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The English Adventure

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.  An engaging activity calendar allows our boarding family, and their friends, to experience a wealth of English cultural and scenic beauty; venturing to Stonehenge, Bath or Bristol for example, and exploring the famous Jurassic coastline, literally on our doorstep.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer a truly unique, tailored and original experience within very beautiful surroundings. Friendships made at Thornlow are ensured to last a lifetime.

Since its inception in September 2012, "The English Adventure" has been the host to over 40 international boarding students.  The programme has been highly successful and many of “The Pupils” plead to ‘stay at Thornlow’ at the end of their adventure with us.  Parents and pupils express a high degree of satisfaction.  Many families, have enrolled siblings or have expressed an interest in their child returning in future years.

Thornlow Preparatory School offers overseas children the opportunity, to improve their language skills and to experience English culture through attending an English school for a term, or longer if required.  We create many opportunities for our students to mix with English children in a range of settings, through going to school, weekend and afterschool activities and through offering the opportunity to visit English homes.

Thornlow provides a high quality, registered boarding facility which is “home” for the duration of the children’s stay in the UK.

Participating children demonstrate an improvement of as much as two years in spelling and reading ages in as little as 10 weeks of this ‘full immersion’ cultural and linguistic experience.

It is only by coming to visit that you can truely experience our exquisitely decorated “home from home” boarding house.  Caring and attentive house-parents ensure a strong sense of belonging and personal identity.  Our exceptional chef ensures that all food is prepared and cooked to an extremely high standard. 
Find out more by viewing our pdf "Welcome to Thornlow Boarding".

An engaging activity calendar allows our boarding family, and their friends, to experience a wealth of English cultural and scenic beauty; venturing to Stonehenge, Bath or Bristol for example, and exploring the famous Jurassic coastline, literally on our doorstep.
Find out more by viewing our pdf "Boarding Adventures - Autumn Term 2012".

We organise lots of unique and fun days out, including a Trip to Longleat Safari Park.  Time in the outdoors, exploring Dorset and beyond, guarantees original opportunities to develop enduring and long lasting friendships.
Find out more by viewing our pdfs "Autumn Term 2012" and "Summer 2013".

We pride ourselves on being able to offer a truly unique, tailored and original experience within very beautiful surroundings.  We are in close proximity to Portland Bill, Durdle Door and many other exceptionally beautiful locations along The Jurassic Coast.
Find out more by viewing our pdf "The Jurassic Coast Experience".

Friendships made at Thornlow are ensured to last a lifetime and we would love you to come and experience life with us in idyllic Dorset.
Find out more by viewing our pdf "So Much to See and Do".

Working in conjunction with local providers ensures that we are able to use some of the best sports facilities in Dorset and indeed the UK.

We sail at The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

We swim at The Weymouth Swimming Pool and we swim and use the sports hall at The Osprey Leisure Centre on Portland.

Should you require further details about Thornlow boarding and our facilities, or wish to apply to join our Thornlow family then we would love to hear from you.