Thorpe Hall School

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Thorpe Hall School
Type Other Independent School
Location Wakering Road
England Coordinates: 51°32′51″N 0°45′31″E / 51.54755°N 0.75855°E / 51.54755; 0.75855
Local authority Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
DfE URN 115402 Tables
Gender Coeducational
Ages 2–16

Thorpe Hall School is a non-selective, coeducational independent day school in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. 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.

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 Technology, Textiles, Business Studies and Media Studies. The school is non-selective and offers means tested bursaries.


Martin Goldberg controversy[edit]

In 2014 Martin Goldberg who was a Deputy Head at the school was found dead at his home following a police investigation which revealed incident images of children on his computer. Some of the images appear to have been obtained at male changing rooms at the school and involve children aged between 9 and 12.[2]


  • 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