School Data

Gender Girls
Age 3 - 18
Type Boarding Day School Weekly Boarding
Size 415
Bursaries Available

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

Dr Louise Shaw, Phd, MA, (BA Hons), (Cantab), QTS, NPQH

Open Days & Events

Thornton offers lots of opportunities to come and visit our wonderful school.  Our next whole school Open Mornings are on Saturday 30th September 2023  and Saturday 2nd March 2024. 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 is a leading independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3 – 18 years. It is one of the most successful non-selective schools in the UK and offers a warm and nurturing educational environment alongside a rigorous and exciting curriculum. Thornton College  is located between Milton Keynes and Buckingham and is set in 25 acres of beautiful grounds. 


Thornton College is a community where girls thrive; where outstanding pastoral care and a wonderfully creative and broad curriculum and co-curriculum enables each girl to become the very best version of herself.  We are a vibrant and diverse school, welcoming girls from 3 to 18 of all faiths and none, from across the UK and the world – including many of the Jesus and Mary Schools situated in 29 different countries. We embrace and celebrate our differences knowing that we are also a community.

Thornton College is an incredibly special place – and I warmly invite you to join us on one of our open days, our ‘Meet the Head’ Coffee mornings or for a personal tour on any ‘normal’ working day – do come along, you will always receive a warm welcome.


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 UK and International students with a full programme of exciting evening and weekend activities.  We do not have exeat weekends or Saturday school.  We are brilliantly located 35 minutes by train from London Euston and near Junction 14 of the M1; easily accessible from London Heathrow, London Luton and Birmingham airports.

At Thornton, we educate girls so that not only can they make a difference, but they want to make a difference. We do this by providing a curriculum and co-curriculum that inspire curiosity and by providing classes and clubs that stir debate and instil the belief needed to formulate and share opinions; Thornton girls learn how to listen and empathise, to work together and share ideas but also how to lead. Our small class sizes allow us to know each girl as an individual, to grow with her on her educational journey, crafting a school experience so that she is not only able to discover her talents but more importantly – use them to the full!

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