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16:20 PM - 13 Dec 2017

Rehearsals are well under way for the Sixth Form Panto next week (oooh nooo they're not) (ooooh yes they are)!! https://t.co/D5DQWScNWo

14:28 PM - 8 Dec 2017

Well done to Y11 who have done the first two days of their GCSE mock exams!

22:08 PM - 3 Dec 2017

PRE visit: well done to Y10 who have been a delight to travel with this weekend. They have worked hard, listened, learnt and seen for themselves evidence of horrific human acts. And now to bed!

22:05 PM - 3 Dec 2017

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Will never forget meeting an Auschwitz survivor. Will never forget the tattoo on her arm or her story

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10:47 AM - 3 Dec 2017

PRE visit: excellent exhibition at the Galicia Jewish museum followed by student workshops and a meeting with an Auschwitz survivor, a former child prisoner who was a subject of Dr Mengele's experiments, who told us about her story and showed us her number tattoo. Very moving. https://t.co/ZwCqYSY32K

06:23 AM - 3 Dec 2017

Retweeted From Sue Davison

This will be one of the most memorable school trips Hinchley Wood students will make in their school years.

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21:31 PM - 2 Dec 2017

PRE visit: back at the hotel after nearly 16 hours out. Mr B's gadget says we have walked 11.1 miles, Mr C's says 11km. In any case it's been a good but hard day. Very moving visit to Auschwitz this morning, students laid candles and had a moment of reflection at the memorials. https://t.co/2Xav3CzUZ0

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12:30 PM - 2 Dec 2017

PRE visit: moving visit and moment of reflection at Birkenau. Now back to Krakow for a bit of down time before visiting Schindler's factory https://t.co/cGcSynGMDD

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07:46 AM - 2 Dec 2017

PRE visit: starting our tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau https://t.co/E3ipgiPAjF

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20:10 PM - 1 Dec 2017

Successful first day in Krakow for the PRE visit - walked at least six miles, had lush food and learnt lots. Hopefully an earlyish night before our visit to the Auschwitz museum tomorrow. https://t.co/TBAh1oojLu

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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.