2019 - Excellence & Innovation in Pupils' Mental Health and Wellbeing (Whole School)

The Excellence and Innovation in Mental Health and Wellbeing award, from the Independent School’s Association (ISA), recognises Thorpe Hall’s commitment to preventing and addressing mental health issues in children.

Central to Thorpe Hall’s multi-pronged approach is a focus on teaching pupils from an early age about the causes and symptoms of poor mental health and how to promote resilience and wellbeing. With emotional wellbeing such a clear indicator of academic achievement and success in later life, the overarching aim is to set a pattern for how a young person will go on to manage their own mental health and wellbeing into adulthood and throughout their lives.

2020 - Tes Wellbeing Initiative of The Year - Shortlisted (Whole School)

Thorpe Hall School is shortlisted for the Times Educational Supplement (Tes) Wellbeing Initiative of The Year 2020 Award for its groundbreaking Girls on Board approach.

Girls on Board is an approach developed by Headteacher Andrew Hampton to help girls between the ages of 8 and 18, their parents and their teachers to better understand the complexities and dynamics of girl friendships.

The language, methods and ideas empower girls to solve their own friendship problems and recognises that they are usually the only ones who can. With training and support from Andrew Hampton, hundreds of schools across the UK are now helping thousands with the Girls on Board approach.

2019 - A Sunday Times Top 100 UK Preparatory School (Lower School)

Thorpe Hall School ranked in the Sunday Times Top 100 UK Preparatory Schools tables in 2019 – for the fifth year running.

The Sunday Times League Tables rank Preparatory Schools from across the country on their performance in standard assessment tests (Sats). They report on the average scaled scores achieved by children in three areas – reading, GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) and mathematics – and the outcomes are aggregated. Average scores are awarded to schools in the range of 8 up to 120, with 100 representing the expected standard children should achieve by the end of year 6. A score of 110 or above. in any of the three measures indicates children are working at a ‘higher’ level of attainment.

The 2019 league tables take their results from the Department for Education using the Freedom of Information Act. There is no legal requirement for independent schools to enter their children for Sats, and the Sunday Times ranking features only those that do.


2017 - ISA National Award for Excellence & Innovation in Early Years (Nursery & Reception)

The enriched curriculum designed by the Early Years team at Thorpe Hall School provides its youngest pupils with a wealth of opportunities for them to explore the world around them, develop their awareness and independence, grow in confidence and become successful learners. This was recognised with a national award for Excellence & Innovation in Early Years award by the ISA in 2017.

The children in Nursery and Reception classes learn French, practice Yoga, swim, dance, bake, discover Music and Drama, and all taught by specialists. Child-initiated learning is promoted, as well as applying skills independently – allowing children to transfer their skills into different situations.

The ISA Judges commented: “Thorpe Hall won because of the innovation shown in curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, such as a combined EYFS/Year 8 literacy programme and trips to a local residential home. Their holistic approach to child development, coupled with placing child happiness at the forefront of learning makes Thorpe Hall a very deserving winner”.

2016 - ISA National Award for Excellence & Innovation for Senior Provision (Upper School)

Thorpe Hall School was recognised for excellence and innovation in its senior provision at the 2016 Independent Schools Association (ISA) Annual Awards.

Recognising the success of the school’s pastoral care initiative Girls on Board, the award was presented to Headteacher Andrew Hampton at the ISA’s Annual Autumn Conference by Fred Binley from the University of Southampton.

Girls on Board sets out a common platform and language to help girls in early adolescence navigate the often-troubled waters of friendships. It empowers them to solve relational problems and arms them with the skills they need to keep friendships more stable and less disruptive.

Thorpe Hall shares the model with girls in Years 8 to 11 and has found it to be effective at both preventing friendship problems occurring and also helping to solve issues between girls where problems have arisen. The model is also shared with parents in an hour-long presentation with specific advice about how parents can help to support their daughters.

Dr Peter Woodroffe, Deputy CEO of the ISA, commented: “The judges enjoyed Thorpe Hall’s creative and innovative approach to the issue of adolescent girls’ friendship problems and the impact these can have on schools.  The judge even commented that they wanted to recommend it to pastoral heads of every secondary school in the country!”.