Surbiton High School

Coordinates: 51°24′00″N 0°18′17″W / 51.400°N 0.3046°W / 51.400; -0.3046
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Surbiton High School
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Coordinates51°24′00″N 0°18′17″W / 51.400°N 0.3046°W / 51.400; -0.3046
TypePrivate day school
Motto'Amor Nos Semper Ducat'
(May Love Always Lead Us)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1884; 139 years ago (1884)
Department for Education URN102611 Tables
Head teacherPrincipal: Rebecca Glover
GenderGirls (4–18); boys (4–11)
Age4 to 18
HousesAusten, Curie, Fonteyn, Nightingale, Pankhurst, Parks and Teresa
Colour(s)Green and silver    

Main building

Surbiton High School is a private independent school in Surbiton in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England.[1][2] It has seven buildings overall including the Boys’ Preparatory School, Girls’ Preparatory School, the Senior School and the Sixth Form.[2]


Assembly Rooms

The school was founded in 1884 by a group of Anglican clergymen who instituted the Church Schools Company.[3] Its objective was "to establish superior education for girls in accordance with the principles of the Church of England" wherever the need was felt.[1]

Surbiton High is the founding member school of the Church Schools Company, now the United Church Schools Trust.[4] It has seven sites in Surbiton: the Boys' Preparatory School (over two sites Charles Burney House and Avenue Elmers), the Girls' Preparatory School, Main Senior School, Surbiton Assembly Rooms, Mary Bennett House and the Sixth Form Centre, as well as sports grounds at Hinchley Wood and Oaken Lane.[2]

The current principal of Surbiton High School is Rebecca Glover who took up post in January 2018.[2] Surbiton High School takes female students from 4 years old to 18 years old, while the Boys' Preparatory School caters for 4 to 11 year olds.[2]


Surbiton High School prides itself in being one the best schools in the United Kingdom for girls' sports.[5] The school has been shortlisted for Times Educational Supplement (TES) sports awards multiple times, most recently in 2019 when it won the award.[6] The School's SAS (Surbiton Advanced Sports) programme mentors their high performing athlete girls, helping them coordinate their training and competition schedule with their academic work.[7] The school's sporting grounds are at the nearby Hinchley Wood Playing Fields.


Both the senior school's and the prep school's gymnastics team regularly win regional and national titles. In the most recent years of 2023 and 2022 the gymnastics team won the BSGA (British Schools Gymnastics Association[8]) floor and vault national title[9] as well as the acrobatic gymnastics national trophy.[10] The coaching team consists of multiple British Gymnastics Level 5 High Performance coaches, as well as past world champions and medalists.[11]


The school has a rowing club called the Surbiton High School Boat Club which is based on the River Thames at Trowlock Way, Off Broom Road, Teddington.[12] The club is affiliated to British Rowing (Boat code SBT) and produced a junior national champion crew at the 2013 British Rowing Junior Championships.[13][14]



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  24. ^ "Remembering Molly Mahood: Surbiton's renowned Scholar". Surbiton High School Alumni Network. 29 July 2017.
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