Twyford School

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Not to be confused with Twyford High School.

Twyford School

SO21 1NW

Coordinates51°01′16″N 1°18′50″W / 51.021°N 1.314°W / 51.021; -1.314Coordinates: 51°01′16″N 1°18′50″W / 51.021°N 1.314°W / 51.021; -1.314
TypeIndependent preparatory day and boarding
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Establishedc. 17th century
Local authorityHampshire
Department for Education URN116536 Tables
HeadmasterSteve Bailey
Age3 to 13
Former pupilsOld Twyfordians

Twyford School is a co-educational, independent, preparatory boarding and day school, located in the village of Twyford, Hampshire, England.


Twyford lays claim to being the oldest preparatory school in the United Kingdom.[1] It moved to its present site in 1809, but there has been a school for boys in Twyford since the seventeenth century.[2] During the nineteenth century buildings were added, including a large schoolroom built during the 1820s, and a mid-Victorian chapel. Original buildings are still used and form part of today's campus.[citation needed]

In 1859, while George Kitchin was master of the school, his friend Lewis Carroll took a photograph of Kitchin and his class of nine boys.[3]

Current status[edit]

A series of developments coincided with the admission of girls to the school, and have continued in recent years. Building works and improvements have been undertaken, although historic fabric has generally been retained. In addition the sports grounds and other outdoor facilities have been upgraded.[1]

Twyford is a private school, and a registered charity. It accepts both day pupils and boarders, and has a pre-preparatory school on the same campus for children below the age of five. It has capacity for around 400 pupils between the ages of 3 and 13, with boarders being accepted from the age of 8. It is a Church of England school.


  • To 1692: Rev. Thomas Brown, alias Weatherby[4]
  • From 1692: Rev. William Husband, alias Bernard[4]
  • 1855 to 1861: Rev. George Kitchin, later Chancellor of the University of Durham[5]
  • 1862 to 1887: Reverend Lathom Wickham[6]
  • 1887: Reverend Charles Townshend Wickham[6]
  • 1939 to 1971: Reverend Robert G. Wickham[7]
  • 1982: D. T. Wickham MA (Oxon)[8]
  • 2003: Dr David Livingstone[9]
  • 2010: Dr Steve Bailey, previously a master at Winchester College

In 1984, Donald Leinster-Mackay noted that "The Wickham family have provided headmasters for Twyford School since 1834.[10]

Notable old boys[edit]

See also Category:People educated at Twyford School


  1. ^ a b "Twyford School life history". Twyford School website. Archived from the original on 29 April 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2007.
  2. ^ twyford
  3. ^ Jon A. Lindseth, ‎Grolier Club, Yours very sincerely, C. L. Dodgson (alias "Lewis Carroll") (1998), p. 52: "Photograph of Twyford School boys and the headmaster, George William Kitchin, by Lewis Carroll. Summer 1859. George William Kitchin, headmaster of Twyford School, Hampshire, with the "first class" of nine pupils."
  4. ^ a b John Dudley Browning, Education in the 18th Century (1979), p. 105: "In 1692 the Reverend William Husband, alias Bernard, succeeded the Reverend Thomas Brown, alias Weatherby, as headmaster at Twyford."
  5. ^ George William Kitchin at, accessed 16 February 2019
  6. ^ a b The Diaries of Lewis Carroll Volume 2 (1954), p. 387: "Lathom Wickham [sometime of Christ Church, Headmaster of Twyford School 1862-87] brought a son to matriculate here [Charles Townshend Wickham, became Headmaster of Twyford on his father's retirement].
  7. ^ a b Douglas Hurd, Memoirs (2003), p. 52
  8. ^ Public & preparatory schools yearbook 1983, p. 527
  9. ^ Good Schools Guide 2003, p. 894: "TWYFORD SCHOOL... From April, 2003 the new head will be Dr David Livingstone (late forties), deputy headmaster of Rugby and a housemaster and geography teacher there. Doctorate in environmental sciences (East Anglia)."
  10. ^ Donald Leinster-Mackay, Old School Ties: Some Nineteenth Century and Early Twentieth Century Links between Public and Preparatory Schools, in British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Feb., 1984), pp. 78-83
  11. ^ Howard Erskine-Hill, “Pope, Alexander (1688–1744)”, in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004)
  12. ^ Jeremy Dibble, "Parry, Sir (Charles) Hubert Hastings, baronet (1848–1918)", in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004)
  13. ^ Notable OTs by Twyford Society at, archived by, accessed February 2019

Further reading[edit]

  • C. T. Wickham, ed., The Story of Twyford School 1809-1909 (Winchester: Wykeham Press, 1909)

External links[edit]