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History of the School

Surbiton High School was founded in January 1884 in response to strong local demand. Its founders were a group of Anglican clergy who instituted the Church Schools Company. Its objective was "to establish superior education for girls in accordance with the principles of the Church of England" wherever the need was felt.

Surbiton was the first of seven schools administered by the Church Schools Company, now a Charitable Trust, whose Council constitutes its Board of Governors. As the nucleus of the new school the founders bought two elegant mid-Victorian houses. From its opening Surbiton has steadily added to its facilities which now include well-equipped Science laboratories, Ceramics and Design studios, a Design and Technology Workshop, Drama Centre and a stunning Art School.

In June 1994 a new purpose-built Junior Girls' School was opened and in September 1994 a newly-designed Sixth Form Centre became the home for 200 Sixth Form students. An ambitious building programme doubled the size of the Sixth Form in 2003.

Recent times have seen the development of Surbiton Assembly Halls which gave us ten new classrooms, including specialist Music workshops and a large Hall for concerts and theatrical productions. In the main building we have an additional Science laboratory and a new ICT suite with full multi-media capability and internet access across the network. The playing fields at Hinchley Wood include an all-weather Hockey pitch, Tennis and Netball courts, an Athletics track and a refurbished and extended Pavilion.


United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity) Companies limited by guarantee.