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Science and maths results lifting: wonderful light and airy new building specifically for these subjects. Fantastic science labs - a science trip to CERN was a highlight for one student doing physics. ‘Atheists a minority at Kingham,’ according to one parent, but pupils were encouraged to explain and discuss their points of view; ‘free thinking encouraged’ and ‘no indoctrination’. The school farm, run by the chaplain’s wife, is a real asset - ‘my son’s favourite day is when he has farm club after school’. We saw a child leading round the school a pony that was larger than her, we met Casserole the rabbit...

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Kingham Hill School is in the heart of the glorious Cotswold countryside, just 80 minutes from London Paddington, in a 100 acre estate where pupils have a safe place to explore and make their home. With just over 300 pupils Kingham Hill remains small to allow the school to sustain its caring, home-from-home community where every child is nurtured, challenged and inspired to succeed academically and within their personal lives. Named recently as a 'Top Small Independent School' for highest A level results by The Telegraph.

Highly qualified, specialist staff offer a broad and challenging curriculum (27+ courses at A level) to ensure every pupil has opportunities to learn, excel and realise their potential. Top class facilities, including a new £4m Maths and Science building and a new £1.5m library, ensure pupils have the best amenities to enhance their learning. Small class sizes deliver a bespoke learning experience that can be tailored to individual needs to help discover the talent in every child.
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Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

Sports

Unusual sports

Fencing

Shooting

Sailing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2008, Nick Seward MA BEng (40s). After a fairly international childhood, he boarded at Millfield School and went on to do aerospace engineering at Imperial College. His interest in the dispossessed and the homeless in particular, however, led him to work with homeless people in Blackburn and London; after a year travelling he went to Durham to study theology including a masters with a thesis on CS Lewis. He worked as a curate for four years but eventually moved to teaching at Magdalen College School (it was that CS Lewis connection that attracted him - Christianity with literature and deep intellectual curiosity). He was mentored and inspired by the head who ‘celebrated eccentricity’ and he saw that ‘hard work, rigour and routine delivered challenges and results for the bright boys’. It must have...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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