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Time spent at Knighton House creates happy memories that stay with people long after they leave. All OKs are part of a far-flung community that shares an affection for this special place. Chaired by Fiona Potter the OK Committee helps everyone keep in touch, organising events and reunions.

Old Knightonian events planned for 2018

Wednesday, 11th April – Drinks in London

Please join us for a drink at The Coach Makers Arms, 88 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2PY.

We will be there from 6.30 until about 9.30pm – drinks are on us! We look forward to seeing you there.


Sunday 10th June – Family Day at Knighton House School

More information will be available soon but please do put the date in your diary – it promises to be a fun day at school.

Old Knightonians

The Old Knightonians (OKs) are part of the extended Knighton House family and form a valuable link between both past pupils and formers staff and the school as it is now.

We are keen to ensure that all previous pupils are able to keep in touch with friends from their time at Knighton. To that end we have a database of OKs who have given us their contact details – we are always looking to add to this as well as keep contact details up to date! Please email with your up to date contact details. We also help OKs maintain links with each other through reunions which are held either at the school or in London.

There are lots of ways to keep in touch with Knighton – take a look through our website to catch up on life at Knighton House including our recent ISI inspection reports – “Excellent” in all areas. The Knighton Yearbook gives you a flavour of the year at school and we also have Facebook and Twitter pages.

We are planning to put together an Old Knightonian newsletter, please can you email with your news.

There is now a range of Knighton House clothing and accessories available from the website . Do take a look – they are made by a parent and are very popular with the girls!

Finally it would fantastic if you could keep us up to date with any changes to your communication details by emailing:

As part of the schools extended curriculum we have developed a Careers and Inspiration Programme – we invite OKs to return to the school to talk to pupils in Years 7 and 8 about their chosen profession and offer advice to the girls. If you would like to be part of this please email with your name and profession, thank you.

Of course all Old Knightonians are always welcome to return and visit Knighton House, the service on Saturday is always popular with OKs. Please just email and let us know when you are planning to come, I am sure you will understand that we do not allow unaccompanied visits around the school during term time.

Drinks Party in Madrid on the 24th October 2017

Overwhelmed by the warmth and genuine love for Knighton House, Rob, Ali and Melanie returned from the Reception in Madrid in high spirit.

The majority of the 60 or so guests were Old Knightonians and their families, the oldest of whom, Ines Hernandez is now 19 and at University in Madrid! The reminiscing was enhanced by a screen play of photos spanning the last 8 years, which caused much mirth and excitement amongst the girls.

A golden opportunity to meet with our Spanish Agent friends in person and to meet representatives from one of the Madrid Schools. It was also a great occasion on which to meet friends of friends who are looking at Knighton House for their daughters in the years ahead.

In his welcoming speech, Rob introduced our Summer School. This was met with great enthusiasm and we look forward to welcoming our Spanish friends, past, present and future on board for a two week course in July.

Thank you to all our Spanish friends for such a warm welcome to Madrid and for bringing so much to the Knighton House family.

Old Knightonian reunion in London, June 2017

Many thanks to Old Knightonian Julia L’vov Basirov (née Pilkington) who kindly hosted a drinks party in her wonderful London home. The event was well attended by a number of OKs and was also an opportunity to bid farewell to Sarah and Alan Wicks as well as meet our new Headmaster Robin Gainher.

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History of KHS

Knighton House was built in about the middle of the 18th Century and was the village farmhouse when Henry William Portman purchased Durweston in 1774. It remained a farm until about the 19th Century when the farmer moved to the house by the church, Knighton Manor. Knighton was enlarged for the first time in 1830 and became the Dower House for the Portman family of Bryanston. In 1857 the house was further enlarged for the 1st Viscount’s eldest son, William Henry Berkeley Portman. Here he brought up his large family of eight children, six sons and two daughters. His children played in the garden and rode their ponies around Knighton, 100 years before it became a school. In 1888 he inherited the title and moved to Bryanston House.

From 1893 the second daughter Susan Alice lived and brought up her family at Knighton. In about 1920 Frances, Lady Portman, widow of the 2nd Viscount moved to live in Knighton until her death in 1939.

In 1940 the fifth son of the second Viscount, Seymour Berkeley Portman, moved into Knighton. He inherited the title in 1942 becoming the 6th Viscount. He died in 1946. For over a year the house was empty before in 1948 Gerald William, Lord Portman’s eldest son, moved in with his wife at Knighton but they had no children, and in June 1950 they vacated the house after the estate was acquired by the Crown Estate.

It was about this time that John and Peggy Booker were approached with the request to start a Girls’ Preparatory School at Knighton. They had been running another school near Ilminster and so Knighton became their home with their ‘enormous’ family and the place became alive again. The school began with a nucleus of boys and girls who had come from their previous school. The boys stayed on for about two years until Knighton became ‘all girls’.