Welcome to the website of the Old Thorntonians Association (Clapham)

Vice-President/President-elect:  Michael Caplan QC (1964-71)


The Association was re-formed in September 2006 to enable former pupils and staff of Henry Thornton School, Clapham, to stay in touch with one another, and to share views, news, memories and information relevant to both the school's and their own history















  • To provide a forum for Association members to exchange information and to stay in touch by various means: the newsletter, this website, e-mail, reunions and the membership directory
  • To serve as a focal point as appropriate for any UK regional or overseas communities of Old Thorntonians who may arrange to meet for local social events and reunions
  • To publish a newsletter approximately three times a year












If you are a former pupil or member of staff, and haven't yet joined the Association, why not do so today? The annual subscription for Full membership is only £10.00 (£6.00 for Associates), and you can apply by clicking here


Jimmy Hill OBE, Association President: died 19 December 2015. An obituary for Jimmy, who was a pupil from 1939 until 1945, was included in newsletter no 33. 

2015 Reunion: held at The Windmill (Blue Room) on Tuesday 10 November  and attended by around 28 OTs, with one guest. That for 2016 - which will also be a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the relaunch of the Association - will take place on Tuesday 8 November.

2016 AGM:  to be held at 2pm on Saturday 19 March - please note amended date - at Lambeth Academy, Elms Road. (The previously scheduled date, 26 March, falls over the Easter weekend.)

Commemorative plaqueThe Mayor of Lambeth unveiled the plaque, in Elms Road, on Saturday 21 March 2015 at a ceremony attended by 16 OTs, local councillors and others, including representatives of the Clapham Society.  Further information, with selected photographs, was given in newsletter no 30 (April 2015) and also appears on a dedicated page of the website:  select Memorabilia from the Home page menu, then click on Plaque Unveiling. 

New Henry Thornton building on Lambeth College site: formally opened on Friday 20 November 2015 by Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham.   A selection of ;photographs taken during the ceremony is displayed in the Buildings gallery (accessed by clicking on Memorabilia on the home page menu). 

Pupil honours boards:  the five boards covering the period 1918-50 inclusive are at Lambeth Academy in the Sixth Form study area. To show the layout, one photo, of the set as originally housed in the Academy's conference room, has been posted in the Pupils (2) gallery.  The remaining entries, for 1951-68, are housed at Lambeth College, South Side.  (Also in Pupils (2) is a transcribed list of names and years of all the pupils concerned.  Click on Memorabilia on the Home page menu to access this and the other  galleries.)

Former Staff:   pass the word to Ted if you know of any ex-staff who might be interested in membership of the Association, or at least in learning more about its existence and work.


Please note that the Newsletters page is password-protected, and is available for viewing by Association members only.  Selection of this page will bring up a password window with the cursor already positioned at the left-hand side of the window ready for entry of the password. Just type in the password, remembering that it is case-sensitive. Do not try to position the cursor using the mouse, as otherwise the password entry will fail.


The following sites may also be of interest.

Old Thorntonians Football Club   (Founded in 1928 and still going strong)

Amateur Football Combination  (For OTFC 1st XI fixtures and tables, go to Inter South column and click on Inter South; for 2nd XI go to column 5.South West, and 6.South West for the 3rd XI) 

Old Thorntonians Golf Society

Lambeth College   (South Side, Clapham Common)

Lambeth Academy  (Occupies site of the 1929 HTS building off Elms Road) 

http://www.claphamsociety.com/  (Registered charity actively involved in a wide range of local issues, including planning and conservation)

http://landmark.lambeth.gov.uk/  (Lambeth Council's archives site, with 7000+ photographs of local buildings etc, including a few of HTS and others, such as Holy Trinity Church)

The Windmill-on-the-Common   (Venue for reunions and other Association meetings)

Friends Reunited

The Old Cicestrians Society - representing former pupils and staff of Chichester High School for Boys and originally known as CHALOBS - now has its own website:  



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