Kingham Hill School

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Kingham Hill School
Motto In virum perfectum
Established 1886
Type Independent school
Boarding school
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Rev. Nick Seward
Founder Charles Edward Baring Young
Location Kingham
Coordinates: 51°56′00″N 1°36′43″W / 51.933347°N 1.611978°W / 51.933347; -1.611978
Local authority Oxfordshire
DfE URN 123277 Tables
Students 300~
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

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

The School[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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[edit]


  1. ^ Guardian Online, May 10, 2005
  2. ^ "New man takes control at RAF base". BBC. 4 September 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2008. 

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