Kingham Hill School

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.

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Kingham Hill School

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.

“A supportive community of pupils and teachers, in an area of outstanding natural beauty.” Good Schools Guide 2017

Highly qualified, specialist staff offer a broad and challenging curriculum (20+ courses at A level) to ensure every pupil has opportunities to learn, excel and realise their potential.

Creative arts are a strength of the school and there are opportunities for every pupil to find and express their creativity. All Year 7 & 8 joiners are given a musical instrument to learn and music events held throughout the year range from regular concerts to the annual Ceildh!  There are two annual drama productions, recently including Macbeth and Sound of Music.  The Art department offers painting and sculpting as well as photography and art history classes.

“The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is excellent.” ISI, 2014

Our American Program is unique in that it is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the US Department of Education and we are currently the only British boarding school to offer this.

Category: Senior, Sixth Form

Pupils: Co-Education

Type: Day & Boarding

Religious Affiliation: Christian

Roll: 210 Boys / 126 Girls

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 M40 and M4. Train link to London takes 80 mins and to Oxford 20mins.

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr N Seward

Contact for enquiries:Miss Helen McRae, Registrar

Kingham, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Tel: 01608 658999



Top class facilities, including a state of the art Maths and Science building and new award listed 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.

The school has a beautiful 100 acre estate with woodlands, fields and sports facilities, as well as the ever popular school farm.The school farm is based in the heart of the school grounds and is a popular place before and after school as well as at lunchtimes, and the pupils get involved in all aspects of animal care. Farm club is available as a co-curricular option for pupils to choose and this gives them further opportunities to be taught more about animal husbandry. At A level pupils can choose to study Animal Management at BTec level.

The school has an extensive range of team and individual sports available, including sailing, swimming, mountain biking and fencing so that every pupil can find something to enjoy and succeed in. Facilities include floodlit astro pitches, tennis courts and a leisure centre with a gym and indoor pool. Professional coaches, including Rugby Union Lifetime award winners, nurture high achievers and deliver excellent support so all pupils can maximise their potential.

There are three day and seven large detached boarding houses; they are family style houses with an average of less than 35 pupils per house, which is almost half the national average. Both full and weekly boarding is available..


Seven categories of scholarship are awarded: Academic, Art, Founders’ (Sixth Form), Music, Organ (Sixth Form), Speech and Drama or Dance, and Sport.

Entrance Requirements

An Assessment Day held at the school: pupils take an English, Mathematics and General paper.


2019/2020. Day from £5,965 to £6,795 per term. Weekly boarding from £8,450 to £10,435 per term. Full boarding from £8,720 to £11,450 per term.

Additional Charges: SEND provision is chargeable at variable rate dependent upon the level of support required. Individual 50- minute sessions are charged at £35 per session and group 50-minute sessions are charged at £20.50 per session. The US College Prep Program is £2,250 per term and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) support is £1,450 per term.



All visits are welcome, please contact the school

2020. All visits are welcome, please contact the school.


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    Congratulations to our 3rd Form pupil Alice Frampton (pictured) who competed for Kingham Hill School at the Schools Equestrian Games at Swalcliffe, qualifying for the finals in Broadway on October 6th. We wish her every success. Well done Alice!

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    Congratulations to the 1st XV boys rugby team who won a stunning victory away to Rendcomb. The boys played a superb game and racked up an extremely high score, winning the match 50 points to nil. Jamie Quick (Year 11) was one of the players to have his first game for the 1st XV and...

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    With Kingham Hill School being recognised in the Parliamentary Review as an example of outstanding academic and pastoral practice, Headmaster Nick Seward and his wife Hannah attended the Parliamentary Review Gala in London last night. Founded with The Rt Hon David Curry as chief editor to share and promote best practice across the public and private sectors, The Parliamentary...

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    For the fourth year running, Kingham pupils are celebrating record-breaking examination success, with 45% of all grades achieving A* or A. “Coming first in the Oxfordshire league table for Sixth Form academic qualifications last year was a tough act to follow, but I am delighted that our pupils and their teachers have secured record-breaking results...

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