What is Kneller Hall?
Kneller Hall is the new home for Radnor House Senior School. It is an ambitious new co-ed school for 11-18-year-olds opening in the coming years, located in Twickenham in an historic, Grade II listed-building that was previously home to the Royal Military School of Music.
Kneller Hall will combine tradition with innovation. The spacious location is the ideal setting for the impressive school that is opening within it, with state-of-the-art facilities and a forward-thinking, modern curriculum set within a grand building originally built by Sir Godfrey Kneller in the early 18th century. The Duke of Cambridge opened a music school on the site in 1857 and Kneller’s music heritage will be recognised and preserved, with music and the arts a key feature of the curriculum.
Kneller Hall will be an exceptional environment where children have space to think and to breathe. It will provide a refreshing and innovative curriculum both inside and outside of the classroom that puts children and their happiness at the heart of education.
Kneller Hall will not be dedicated solely to learning the right answers or getting the best marks in exams. Young people will be empowered to be the agents of their own future success, encouraged to embrace critical thinking, to interrogate all situations and understand the importance of grit and resilience in order to become the very best possible versions of themselves.
Kneller Hall & Radnor Prep
As a fellow Dukes Education senior school, Kneller Hall School will offer priority entry to pupils at Radnor House Prep. Priority access means that a pupil at one Dukes school enjoys preferential entry to another, but it is not a guarantee of acceptance. Each school has its own admissions criteria, and an assessment process for entry, and every pupil needs to meet the minimum criteria. A child who meets the eligibility criteria to join another Dukes school moves straight to the front of the queue. This can take a good deal of uncertainty and stress out of the 11+ and 13+ process.
If pupils prefer to continue on to a Dukes senior school, we may be able to confirm acceptance during Year 5, subject to meeting the entry criteria.
Dukes Education is sensitively restoring and developing the 60,000 sq ft interior of Kneller Hall and the extensive 30-acre site to create a truly exceptional school for the 21st century.
New developments include:
- Outstanding facilities for science and technology, with fully equipped science labs and cutting-edge design-technology-innovation suites.
- New studios for art, textiles and design, alongside dedicated music and performance areas.
- A brand-new sports hall, turf sport pitches and a multi-use games area (MUGA).
- The creation of an ecological corridor with an outdoor space set aside for Forest School – more than half the outdoor space at Kneller Hall is designated as Metropolitan Open Land
- Which means it must be retained as green space for the pupils to explore and enjoy.
In order to ensure a smooth transition for both Kneller Hall and Radnor Prep students, current Radnor House senior pupils from Year 7 – Year 13 will remain at Pope’s Villa while building works begin at Kneller Hall for the duration of the transition period. We are delighted that buildings at 41 Kew Foot Rd, Richmond (next to Richmond Rugby Club) is Radnor Prep’s temporary home during this time.