Kingham Hill School
Kingham Hill School is an independent, co-educational, day and boarding school for pupils aged 11-18. Set in 105 acres of glorious Cotswold countryside, it provides the perfect environment in which to study, relax and be active. With Kingham station on the school’s doorstep, Oxford, Worcester and Evesham are short train rides away, with London Paddington just 90 minutes direct.
The school prides itself on its commitment to the individual. Every pupil is valued and encouraged to develop their own character and talents to the full. Confidence and maturity are nurtured by experienced academic and pastoral staff, in an atmosphere of opportunity and enquiry, with excellent structures of care in a stunning country setting.
Helping every pupil fulfil their academic potential has long been a hallmark of Kingham Hill. In 2023, 47% of GCSE results were at grades 9-7, with 51% of A level results at Grades A*-A. Kingham is consistently in the top 5% nationally for value-added, with the majority of Sixth Form leavers securing Russell Group (or equivalent) destinations.
Education at Kingham Hill is, however, about so much more than qualifications, important though they are. It is also about equipping young people with qualities that will help them flourish in life beyond the Hill. There is something for everyone, with over 60 regular clubs and activities on offer to educate, enrich, challenge and engage pupils of all ages.
Equipped to Flourish (ETF) is the foundation upon which everything at Kingham Hill is built, underpinned by the school’s informal motto, ‘work hard, play hard, serve well’. The four character traits of the Equipped to Flourish programme (Responsibility, Integrity, Humility, Resilience) are woven into every aspect of school life with the aim of supporting pupils as they grow and develop in character, enabling them to flourish both at school and beyond. With a focus on service and helping, Kingham Hill pupils look up and out. The emphasis is on the school’s leavers to be defined by their moral compass and their ability to understand; not only their own value, but the value of others.
Every pupil belongs to one of eleven houses that act as large, extended families. There are four Day Houses and seven Boarding Houses which have their own inviting social lounges, games rooms and quiet rooms. House Parents and pastoral teams ensure a smooth transition into life at the school, helping pupils settle into their Houses while adapting to life in and out of the classroom.
With the majority of boarders being full-time, weekends are vibrant times on the Hill. The strong community spirit continues with house activities, trips and expeditions. There is the option of weekly boarding - with pupils returning home on Friday evening – and ad-hoc boarding is also available.
“A growing number of families moving out of London are discovering this very special Christian school which has quietly been quietly evolving over the last decade. Parents praise the ample space and facilities but, more importantly, the ethos of inspiring confidence and curiosity. Proximity to the likes of Daylesford Organic and Soho House may be fortuitous but is unlikely to disrupt what is down to earth and special about the school. Thriving, happy, resilient pupils and happy parents.” Good Schools Guide
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