St Hilary's Association

The St Hilary's Association (SHA) is open to any past pupil or member of staff and its main objective is to bring together those associated with St Hilary’s School.  

Our patron is the actress Ms Jenny Seagrove.  We are very proud to have such a thriving association; one reason for this may be the good friendships created during pupils' time at this school.

We warmly invite ex-pupils and their families to join the association by emailing

(It helps greatly if you can indicate the years that you attended St Hilary’s).

SHA News

Calling all Old Hilarians

Mrs Whittingham and the School Archivists                              The-Hiorns-Family.jpg
Mrs Whittingham and the School Archivists                  The Hiorns Family

We will be celebrating our 90th anniversary later this year and would like to encourage past pupils, parents and staff to share their memories of the school for a collection we are compiling.

St Hilary's, founded in 1927 by Miss Hiorns, was originally called Hilltop due to its location at the top of Holloway Hill.  It was supposed to have twenty pupils, but when Miss Hiorns took it over, there were only eight pupils of all different ages.  They were taught by Miss Hiorns along with one other mistress, her father taught literature and Latin and her mother supervised all the domestic side of the then boarding school.  Miss Hiorns remained as Headmistress for over 40 years until her retirement in 1968.

As we approach our 90th anniversary, we would love to compile a collection of memories and photos across the ages to celebrate St Hilary’s past and present.  Amy and Madeleine in Year 6, our School Archivists, will be working on the project, which we hope to share with contributors and the wider public once it is complete.  We would also be very interested to hear from former pupils as to what they are doing now.

If you have a memory of the school, maybe Miss Hiorns taught you or you have a photo or particular memory of the school buildings, teachers, trips away or even the school lunches, then we would love to hear from you.

Please email the St Hilary’s Association at or send your material to the School Archivists at St Hilary’s School, Holloway Hill, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1RZ.  Thank you.

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A Brief History

In 1927 Miss Marjorie Hiorns founded St Hilary’s School as an independent co-educational preparatory school in Godalming, which later in 1966 became a charitable trust with a Board of Governors. The area now occupied by St Hilary’s is marked on maps as Kilcott and a chimney bears the date ‘1870'; but the earliest written records are 1878-84. In 1888 the home was owned by Robert Smith, whose son, George, the Corinthian footballer who played centre forward for England, needed the large field for practising. Today, sport continues to play an important part of school life and pupils enjoy it at play time and on Sports days. Many additions to the original house have followed over the years to support the learning that goes on and every year the school celebrates with a Hiorns Day along with Founder’s Prize Givings.


victoriahamilton_portrait.jpgVictoria Hamilton

Born in 1971, Victoria grew up in Godalming and attended St Hilary’s School from 1974-1982. She trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is best known for her roles in costume drama.

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