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17:33 PM - 16 Jul 2018

Retweeted From The Globe Players

We enjoyed our first visit to today with Macbeth for year 7!

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1016587396681527296

08:38 AM - 10 Jul 2018

Thank you to the brilliant () for an enjoyable and engaging lecture on yesterday morning! https://t.co/RLr53sSsIQ

06:51 AM - 9 Jul 2018

Retweeted From ChildrensBookProject

This is wonderful! A huge thank you to the generous families at - an amazing array of books and some fabulous summer reading for children with few books of their own. Thank you for sharing your stories ☀️☀️☀️ https://t.co/oAh5OABwnF

14:51 PM - 6 Jul 2018

Wishing the very best of luck to our students doing their Silver treks this weekend. You'll be great! Lots of water and sunscreen needed!

14:49 PM - 6 Jul 2018

Retweeted From Alex B

Thanks so much to Hinchley Wood Primary and for the 177 amazing books donated to this morning! All will now be sorted and distributed to primary schools across London. 📚📚📚

08:16 AM - 6 Jul 2018

We are looking forward to ’s lecture to the Year 10 cohort on Monday on of the Flies.

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1014418977978712064

09:01 AM - 4 Jul 2018

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our brand new Year 7 students to school today. They have a busy day ahead of them! https://t.co/yZEWwAHgGT

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1013808444405673985

16:35 PM - 2 Jul 2018

The final trek has been done, the Severn Bridge has been crossed and we are on our way back home after a grand practice weekend, ready for the big one next week! The students have done marvellously well in challenging temperatures - well done everyone! https://t.co/2QbUoLdmLc

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1013453120905588737

17:03 PM - 1 Jul 2018

A great day trekking, if not a tad warm! https://t.co/kOqaapY7hv

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1013063113447559168

15:14 PM - 30 Jun 2018

Our silver Duke of Edinburgh team are busy setting up their tents! https://t.co/4OPvrDeNxg

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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.