School History

Thorngrove School was founded in 1988 by Nick and Connie Broughton, the Directors. It is a co-educational day school for children aged 2 ½ to 13 years. The purpose-built facilities are set in former farmland in the village of Highclere, 5 miles south of Newbury and 12 miles north of Andover. The school started with just 14 children, and due to its success and unique atmosphere the school flourished and grew in size year on year. There are currently 240 pupils at Thorngrove today.

The First School Photograph (with Toby, the dog)


Thorngrove offers a unique environment where children can grow and learn independently. We value our intimate and friendly community and are proud of the benefit that it brings; our small class sizes enable us to offer individual attention to all of our pupils.

The school has a relaxed yet purposeful atmosphere where working relationships between staff and pupils flourish. We are forward thinking in our approach – ready to adapt to change and technological advancement, whilst at the same time remaining true to traditional values.

Pupils are assessed continuously and parents are always welcome to discuss their children’s progress with staff on a regular basis. Above all, our aim is that each pupil should reach their potential in terms of confidence, creativity and achievement.

Chaired by the Headmaster, a committee of parent representatives from each form meets every term to discuss any relevant issues. In addition to this, the Friends of Thorngrove Committee has been set up to fundraise for the school and for chosen charities, through social events for parents, staff and children. 

In the summer of 2009, Nick and Connie Broughton stepped back from running the school and appointed Adam King as Headmaster. In September 2022, Adam was succeeded by Nick Graham, who takes over following five years as Senior Deputy Head in the school.