Former headmaster Dr Michael Hinton dies

We were sad to learn of the death of Dr Michael Hinton, a former Headmaster of Sevenoaks School in October 2020, at the age of 93.

He succeeded Kim Taylor as Headmaster in 1968, and despite only being at the school for a short time, his achievements were notable. 

He introduced General Studies into the Sixth Form, created a Parents' Association and a School Council. Prefects were to be elected and biffs (straw hats) which generations of boys had worn, and which remain legendary to some generations of alumni, were made optional for the Sixth Form. Paul Greengrass, now an award-winning film director, was admitted to Sevenoaks by Dr Hinton after being expelled from his former school and thrived here.

Later in life, Michael was ordained and worked an an Anglican priest and was also the author several books. He and his wife Jean (who died in 2009) had five children, two of whom are Old Sennockians, and eight grandchildren.

Read obituary in The Guardian

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