Under various names, Dorset House has been in existence since 1784, originally in Hertfordshire but for eighty years in Littlehampton. In 1964, the School, then in private ownership, closed there but during its last term a charitable trust was set up by parents, old boys and friends of the School to purchase Bury Manor where Dorset House now resides.

Bury Manor has an extraordinary history. In 1066 the records show it was then owned by Countess Goda, sister of Edward the Confessor, but the Normans handed it over to the Monks of Fecamp, a Benedictine monastic order who farmed the Manor for centuries. The Great Barn was built in the 16th Century.

It is interesting to note that in the past, Dorset House offered rowing, sailing and fishing. There was also the first Bury Scout Troop which involved both the children at DH and some local children from the village. Our new leadership programme echoes the activities enjoyed by children in this idyllic setting in the past.

Below is a brief history of the school:






















Totteridge Park School – Hertfordshire

Totteridge Park School

David Munro employed as Usher, married
Wilkinson’s daughter

Robert Wilkinson retires & David Munro became HM

Totteridge Park School moved to Hendon & became Brent Bridge House

Brent Bridge House moved to Elstree & became
Hillside School

Hillside School moved to Littlehampton & became
The School House

David Munro retires & Malcolm Munro (son) became HM

The School House and Dorset House merge and become Dorset House - a Preparatory School

Mr Beecheno retires, Malcolm Munro buys the school

Mr Sims becomes assistant master

Mr and Mrs Sims join Malcolm Munro in partnership

Malcolm Munro retires & Mr Sims became HM

Mr Sims retires, Mr Cranthorne became HM

Dorset House moved to Bury HM R Hutchinson

HM T Champion

HM A James

HM E Clarke

Co-education introduced

HM RCM Brown

HM M Thomas

HM Not Known

HM R Wilkinson

HM R Wilkinson

HM D Munro

HM D Munro

HM D Munro

HM D Munro
(+ sons)

HM M Munro

HM M Munro/

HM M Munro

HM M Munro

HM M Munro

HM R Sims

HM J Cranthorne

HM R Hutchinson

HM T Champion

HM A James

HM E Clarke

HM E Clarke

HM RCM Brown

HM M Thomas

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