Thorpe House School


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior
  • Pupils: Boys
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 320 (Boys) 0 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 16 years
  • Founded: 1923

General Information

Thorpe House is the only all-through boys’ school in Buckinghamshire taking boys from Nursery at age three through to their GCSE’s at age 16. As a successful, approachable independent school specialising in boys’ education, we understand the ways in which boys learn and we genuinely treat each boy as an individual.

We understand that boys will be boys and are often lively, opinionated, physical and competitive; we harness these qualities and produce well-educated, well-mannered and well-rounded, young men.

Each boy at Thorpe House is unique, some are academics, some excel in sport and others in the performing arts; each boy is different and it is that difference that we nurture and value. If you would like to discuss the possibility of your son joining us, please do not hesitate to contact us and experience for yourself why Thorpe House is the first choice for our parents and their sons.


The Pre-Prep Department is housed in its own attractive, purpose built accommodation, surrounded by a wonderful expanse of green space which the boys use throughout the day. Nursery and Reception have their own covered, outdoor classrooms which include a very popular mud kitchen! Our classes are small with no more than 16 boys and teaching styles vary to create a positive and enabling learning environment.

The Prep Department is located on both the Pre-Prep site (for Year 3) and the main school building (for Years 4 to 6). In Years 3 to 4 the boys have one class teacher for all subjects with the exception of ICT, French, design technology, music, games and PE which are taught by specialist teachers. This prepares them for moving to a fully specialist taught timetable in Years 5 and 6.

The Senior Department provides more than just an opportunity to achieve excellent results. We offer all the other important elements that help to produce a well-rounded individual. We believe that education extends beyond the classroom and we take our extra-curricular activities equally seriously. All boys have the opportunity to compete for the school or their House on the sports field, in the swimming pool and on the athletics track. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is offered as is Young Enterprise. Boys take part in a number of overseas trips and visits such as the annual football squad tours to a range of European venues, the GCSE History trip to Ypres Battlefields in Belgium, the joint art and Spanish trip to Barcelona, and the biennial skiing holiday in France.

Thorpe House has a number of very talented sportsmen and due to the size of the school, we have the time to support these boys and nurture their talents. We currently have boys who compete at national level for swimming, tennis, football and athletics and many boys who compete at district and county level for rugby, cricket, football, athletics, golf, horse riding and swimming.

We encourage every boy to achieve his full potential academically, creatively or in sport, but for those who are exceptional in a particular field we run a gifted and talented programme.


For details please email Mrs J Tyler, Registrar, on

Open Days

2020. All visits are welcome, please contact the school.


2019/2020. Thorpe Explorers Nursery: £3900 per term. Pre-prep (Reception - Year 2: £3900 - £4100 per term. Prep (Years 3 - 6): £5100 per term. Senior (Years 7-11): £5975 per term.


ISI Inspectorate Compliance Report 2017
ISI Compliance and Educational Inspection 2019

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Nicholas Pietrek

Contact for enquiries: Mrs J Tyler, Registrar

Thorpe House School
Oval Way
Gerrard's Cross

[t]: 01753 882474

Location Description

Close to the centre of Gerrard's Cross, with easy access to A413, M40 and M25.

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School News

Thorpe House boys independent day and boarding school Buckinghamshire

We are proud to announce a partnership with Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club that will give our pupils the opportunity to further develop

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both their cricketing skills and their love of the sport at a popular and trusted local club. This season and for successive seasons, CSPCC is looking forward to growing their already thriving junior section with boys who have a genuine love of the sport.

“Sport is a very important part of school life at Thorpe and cricket is one of the most popular sports for our boys. We have a number of talented pupils who compete at county level for cricket due in part to our highly qualified teaching team who have the experience and time to support these boys and nurture their talents. Partnership with CSPCC means our boys will have the opportunity to further improve their game by playing with a different set of coaches and players, in a friendly, local setting.”
Mr Day, Director of Sport at Thorpe 

“Chalfont St Peter Cricket Club runs seven junior teams from Year 4 to Year 10, with training available from year 1. Our junior membership has doubled over the past five years, and we would welcome adults and juniors to join us and become part of our thriving sports and social club. Our recently refurbished club house has the facilities to allow all of our members to develop and enjoy cricket, and the partnership with Thorpe House school will help us to attract new members to our club.”
Ian Williams, Junior Chairman.

Thorpe House boys independent day and boarding school Buckinghamshire

At the end of January, we celebrated the launch of the school’s newly covered and renovated 18 metre swimming pool with Seriously FUN Swimming Schools

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. Olympic gold medal winner Adrian Moorhouse MBE performed the ribbon cutting ceremony and Ellis (Year 11) part of our elite swimming team and a member of the senior performance squad at Wycombe District Swimming Club interviewed the gold medal winner all about his swimming career and his journey to the Seoul Olympics in 1988:

What used to motivate you to get up and train?
I was motivated by two things, I liked competing but I also liked mastery; I wanted to learn and do everything better. Between the ages of 12-13 I was also bullied, so I swam as a way of keeping my head down and not being around other people.

What did you do to prepare yourself for a race?
Preparation is everything; an hour before a race I found myself a quiet place. I’d read a book, listen to music and as it got closer to the race I visualised swimming it. The final piece of prep was thinking about what I could control next, so as I walked into the Olympic ‘ready room’ for the final, all I was thinking about was getting a good dive because that was all I could do next.

How did you feel when you won your gold medal in 1988?
I was 24 and winning a gold medal is a good feeling as you might imagine! It was my second Olympics; I was hoping to win in my first when I was 20 and I was devastated when I didn’t. Sticking with it and coming back to win was really special. It was also closing the loop on a childhood dream.

How do you deal with defeat?
I was never a bad loser. I used to reflect on what I could do differently or better. I was never angry or bitter and even when I won, I was thinking about which bit of the race I could have done differently. I did get upset, I don’t like losing, particularly after my first Olympics, but eventually I got some perspective and every race I went into after that I thought, it can’t be as bad as that. I’ll survive.

Who were your sporting role models growing up?
Role models are very important. Scottish swimmer, David Wilkie who won a gold medal in 1976 was mine. I was a club swimmer when I watched him win it and I thought, that looks pretty good, I’d like to do that! There was a David Wilkie Swimming Camp not far from where I lived and I pestered my dad to take me along. I went for the day and David was there and I met him. That’s the thing about seeing something on TV and dreaming about it, then actually meeting a human being; it makes it more real and you believe that it’s possible.

Who was your biggest influence growing up?
My swimming coach from the age of 14 to 28, Terry Denison. He was the man who entered me for my first County championship where I got a silver and he was my coach when I won the Olympics. My father was also a big influence; he had the philosophy that the harder you work, the more you get. He was all about effort, putting the hours in, practising and working hard.

What advice would you get to a young swimmer who wants to get into competitive swimming?
You’ve got to put a lot of time into competitive swimming, so I would say you have to enjoy it. You give things up, you don’t sacrifice things, you choose to be a swimmer and it’s a lot of fun! I did it with lots of my friends and I have friends now that I met through the sport. You’ve also got to listen to the coaches; you need to respect them and really understand why they are telling you what they are. On one occasion early on, I got quite upset with what my coach was saying, but I thought, he must be telling me this for a reason so I asked him why. That was the start of me working with him.

Aside from winning gold in 1988, what was your biggest sporting achievement?
The year before I won the Olympics, I took part in a competition in Germany and I was the first person to break a minute in the 100m breaststroke. There were three of us holding the world short course record and we were exchanging it for about a year. We were in the race together so we knew one of us would break it and it was me.

How often do you swim now?
That’s quite an embarrassing question! I swim on holiday. I sometimes join the Masters’ group in Maidenhead and occasionally I go to the lake in the summer to swim in open water; I’ve got a wetsuit in my boot and I used it once this summer!

Do you children like to swim?
They all have beautiful technique, but my 13 year old has already stopped swimming to be a rower, my 11 year old swims at school but has stopped club swimming and my 10 year old stopped when she was six and plays the drums now. My last hope is my youngest who is still swimming, but for how long I don’t know!

What is your favourite stroke?
I love breaststroke because it’s not a naturally flowing stroke. It’s all about getting the timing and technique right and I enjoy the challenge that it offers.


Thorpe House independent school Buckinghamshire

The boys had a real treat recently with a visit from author, Helen Moss. Helen has written a number of books including the Adventure Island series

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and the Secrets of the Tomb trilogy, and she spent the day talking to the boys about the characters in her books, how she got into writing, even offering tips to some of our wannabe writers!

William, Daniel and Oliver, three of our Year 5 boys also drew up a list of questions last week and interviewed her today, with the utmost professionalism.

Thorpe House independent school Buckinghamshire

What a day we’ve had celebrating the Queen’s birthday! The day began with the Queen and Prince Phillip greeting the boys and their parents at

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the Pre-Prep gates before taking a tour of each of the classrooms. They particularly enjoyed being sung to by the Nursery boys!

The boys and staff then came together in the hall to sing a wonderful rendition of ‘God Save the Queen’ before joining in with happy birthday whilst the Queen blew out the candles on a fantastic three tier chocolate and vanilla sponge cake made by Mrs Treves.

After presenting the prizes to the winners of the crown competition (Nursery – Hugo, RLC – Avi, RMS – Florian, 1AD – Agastya, 2KM – Nikhil and 2MJ – Ollie) the boys enjoyed birthday cake in the sunshine on the lawn.

Then, at lunch time Pre-Prep and Prep enjoyed a fantastic ‘street party’ in the playground before heading to the Pre-Prep field for party games organised by the Headmaster. The younger and older boys teamed up and it was a lovely sight to watch the older ones encouraging the younger ones!

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