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Tormead School
27 Cranley Road


Coordinates51°14′34″N 0°33′20″W / 51.2429°N 0.5556°W / 51.2429; -0.5556Coordinates: 51°14′34″N 0°33′20″W / 51.2429°N 0.5556°W / 51.2429; -0.5556
TypeIndependent School
Religious affiliation(s)Inter- / non- denominational
Local authoritySurrey
Department for Education URN125345 Tables
HeadteacherDavid Boyd
Age4 to 18

Tormead School is an independent day school for girls aged 4–18 years old in Guildford, Surrey, England. It comprises a reception,[1] prep school,[2] senior school and sixth form. It was founded in 1905 and is a member of the Girls Schools Association (GSA).


Tormead School was founded in 1905 in a residential area of Guildford. Starting with a mere handful of girls and a teacher in a private house, the school survived the threat of a takeover in 1912 and near financial collapse in 1935. Tormead survived these vicissitudes to grow in size during the two World Wars, led by a succession of Headmistresses.[3] David Boyd, the current Head, is the first male Headteacher of Tormead since the school's inception.

Additions to the building include Alleyne House in the Junior School (named after former headmistress, Honor Alleyne), the science wing, and specialist design technology, home economics and textiles rooms. In 2008, construction was completed on a new performing arts centre.

In 2015 the most recent developments took place, with the addition of a new atrium to the old school house and a refit of all the classroom facilities and library.

Extra-curricular activities

Particular sporting activities at the school include swimming (a number of students compete at both national and international level),[4] gymnastics (the school has previously won the European Championships for Schools, GISGA) and fencing (the school competes nationally and some members of the squad represent Great Britain internationally).[5]

The school has a Music Department. Four orchestras and four choirs operate within the school, as well a Jazz Band,[6][7] which tours Europe during the summer every two years and has played at numerous events and locations. The school has held musical events to celebrate its 90-year anniversary, the turn of the millennium and its centenary. The Music Department holds informal concerts at least once a term in which individual pupils or small ensembles can play, and in which some of the larger ensembles perform as well. Formal music events are arranged throughout the school year, with male singers for vocal performances often "borrowed" from the Royal Grammar School, Guildford.

Other extra-curricular activities of note are Young Enterprise, Young Consumer, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, public speaking and debating. In 2004, the school team ranked third in the national final of the English-Speaking Union's Public Speaking Competition for Schools.[citation needed] The debating squad frequently enter the Cambridge, Oxford and Mace debating competitions. In 2009, they also were picked as one of the first schools in Britain to take part in the YPI project (Youth Philanthropy Initiative).[8]

Notable former pupils

See also: Category:People educated at Tormead School

The school has an active alumnae association, TOGA, the Tormead Old Girls' Association[9] and Parents' Association.


  1. ^ "Pre-Prep – Tormead School". Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Prep – Tormead School". Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  3. ^ Jean, Brunton (2005). Girls in Blue: An Illustrated History of Tormead School. Third Millennium. pp. Synopsis. ISBN 1904022030.
  4. ^ "Success at National Relay Finals | Tormead School". 24 November 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  5. ^ "U15 Gymnasts take GISGA Gold | Tormead School". 27 February 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Senior Music | Independent Prep School | Tormead School". Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Jazz bands and pop choir to play GLive | Tormead School". 25 January 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Tormead Community Challenge | Tormead School". 24 March 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  9. ^ TOGA
  10. ^ LinkedIn Profile
  11. ^ My school Days - Sandi Toksvig