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Memories that last a lifetime

We have a wonderful group of Old Great Walsteadians – OGWs, who regularly get together and share their experiences with other members.

As well as alumni, the wider OGW community also includes parents, former staff, friends and supporters. There are many ways to stay involved and connected.

Please complete the form below to share your contact details with us and keep in touch.


In 2025 Great Walstead School will be celebrating our centenary. We have a range of activities and events planned to mark this occasion, so there’s even more reason to stay in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Journey & Explorer

We are delighted to share the latest edition of our school magazine “The Journey” with you. Along with a copy of our termly newsletter “The Explorer” this will keep you up to date with all of our news and events. The children have been busy!

If you would like to receive a copy of this magazine by post please do email 



Our History

The school began life in 1925 as Kilvinton Hall in Enfield, Middlesex. Its founder, RJ Mowll, always had the vision of a Christian school, set in the country where children could develop academically, creatively, physically and spiritually. Thus it was that it moved to its present location in Sussex two years later and renamed Great Walstead after the house it now occupied.

Originally, a boys’ only boarding school, day pupils were welcomed in 1960 and 18 years’ later so were girls. Full-time boarding ceased in 1996 to allow working parents more time with their children at weekends.

Over the years, the school has grown to include a Pre-School taking children from 2½ years with their own dedicated learning and play area. Other facilities include a challenge course for older pupils, large sports hall, a Performing Arts Centre, artificial pitch for year-round sport, and covered swimming pool.

From the start the pupils took advantage of Great Walstead’s 265 acres to expand their education. The woods have long been a feature of the school and are still extensively used today by all years, with forest school, cross country, camp building in the summer and our famous Q-Day.

Great Walstead’s unique environment offers children the opportunity to learn in a wide range of ways, both inside and outside the classroom, thus continuing to fulfill its founding ethos.

RJ Mowll - Founding Headmaster of Great Walstead School

1925 – school founded as boarding school for boys by RJ Mowll at Kilvinton Hall in Enfield, Middlesex


1927 – move to current location with 18 boarders and renamed Great Walstead after the Victorian house it occupied

Parke family

1960 – founder retires and Gordon Parke becomes Headmaster. The school welcomes day boys.

Chapel and trampoline at Great Walstead  1988

1975 – Chapel built

Girls at GW

1978 – girls welcomed as pupils

Nick Bawtree - Headmaster at Great Walstead 1986

1986 – Gordon Parke retires and is replaced by Nick Bawtree

Zillas class 86

1987 – Pre-Prep started


1991 – Hugh Lowries becomes Headmaster

P Prep sports 94 3

1993 – Nursery begins for 3 and 4 year olds

Jeremy Sykes 2007

2006 Jeremy Sykes becomes Headmaster on Hugh's retirement

PAC Sports Hall 2008

2007 – Performing Arts Centre/Lowries Centre opens

The Batys

2008 Colin Baty becomes Headmaster

Tennis Courts at Great Walstead

2015 - Astro pitch opened by Olympian and OGW, Ashleigh Ball


2017 – Chris Calvey becomes Headmaster

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2018 – New Libraries opened in Pre-Prep and Main School

Years 7 & * studying outside at Great Walstead

2019 – Art room moves to new Cedar building

Secret garden at Great Walstead

2020 – The Secret Garden is established on the site of the old kitchen garden.

Best courtyard

2021 – Artists’ Courtyard established as community space

New Dining hall at Great Walstead

2022 – Dining room refurbished

New classroom facilities at Great Walstead

2022 – Refurbishment of Reception classroom block

Outdoor space, children and teachers smiling

2023 – New outdoor classroom, funded by FOGWA, opens

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