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13:19 PM - 22 May 2018

Retweeted From National Autistic Society

Wonderful to hear that a talented student from our Cullum Centre is a finalist in the awards. Well done Greta, what an achievement! https://t.co/6SBjsFe0aO https://t.co/dDmCnlpnK3

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15:32 PM - 24 Apr 2018

Retweeted From Thames Ditton Jrs

Isn’t science awesome?! Year 6 visiting https://t.co/uX1QYIfXSK

11:02 AM - 24 Apr 2018

Good luck to our Year 11 students this week doing GCSE French, German and Spanish speaking exams!

09:41 AM - 24 Apr 2018

Retweeted From HWSMFL

Good luck to all of our Y11 language students doing their speaking tests this week!

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11:57 AM - 17 Apr 2018

Retweeted From HWSMFL

We've explored Park Güell in the glorious weather (about time!) and are now heading to Barceloneta for a picnic on the beach! Great to spend a day exploring all together with our exchange partners! https://t.co/U64Z4d3dTa

03:55 AM - 17 Apr 2018

Retweeted From Music

Hey to all Senior Jazz - hope you had a great holiday- big Jazz Day coming up on May 3rd. We start rehearsals tomorrow Tuesday. See you then.

17:32 PM - 16 Apr 2018

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

Calling on all of our students who are competing at county/regional/national or academy club level to fill out our sporting achievements form! Has been sent home to parents by email🏊‍♂️⚽️🏀🏈🎾🏸🏓🏐🏒🏑🏏🥋🥊🎽🏋️‍♂️🤸‍♂️🏌️‍♀️🤾‍♂️🧗‍♂️🚵‍♂️🚣‍♀️💃🕺🥇🏆

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17:32 PM - 16 Apr 2018

Retweeted From HWSMFL

It's the final evening of our fantastic Spanish exchange 😢. A great day today in Barcelona, visiting La Padrera and the Boqueria Market. Tonight is our last chance to have delicious tapas (& for Mrs Martin to scoff even more Patatas Bravas!) Thanks to everyone ! https://t.co/gC6v07FsMF

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15:16 PM - 13 Apr 2018

Retweeted From HWSMFL

A fab day in visiting the and getting to know the city, with ice cream. And some lush tapas for the teachers! https://t.co/ZBZID7mxls

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History & Alumni

Serving the Local Community for Over 70 years

Hinchley Wood School's Claygate Lane site originally housed two separate schools, the Kingston Day Commercial School and the Hinchley Wood Central Council School; the former being an existing school moved from its location in Kingston.

The Central Council School opened on 4 March 1940 with 360 children drawn from five different local schools in Thames Ditton, Claygate and Long Ditton; there was no primary school in Hinchley Wood until after the war.  The students were aged 10 - 14 years, the latter being the statutory minimum school leaving age at that time, and the school had nine forms of 40 children each.  Mr P N Halifax was the head teacher who had a team of 12 permanent teaching staff.

In 1947 the two schools were merged to form the Hinchley Wood County Secondary School, although the physical joining together of the buildings took place gradually over many years.

With the merger both head teachers, Mr Bray and Mr Halifax, left and were replaced with one head, Mr Harold Thorp.  Hinchley Wood County Secondary took over the two buildings as well as the commercial courses originally run by the Kingston school.  An extension was built between the two school buildings in the 1960s and it now forms the school administrative offices on the ground floor and the modern languages department on the first floor.

  • In the 1960s the school had around 1200 pupils on roll from the ages of 12 to18 years.
  • Esher Sixth Form College was established in 1977 on the Thames Ditton site of Esher County Grammar School - formerly the Surbiton County Grammar School which was relocated from the current Hollyfield School site.
  • As a result Hinchley Wood became a 12-16 years school and this subsequently changed to 11-16 years when middle and first schools were abolished in Surrey.  The number of pupils on roll in the early 1990s was 600; today the school has 1173 students on its roll.

The school site has been developed over the years to accommodate a range of changes:

  • In 1996 the school successfully bid to become an 11-18 years school.  The first purpose built sixth form centre, which was housed in the Thwaites Building, was opened in 2001 with around 30 students; there are now over 200 sixth form students who enjoy life in the newly built Sixth Form Centre completed on the northern end of the first floor of the main building in September 2014.
  • The art/technology building was completed in 1995 providing two art rooms, one graphics rooms, one food technology room, one resistant materials workshop and three classrooms now used for the teaching of Philosophy, Religion and Ethics.
  • A new purpose built indoor sports centre with fitness gym, dance studio and a dining room with kitchen was opened in September 2002. 
  • In 2005 a new science wing was built on the southern end of the first floor of the main building.
  • The library was amalgamated into a new music centre with recording studio and practice rooms in 2006.
  • At the same time a new learning resource centre was created from the former science labs. 
  • October 2012: two astro truf pitches were built on part of the playing fields.
  • September 2014: the Learning Support Centre was relocated to the refurbished Lower Thwaites Building.
  • April 2016: an NAS Cullum Centre at the school, one of just four such facilities in Outstanding Surrey schools.  The centre planned in conjunction with the National Autistic Society (NAS) employs specialist support staff to work with high functioning autistic students to enable them to flourish in the mainstream school environment.
  • September 2016: two new state-of-the-art Science labs built to cater for the growing number of students who opt for A level Sciences.