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14:12 PM - 21 Sep 2018

Great turnout for our first of the year watching - the picture quality on our new projection system is incredible - and we still have space for more viewers next week! Also, why not join our Film Club online? You can request future films. Details from Mr H! https://t.co/NjXLeZUrDb

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13:21 PM - 21 Sep 2018

Retweeted From Steven Chapman PE

Really insightful and helpful talk by about SEND pupils! https://t.co/SFVGGBDAgM

22:35 PM - 20 Sep 2018

Retweeted From About Thames Ditton

Sports Awards this evening. What a privilege to hear guest speaker, British explorer, tell her story. This incredible lady inspired the kids, parents and teachers with her motivational speech.

22:34 PM - 20 Sep 2018

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

What a fantastic sports awards evening. Huge thanks to for her inspirational words and well done to all of our students on their achievements 🙌🏽

17:49 PM - 20 Sep 2018

We are very much looking forward to hosting 60 students from tomorrow for a conference on - and interested to read their thoughts, reflections and questions on the hashtag

16:35 PM - 19 Sep 2018

Film Club starts back tomorrow! 1.40-3.30pm in the Main Hall, open to all students in Y7-10. Come along! Bring lunch/snacks. Our first film is Ender's Game, one of Mr Holmes' favourites! Film Club is every Friday after school in the Main Hall and is supported by

18:16 PM - 16 Sep 2018

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

Just a couple of days left to buy Sports Awards Evening tickets. Please remember a ticket is needed for the student as well as an additional ticket if they are bringing a parent/carer.

10:38 AM - 15 Sep 2018

Hello , very sorry to hear about this and thanks for bringing it to our attention. Could you possibly take a photo of it and send it to us in a DM so we can get it fixed? Alternatively please send it in an email to sholmes.co.uk? Many thanks!

21:40 PM - 12 Sep 2018

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

HWS PE department are looking for raffle/auction prizes for their upcoming Sports Awards evening. If there are any local businesses who feel they may be able to donate a prize we would be very grateful and happy to recognise their support.

21:39 PM - 12 Sep 2018

Retweeted From HWS PE Dept

First fixture of the year today and the first W on the board. Congratulations to our 6th form boys who ran out 4-0 winners against Glyn. ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️

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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.