Our History and Alumni
Although The Royal Kent School is now found on Oakshade Road, just off the High Street in Oxshott, did you know that the school originally began life on the current site of the petrol station in the village almost 200 years ago?
Built in 1820, the school was named ‘Royal Kent’ as it was set up under the Patronage of Prince Leopold, who lived in nearby Claremont. The 1820 building continued to be used until long after World War II, but it became more and more difficult to maintain the building, and it didn’t have any modern facilities.
In 1950, the first Parent Teacher Association formed, and they were able to persuade the local authorities to build a modern school in Oakshade Road.
The current Royal Kent School building opened in 1958; we still have a reminder of the original building in the shape of a plaque from the door of the old building which reads, ’Royal Kent School Founded 1820’ and the bell from the turret on its roof. We still ring this bell each morning to start the school day!
If you would like to read a much more detailed account of the history of The Royal Kent, please click here to access a fantastic account by Ernest Crossland (under 'Monograph 29').
As we get nearer to the school’s 200th anniversary, we are thinking about how we can celebrate this, and would love to hear from any of the school’s alumni about what the school was like when they attended; we think our pupils will find this very interesting.