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11:27 AM - 24 Sep 2020

During PSHCE this week students have been looking at their mental health and what can affect it. Here are some helpful tips for them to incorporate into their daily routine. https://t.co/oG3wGdzRkh

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14:34 PM - 23 Sep 2020

Please see the link below which will take you directly to the Hinchley Wood School Virtual Open Evening 2020 Presentations and films available for viewing from 7.00pm https://t.co/D8cdQYUXW7 https://t.co/CkNyKcMEjm

15:46 PM - 22 Sep 2020

Please log on to our website at 7pm Wednesday 23 September to view our Virtual Open Evening: Headteacher Speech, Student Interviews, Admissions FAQs and much more! https://t.co/eOOk7dT7Ht

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08:16 AM - 17 Sep 2020

Having looked at equality and diversity in PSHCE students were reminded to THINK before they speak https://t.co/fRDtIjxXoI

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1304317315337654272

08:14 AM - 11 Sep 2020

September's Calendar from the team at is all about taking care of yourself. Take some time for look after yourself and each other with this great daily tool. https://t.co/GgZg0QqA52

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08:47 AM - 3 Sep 2020

“Staff are back in school getting ready to welcome students back. We can’t wait to see you all again and welcome our new joiners” https://t.co/20yP0JDAGQ

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18:27 PM - 17 Jul 2020

The winner of the 2019-20 House Competition is... Nightingale! https://t.co/B6ZZlBEOuD

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09:17 AM - 17 Jul 2020

“Who will be crowned as House Champions 2019/20!? The results are in… All will be revealed at 13.30 on Friday!” https://t.co/npVX4qyRyo

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11:07 AM - 16 Jul 2020

“Y6s joining us in September have all been sent a special letter in the post today. It contains a postcard introducing them to their new form tutor and a scratch-card to reveal which house they’ll be representing at Hinchley Wood” https://t.co/S7ZwgHkPZb

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08:34 AM - 16 Jul 2020

Well done and thank you for the delicious looking entries for our Languages Food Competition - particularly to Phoebe, Francesca, Yasmin , Danie for his Madeleines and Mia for Brownies! Also, a big well done to Joshua for his wonderfully imaginative ideas! https://t.co/FfmzWPSmVp

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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.