School History

Building for the Future

Gad’s is world famous as being the former home of author Charles Dickens, who lived here from 1856 until his death in 1870. It is here that he penned his classic novels ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘A Tale of Two Cities’.

In the 1920’s Gad’s Hill Place was converted into a school for girls and in September 2001 the school became fully co-educational, admitting boys throughout the school.

However, gone are the days when the country’s top performing independent school (as we have been named in recent years by the BBC, The Times and The Daily Telegraph) can be housed solely in an 18th century country manor. That is why we have invested in two multi-million pound new building developments against the backdrop of the historic house. The first phase of this development is now complete, providing future generations of pupils, aspiring sports stars, budding young musicians and actors with the resources that they need to thrive and excel.