http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1331897398516445186

09:47 AM - 26 Nov 2020

"The class of 2023 have once again been doing great things around school this week. A special mention to Kiran who received the Head of Learning’s star of the week award" https://t.co/oeTi9vUNdT

14:54 PM - 25 Nov 2020

Our Art & DT department is now tweeting - please spread the word! https://t.co/puXFwzxqlZ

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1331214968470056964

12:35 PM - 24 Nov 2020

“Last week’s whole school assembly was on the topic of ‘making a difference in the school and local community this Christmas’. One of the key ways we want to do this is by supporting our local foodbank this year”. https://t.co/ArB7h41OA1

08:04 AM - 24 Nov 2020

Episode 2 of the MFL podcast: https://t.co/27iVq2QJHx

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1328986181183430656

08:59 AM - 18 Nov 2020

‘Another week and another set of students in year 9 who have gone above and beyond. A special mention to Tyler who was nominated as the Head of Learning’s star of the week this week’ https://t.co/6bG5vNFnoD

16:32 PM - 16 Nov 2020

Mr Poole in MFL has made a series of podcasts in which he interviews former Hinchley Wood Students about their experiences of learning a language and how they have continued to use their languages after leaving school. https://t.co/PVtB7TZ7au https://t.co/RI57Us6ze7

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1326812597295992833

09:02 AM - 12 Nov 2020

‘Mr Poole spent another enjoyable form time giving out this week’s awards’ https://t.co/7Gf3JgSQLJ

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1326107952915296256

10:22 AM - 10 Nov 2020

"Some of the scrumptious MFL Bake Off entries!" https://t.co/lrCKesPc3O

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1326107457190555648

10:20 AM - 10 Nov 2020

‘After some excellent MFL bake off entries our current house scores are below. Good luck to everyone competing in the House Spelling BEE this week. https://t.co/jtPesQx2eu

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1325806905055453187

14:26 PM - 9 Nov 2020

Christmas Card Winners 2019 https://t.co/kOCxIB2Lf6

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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.