The Setting

Wickham Court, the ancestral home of the Heydon Queen Elizabeth Iand Boleyn families since the 15th Century, was the backdrop as King Henry VIII proposed to the beautiful Anne Boleyn, mother of Queen Elizabeth I.
In the intervening five centuries, it has been the setting for many historic events, a place dedicated to human aspiration of the highest order. This tradition, this sense of place, continues today through our school at Wickham Court. The sounds and sights of boys and girls learning and playing - this, indeed, is history.

Wickham Court commands a prominent vantage point over the surrounding countryside of Kent and Surrey. There has been a manor house on this site since at least the 11th century and there are Roman and Iron Age sites in close proximity.

Wickham CourtThe oldest parts of the current house date back to 1469 although there are remains of an earlier building visible in the cellars.

Henry Heydon built his house at the height of the Wars of the Roses and as a consequence the house was fortified and bears more than a passing resemblance to a castle. His wife, Ann, was the great-aunt of Anne Boleyn, which has lead to many legends about an association between Henry VIII and Wickham Court.

In 1579 financial difficulties led to the sale of Wickham Court by the Heydon Family to John Lennard. He and his descendants owned the house until 1929 and during this period the house was remodelled several times; between 1645 and 1750 a roof and internal stairs were put in to transform the building from a castle into a house.
In the 19th century the Lennard Wing was added and the turrets topped with conical roofs, which have since been removed.

Sir Stephen Lennard emigrated to Canada in 1929 and Wickham Court became a hotel. During the Second World War the hotel was commandeered by the Army for use as accommodation and offices.
From 1952 to the present, Wickham Court has been home to an educational establishment of one kind or another; first to Coloma College of Education, then from 1978-1996 to Schiller International University.  

Children on ComputersToday, our school provides a wonderful environment for learning. We have art and music facilities that we hope will stimulate our children's aesthetic senses. You may even get the chance to see our young actors practising their skills in our drama hall.
You will note that our library and our computers not only provide valuable and practical learning tools but also open many doors and windows to the wonder that is education.

There is, of course, more to education than books and buildings and bricks and mortar. At Wickham Court, we believe that learning should go beyond the formal classroom, that what a child learns in sport and in games complements the purely academic. Thus, we take great pride in the school grounds, and we value the sound of our children's laughter as they run about our five acres of gardens and stately lawns.

Our school reflects the sense of tradition and timelessness associated with education itself, but it also profits from the best of modern texts and technology. Most importantly, it profits from the life and the energy that our children bring with them.

When you visit, we think you will see that Wickham Court is as dynamic and exciting as education itself.