Preparing children for life's horizons

Thornlow Preparatory School is the trading name of Thornlow Preparatory School Ltd. 
Company Number 3471181 Registered in England Directors: R. A. Fowke and N. H Fowke



Chemistry, Biology and Physics are taught as distinct subjects

Small Classes...
...Big Difference

We are a co-educational school for pupils aged 3 - 13yrs.  Pupils can join us at any stage a few just for 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

Stage Not Age

We take a traditional approach to education; 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 - see "Year Book 13-14", "Year Book 14-15or visit "Latest News" to read more!

All Thornlow pupils learn Mandarin as part of the curriculum


Thornlow pupils study Spanish, FrenchMandarin 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


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

  • During the past few months we have had to consider seriously the future of Thornlow Preparatory School Limited. It has become apparent that, for both geographic and economic reasons the school cannot continue to flourish for long, situated as it is at present.

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  • Over the summer holidays we asked children to draw, paint or create a collage of their own house or “dream home” as part of an art competition that we are running in conjunction with DOMVS Estate Agents.

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  • The Summer of 2015 saw the launch of our first English Adventure Summer School and Thornlow welcomed students from Austria and Spain who all had a wonderful time!

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  • As we remember the many memories of last year, we look forward to making many more in 2015/16. We wish all our pupils a year full of inspired learning and creative fun, wishing them luck, friendship and fun.

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  • Well done to all competitors who took part in our Sports Day on Friday. It was wonderful to see great sportsmanship on the day and I won't forget seeing all the support that all the children provided each other in all races, especially the 800m.

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  • "This years camping has been the best! The list of activities was so amazing, it literally blew our minds."

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Forthcoming Events

Dec 11th 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm



Thornlow Preparatory School is the trading name of Thornlow Preparatory School Ltd. 

Company Number 3471181 Registered in England Directors: R. A. Fowke and N. H Fowke