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Boarding and Day Houses

Every pupil belongs to one of eleven houses that act as large, extended families. There are on average 25-30 pupils per house with a range of ages in each. We have four day and seven boarding houses which have their own inviting social lounges, games rooms and quiet rooms. Houseparents and pastoral teams ensure a smooth transition into life at the School, helping pupils settle into their houses while adapting to life in and out of the classroom.

Bedrooms in the boarding houses range from dorms of four to eight children sharing, to single rooms for older pupils. Boarders in Upper Sixth have the opportunity to live in independent accommodation, to give academic focus and support in their final year of school study, and preparation for university life.

With the majority of boarders being full-time, weekends are vibrant times on the Hill. The strong community spirit continues with house activities, trips, expeditions, and our Sixth Form Social Club. There is the option of weekly boarding - with pupils returning home on Friday evening - and ad-hoc boarding is also available.

Our diverse community welcomes day and boarding pupils from the UK and HM Forces families, as well as US and international children. Although primarily a British School, the broad mix of nationalities is one of the things pupils say they love about Kingham Hill – the opportunity to live and learn with children from different countries and cultures is not only educational, but excellent preparation for life beyond school.

Day pupils make up around half the school and like our boarders also belong to houses where they will register in the morning and hang out with friends during break. All houses take part in a variety of Inter-House competitions including Sports Day, the ‘House Shout’ and sports matches. The friendly rivalries bring a great deal of colour, fun and excitement to these occasions.