The History of Winchester House School
Winchester House School is a fully co-educational Nursery/Pre-Prep and prep day or boarding school on the Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire borders, for boys and girls aged 3 - 13.

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Founded in 1875, the school moved to its present site in the market town of Brackley on the borders of Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire in 1922 and became co-educational in 1976.

The History of Winchester House School - The buildings:
  • The Egerton family had been Lords of the Manor of Brackley since the end of the 16th Century.
  • In the 18th Century, the Earls of Ellesmere were given Winchester House as a gift by King George III as a reward for building the world’s first ever canal near his coal mine in Lancashire.
  • It was rebuilt in 1870 for Francis Egerton, 3rd Earl of Ellesmere and Viscount Brackley as a large and comfortable mansion for use as a weekend retreat during the hunting season.
The History of Winchester House School - The School:
  • 1876 - Winchester House School started as a school in 1876 in St Leonards-on-Sea near Hastings. It was advertised as preparing boys for the public schools and the Royal Navy.
  • 1912 - It combined with Spondon House School from Derbyshire and became one school in 1912.
  • 1918 - During WW1 Winchester House School moved to its current site at Brackley to escape the coastal dangers of the First World War
  • 1977 – Day pupils were welcomed for the first time
  • 1976 – Pre-prep department started
  • 1976 – Winchester House School became co-educational
  • 1988 – New Pre-Prep building opened
  • 1989 – Winchester House School became co-educational with the opening of the girls’ boarding house at Drayton Cottage
  • 1994 – The Hippo was built
  • 1997 – Sports Hall was opened in honour of the former headmaster, Richard Speight
  • 2003 – Mark Seymour became headmaster (taking over from Mr Griffith)
  • 2005 – The Seligman and The Forum were built
  • 2013 – The new Nursery building was built and opened by the Mayor of Brackley
  • 2014 – New AstroTurf was built and officially opened by old-girl and England Hockey Player, Storm Sunderland