20:23 PM - 20 Dec 2018

Hear, hear! Well done to all for a fab show! https://t.co/fUlgyBe882

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1075792348678885381

16:37 PM - 20 Dec 2018

Retweeted From Hinchley

Full swing with rehearsals! Great commitment from Abi! Wizard of Oz (Probably Goes Wrong) TONIGHT! 6.15PM https://t.co/qwmYm7IprG

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1075792243997462528

16:37 PM - 20 Dec 2018

Retweeted From Hinchley

Awwwww! We're off to see the wizard... https://t.co/LNHCArkcGN

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1075130573985890304

20:47 PM - 18 Dec 2018

Y10 are enjoying the excellent Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time - such a powerful show! https://t.co/udvIhEV9R0

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1074779711010680832

21:33 PM - 17 Dec 2018

Retweeted From Hinchley

Is it really that time of year, already? Oh, YES it IS! https://t.co/ekiteVNGvG

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1074572168225120256

07:49 AM - 17 Dec 2018

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

https://t.co/LnnY1oVZZW

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1073325628802379776

21:15 PM - 13 Dec 2018

Retweeted From Music@StMaryStokeDab

Do come and listen to HWS students Derik, Ella, Maddie-Jo, Sam, Sophie & William sing in our Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols on Sunday 16 December at 6pm. All welcome to join us for sherry & mince pies after the service in the hall. https://t.co/ODIdiU0sCT

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1072941793862402054

19:50 PM - 12 Dec 2018

Well done & thank you to the families of Year 10 - this is just some of the produce that you've collected for the East Elmbridge/Esher branch of the food bank - such a worthy cause helping our local community - amazing community spirit at Christmas time! https://t.co/wOmT2Xj79x

20:13 PM - 7 Dec 2018

It was our pleasure to host you - we are looking forward to our Student Equalities Groups being able to do work together in the future! https://t.co/Lj69VbL0tz

06:38 AM - 7 Dec 2018

Well done to all involved, and thanks for organising a great event! https://t.co/Dp6VeFc0gm

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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.