http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1208015536715681794

13:25 PM - 20 Dec 2019

"Really proud of Y7 who supported donations to the local Foodbank this year rather than giving each other secret Santa presents. Well done and thank you! Mr Jacks" https://t.co/4v074tFCwc

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1206521934118375424

10:30 AM - 16 Dec 2019

Well done to all pupils who have competed for their houses in various events this first term. Current scores are; https://t.co/9b6omLWhur

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1205409389760438273

08:49 AM - 13 Dec 2019

To mirror the 12 December General Election, students voted in exactly the same format yesterday morning in school with very interesting results! See the news article on the school website for more information. https://t.co/34ReDCDTs3

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1202923567240941569

12:11 PM - 6 Dec 2019

Well done to all who competed this week in Boys House Football. Results over all years; 1st Luther King with 120 pts, Joint 2nd Hawking & Nightingale with 110 pts and 3rd Frank with 100 pts https://t.co/w5SKUvcNbR

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1201460400547610626

11:17 AM - 2 Dec 2019

Friday the Yr 13 composition workshop that took place with Dani Howard (award winning composer) and Mike Poyser . It was an amazing opportunity for the students to work with them both and feel inspired to work on their A Level compositions. https://t.co/2yYAm3EdQm

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1196845226196963328

17:38 PM - 19 Nov 2019

Rehearsals at the Rose Theatre in Kingston were superb. Students were exceptional and are ready for tonight’s performance. https://t.co/XFUZPXG3dh

22:59 PM - 8 Nov 2019

Year 9 students on the WW1 Battlefields visit are due to arrive back to school at around 23:45. The staff would like to thank the students for an excellent visit.

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1192888430499434497

19:35 PM - 8 Nov 2019

Year 9 Battlefields visit. Students have paid their respects to the soldiers who fought in the Great War and explored important sites linked to their study of the experiences of WW1. The students have been a real credit to the school. https://t.co/ig6F9l9GRs

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1189566127560691713

15:34 PM - 30 Oct 2019

Fantastic final day in Berlin. Students enjoyed the visits to the panorama 360 Berlin Wall exhibition and the Stasi museum. https://t.co/U7dxJW78vJ

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1189262748938575872

19:28 PM - 29 Oct 2019

Lovely end to day two with a yummy evening meal and bowling 🎳 https://t.co/AREXdZivy6

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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.