Welcome to Thorpe Hall’s Lower School

Children attend our Lower School from 5 to 11 years and receive individual care and attention within small, friendly and supportive classes.

Our aim is to discover, nurture and develop the individual strengths of each of our pupils, through an abundant variety of opportunities both academic and extra-curricular. Every child is given the chance to achieve, thrive and succeed.

We place great emphasis on teaching children how to learn and how to develop the skills they need to become life-long learners so that, as independent thinkers, they can always be the best they can be.

The Lower School starts in Reception Class which girls and boys join in September of the academic year they turn 5 years old. Reception Class is a transition year, continuing to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum whilst at the same time preparing children for the next stage in their school lives. Our Reception Welcome Booklet has lots of information about what and how children learn in this important year.

The curriculum throughout the Lower School is very broad and balances creative, practical, sporting and academic subjects and topic areas. Every classroom benefits from state-of-the-art technology in the form of an interactive touchscreen, computer and internet access. iPads are regularly used in lessons and Thorpe Hall School prides itself in creating and utilising teaching and learning resources that inspire and motivate children to engage in their learning with joy and enthusiasm.

Thorpe Hall is among the UK’s top-performing schools for SATs results and has featured in the Sunday Times top 100 UK Preparatory Schools tables for many years. Outstanding academic results are achieved and we have a long and distinguished record of preparing candidates for the 11+ exam.

We have an excellent enrichment programme with exciting excursions and a broad range of clubs, societies and activities. This includes participation in national and international initiatives designed to inspire and engage pupils across academic and creative subjects, from Science and Technology to Music and Drama.

Visit our Video Library to find out more or take a look at our ‘Top Ten Things’ leaflet which outlines some of the things that set Thorpe Hall apart.

“In response to the school’s promotion of its values, pupils create the family atmosphere in which they flourish and develop. Their self-esteem builds and they move on with confidence to achieve their potential.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate

“The pupils’ moral development is excellent. Pupils are polite and courteous at all times. They clearly show great respect toward other pupils and adults and they display confidence without arrogance. Behaviour around the school is exemplary at all ages and allows pupils to feel secure and flourish.”

Independent Schools Inspectorate