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- See also Hazelwood School, Birmingham (est. 1790)
The school was established in 1890 as a boarding school for boys aged 8–13 by Edward Baily and his wife Ruth.
Baily bought the land from the Titsey Place estate as he loved the views of the Weald and the Ashdown Forest and thought the site healthy and bracing. The first cohort of 38 pupils was accommodated and taught in a purpose-built Victorian building that remains at the centre of the school today.
In 1962 the school was bought by Tim Dowling and merged with his Bickley Hall School in Bromley, Kent—resulting in the double motto and double badge known today. Hazelwood School became a registered charity and was incorporated as a limited company in 1968. Girls were first admitted to the school and a Pre-Prep department established in 1978. Boarding continued at the school until 1999.
Notable Old Hazelwoodians
- Arthur Carr, former England cricket captain
- Lieutenant Geoffrey St George Shillington Cather VC
- John Denison-Pender, 1st Baron Pender, Conservative politician
- Brigadier Percy Howard Hansen VC DSO MC Croix de Guerre
- Alexander Keiller, British archaeologist and businessman
- Henry Surtees, British motor racing driver
- Jeremy Thorpe, British politician
Notable former members of staff