http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1416048137798668299

15:52 PM - 16 Jul 2021

Henry Jekyll (Jekyll and Hyde) by Isabella in Y10 https://t.co/ssAwZdXH1w

09:15 AM - 6 Jul 2021

“Parents/Carers of new Y7s in September – please look out for a communication from Mr Jacks this week about our Virtual ‘Question Time’ event for students on Monday 19th July. We are so looking forward to greeting all of new joiners soon!”

08:37 AM - 22 Jun 2021

"We are so proud of Morgan in Year 13 who has shared his experiences with the Metro newspaper. He is an inspiration to the younger LGBTQ+ community. We hope to be able to continue to develop our Leaders in Diversity group to build on his great work" https://t.co/QPlgpnwZQH

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1404770922746331137

13:01 PM - 15 Jun 2021

"Our Art & DT department are now on Instagram! Please follow them at: https://t.co/LuJRCR0Utp https://t.co/0s9WgqWg8Q

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1402574726770405376

11:34 AM - 9 Jun 2021

"For June we have changed the school logo colours to rainbow in support of Pride month" https://t.co/QNqycpvPt6

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1402231322752466945

12:49 PM - 8 Jun 2021

“We are beginning visits to meet with primary school teachers of all new Y7s in Sept 2021 today. Parents/Carers of new joiners in Sept, please keep an eye out for an email coming this week regarding login details for the Virtual Parents/Carers’ Y6 Transition Info Event 17th June. https://t.co/V1aOG9vuZU

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1402230034899800066

12:44 PM - 8 Jun 2021

Retweeted From HWS House System

Diversity Month is underway, with our new House challenges starting today! https://t.co/arNjTWXRv5

http://www.twitter.com/hinchleywschool/status/1402230014221991941

12:44 PM - 8 Jun 2021

Retweeted From HWS House System

Our first round of the HWS Bake Off is now live! https://t.co/E838skVDXr

12:43 PM - 8 Jun 2021

“ Congratulations to everyone who entered the house competition to design our school planner front cover for 2021/22. The House Ambassadors created a shortlist and school staff have voted in a secret ballot for the winner... Keep your eyes peeled for the result!”

09:12 AM - 29 Apr 2021

“Students have watched an assembly related to a national survey called ‘The Big Ask’ today. Should students wish to complete this national survey of children’s views then they can do so by following this link” https://t.co/1pUjR80IH5

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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.