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

  • We have welcomed many new friends and smiles to our Boarding Home recently; new friendships have been formed and we extend a very warm Thornlow welcome to our new friends.

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  • Last week Thornlow took on Milton Abbey for their first Autumn Series of Sailing matches. Light easterly breezes prevailed for the event which was made up of 3 short triangular courses.

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  • We are pleased to announce, in conjunction with The Friends of Thornlow, that the school has organised a textile collection with Bag2School in order to raise funds for additional play equipment for the children.

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  • In her own time, Darcy entered into a competition and has now been chosen by the "Face Of The Globe" organisation to compete at a regional heat to compete for a place in an exciting pageant being held in Disneyland Paris. Good Luck Darcy!

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  • "Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted" David Bly. Thornlow's annual "Speech Day" rewards the hard work that pupils personally strive to achieve everyday - welldone to all!

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  • Year 7&8 have been working hard during their recent Geography Field Work Trips to Ringstead Beach, Dorset. Year 7 pupils were looking at beach characteristics and Year 8 were looking at the diversity of flora and fauna in 3 unique habitats.

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Forthcoming Events

Sep 25th 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oct 09th 9:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Oct 17th 4:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oct 20th - All Day
Oct 21st - All Day
Oct 22nd - All Day
Oct 23rd - All Day
Oct 24th - All Day