The school was founded in 1812 and was one of the very first to be formed by the National Society of the Church of England.It moved to its present location in 1976 - on the slopes of the North Downs.
The school is completely committed to child-centred, cross-curricular and creative education. There is an emphasis on temwork and respect and this is exemplified by the use of first names to address everybody.
Each camp offers a variety of activities, including rock climbing and abseiling (at Dancing Ledge), swimming, go-carting, archery, nature walks (including one at Brownsea Island) canoeing, powerboating, orienteering, and football. The highlight of the Year 6 camp to Shropshire is visiting the working Victorian village which is near-by and improvising in the school house (the year group of 2004's improvisation appeared on a documentary about co-curricular activities).
The school recently adopted a house system. The children selected the house names from a list of 20th Century Heroes. Over the course of a year the school run various house events including, Netball and football tournaments, the HOSCARS (acting and performance) as well as a Music Medley.
The houses are: