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Kingham Hill School

Kingham Hill School

Kingham, Chipping Norton, OX7 6TH, Oxfordshire

01608 658999



Kingham Hill School
School type Coeducational Boarding & Day
Founded 1886
Head of School Mr Nick Seward
Date Appointed 2008
Co-ed Age Range 11-18
Number of pupils 340
Number of boys 209
Number of girls 131
Number of boarders 200
Day fees per annum £17,220 - £19,620
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £24,390 - £30,120
Boarding fees per annum £25,170 - £33,045
Average Class Size 15
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:7

Kingham Hill School, surrounded by idyllic rural Cotswold beauty, offers a secondary school experience to girls and boys marked by nurturing pastoral care and academic rigour. The clear Christian foundation is central to its ethos in the 21st century, and it welcomes pupils of all backgrounds into family-style boarding and day houses. Although inclusive in intake, GCSE and A Level results are well above the national average, with a high proportion of Upper Sixth leavers taking up places at Russell Group and other elite universities in the US and Europe. KHS is also unique in being a traditional British school with a US accreditation, through the Middle States Association (MSA). Around one in six pupils are American, who graduate with both A Level and AP qualifications, and the bespoke US college guidance programme is available to all pupils alongside UCAS. A similar proportion of pupils come from a diverse range of international backgrounds, and the 30 or so nationalities represented makes for a globally-minded and mature community.

The unofficial motto of KHS is, "Work hard, play hard, and serve well." Outside of the classroom, the daily extra-curricular programme is compulsory, and includes a huge range of opportunities including sport, music, drama, CCF, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and a School Farm. Sports teams punch above their weight with full fixture lists at all levels, and the School is rightly proud of its Performing Arts Academy, which offers an annual series of concerts, plays, and musical theatre. A STEM programme gives pupils from Year 7 a hands-on experience of engineering, robotics, electronics, and aeromodelling, including a kart team which participates in the National Schools Karting Association (NatSKA) and the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC). Service and leadership activities form an essential part of the weekly routine from Year 9, and in the Sixth Form, pupils are encouraged to spend time during the summer holidays at an orphanage in Zambia which has been supported by KHS for many years.

The School has a clear 15-year vision for its future, centred around seeking excellence in 10 strategic themes. This articulates the way KHS intends to remain faithful to its foundation, and to a small-school family home, whilst offering state-of-the-art facilities and a rounded education which prepares personable and engaging young men and women to face the challenges of higher education and a career. Most recently, the School has opened a new Maths and Science building and a new Library; a new Sports Hall is also currently under construction. True to its Founder's desire to see children with boarding need benefit from a KHS education, a recently launched Founder's Pupils initiative seeks to widen access to the opportunities and excellence on offer.

Transport links are excellent, and the School operates an extensive bus network for day pupils. For boarders, a mainline train station in Kingham allows a journey time of 25 minutes to Oxford, and 80 minutes to London Paddington. London Heathrow is just over an hour away, and the School arranges transport to the airport at the beginning and end of terms and half-terms.

The essence of a Kingham Hill education is rounded and servant-hearted personal development. The School prizes academic curiosity and a love of learning in the context of a classical liberal education, and promotes conservative family values. Above all is the belief that character is what really counts in life; the importance of resilience, courtesy, good manners, respect, hard work, adaptability, a sense of humour, and a willingness to make the best of every opportunity. To meet current pupils and see the ethos of KHS at first hand, please contact our Registrar, Miss Helen McRae, at h.mcrae@kinghamhill.org, to arrange a personal visit.