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Hill House International Junior School
Motto A child's mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
Established 1951 London 1949 Tour-de-Peilz (Switzerland)
Type Private school
Religion Non-denominational
Principal Richard Townend
Founder Colonel Stuart Townend
Location Hans Place
England England
Staff 110 (approx.)
Students 1070 (approx.)
Gender Co-educational
Houses Midi,Naye,Grammont,Rosa(named after the mountain peaks near the annexe in Switzerland)
Colours Burgundy, maroon , tan


Former pupils: Hill Housers
Alumni Prince Charles, Lilly Allen
Coordinates: 51°29′51″N 0°09′37″W / 51.4975°N 0.1602°W / 51.4975; -0.1602

Hill House School is a preparatory day school based in Knightsbridge, London. It was founded in September 1951 by Lt-Col Stuart Townend and has several branches located in West London and in Switzerland. Former pupils include Prince Charles and Lily Allen.

The Good Schools Guide described the school as "A school with a notable and inescapable past which booms at a visitor from every wood-panelled wall, display board and cabinet," also stating that "Its aim from the first was to be 'international' and to nurture each individual child's talents."[1]

Hill House pupils are often seen on the move around Knightsbridge, Sloane Square and Chelsea, and are distinct in that their school uniform entails burgundy knickerbockers, tan shirts, more often than not with mustard-coloured "gold" roundneck jumpers. The uniform was designed by the founder's wife, and is notable for its bright colours. It was designed to be used for sport as well as class lessons and lacks a tie,however there is a cravat to be worn for weekly Assembly and special occasions. The Colonel's wife once said "a grey uniform produces grey minds, grey boys". Prince Charles went to Hill House. It was his first school and it was the first time that an heir to the British throne had been to school. Sadly, Lieutenant-Colonel Townend died in 2002 at the age of 93. His son, Richard Townend, is now Headmaster. The school very much remains a family concern.[2]

Pupils attend the school from the ages of four to 13. [3] Many of the pupils come from abroad. Pupils generally go on to sit the Common Entrance Examination to continue into independent secondary schools. Regular boys boarding school destinations include Eton College, Harrow School, and Charterhouse School. Boys' days schools include St Paul's School, Westminster School, City of London School, King's College School, and Latymer Upper School. Girls' boarding schools include Wycombe Abbey, Benenden School and Roedean School. Girls' day schools include St Paul's Girls' School, James Allen's Girls' School, City of London School for Girls, Francis Holland School and Queen's Gate School.

The school used to have a policy of not preparing pupils for scholarships. That has recently changed, and the school is now rapidly gaining a reputation for helping pupils win scholarships to highly ranked institutions like St Paul's School and Benenden.

Due to an agreement with the former Headmaster, the Duke of York barracks on King's Road is used as a sports ground both for regular games lessons and the school's annual field day, The late Colonel believed that learning to swim is extremely important so the school makes use of local swimming facilities +such as Latchmere Swimming Pool - immortalised in a song by the band The Macabees. Queens Club, in Fulham and the Oval, in Kennington are also used for tennis, squash and cricket.

The purpose built house in Glion, 2,500 feet above Lac Léman, hosts special courses throughout the year for selected pupils from London, providing experience of a boarding school environment in the setting of a mountain village in the French speaking canton of Vaud


House systems

The school is also famous for the names of years.

  • Small School - 4-5 years
  • Lower School - 5-6 years
  • Middle School - 6-7 years
  • Upper School - 7-10 years
  • Girls Transitus & Senior School - 10-11 years
  • Lower Sixth - 12 years
  • Upper Sixth - 13 years

Notable alumni


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