Thorngrove School was founded in 1988 by Nick and Connie Broughton, the Principals. After several years teaching in London, they decided to move out to the beautiful Hampshire countryside to start their family and set up a school. Due to its success and unique atmosphere the school flourished and grew in size year on year. There are currently 250 pupils at the school.
The First School Photograph (with Toby, the dog)
Over the years, facilities have been built and extended. In 2000 The Senior Block was built. This provided exceptional facilities including a large Music Room with numerous individual practice rooms; a fully resourced Science Laboratory; a light and airy Art Room as well as several teaching classrooms.
In 2007 an architect-designed Sports Hall was built. This magnificent building not only has a large multi-purpose hall, but also houses an IT suite, changing rooms and several teaching classrooms and offices.
The beautiful grounds have always been a key feature of the school. These have also been extended and now stretch over 25 acres.
The children are lucky enough to have access to woodland areas and a small stream runs through the campus. The extensive playing fields are the envy of many a visiting team. An Adventure Play Area, partly funded by the children’s school council, has been positioned beside the tennis courts and astro-turf pitch.
In the summer of 2009 Mr. and Mrs. Broughton stepped back from running the school and appointed Adam King as Headmaster. Adam had been Deputy Head at Thorngrove for 5 years so knew the school well.
In 2010 a D&T centre was opened to provide a facility for children in Year 5 and above to work with resistant materials. In addition to this, a unique eco-garden was created just behind the senior block with chickens, raised beds and a fruit cage (much of the produce is used by the kitchens).
In 2012 a new Nursery was opened next to the Reception Form in the main building to create a wonderful Early Years setting.
In September 2014 Forest School was placed on the curriculum and children enjoy lessons taught by qualified staff every week. A wonderful Mongolian Yurt with wood burning stove is at the centre of the Forest School area.
In the summer of 2018, the school upgraded its sporting facilities by installing an impressive three lane cricket facility and two new coloured tennis courts.
The Broughtons remain very much part of daily life at Thorngrove. They are regularly seen walking their dogs (Raffy and Rory) in the grounds and take a real interest in the happiness and well-being of every child. More recently, four of their grandchildren have joined the school.