It is a wealth of experiences and opportunities that help to shape a person into who they are and will become, and we believe that education and school life are no different. What happens outside of a classroom is just as important as the academic lessons taught within the school.
Our unofficial school motto is 'work hard, play hard, serve well', whether this is in learning teamwork and perseverance on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition, the arts of gentle conversation and courtesy at Formal Dinner, or pushing yourself to learn new skills through a variety of sporting activities.
One of the major attractions of Kingham Hill School is the open access to on and off campus activities, which enhances the all-round development of our pupils. These include sailing, cooking, farm club, mountain biking, the Combined Cadet Force, and community volunteering.
From Year 10 onwards our pupils can choose to work towards a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze or Gold Award. The nationally recognised award requires pupils to complete challenges in four areas, service, skill, physical and an expedition. The first may involve helping others, the community or the environment. Skill requires developing personal interests, such as learning a musical instrument, drama, art or photography. The physical element requires pursuing an active lifestyle by participation in a sport or following a personal training programme. The final section is an assessed expedition which may take place within the New Forest, Peak District, Snowdonia or the Brecon Beacons.
Encouraging pupils to flourish outside the classroom is an important part of life at Kingham Hill School. We offer a number of clubs and activities that run everyday from 15.30 to 16.40. Some examples of what our pupils can participate in are; dance, ConSERVE club (gardening), sailing, animal club, horse riding, choir, quiz club and art.
For our boarding pupils we have a Saturday activity programme that allows them to explore the scenic and historical local area with regular trips to Oxford, Stratford and Cheltenham. Boarders also have the chance to unwind with paintballing, mountain biking and archery among the more physical activities on offer at the weekend.
Saturday activities are free of charge to full boarders. Weekly boarders and day pupils can opt-in for a small charge.