Kingham Hill School
|Motto||In virum perfectum|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Headteacher||Rev. Nick Seward|
|Founder||Charles Edward Baring Young|
|DfE URN||123277 Tables|
Kingham Hill School is a co-educational independent day and boarding school for children aged 11-18, located near the village of Kingham in Oxfordshire. It was founded by local landowner Charles Edward Baring Young in 1886, with buildings designed by the architect William Howard Seth-Smith.
Kingham Hill was purpose built by the Christian philanthropist Charles Edward Baring Young in 1886. He put his faith into practice by establishing it as a place where children with a boarding need could be educated and prepared for life. In the early days the school was a virtually self-sufficient community. It had a farm, a wide range of workshops, a school building, a chapel, a sanatorium and various boarding houses. The Founder ensured that every Kingham child learned their ‘letters’, gained a trade and had the benefit of understanding the Christian faith. On leaving they could progress to accommodation and opportunities in London or emigrate to a farm the Founder owned in Canada and make their life in the New World. The Kingham Hill Trust, established by the Founder, administers the school and its sister foundation, Oak Hill Theological College in London
Kingham Hill School is a small coeducational boarding school and day school for children aged 11-18, set in 100 acres of spectacular grounds in the heart of the Cotswold countryside. The school has been educating pupils since 1886, and with just over 300 pupils in the school, every child is nurtured, challenged and inspired to succeed, both academically and within their personal lives. The school consists of ten houses, seven of which are boarding and three are houses for day students. The boarding houses have an average of just 30 children, so they have the feel of a large, family home.
The school has a leisure centre, with a swimming pool, sauna, fitness suite as well as a dance and drama studio, astro turf, and tennis courts on site. These facilities are available for use by the local community at certain times. In addition to the sports pitches, the School's 100 acres of grounds include parkland, 30 acres of woodland and 8 acres of pasture housing the school's horses, sheep, alpacas and goats.
The School has invested heavily in new facilities, with a new £4m Maths and Science building built in 2015 and a new library completed in 2016 to ensure pupils have the best amenities to enhance their learning.
Boarding and day houses
- Plymouth is a junior boys boarding house.
- Norwich is a senior boys boarding house.
- Sheffield is a senior boys boarding house.
- Bradford is a senior boys boarding house.
- Greenwich is a junior girls boarding house.
- Durham is a senior girls boarding house.
- Severn is a senior girls boarding house.
- Clyde is a junior boys day house and was re-established in a refurbished building in 2015.
- Havelock is a senior boys day house and moved to a refurbished building in 2015.
- Latimer is the girls day house.
The Lodge houses the upper sixth girls in their own accommodation.
Notable former pupils
- Lord Adonis, journalist and former Labour politician, Secretary of State for Transport 2009-2010 
- Bruce Arnold OBE, writer
- Air Vice-Marshal Malcolm Brecht CBE
- Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn FAA, Professor of Astrophysics, Director of Sydney Institute for Astrophysics, University of Sydney
- Matthew Bourne (musician), composer and jazz musician
- Carl Browning, Founder of National Youth Choir of Great Britain
- Lance Ellington, singer on Strictly Come Dancing
- R.J.Ellory, award-winning crime writer
- Oliver Lacey-Hall, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- Martin Glover, known as "Youth". Music producer, bassist and member of Killing Joke.
- Alex Paterson of The Orb
- Guy Pratt, Bassist for Pink Floyd and for David Gilmour on stage, author of 'My Bass and other Animals'; raconteur.
- Nicholas Pritchard, actor
- Professor Paul Robertson, violinist and founder of the Medici Quartet
- Professor Peter Sonksen OBE, Professor of Endocrinology from St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College, London and a Visiting Professor at Southampton University. He was awarded an OBE for his contribution to the fight against doping in sport.