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Dorset prep school closes its doors after 103 years

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A Dorset prep school is closing after 103 years.

35% of pupils withdrew in September Credit: ITV News

Thornlow Prep School in Weymouth will shut its doors for the final time today due to falling pupil numbers.

The school say they've been affected by a drop in overseas students including those from Spain and China, and that the school's closure feels like "a complete and total bereavement".

We spoke to the Director, Rupert Fowke:

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THORNLOW SCHOOL

1870
School founded at Thornloe in Worcestershire
1912
After several moves the school settled in Weymouth
1940
The buildings were requisitioned during World War Two
1947
The school re-opened, serving the people of Weymouth as its only prep school