KHS celebrated its centenary in 1999. In recent years, the School has opened a new Upper Prep Department (2013) and a new Lower Prep Department (2014) as well as new Humanities classrooms (2014). New, customised, Senior teaching accommodation is planned for the next academic year. Traditionally a successful 13+ Preparatory School, in September 2016 we introduced our first Year 9 class and are now proud to offer an outstanding, well-rounded education for boys from Reception through to Year 11.
Kingswood House was founded in 1899 and moved, thanks to the enterprise of the then Headmaster, Revd Sandberg, to its present site on West Hill (Tanglewood, a former girls’ school) in 1920. At that time, pupils were mainly boarders and much emphasis was placed on Chapel attendance.
Later years saw Headmasters Mr Dixon, Mr Morley-Tabor, Mr Malden, Mr Thorne, Mr Scott-Malden, Mr Harvey and Mr Brooks lead Kingswood House. Mr Brooks came to KHS in 1975 and retired, after 42 years of service to the school, at the end of the academic year 2016/2017.
By the late 1960s, Kingswood House became exclusively a day school allowing dormitories to be converted to music rooms and a Library. In 1963, the School formed into an Educational Trust under a Board of Governors.
In 1973, the Langlands building was opened comprising Assembly Hall, gym, changing rooms, art room and science laboratory. In 1989, the Study Centre was opened. The IT suite and Library were upgraded and an astro-turf, cricket nets, training swimming pool and an adventure trail were added.
KHS celebrated its centenary in 1999. The School has continued with its ambitious Development programme and a new Upper Preparatory School (Years 5-8) was opened in 2013. The new Lower Preparatory Department (Reception-Year 4) opened in 2014.
We extended our educational provision up to the age of 16 when Senior Years were opened in September 2016, with our first cohort due to sit their GCSE examinations in the summer of 2019.
The current Headmaster, Mr Duncan Murphy, joined Kingswood House in September 2017. Mr Murphy was formerly the Headmaster of Claremont Fan Court Preparatory School for five years, prior to which he was the Deputy Headmaster at Milbourne Lodge. He is excited to pioneer a new educational pathway for boys through to 16+ and to safeguard the wonderful family ethos of Kingswood House for future generations.