16:54 PM - 13 May 2019

Retweeted From Catriona Riddell

Good luck kids in their kicking off today. Don't know who's more nervous, them or the parents!

21:01 PM - 8 Apr 2019

Retweeted From HWSMFL

Last evening on the Spanish Exchange. We’ll be sad to leave. Gracias Europa International School Barcelona!

17:15 PM - 5 Apr 2019

Retweeted From HWSMFL

We’ve all had a lovely first night with host families, lots of tapas eaten! Packed lunches collected and now off to the station to go to La Sagrada Familia in the centre of Barcelona.

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1114199930682400768

17:15 PM - 5 Apr 2019

Retweeted From HWSMFL

We have arrived at La Sagrada Familia. Ready to learn about Antoni Gaudí and the most famous landmark in Barcelona. https://t.co/RvE4kOWxYk

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1106508151266922497

10:51 AM - 15 Mar 2019

HWS support Comic Relief, Red Nose Day with the ever popular Bake Off! Students also wore mufti for a £1 donation for this very good cause. https://t.co/xBIaAIhRGX

12:33 PM - 16 Feb 2019

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

Year 7 Sports Hall athletics competition at Esher tonight. Great performances from both the boys and girls teams. 🏃‍♀️ 🏃🏼‍♂️ Girls picking up 🥇and boys coming 🥉🙌🏽

21:08 PM - 13 Feb 2019

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

The talent on display at tonight’s Gym and Dance show was incredible. From ballet to body popping and pretty much everything in between! Well done to everyone involved and and a big thank you to Miss Barton, Miss Brooker and Mr Campbell for organising 💃 🤸‍♂️ 🏆

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1095609788996698112

09:05 AM - 13 Feb 2019

“The Hinchley Wood School House Gym and Dance Showcase is on tonight in the hall at 6:30pm. Doors open at 6pm.” https://t.co/Ln6TZsZF0u

21:55 PM - 11 Feb 2019

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

Fantastic achievement. Good luck! https://t.co/AnFTWNeGd3

14:23 PM - 10 Feb 2019

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

Girls’ football is absolutely flying at HWS this year. Y7, Y8&9 and Y10&11 teams all through to the county cup semi finals 🙌🏽⚽️

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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.