Kingham Hill School

Kingham Hill School is in the heart of the glorious Cotswold countryside on a 100-acre estate for 350 girls and boys from 11-18 years.  Just under half of the pupils are boarders and the School is just 90 minutes by direct train from London Paddington. Kingham is one of only two UK independent schools to be fully accredited to offer a US high school diploma alongside a British education.

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    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 52% 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.

    Category: Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Christian

    Roll: 200 Boys / / 152 Girls

    Day pupils: 209

    Boarder Number: 143

    Age Range: 11-18 Years

    Founded: 1886

    Location Description

    Situated on the borders of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire, between Cheltenham and Oxford and with easy access to both the M40 and M4. Direct train link from Kingham Station (5 minutes from School) to London takes 90 mins and to Oxford 20 mins.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Pete Last

    Contact for enquiries: Debbie Marshall, Registrar

    Kingham, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6TH

    Tel: 01608 731884



    Kingham Hill School was built in the years following 1886 and was modelled upon a classic English village. Over the years the School has been subject to a programme of continual development in order to ensure that we provide the very best facilities to enable our pupils to get the best educational experience.

    Our facilities include: Sports Hall, Astro-turf, Indoor Climbing Wall, Dance Studio, Fitness Suite, Swimming Pool, Assault Course, School Farm, Performing Arts Centre, Music Practice Rooms, Chapel, Veritas Building (housing our modern Science Laboratories.

    To use the interactive map of the school click HERE


    Each year Kingham Hill offers numerous Scholarships for pupils joining in the Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12 (1st, 3rd and Lower Sixth Forms).

    Scholarships for Years 7 and 9 (1st and 3rd Form)
    Application is open to all prospective 1st and 3rd Form pupils, along with current 2nd Form pupils.

    Scholarships available for 1st and 3rd form entry are available in the following areas: Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport

    Scholarships for Lower Sixth Form entry
    Application is open to all prospective Lower Sixth Form pupils, along with current 5th Form pupils.

    Scholarships for Lower Sixth Form entry are available in the following areas: Academic, Founder’s, Sport and Subject Specific

    For more details on Scholarships, please visit our website

    Entrance Requirements

    After registration, children will be invited to attend an assessment and informal interview with a member of our Senior Staff. The assessment covers English, Maths and General Reasoning skills. No revision is required.


    2024 / 2025

    Day fees.

    From £7,440 to £8,435 per term.

    Boarding fees.

    Weekly – From £10,495 to £12,975 per term.   Full – £10,845 to £14,295 per term.



    ISC association The Society of Heads, AGBIS, ISBA

    Affiliations BSA, CReSTeD, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Middle States Association (US Education Department)

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Open Morning: Saturday 5 Oct 2024 -

    Open Mornings: Please REGISTER your interest

    Kingham Hill school remains steadfast in its resolve to provide the very best education in a safe, secure and caring environment. We would very much like to show you what Kingham Hill can offer you and your children. So please do get in touch, either by phone 01608 658999 or using the form here

    If you have any questions please contact our admissions office on; +44 (0) 01608 731884 or email


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