The Canon Holmes Memorial Trust was established to found a boys preparatory school in memory of Canon Holmes, the administrator of Brentwood Cathedral in Essex, who first proposed the idea
Forty parents guaranteed a loan to purchase a property called Hutton Park – after which the school was named – and personally carried out alterations and refurbishment necessary to convert the house and grounds into a school.
The school opened in 1961 building up to a maximum of 160 boys annually. However, after some twenty years numbers fell back, costs increased significantly and the school was obliged to close in 1986. The funds from the sale of the property were used, with the consent of the Charity Commission, to re-establish the Trust in its present form.