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Hill House School is a preparatory day school based in Knightsbridgemarker, Londonmarker. It was founded in September 1951 by Lt-Col Stuart Townend and has several branches located in West London and in Switzerland.

The Good Schools Guide described the school as "A school with a notable and inescapable past which booms at a visitor from every wood-panelled wall, display board and cabinet," also stating that "Its aim from the first was to be 'international' and to nurture each individual child's talents."

Hill House pupils are often seen on the move around Knightsbridge, Sloane Squaremarker and Chelsea, and are distinct in that their school uniform entails burgundy knickerbockers, tan shirts, more often than not with mustard-coloured "gold" roundneck jumpers. The uniform was designed by the founder's wife, and is notable for its bright colours. It was designed to be used for sport as well as class lessons and lacks a tie,however there is a cravat to be worn for weekly Assembly and special occasions. The Colonel's wife once said "a grey uniform produces grey minds, grey boys". Prince Charles went to Hill House. It was his first school and it was the first time that an heir to the British throne had been to school. Sadly, Lieutenant-Colonel Townend died in 2003 at the age of 93. His son, Richard Townend, is now Headmaster. The school very much remains a family concern.

Pupils attend the school from the ages of four to 13.
 Many of the pupils come from abroad. Pupils generally go on to sit the Common Entrance Examination to continue into independent secondary schools. Regular boys boarding school destinations include Eton Collegemarker, Harrow Schoolmarker, and Charterhouse Schoolmarker. Boys' days schools include St Paul's School, Westminster Schoolmarker, City of London Schoolmarker, King's College Schoolmarker, and Latymer Upper Schoolmarker. Girls' boarding schools include Wycombe Abbeymarker, Benenden Schoolmarker and Roedean Schoolmarker. Girls' day schools include St Paul's Girls' Schoolmarker, James Allen's Girls' School, City of London School for Girlsmarker, Francis Holland Schoolmarker and Queen's Gate Schoolmarker.


The school used to have a policy of not preparing pupils for scholarships. That has recently changed, and the school is now rapidly gaining a reputation for helping pupils win scholarships to highly ranked institutions like St Paul's School and Benendenmarker.

Due to an agreement with the former Headmaster, the Duke of York barracks on King's Road is used as a sports ground both for regular games lessons and the school's annual field day, The late Colonel believed that learning to swim is extremely important so the school makes use of local swimming facilities+such as Latchmere Swimming Pool - immortalised in a song by the band The Macabees. Queens Club, in Fulham and the Oval, in Kennington are also used for tennis, squash and cricket.

The purpose built house in Glion, 2,500 feet above Lac LĂ©man, hosts special courses throughout the year for selected pupils from London, providing experience of a boarding school environment in the setting of a mountain village in the French speaking canton of Vaud

House systems

The school is also famous for the names of years.
  • Small School - 4-5 years
  • Lower School - 5-6 years
  • Middle School - 6-7 years
  • Upper School - 7-10 years
  • Girls Transitus & Senior School - 10-11 years
  • Lower Sixth - 12 years
  • Upper Sixth - 13 years


Notable alumni



References

External links

  • http://www.hillhouseschool.co.uk/results08.htm
  • Profile at the Good Schools Guide
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1411622/Lieutenant-Colonel-Stuart-Townend.html
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/ltcol-stuart-townend-615298.html



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