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Ferndown Middle School
Peter Grant Way Ferndown Dorset BH22 9UP


Working in partnership with our community is an important part of what makes Ferndown Middle School special. It has been a privilege to be able to work with some incredible partners over the years and maintain friendships that benefit the school and our children but also impact the wider community which we are part of.

John Thornton Young Achievers

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The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation (JTYAF) honours the life of Lt John ‘JT’ Thornton RM, from Ferndown, Dorset, who was tragically killed in southern Afghanistan on 30th March 2008.

John lived his dream and died doing the job he loved. The aim of the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation is to encourage and assist young people to ‘climb as high as they can dream.’

The JTYAF supports young people from a wide range of youth organisations providing them with scholarships and bursaries to support their personal development and the pursuit of their ambitions. Recipients of the Charity’s Young Achievers Awards are selected for their demonstration of the Foundation’s key values: courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness in adversity.

Since its formation in 2008 the JTYAF has made awards to over 800 young people which total £310,000.

In 2015 a staggering £75,000 has been allocated for awards which is an increase in the amount available in 2014 and will enable more young people to benefit from support.

John attended Ferndown Middle School and the JTYAF has supported the school through allocating bursaries to pupils since 2011.

Click below for further information and details of the application process.

JTYAF New Application Form revised 2024

JTYAF Application Form Guidelines 2023

The Ferndown Pyramid

Education is not just about how one school works but about how we work with our feeder and upper schools; this is our pyramid. A coherent and cohesive education that covers a child’s entire education, from first to middle to upper, leads to greater progress, achievement and enjoyment.

We are proud to work with our Pyramid schools and continue to develop and strengthen our partnerships.

Ferndown First School –
Hampreston First School –
Parley First School –
Ferndown Upper School –