http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1153828950457516032

01:47 AM - 24 Jul 2019

Team 2 update - everybody is ready for their first full day at KOPEL 🍃🦎 https://t.co/x8npmH2FRR

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1153470117512003584

02:01 AM - 23 Jul 2019

Team 2 update - we are on our way to Batu Puteh village for the conservation project and river safaris 🐒🐘 https://t.co/albMsSPGNz

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1153447677096366080

00:32 AM - 23 Jul 2019

Morning! It's 7:30am we've survived our first night in the jungle and are waiting for breakfast https://t.co/hyIHwrBSVw

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1153205942130864128

08:31 AM - 22 Jul 2019

Team one are in the jungle learning survival skills with Henry. 🔥🔥 https://t.co/9uWxG6WPSH

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1153198439871602689

08:01 AM - 22 Jul 2019

Team 2’s orientation day in KK. Getting a feel for the place and organising our money and travel https://t.co/It9Z91jGyT

10:26 AM - 21 Jul 2019

We are in Borneo! 😄 After a very long two days of travelling both teams have arrived safely in Borneo. We're all very excited to be here if not a little tired 😀

17:26 PM - 20 Jul 2019

On our second flight now from Doha to Kuala Lumpur ✈ everyone is doing well but hoping to get some shut eye on the plane. Wish us luck

09:21 AM - 20 Jul 2019

Team 1 and Team 2 are boarded and ready to go ✈🌎 Borneo here we come! 😃

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1151907883707228160

18:33 PM - 18 Jul 2019

Retweeted From Hinchley

The final night!!! After all the hard work and two fantastic performances, we've saved the best to last! What a cast/team we have, dedicated, talented, hard working, the lot! https://t.co/QhkbQvuNZr

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1151247051331710978

22:47 PM - 16 Jul 2019

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

Despite Mr Scammell’s 10 ball over it was a comfortable win for the Staff in the cricket against Y10. No super over needed in this game! All played in a great spirit though 🏏 https://t.co/d7BxvwqIUD

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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.