Nonsuch High School for Girls have raised £1,000 for schools in Kenya by organising various fundraising activities, including the opportunity to sponge the teachers for a very reasonable 50p for 1 throw or 3 for £1.
Nonsuch was named after the sixteenth century Palace that once stood in the park. Henry VIII started building it in the village of Cuddington, Buckinghamshire in order to create the finest palace in the world – None Such that could be found anywhere.
Building a school in the early 20th Century in a Park with royal connections caused controversy. Warren Farm stood on some of the land and in 1935 there was an outcry surrounding Surrey County Council’s proposal to build a school resulting in questions about the scheme being raised in Parliament. The main objection was the belief that the construction of the school would destroy the view of the trees where the Palace once stood.
Eventually it was given the go-ahead and on 30 December 1936 the first turf was cut at an official ceremony. Nonsuch was to be called ‘Nonsuch County School for Girls’, which when full would provide a school for 490 girls. There are now 1220 pupils on the register.