History & Ethos

History & Ethos

Quinton House School aims to provide a ‘family’ environment in which the character, personality and individuality of each student are developed.

The School seeks to help each student to achieve their individual potential and to promote their academic, personal, social and moral development. The School aims to fire imaginations and inspire each student, fostering a lifelong love of learning, along their educational journey and into adulthood.

Care for the individual as a whole and about their personal development and co-curricular involvement complements the emphasis on academic achievement, and demonstrates the richness of the school’s provision for its pupils.

A high calibre staff, who are dedicated and enthusiastic, work as a team in the pursuit of the school’s aims. Quinton House is unashamedly ambitious (although not pretentious), striving continually to improve itself, and to enhance its local, national and international reputation.


Fitzsewin family build a manor house on the grounds.


Richard Knightley purchases Upton.


The Samwell family occupy Upton. Sir Thomas Samwell and his wife rebuild the Hall.


Sir James Harrington born at Upton.


The last private owner, Mr James, passes away and the estate passes into the ownership of the Sir Thomas White’s trust.  A lease by three ladies surnamed “Teape” is taken out and Upton Hall School opens.


Headmistress, Miss K Madden, renames the school Quinton House.


Ownership of the estate passes to Northampton Borough Council.


New sports fields laid out in the walled garden.


The school admits its first sixth formers.


The school celebrates ‘50 years of a school at Upton Hall’


Quinton House acquired by Cognita Schools, the first acquisition for the group.                 


Current Principal, Mrs Jo Storey, joins the school.


The relaunch of the Sixth Form.

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