursery classes are based on The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and are packed with fun learning-based activities for 3-5 year olds. 
Join us on one of our FREE, no obligation "Discovery Mornings" to find out more.

Termly boarding also includes the opportunity to visit many prestigious venues within Dorset and beyond


Termly boarding is available for UK and Non-UK residents and we would welcome you to visit our exquisitely decorated “home from home” boarding house.  Caring and attentive house-parents ensure a strong sense of belonging and personal identity.

Latest News

  • Pupils were awarded special prizes for effort and hard work both inside and outside of the classroom. The awards were presented during our End of Term Assembly - well done all!

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  • Thank you to everyone who supported the recent "Bags2School" collection. We raised £85.00! The next collection will take place in September 2014.

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  • Thank you to all the children and parents who came along to our bowling evening. A fabulous time was had by all.

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  • Prepare to be astounded this week when Thornlow pupils put on a captivating drama adaptation of "The Chronicles of Narnia - Beyond the Wardrobe". Pupils not only shine on the stage but also behind the scenes; they have delivered everything from stage props to lighting and technical composition. Our pupil director is also of Hollywood calibre!

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  • We were all captivated by our annual Spring into Life event in school today. All pupils from Nursery to Year 8 were involved in another wonderful event of drama by The Saltmine Theatre Company.

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  • The sun shone brightly in the sky today, making our visit to Kingston Maurward Animal Park even more wonderful. Years 1&2 spent a lovely morning exploring all the delights that this magnificent animal park had to offer, nearly even witnessing the birth of a lamb!

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Forthcoming Events

Apr 18th - All Day

Apr 18th - All Day
Apr 21st - All Day

Apr 21st - All Day
Apr 22nd 8:20 am - 8:20 am

Apr 22nd 8:20 am - 8:20 am
Apr 25th - All Day