Kingham Hill School

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Kingham Hill School
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Coordinates51°56′00″N 1°36′43″W / 51.933347°N 1.611978°W / 51.933347; -1.611978Coordinates: 51°56′00″N 1°36′43″W / 51.933347°N 1.611978°W / 51.933347; -1.611978
TypeIndependent school
Boarding school
MottoIn virum perfectum
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
FounderCharles Edward Baring Young
Local authorityOxfordshire
Department for Education URN123277 Tables
Head teacherRev. Nick Seward
Age11 to 18
Enrolment350 approx.

Kingham Hill School is a Christian 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 boys 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 boy 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 grounds in the heart of the Cotswold countryside. The school was founded in 1886 and has around 340 pupils split into eleven houses, seven of which are boarding and four for day students.


The school has a leisure centre, with a swimming pool, Turkish hamam, 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, pine martens and goats. The School has recently invested in new facilities including a £4m Maths and Science building built in 2015, a new library completed in 2016 and a new £6M Sports Centre opened in January 2020.

Boarding and day houses[edit]

  • Plymouth is a junior boys boarding house.
  • Norwich is a senior boys boarding house.
  • Bradford is a senior boys boarding house.
  • Sheffield is a senior boys boarding house.
  • Greenwich is a junior girls day and boarding house.
  • Durham is a senior girls boarding house.
  • Severn is a senior girls boarding house.
  • Clyde is a junior boys day house.
  • Havelock is a senior boys day house.
  • Latimer is a girls day house.
  • Woodstock is a senior girls day house.

The Lodge houses the upper sixth girls in their own accommodation.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Guardian Online, May 10, 2005

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