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Kingham Hill School

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Kingham Hill has 100 acres of Cotswolds countryside with spectacular panoramic views beyond. Though in the sticks, surprisingly connected – Kingham has a train station and is 80 minutes by direct train (via Oxford) to London Paddington. Genuinely mixed ability and small class sizes of about 15. There’s an emphasis on relaxed, trusting and respectful relationships between teachers and children resulting in a camaraderie praised by parents and pupils alike. Technology in place but not constantly in use or relied upon – focus is on a good-quality teacher and lessons are interactive, as one teacher said…

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Kingham Hill School is an independent, co-educational, boarding and day 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.

As a school, we pride ourselves on our 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 to fulfil their academic potential has long been a hallmark of Kingham Hill. We are consistently ranked by the Department for Education in the top five per cent nationally for pupil progression, 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 11 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.

Happy pupils will be successful, and we aim to help our pupils thrive and grow so that they can enjoy their time on the Hill, as well as being able to head off confidently onto their next adventures when they leave us. We are a small school with a big heart.
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Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.


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Since April 2023, Pete Last BA MEd, previously head of Kingsley School, Bideford. Educated at Alleyn’s then read geography at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. After university his intention was to take a gap year and travel but mission experience at the Hebron School in India changed his life course. He met his wife and they stayed on as teachers/houseparents for six years. His three children were born in India and when they reached school age they returned to the UK. A man who stays the distance: Mr L taught at Lord Wandsworth College for nine years, then Stowe for 11 years in a range of roles including head of geography, head of boarding, assistant head and deputy head (pastoral).

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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