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|Motto||Praestat Opes Sapientia
(Wisdom surpasses wealth)
|Headmaster||Mr. B. Martin|
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Black & Yellow
|Former Pupils||Old Hamptonians|
In 1556, Robert Hammond, a wealthy brewer who had acquired property in Hampton, left in his will provision for the maintenance of a 'free scole' and to build a small schoolhouse 'with seates in yt' in the churchyard of Hampton Church .
Although Hampton School was founded in 1557 there was provision in the will that the school would only continue as long as the vicar, churchwardens and parishioners carried out his requests. If not, then the properties would revert to his heirs. It seems that the school (in its first incarnation) did not survive beyond 1568, or possibly earlier, and the properties reverted to the heirs.
Subsequently, however, the school was re-opened in 1612. This was as a result of a Commission that was established to enquire into the fate of Tudor charities that had disappeared for various reasons in different parts of the country. The "learned counsell on bothe sides" reached a deadlock at the Commissioners. However in the spirit of compromise and through the generosity of the then legal owner of the properties, Nicholas Pigeon, the school was re-endowed. The school has continued in various forms and in various buildings ever since.
The early school was on the site of St Mary's Church. It moved to a purpose-built campus on Upper Sunbury Road in 1880 before moving to the present site on Hanworth Road in 1939.
The School converted from voluntary aided status to become a fee-paying independent school in 1975 in the light of changes to the administration of secondary education in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and remains independent to the present day. It is located next to The Lady Eleanor Holles School for girls, with which it shares several classes, clubs, facilities and a coach service.
Founders' Day is celebrated by the school each year. The occasion is marked by a procession of boys walking from the school down to St. Mary's Church by the Thames, towards the end of the academic year.
The main School buildings includes an assembly hall, sports hall, theatre, classrooms, and specialist facilities for the Sciences, Technology, ICT, Art, Music, Drama and Modern Languages. The site of 29 acres (120,000 m2) includes playing fields including four rugby pitches, seven football pitches, six cricket squares, three astroturf and three acrylic tennis courts, athletics facilities, a climbing wall and the Old Hamptonians’ Pavilion. 
Through the Form Charity programme the whole school community helps raise money and awareness for good causes locally (e.g. Princess Alice Hospice, Barnardos, Home-Start and the Shooting Star Trust), nationally (Jeans for Genes Day and Breakthrough Breast Cancer), and internationally (Opportunity International, the African Medical and Research Foundation, Pahamune House and Kiira College). In 2004/5, over £22,000 was raised by Form Charity.
An Inter-Form Form Charity Competition is run in the first three year groups with Form Charity Cups presented in the last assembly of the academic year. A range of Whole-school events are organised each year. These include an annual Staff Stars in their Eyes, a Staff Cabaret, and a Staff versus Student University Challenge, sponsored cricket matches and mufti days, and an Amarillo video featuring staff. Individual form activities include sponsored silences and fitness programmes, the design and sale of Teacher Top Trumps Cards, cake and sweet sales, and auctions. An annual Second Year Sponsored Character Day is also organised by a member of the English Department to mark World Book Day. A member of staff swam the English Channel in aid of the local Shooting Star Children's Hospice.
Carbon offsets - climate neutral school 
Hampton School is the first school in the world to move towards Climate Neutrality. Working with Climate Care, one of the leading companies in the field, the school has taken steps to offset all the emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases produced by the daily running of the school site, by the flights and bus journeys involved in all School trips, and by the coaches which bring over half of Hampton pupils to school each day. Climate Care is offsetting all of these through a portfolio of projects including the provision of renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes in Southern Africa and India, and forest restoration in Uganda. The climate-neutrality scheme was formally launched by Vince Cable MP, the Liberal Democrat economic spokesman.
In developing the climate neutral scheme, the school has also undertaken student-led "waste audits" designed to reduce greenhouse gases like methane and carbon, and is currently working with environmental architects to create a state-of-the-art "sustainable laboratory" within its Biology Department. Other projects, developed alongside Climate Care, involve building energy efficiency schemes in Southern Africa and India. The school has also added solar panels and a wind turbine.
International aid 
Hampton finances a link with Kiira College, a secondary school in Uganda. Hampton has also actively aided countries such as Peru with charity, by establishing a microfinance bank helping those suffering economic hardship to set up small businesses. Hampton School has been awarded an S.O.S. Kit Aid Certificate by the International Rugby Board for providing sports kit for children in Eastern Europe and South Africa. Other overseas links include: Konan High School Jazz Band, the Mathieson Music Trust, Calcutta, St Hilda's School in Buenos Aires and Children's Art School No.5 Kiev.
Rugby union 
Rugby union at Hampton School is of a high quality and former pupils include England sevens captain Simon Amor and Bath and England 'A' player Andy Beattie. Recent successes include winning the Middlesex Sevens in 2006, and 2007. The 1st XV reached the Daily Mail Vase Final at Twickenham in 2009 and the U15s reached the semi-finals of the 2010 Daily Mail Cup. In 2013, The 1st XV reached the Semi-Final of the Daily Mail Cup, the furthest they have ever progressed in the cup competition. But narrowly lost 11-5 to Dulwich College.
Football is a very popular sport at Hampton, with a number of competitive teams in each year group. The school regularly takes part in national competitions, winning the Boodles ISFA Cup in 1999, 2007 and 2012 and reaching the final in 2005 and 2009.The U15 Team also won the Investec ISFA Cup in 2012 played at the Burton Albion FC Stadium. The 1st XI has been coached by former professional player Iain MacLean for over 30 years. In 2004, Carlos Mills began coaching the 1st XI, partnering MacLean. The school also hosts a 'Social League' for boys in 5th form and above. In the 2009/10 season the Hampton 2nd XI reached the 7th round of the English Schools Football Association U18 Cup.
Cricket is of a high standard at Hampton and there are several teams at all levels. A school cricket "academy" provides coaching through the winter, headed by cricket coaching specialist Chris Harrison, with the aid of video technology. The 1st XI reached the National Independent Schools Twenty20 competition Finals in 2005 and 2007.
Hampton School Boat Club is one of the top school rowing clubs in the country and each year produces 1st VIIIs that compete at Championship level. The boat club is based at the Millennium boathouse which it shares with the Lady Eleanor Holles School. Rowing at Hampton is open to boys in the third year and above and the boat club competes at many races both at home and abroad. Hampton has produced three treble winning 1st VIIIs in its history and has been strongly represented at the Junior World Rowing Championships. Martin Cross, a history teacher there, is a gold medalist from the 1984 Olympics and won bronze in 1980. Many Old Hamptonians have gone on to compete at higher levels such as The Boat Race, the World Rowing Championships and the Olympic Games, with Greg Searle and Jonny Searle perhaps the most famous of those, winning gold in the coxed pair in Barcelona in 1992.
The arts 
In addition to class music, nearly 400 boys receive instrumental tuition from visiting teachers. Guitarist Brian May of rock band Queen was a pupil at the school. One pipe organ pupil at the school, Timothy Burke of The Mules, served as Organ Scholar at Exeter College, Oxford from 2001-2004. More recently, Lawrence Thain FRCO became Organ Scholar of New College, Oxford in 2008. There is a full Symphony Orchestra, as well as a String Orchestra, a Chamber Orchestra, Wind Band and two Jazz Bands. There are about thirty different music groups playing regularly. Frequent concerts provide performing opportunities for these groups, and for soloists and chamber groups.
Dramatic productions also range widely: a typical year might see a Shakespearean or classical play, many studio presentations including pupils' own work, a musical, and evenings of junior drama, with each Form in an entire year group putting on a play, or a whole year group involved in a major production, an excellent example being the "450th Musical," a work designed to commemorate the schools 450th anniversary, which involved contributions from every year of the school, and was devised entirely by the 5th and 6th Forms. Part of it was shown to Prince Edward when he came to lay the foundation stone for the new 450th Performing Arts Centre, and he was said "to have laughed all the way through." A Hampton School Theatre Company, “In Human Form”, took its own plays The London Thing, which was well reviewed in both the Scotsman and the Times Educational Supplement, to the Edinburgh Festival in August 2000, and returned there in August 2001 with their play Lucky. A newly formed Theatre Company, “About Turn”, took its first production to the Edinburgh Festival in August 2002 and returned in 2004. A new Sixth Form drama The Dating Game, including a number of girls from Lady Eleanor Holles School, was shortlisted for the National Student Drama Festival in Scarborough in 2006 and was taken to the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, to highly positive reviews.
In 2008, the school (in association with Lady Eleanor Holles) performed Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street". The staging was highly elaborate, including props (such as chairs and razors) from original productions at the National Theatre. In August 2009 the group, as Artfelt Theatre Company, took this production (albeit in shortened, reduced orchestration form) to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Boys from Hampton School have also a long history of being heavily involved in the production of the newspaper of the National Student Drama Festival (Noises Off). Current alumni on the staff there are John Winterburn (Office Manager), Henry Ellis, Euan Forsyth and Ben Lander.
A range of topics is addressed and boys of all ages are encouraged to participate, either as a main speaker or from the floor. Debates are held with the Lady Eleanor Holles School and teams are entered in national events, notably the Schools’ Mace and the Oxford Union competition.
The School Magazine, The Lion, which is distributed free and is produced by an editorial team of pupils, led by a teacher. It is produced at the School on its own desktop publishing equipment and supplied for printing on disc. This magazine includes boys’ creative and original writing. Boys, on their own initiative, also produce several student magazines, which offer much scope for creativity, and amusing insights into life at Hampton. An arts magazine called The Literary Lions is also issued on a regular basis.
In September 2000 a lecture series “Talk!” was inaugurated. Since then over one hundred distinguished visiting speakers from the worlds of art, business, the media, politics and science have spoken and answered questions from large audiences.
The School offers great encouragement and opportunity for boys to develop an interest in the Arts, with several going on to study Art and Architecture. The Art Club provides facilities for work in a range of media with competitions for those interested. In 2000, new facilities for Art were opened: these consist of four art studios (one for the Sixth Form) including a suite of 15 iMacs; a kiln for production of ceramics; and a gallery for student and external exhibitions. In 2004 a further studio was added.
Old Hamptonians 
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in alphabetical order
- Simon Amor (1992–97), Captain, England Sevens, 2003
- Zafar Ansari(2005–10), Surrey cricketer
- Kenneth Baker, Baron Baker of Dorking, CH (1946–48), former Secretary of State for Education
- Andy Beattie, rugby player
- Paul Casey (1989–95), professional golfer (currently winner of 10 European Tour Events)
- Jim Chandler (1935–42) represented Britain at pistol shooting in the [1948 Olympics]
- Thomas Cutts (2001-2008) former London Welsh rugby player
- Keith Faulkner CBE (1955–62), Chairman, Working Links, Manpower
- Edward Robinson CBE (2001-08) Chief monetary advisor of Cisco
- Walter Hayes, Sunday Dispatch editor, senior executive at the Ford Motor Company
- Robert Hayward (1968–75), ENO baritone
- Murray Head (1959–62), musician
- Geoff Hunt (1959–66), President, the Royal Society of Marine Artists (since 2003)
- Peter Lovesey (1948–55), author
- Tom Gearing (2003–2006), finalist of the Apprentice
- Justin Hulford (1982–89), author
- Chris Martin, Ocean rowing oarsman
- Dr. Brian May, CBE (1958–65), musician (Queen)
- Jim McCarty, (1955–62) founding member of The Yardbirds
- Zach Miles (1964–71), Chairman, Vedior
- Matt Brittin (1979–86), CEO of Google UK
- Iain Morris, (1984–91) co-writer of E4's The Inbetweeners
- Toby Roland-Jones (1999-2006), Cricketer, Middlesex
- Paul Samwell-Smith (1955–62) founding member of The Yardbirds
- Greg Searle, OBE (1983–90), Olympic Gold-winning oarsman
- Jonny Searle, OBE (1980–87), Olympic Gold-winning oarsman
- Barry Sheerman (1951–57), Labour MP for Huddersfield since 1983 and Chairman of the Education Select Committee
- Graham Skinner, Air Vice Marshal (retd) CBE (1956–63)
- Professor Michael Sterling (1957–64) Vice Chancellor, University of Birmingham; Chairman of the Russell Group
- Dr. Michael Underwood (ca. 1747-53), surgeon and writer on surgery, discoverer of infantile paralysis
- Air Marshal Sir Peter Wykeham-Barnes, KCB, DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar, AFC (1926–28)
Notable teachers past and present 
- Martin Cross - Olympic rowing gold medallist Rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympics
- Maurice Xiberras - First Leader of the Democratic Party of British Gibraltar (DPBG) 
- Hampton School Archives, accessed 2011-04-29
- Parliamentary Debates, House of Commons, 5 November 1980, column 579W.
- http://fn.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/91/2/F150, http://adc.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/91/2/F150.pdf
- School website
- The Lion, The School Magazine
- School Results
- OHDB, The Old Hamptonians' Database - A community website for Old Hamptonians
- Wild, Edward & Rice, Ken (2005) School by the Thames. Frome: Butler and Tanner Ltd (Ken Rice retired from teaching history at Hampton in 2007)
- Hampton School Book