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Thorpe House School
29 Oval Way, 01753 882474, UK Gerrards Cross
+44 (0)1753 882474

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Thorpe House School
based in Gerrards Cross Buckinghamshire
An Independent Day School for boys from 7-16

The atmosphere, teaching and incredible range of experiences we offer at Thorpe House all contribute to our track record of strong academic results and happy successful boys decorative button decorative button decorative button

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Saturday 17th November (primarily for Senior School entrants)
10am to 1pm
Rugby, Cricket, Footballl, Tennis, Golf, Skiing, Judo, Swimming, Athletics, Rowing, Horseriding, Sailing......
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Entry points to the schools will generally be at ages 3, 4, 7, 11 and 13
At age 3 a total of 21 boys will enter the Nursery
At age 4 a further 15 boys will be admitted to Reception

At age 7 a few places become available to fill spaces vacated by boys who have not come through to Thorpe House from Kingscote (generally up to 6 places)

At age 11 places become available to fill spaces vacated by boys who have gone on to Grammar School (generally up to 12 places)
At age 13 a few places become available to fill spaces vacated by boys moving on to Public schools (generally up to 8 places)
Places also become available at other ages from time to time.

At all ages places are allocated according to position on the waiting list subject to passing an entry assessment. The waiting list is made up in order of registrations received. It is strongly recommended that parents should return a registration form (and £30 registration fee) at the earliest opportunity if they wish their son to be considered for entry. Some lists fill up more than eighteen months before entry.

The entry assessment is not competitive, but from age 7 and above takes the form of a basic check of skills in English and Mathematics. From age 11 and over there is also a test of Science and Reasoning skills.
At age 11 and above, anyone on the waiting list who has taken the Bucks 11+ test and scored 110 or more will automatically pass the assessment. Those who have scored below 110 will need to be able to demonstrate at assessment the capability to cope with an academic course leading up to GCSE.

At any age, once the offer of a place has been made by the school, parents confirm acceptance by payment of a deposit. For entrants into Kingscote and the junior part of Thorpe House this is £300. This deposit is held by the school and refunded against the boy’s leaver’s bill when he leaves the school. For entrants into the senior part of Thorpe House (Years 7 or above) the deposit is £600. £300 is then refunded against the first term’s fees and the remaining £300 is held to set against the leaver’s bill.


SCHOOL FEES - per term
Registration FEE
Deposit - Kingscote up to Year 6
Deposit - Year 7 and above

Kingscote Nursery

Autumn Term 5 sessions
Spring Term 7 sessions
Summer Term 8 sessions
Reception - Y1 - Y2  
Thorpe House
Y3 + Y4
Y5 to Y8
Y9 - Y11


Kingscote Pre-Prep School - More than just an exceptional educationKingscote Pre-Prep School - More than just an exceptional educationKingscote Pre-Prep School - More than just an exceptional education

Kingscote Pre-Preparatory School
based in Gerrards Cross Buckinghamshire
An Independent Pre- Prep Day School
for boys from 3-7

Your son's first experience of schooling is vitally important and at Kingscote you will find a warm, friendly and secure environment in which your son will thrive.

Above all we believe that by ensuring that your son is truly happy here, we will enable him to achieve his full potential.

As experts in the care and education of young boys, our aim is to inspire your son with a love of learning and a belief in his own abilities, to stretch him beyond what at first he thinks he can do and to give him the confidence to not be afraid to make mistakes.

The primary aim of the Kingscote education is to provide your son with a thorough grounding in reading, writing, arithemtic and communication skills as all his fututre learning depends on these essential foundations.

From Nursery, your son will learn these foundations through structured play sesions. From Reception onwards he will follow a broad and balanced curriculum and will explore new subjects in imaginative ways including drama, project work, educational software as well as the best traditional teaching methods.

He will also enjoy and benefit from a wide variety of educational outings, planned under careful supervsion to complement his learning at school.

Our airy classrooms provide vibrant, exciting spaces in which your son can learn. Our fun, experienced and well qualified Primary specialists, will go to great lengths to ensure that your son's individual needs are catered for and that in our small class sizes, he will flourish.

Each day, morning assembly is held for the whole school, involving a Christian based story, hymn and prayer. Morning assemblies are also used to celebrate and reward individual boy's successes whether that is in academic progress or kindness to others.

Mornings are spent learning the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic with time included for outdoor play, weather permitting. At noon, the boys enjoy a hot, nutritious lunch cooked on the premises where the teaching staff look after boys and help their table manners.

After lunch play, the boys become involved in a variety of activities such as project work, PE, football, cookery and art.

Boys are placed in one of Lancaster, Tudor, Windsor and York Houses. The house system introduces boys to a competitive environment - encouraging hard work, good behaviour and caring attitudes to others.



Thorpe House and Kingscote have always been schools that have high expectations of every boy. This includes academic performance, manners and behaviour, and involvement in extra-curricular activities.

In recent years the results of Key Stage 2 tests have placed half our boys above the National target level 4 in English and Maths and 80% above that target in Science. Therefore it is our intention that we maintain that ethos through to Year 11. The GCSE classes we run will follow a traditional academic programme. Through having small classes of 12 we will be able to continue to meet the needs of each individual to get the very best out of him and gain strong GCSE grades.

Where will the boys move on to after GSCE's?

We will still prepare many of our boys to enter Grammar Schools at 11 and others to enter other public schools at 13. However, those who are

staying on to sit GCSE examinations, or joining us with that explicit view in mind, will have plenty of options available to them at 16.
Local Grammar Schools have many spaces that become available at sixth form level and the local Sixth Form colleges all have very good reputations.

Therefore the needs of boys who want strongly academic sixth form courses or more vocational courses can be met from the provision of the state system.

Additionally, all the local Independent day schools and the majority of boarding schools are more than pleased to admit boys into their sixth

forms. In addition to these options, although there are no firm plans on the table at the moment, there are a number of development opportunities

in the local area which might allow us to provide our own sixth form provision at some point in the future.




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Religious Studies

Information & Communications Technology

Design and Technology (D&T)




Physical Education and Games

Sports Clubs:
The PE/ Games department run regular lunchtime and after school practices open to all boys in a variety of sports and activities during the year. Traditionally these have included football, rugby, cricket, 5 a side football swimming and basketball.
We also run pre-season training sessions in our major games prior to the start of each term. A summer holiday sports activity week is also organised.
The ski club has always taken place every week at Wycombe Summit. When it runs it is open to boys of all ages and caters for those who are just starting to ski as well as those who are race training. There is an annual family ski trip to the Alps which is always over subscribed. In 2002 Thorpe House were national Prep School champions on both dry slope and snow. Unfortunately the ski club is currently in hiatus because Wycombe Summit is out of use.T
Judo takes place at school on a Friday after school. There are three classes for those at different levels and the more advanced boys enter the annual national Prep School championships at High Wycombe. Our judo is run by Pro-coach.
Our swimmers train in the school pool which is open from April to October, and there are also free swimming sessions. In the winter months the boys in the swimming squad train at local pools as organised by Swimwell
Golf is an after school option at times of year when there is enough light. The boys are coached by the professionals at Wexham Park Golf Club in Stoke Poges. For those who play a lot out of school there are individual competitions into which we enter boys.
All boys undertake a programme of athletics as part of their summer sports, leading up to Sports Day. For those who are particularly keen or talented there is also an after school club that runs through the summer term.
Our Head of Science is an LTA coach and he runs mini- tennis throughout the winter for the junior boys. There is an after school tennis club during the summer for boys of all ages which meets at Gerrards Cross Tennis Club.
5-a-side football:
At different points in the year, lunchtime competitions are held for teams of different ages to find the five-a-side school champions. The boys also play Brazilian football
Sailing takes place at Rickmansworth Aquadrome at times of year when there is enough light. The school owns boats which are kept at the lake and the Bury Lake Sailing Club loan boats to us so that all boys can sail solo.
Table Tennis:
A table tennis clubs called the R.U.T.T.S (Really Useful Table Tennis Society) meets after school once a week for training and has occasional fixtures. There are opportunities for non team members to play at lunchtimes at various times during the week.

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