Kingham Hill, squeezing them in

11 Sep 2012

How many girls can you get into a mini? Well this shiny example obligingly allowed 17 Kingham Hill girls to squeeze in, as part of the celebrations surrounding the opening of a third girls’ boarding house. The car was bursting at the seams in much the same way the school’s girls’ boarding houses have been for the past year or two.

With more pupils at Kingham Hill at the start of this school year than at the end of the last, and with the percentage of girls at the school now 40%, more beds needed to be found. The answer was to convert one of the oldest buildings at the school – Durham House, dating from 1886. Housemistress, Carol Heath, and the girls are delighted with their new home.

Headmaster, Nick Seward, welcomed a great crowd of parents, pupils and staff and introduced Chair of Governors, John Richardson, who spoke glowingly of the positive impact made by girls at Kingham Hill during the 20 years since the school became coeducational. This was followed by six girls making statements about the notable achievements of Kingham girls in recent years. A ribbon was then cut by Lauren, representing the new Durham, and Robert, an old boy and previous Head of School, representing the past.

Champagne and tours of the house rounded-off an enjoyable but significant celebration for Kingham Hill and its growing number of girls.