About Pennthorpe

Why Pennthorpe?

Choosing a school for our children is one of the most important decisions we make as parents. There are so many great schools to choose from so, why choose Pennthorpe?

Pennthorpe is a truly independent school. Independent from the government with its consistently changing curriculum. Independent from any one senior school. Pennthorpe has control of its destiny and can determine what we are and the educational journey we offer our children. Our core motivation is ensuring children’s happiness and enabling them to enjoy every second of their time in school. We’re about offering and relishing opportunities; discovering the elements where individuals excel, where they find their passion and how to approach improving when it doesn’t work out. Our children quickly discover that learning is exciting and that their school offers experiences where one can safely make mistakes and learn from them.

Pennthorpe children are confident but not arrogant.  They are eager to question what’s around them rather than simply accept any knowledge offered. They are valued for being individuals and are not expected to confirm to any particular Pennthorpe ‘mould’. There are no square pegs and round holes at Pennthorpe. Pennthorpe people make their own holes!

Children at Pennthorpe become confident, capable learners with a robust belief that the effort they put in will be acknowledged and reciprocated. They know what to do when they don’t know what to do and how to develop a useful toolbox of learning skills and techniques. They are prepared not just for a life of tests but the tests of life: we offer an education which cultivates character, real world inclinations as well as academic expertise and excellent results. Children are prepared for the rigour and opportunities of life in the turbulent waters of the 21st century.

So why Pennthorpe? All schools have marketing strategies, glossy websites and brochures and of course, so do we but there is also something intangible about Pennthorpe. Something that can only be gained by being present in the school.  Our best advocates are our children: so come and ask them why they love Pennthorpe!

Learning is one of the most readily available forms of happiness there is – Professor Guy Claxton

Woodwork in our Design & Technology Suite

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Pond dipping in our woodland

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