School Data

Gender Girls
Age 2.5 - 18
Type Boarding Day School Weekly Boarding
Size 415
Bursaries Available

We offer academic, music, sports, art and drama scholarships for students going into Years 7, 9 and 12. Applications to be received in the November prior to September start.

Mrs Val Holmes

Open Days & Events

Thornton offers lots of opportunities to come and visit our wonderful school.  Our next whole school Open Mornings are on Saturday 7th March 2020 and Saturday 10th October 2020.  You can also arrange a personal visit at a time that suits your family and work life.  Please email

Thornton offers a Forces 10% discount on our school term fees.

Contact Details

Thornton College

College Lane, Thornton, Nr. Buckingham, MK17 0HJ

Thornton College

College Lane, Thornton, Nr. Buckingham, MK17 0HJ

Thornton College boarding and day school for girls, located between Milton Keynes and Buckingham, is set in 25 acres of beautiful grounds.  The main school building is a manor house dating back to the 14th century and it became a school in 1917, founded by the Sisters of Jesus and Mary. 


At Thornton, EVERY GIRL is encouraged to develop her talents, not only in the classroom but through a broad co-curricular programme which makes use of our modern facilities and beautiful grounds.   We would love you to come and visit and see our wonderful school for yourself – you can be sure of a warm welcome!


The school is proud of its rich history, exceptional pastoral care for the individual and its strong emphasis on core Christian values, though it is also proud of the fact that it is a forward looking school, with exciting opportunities both in and outside the classroom, and where girls of all faiths and no faith are equally welcome.  Thornton College is part of an international family of J&M schools in twenty eight countries around the world.  This gives our students a unique global outlook and cultural intelligence.

Boarding is ‘upstairs’ in our main manor house offering a home from home experience.  The boarding bedrooms and living room areas are bright and spacious.   We offer flexi, weekly and termly boarding for domestic and international students with a full programme of exciting evening and weekend activities.

Thornton College is non-selective, recognising, in line with its ethos, that children develop at different rates and stages of their lives and in each one there is potential to excel.  A strong work ethic, exceptional teaching and excellent pastoral care provides the secure environment where each girl is known and encouraged to develop her strengths, her social skills and her ability to pursue, with confidence, the next stage of life.

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