• Short Summary

    This school has been in existence since 1939 under the name of the Knaphill County Secondary School, and shared a substandard building in High Street, Knaphill, with a primary school.

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    School Organisation

    The Headmaster is Mr. T. T. Barnes, M.A. (Oxon.). appointed in 1959.

    The staff consists of 30 full-time and 7 part-time teachers.

    In January, 1967, there were 560 pupils on the roll. In September of this year the number had risen to 627. These numbers will rapidly increase over the next few years as the last two admission groups reach sixth form entry, and from 1968 onward rising age groups from the contributing primary schools will further swell the numbers.

    There is a school orchestra, which has the great advantage of excellent rehearsal conditions in the new school. Thirty-five pupils take instrumental tuition, and of these, 8 passed with credit the examination of the Associated Examinations Board last July.

    The amenities of the new school have greatly stimulated Drama and Games, and other activities which have developed are Sailing, Canoeing and Boat-building.


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    Background: History
    This school has been in existence since 1939 under the name of the Knaphill County Secondary School, and shared a substandard building in High Street, Knaphill, with a primary school.

    There was no possibility of new development or enlargement on the old site, so when rising population figures and increased housing developments enabled the Education Committee to provide for a six form entry school (900 pupils) with a sixth form of 90, a site of 19 acres, forming part of the Inkerman Barracks fronting Hermitage Road, was acquired at a cost of GPB125,000.

    Architect and Builders
    Work at the site began in September, 1964. The approved tender figure was GPB441,000, and the Contractors were Messrs. Gazes of Kingston Ltd. The school was designed by the County Architect, Mr. Raymond Ash, A.R.I.B.A., Dip. Arch. The new buildings were taken into use in January, 1967.

    Retails of Site, Materials and Plan
    The school has 11 acres of playing fields laid out at a cost of GPB3,785. There are five winter games pitches and one cricket square. As the playing pitches already existed at the west end of the site, the buildings were sited at the narrower east end. The buildings have been grouped to form an open courtyard giving views up to the playing fields. The whole complex is dominated by the four-storey tower block housing laboratories and other practical rooms. All circulation, if not through the buildings, is by covered way, and the fall of the site has been utilised to make the paved courtyard available as an open-air theatre.

    The buildings are in steel-framed construction with hardwood framed external wall units. The classroom block fronting Hermitage Road is roofed with copper. Several "dry construction" techniques have been incorporated in the design and every effort has been made to use materials which require little or no maintenance.

    This is the largest single project ever undertaken at a secondary school in the County. The accommodation is as follows -
    Assembly Hall and Small Hall
    Gymnasium and Sports Hall
    18 general Classrooms and a Lecture Room
    8 division rooms and a Sixth Form Room
    4 specialist classrooms
    Music Room and 3 Practice Rooms
    4 Elementary and 2 Advanced Laboratories
    2 Woodwork Rooms, a Metalwork Room and an Engineering Room
    2 Needlework Rooms
    3 Housecraft Rooms, plus a flat
    1 Art Room and 1 Craft Room
    The six-form entry school includes all the requisite accommodation for the raising of the school leaving age to 16 in 1971, plus 90 for pupils over the age of 16 years.

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