Thorpe Hall School

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Thorpe Hall School
Type Other Independent School
Religion Christian
Location Wakering Road
Great Wakering

 England Coordinates: 51°32′51″N 0°45′31″E / 51.54755°N 0.75855°E / 51.54755; 0.75855
DfE URN 115402 Tables
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–17

Thorpe Hall School is an independent school in Southend-on-Sea.The school is a member of the Independent Schools Council.[1] It is particularly well known for its emphasis on physical education, with a proud rugby playing tradition. It also competes in many events around the UK in football, netball and cricket.


Thorpe Hall School was founded in 1925 in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, as a Preparatory School for young boys aged 3 to 13. Throughout the 2nd World War it was run by Mr. Lewis as the Headmaster, and his wife. Head of the Infants Class group was Miss Hall; Mr Wells taught history and Classics. It was housed in the area known as Thorpe Bay, at the southern end of Thorpe Hall Avenue almost on the corner with Burges Road opposite the corner of the Golf Course. In the middle of the Boulevard -lolroad with the western road running northwards and the eastern road running southwards,and as originally built had twin tram tracks running down the middle - by 1939 no longer used by the Southend Corporation Trams - an underground Air Raid shelter was dug, big enough to house the entire School and the Teachers during Air Raid Warnings. I expect it's still there buried under the grass unbeknown to the walkers and runners who now use the greenway track where the Trams used to run. The School moved premises to Shoeburyness in 1989 to Wakering Road. The Old site of the School has be re-developed for residential housing.


The school currently[when?] educates girls and boys from Nursery (age 2) to GCSE (age 16). Facilities include a Nursery with outdoor learning area, a wilderness area for Forest Schooling, three purpose built classroom blocks including a Design and Technology workshop, an Art Studio, a Food and Textiles studio, a full equipped Theatre seating 250 people, 11 acres of land including a 7 acre field for Rugby and Football plus an all-weather cricket strip. The curriculum broadly follows the National Curriculum for England but also includes opportunities to play golf, tennis, squash, badminton, basketball and hockey and the chance to go horse riding, sailing and swimming. GCSE subjects taught are Maths, English, Literature, Science, French, Spanish, History, Geography, Music, Drama, Art, Resistant Materials, Product Design, Food Technoloy, Textiles, Business Studies and Media Studies. The school is non-selective and offers means tested bursaries.


  • fully equipped, 250 seat Theatre,
  • media centre,
  • modern workshops for Design / Technology and Food / Textiles,
  • purpose-built Art Studio with pottery kiln,
  • Fully equipped, purpose-built Nursery with covered outdoor classroom and dedicated garden area
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme - Bronze
  • 3 ICT Suites with PCs no more than three years old
  • Comprehensive use of a dedicated VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)
  • All Upper School homework set online
  • Commercial scale printer for use by Young Enterprise Scheme

Extra-curricular and curriculum enhancement activities include:

  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Chess
  • Squash
  • Horse Riding
  • Swimming
  • Dance
  • Music Theatre
  • Maze Building
  • Lego Robotics Challenge