Boarding for Military Families

The school is currently home to 58 pupils from HM Forces and FCO families, who pay just 10% of boarding fees, with the full CEA entitlement.

We welcome families from HM Forces and those employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We understand that both parents and children are looking for a school that can offer them a place to learn and live, where they can put down roots and become part of a community.

Here at Kingham Hill, we have many pupils from forces or diplomatic families who have chosen to join the school, as it provides a vibrant and friendly living environment coupled with a first class education. Our majority boarding school ensures that there is always plenty to do once the school day ends, and having a 100-acre campus guarantees that there is lots of space to roam, explore and make it their home.

With just under 350 pupils in the school, every child is nurtured, challenged and inspired to succeed; both academically and within their personal lives. Our boarding houses are spacious yet cosy, and with an average of just 25 pupils, they provide a homely atmosphere.

If you haven't already, please do read reviews of our School below.

Pastoral Care

Our staff includes many ex-military personnel, who add depth to the support and nurturing of children from military families. Their experience and the family-style boarding house community at Kingham ensures a strong support system for every child.

We take particular care of children whose serving parents are deployed and we understand the additional stress that this can bring. Resident staff are always on hand to listen, guide and mentor each child to ensure their wellbeing and happiness.

The staff have done more than we could have asked and, at times, than we might have done as parents!Rhett, KHS Parent

A Family View

We never thought we would send our children to boarding school but, after attending seven schools by the age of 13, our oldest daughter asked us if we would consider it. A Forces friend mentioned Kingham Hill School after looking at five other schools, we settled on Kingham, primarily because they understood the specific needs of Forces families and also because they were so strong pastorally.

Over the past 11 years the School has exceeded our expectations, not just in our children fulfilling their potential in every area of life, but also during the tough times. The staff have done more than we could have asked and, at times, than we might have done as parents! We have also be reassured by the way they have dealt with medical emergencies, keeping us fully informed and taking sensible and timely decisions when unable to reach us. We now have three well rounded individuals who are well prepared to face the challenges of the next stages of their lives thanks to the ethos and hard work of all at the school.

-Rhett, father of 3 pupils who have attended Kingham Hill

I’ve seen it grow from strength to strength, allowing me to achieve things my family or I wouldn’t have thought possible.Tom, Upper Sixth

Tom and his father

A Pupil's View

Tom, Head of School 2019-20, explains what makes Kingham Hill special.

"When I was 11 years old our family decided that I needed to attend a boarding school. Having been to 5 primary schools in 4 countries, we agreed that I needed to have more stability in my life, especially as I didn't want to go to multiple secondary schools. As my parents and I scoured the country's boarding schools, we finally came across Kingham. Almost immediately we agreed that this was the right place for me and my sister. The fundamental reason why was because it’s pastoral care was truly second to none. The personable relationships that we could see between pupils and (in particular) Houseparents was very much in agreement with my family. Houseparents live in the house with their families; this was what my parents liked and wanted for me and my sister.

From my 7 years at Kingham, I’ve seen it grow from strength to strength, allowing me to achieve things my family or I wouldn’t have thought possible. As such, Kingham has definitely made me into the person I am today, and for which I am truly grateful."

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