The school community came together last Friday to support Sixth Former, Henry, with his Extended Project Qualification 'Run for the Brain'.
Hillian Dr. Joss Bland-Hawthorn has donated the music scores from two Kingham plays nearly 50 years after their first performance.
After all the trials of the last 12 months, NatSKA are to be congratulated on putting on both a successful season, and a fine 50th anniversary Nationals. We were looking forward to the original venue of Glan-y-Gors, but Welsh regulations meant a return to England, and to Fulbeck circuit, which has felt like something of a second home this year. The weather was better than expected, with slick tyres the order of the day throughout.
This week, the pre-season rugby camp has been running on the Hill. This has been a four day residential camp for 20 boys from across 5th and 6th form run by the Director of Rugby Lynn Evans and the Head of Rugby Tom Phillips, with a mixture of internal and external coaches.
Pupils enjoyed the first competitive match of the season against Rendcomb College.
This week, as part of the school’s vibrant virtual extra-curricular programme, pupils were encouraged to put away their phones and pick up a pack of cards, in a bid to build the “most impressive” house of cards out of everyone in their year.
In an important step to provide even more support for our pupils, Kingham was recently approved to be an SAT location, an important test for gaining entrance to American Universities.
School may have gone virtual, but that has not stopped our two nurses, Elaine and Mary, from continuing to put their wealth of skills and experience to practical and valuable use, as both currently volunteer with the local surgery in Chipping Norton to help deliver vaccinations.
The pitter-patter of tiny hooves is soon to be echoing around Kingham Hill as three of our goats welcome kids into the world!
With only a handful of pupils currently on site, the lives of the PA team have changed somewhat dramatically over the last few weeks... we have become masters of many trades, but it's not all work and no play!
You can take a pupil out of the classroom, but it transpires that you can also send the classroom to the pupil! Our team of PAs rose to the task of packing up books to be shipped off to pupils studying from home.
Top school came alive with light and song this weekend as pupils from across all the boarding houses gathered together for some socially-distant and seasonal carols in our annual Kingham Carol Service.
The Theatre at Chipping Norton is an important partner to Kingham Hill. Pupils have enjoyed their support over the last week in a number of ways.
The house competition took on the format of a variety of activities : skills, fitness, kicking, rugby volleyball, 2 x 5-a-side touch rugby matches and 1 x 8-a-side touch rugby match. Every boy in Plymouth and Clyde participated with everyone’s scores counting.
With over 100 acres, Kingham Hill is a great location for outdoor activities. Active Adventure will be running a day camp for juniors before Christmas.
On Wednesday, 11th November 2020, the whole school came together to pay our respects to all those who have fallen in the service of their country, including former pupils of KHS. This drumhead service was conducted on the pitches in front of Top School and culminated with a two minute silence at 11am. This was the first whole school event of the year, a fact which made the ceremony all the more poignant.
One of our favourite parts of the new sports hall is back in action.
Many of you may know our Cricket Pavilion from Speech Day or our summer cricket matches. It is of a generous size but has been in much need of some tender loving care.
Boy it looks good! Thanks to the generosity of former "Bradford Boys" and their families, a wonderful oak Heads of House Board now graces its atrium hall. We hope it will serve well to inspire past, present and future boys to learn of the stories that lay behind each of these names.
Football crazy first form pupil Kiera enjoyed a day out with the FA and Pokemon Futsal team to help promote the sport.
Kingham 5th Form pupils enjoyed a recent DofE expedition over the weekend.
With NatSKA deciding that the championship points would start after the first meeting, we returned to the same track, but in very different conditions. It poured with rain throughout the event, presenting a great challenge to our novice drivers; the slick tyres stayed in the van, and wets were the order of the day.
Pupils had a great day of activities outdoors ending in a game of hunting the PAs around the school site!
Congratulations to KHS pupil, Luke Russell who last week competed in the 'All Round' county competition. The competition comprised four disciplines each with 25 targets (to make up 100 targets in total).
The team set off for a first competitive NatSKA meeting since March; little did we know that Bayford Meadows would be the last time on track before the disruption caused by COVID. A beautiful sunny day in a flat Lincolnshire vista meant perfect racing conditions, with no need for wet tyres!
Most employers would agree that when interviewing a candidate for a job they want to see that the individual is able to work well in a team, communicate easily, be resilient to challenges, adaptable and prepared to give their all in achieving a common goal. At KHS we believe that rugby can help develop these attributes in all pupils regardless of their sporting prowess whilst also helping them to improve their fitness, relieve stress and have fun with their peers.
Just as the end of last academic year was unusual (to say the least), the start of this one will feel just as strange. And yet, as with the last few months, we know that despite current circumstances, the spirit and ethos of Kingham Hill will remain just the same. In that regard, some things never change.
In a year of unprecedented uncertainty, a pandemic, and government U-turns, I’m proud to say that this year’s 5th form at KHS have kept their heads down, overcome all the obstacles placed in front of them, and focused on their futures.
"I’m delighted to say that well over half of the grades they received were A*s and As - a record set of results, achieved in extraordinarily challenging circumstances by a phenomenal cohort, with unfailing support from a dedicated pastoral and academic team.
Drama, music, engineering, cinematography, a fashion show and countries and culture - a week full of things outside of (phew) the Virtual Classroom.
We celebrate our American "Class of 2020" and their recent High School graduation at Kingham Hill.
Congratulations to Mr Selley and Miss Rutherford who were married on Saturday, July 4th.
Despite the fact this year's Mass was virtual, the event nonetheless retained much of its traditional character. A huge number of staff and pupils participated in the 2.2 mile run, and a hard-fought tussle for the top house position was evident with a great deal of in-house comradery on show as well as some fantastic individual performances (a number of staff and pupils on the KHS site were even able to run the real Mass route starting at top school - socially distanced of course).
Unlike previous Sports Days, the morning rain had little impact on this year's event, with even the heaviest downpours failing to dampen the spirits of our pupils. Eager to compete and win points for their houses and with the rallying calls of houseparents ringing in their ears, the day began. Almost at once, results came thick and fast, with times and distances finding their way onto Mr Blackie's spreadhseet. Staff sifted through the many hours of videos sent in by competitors, ensuring the strict rules of each event were being followed. And in typical sports day fashion, Mr Williams endured all that a British summer could throw at him, as he regularly updated the school on current standings and notable performances from the comfort of his own back garden.
Our annual cross country run took place virtually, from across the globe. This year we had alumni and former staff joining in also.
As the 2019-20 school year is drawing to a close, a number of events are planned to celebrate our Upper Sixth Leavers.
Sixth Form suppers continue in VKHS
15,000 bees are getting settled into their new home on the Hill.
The KHS Virtual Quiz Club is off to a good start! Available for all pupils to join - from 19:00-20:30 each Monday evening.
Our Academy team put together a virtual performance of a song from Les Mis from their homes around the world.
Mr Seward had his 50th birthday during lockdown and in the middle of VKHS. With cake and a karting date, all is well.
As a member of the Boarding School Association (BSA), Kingham Hill has joined the sector to breed confidence in pupils returning to School in September.
In the week before half term, our 1st to 5th Form pupils participated in a series of daily events organised to get them away from the normal timetable and enriched with with thinking about the wider world.
'At the beginning of this week, I don't think most people had given any serious thought about the future beyond Kingham, but this week has provided everyone with lots of invaluable information. Mrs Berkeley has given us an insight into a range of courses and the many different methods and places of study. As a result, pupils have begun to constructively plan their futures.
Checking in with the KHS catering team...recipes included!
Next week our 1st -5th Form pupils will have a week away from their screens. Details for the week are outlined in the attached article.
We asked some of our Hillians for their recollections of VE Day and what life was like on the Hill during that time. They were kind enough to share their stories from 75 years ago.
Our boarding houses are homes for our boarding houseparents and their families, even when pupils are not onsite. We asked 7 year old William (of Norwich House) if he could report on what life is like on the Hill during VKHS.
Away from the office, the KHS community is coming together to help the NHS.
KHS alumnus Guy shares interesting stories and bass lessons from his home during Corona lockdown.
Ideas for the Easter Break; for the whole family.
We checked in with one of our KHS parents to see how things were going and what life is like with everyone at home...working and attending VKHS.
A word from Mr Martin ... on empty nest syndrome and homeschooling.
KHS moved to VKHS on Monday March 23. Our first two weeks have been full of lessons and activity as pupils maintained a normal timetable and involvement in School community.
Due to current restrictions placed on large group gatherings, our traditional Founder's Day was cancelled. Instead, our Heads of School paid tribute to CEB Young with a small service led by Reverend Savage. The pupils shared their own stories of how the Founder and Kingham Hill School has touched each of their lives. Hillian (and staff member) Tim Foster was able to represent our alumni on this very special occasion.
It was hard to imagine what a British Science week would look like at Kingham Hill as the school has never done much during this national event before. Teacher and organiser, Mr Miller, was bowled over by the response from parents to an email sent in November requesting help and ended up with an incredibly diverse programme thanks to the support given by parents and the pupils, who got thoroughly involved in the events.
Our production of 'Les Miserables School Edition' will be performed from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th March at 7.00pm. It has been 11 years since we last produced this musical as the sheer size and complexity of the material requires a very special cast. Our 42 strong performers have been rehearsing since September and are on schedule to showcase Boublil and Schoenberg's famous work. Parents of the cast were given a few days to purchase tickets before going on sale to the community and Saturday is already sold out.
On Tuesday we visited three of London's major Art galleries to help the 5th Form find inspiration for their GCSE examination projects.
We are thrilled to announce that Kingham Hill School will be the first school in the country to take part in a new initiative in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The “Eyes On Hands On” project has been set up for local volunteers to help with the oversight and care of some of the 160,000 war graves spread out across the UK, often in local churchyards.
On Wednesday our Chapel Choir went to Magdalen College, Oxford to hear their choir sing evensong. Before the service they were treated to a tour of the college grounds and some of the buildings, including the deer park and Addison's Walk, the path which circles the small island in the River Cherwell in the college grounds.
The senior girls enjoyed a wonderful meal out to celebrate last term's hockey season. With good food, great company and lots of chatting and reminiscing from the girls, it was a great event. Ella Benson and Meg Carruthers (1st and 2nd team captains) gave speeches and awards to the players.
The success of general knowledge quizzing at Kingham Hill continues after a close-fought set of regional heats in the nationwide competition, 'Schools Challenge'. The competition consists of twenty-minute quizzes on buzzers, following the traditional rules of University Challenge.
On Thursday, 23rd January we were very privileged to welcome Professor Peter Sonksen, and his wife Sue, back to The Hill to officially open our new sports centre. Professor Sonksen, a retired Professor of Endocrinology from St. Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College, London, was a pupil at Kingham Hill from 1946-48 and after an introduction from Headmaster, Mr Seward he spoke to present day pupils about his time at the school, as he put it, "a lifetime ago".
Last Saturday, our 1st - 4th form boarders, visited the National Space Centre in Leicester. The Centre offered plenty to keep the children entertained with an abundance of interactive galleries, the impressive 42 metre high Rocket Tower and the Sir Patrick Moore’s Planetarium – the UK’s largest Planetarium.
Towards the end of last term, the Senior swim gala took place. With a great turn out the atmosphere was electric as the first swimmers took to the blocks.
Wednesday saw the first CCF flying of 2020, with 12 cadets visiting RAF Benson to fly in the Grob Tutor with 6AEF. After kitting and a safety brief, the cadets took to the air for 30 minute air experience flights.
On Saturday 7th December we welcomed Rendcomb College to the Hill for a morning of rugby. There were five matches in all from the U12s up to the seniors, with parents, house parents and staff providing excellent support and encouragement to the boys.
Our season began with pre-season training from Great Britain international Sarah Robertson and ended with Sarah returning to the Hill to present our annual KHS Hockey Awards. As well as presenting the awards, Sarah talked about her career and finished off by answering questions from the audience.
With the looming General Election we decided to hold a mock election of our own to give the pupils a chance of sharing in the democratic process. Five Sixth Form politics pupils put themselves forward to represent the following parties: Liberal Democrats, Brexit Party, Plaid Cymru, Labour and the Conservatives.
Cliff McNish, award winning author of fantasy and supernatural novels for middle-grade readers and young adults, was at Kingham Hill school recently to run a couple of workshops for our 4th form pupils who are about to start their GCSE Ghost Writing coursework.
This project, from first design meeting to practical completion, was three years in the making but on Monday 25th November the new Sports Centre finally opened to the pupils and staff with Mr Cartwright kicking off the morning with a lesson in his new classroom, teaching 4th Form PE.
A group of Sixth Form Art and Photography pupils visited exhibitions in London last week. The day was jam packed with culture! We visited the Olafur Eliasson, 'In Real Life' Exhibition at Tate Modern, which appealed to artists and photographers alike. Many of his works - incorporating photography, installations and geometry - were interactive and dealt with the important issue of Climate Change and Global Warming.
Congratulations go to Bertie Barker of L6th Woodstock for being recognised as a future leader in engineering by the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship scheme. On Friday 1st November 2019, Bertie was awarded his scholarship at The Institute of Engineering and Technology in London.
On Thursday our 1st XV team played Bloxham 2nd's and won 33 to 26 in a hard fought match. Our two schools have a long history of competition, which motivated two of our Hillian alumni to came back to Kingham Hill and support the team.
Last year, with the encouragement and support of an alumni who went on to have a career in Eco-Science, we introduced an annual competition and award for pupils to think about how to be climate change activists.
On Tuesday 5th February 2019 our CCF Contingent underwent its Biennial Inspection by the Commanding Officer No 3 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps. The Inspecting Officer viewed a variety of activities and lessons that demonstrated the Contingent’s many and varied activities.
From Wednesday 4th December to Friday 6th December, Kingham Hill School will be staging a production of Christopher Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus'. This production is being produced and directed by Lower Sixth pupil, Alex Jones (co-director of The Borgia last year) as part of his EPQ and will take place in the Veritas Atrium, which is becoming a theatre exclusively for this event.
The annual Third Form Battlefields Trip was a great success this year. Mr Williams, our resident military historian, took 50 Third Formers and five staff to the First World War battlefields of northern France and Belgium for five days just before Half Term in October. The trip was refined this year in order to teach as much as possible of the First World War curriculum in the field rather than in the classroom. Mr Williams admits it was very much an experiment to start with, but it soon became clear that taking this approach has made the trip much more engaging and interesting for the pupils.
Before the Half-Term break we were fortunate to be visited by Astronomy author and speaker Colin Stuart, who came to talk to our Sixth Form. In this 50th anniversary year of the Apollo moon landings it was fitting that Colin - whose books include 'The Astronaut Selection Book', written with UK astronaut Tim Peake - talked about a possible mission to the Red Planet, Mars. It was likely, he said, that the first men and women to land on Mars would be at school now and looking out at our own pupils, imagined that one of our own might be among that number.
This tour to Portugal was a great opportunity for the boys to experience a sports tour and come together and develop as a team. Three games in six days was a tough schedule but nevertheless we managed to fit in a tour of Lisbon, a surf lesson, a bowling trip and a number of training sessions on the beach. The games offered a great challenge and the opportunity to play and be hosted at some fantastic venues.
An early start saw us heading into the foothills of the Carneddau. Parking the bus near the Llyn Eigiau reservoir we set off to begin our two day expedition. Visibility was good and our well-equipped cadets started off in high spirits.
The recent JNCO and SNCO cadre proved an excellent and rewarding experience for everyone involved. The JNCOs had a great introduction to leadership with the chance (through continuous assessments in the form of lectures given by individual cadets to their respective squads, various command appointments, and the delivery of fieldcraft lessons) to demonstrate their skills. Feedback for each of these tasks gave the cadets work-on points and allowed them to show how their skills and knowledge developed and improved each day.
Each week during Sixth Form Seminar, pupils are challenged and inspired as different speakers focus on different issues, topics, careers and ideas.
James Shand, one of our governors, spoke about bouncing back, focusing on his harder times in business and how he has responded.
For our Harvest celebrations, Houses worked together to raise money for food and household items for the Witney-based charity, BESOM.
Part of the BTec in Animal Management requires pupils to learn about different animals, birds and reptiles and also how to handle them.
Congratulations to Luke Maslen who has been named Player of the Year by the Oxfordshire County Cricket U17 team.
Congratulations to Lower 6th pupil Luke Russell who came second in the "The Schools Challenge Shoot" last week, scoring a very impressive 47 out of 50.
Last Friday, a group of 11 cadets and accompanying staff departed for two days in Oxford and Northampton. Our bases of operation were the Oxford Sea Cadets - using the resources available at the Isis Canoe Club - and also the Nene White Water Centre in Northampton. The aim of the camp was to introduce cadets to adventurous activities and promote new skills and teamwork.
On Tuesday, most of the fourth form went to see a production of Macbeth at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham
Last week, our 1st Form spent two nights away on a residential trip to South Wales. We stayed at the Summit Centre, near Merthyr Tydfil, a fantastic facility full of activities and wonderful staff who made us all feel very welcome.
We're planning ahead for springtime and have just received our shipment of 7000 daffodil bulbs.
Our Lower 6th A level geographers have recently returned from a two day fieldwork course on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset where they learned about the formation of Stair Hole and Lulworth Cove and analysed how the geology has contributed to the landscape.
After two years' work, Peter Berry (Greenwich 1972-79) was able to install his new stained glass windows in Top School Hall at the weekend. These beautiful windows are the perfect addition to the hall and will serve to enrich the school both today and long into the future.
Last Saturday morning, the eight Bradford boys and two tutors who were in school 'served' at Kingham Primary School for a few hours.
One of the Latimer tutor group socials last week saw the 3rd form completing a 5K obstacle course. The girls had great fun crawling through tunnels, sinking in muddy swaps and scaling the high obstacles.
Sixty years ago in September of 1959, five boys from Kingham Hill School, a school master and another member of the crew were all lost at sea whilst on a sailing trip aboard the Rohilla.
The 4th form enjoyed a wonderfully sunny day in Oxford last week, exploring the Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museums, gathering inspiration for their GCSE Art projects, photographing and drawing their favourite finds.
Congratulations to KHS member of staff Dug Ansley (pictured below, bottom left) who, along with some of his teammates at Banbury Touch, played for the West Wild Cats at the England Touch Senior/Masters Nationals 2019 in Nottingham last week.
Congratulations to our 3rd Form pupil Alice Frampton (pictured below) who competed for KHS at the Schools Equestrian Games at Swalcliffe on Sunday.
A community is made up of people - a simple cliche, but the quality and longevity of our most experienced staff is a major reason for the success and vibrancy of KHS
On Monday 16 September No 3 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps invited the Contingent’s senior cadets to Dalton Barracks to see a presentation on the various aspects of the Royal Logistics Corps.
Congratulations to the 1st XV boys rugby team who won a stunning victory last week away to Rendcomb.
With Kingham Hill School being recognised in the Parliamentary Review as an example of outstanding academic and pastoral practice, Headmaster Nick Seward and his wife Hannah, attended the Parliamentary Review Gala in London last night.
In addition to awarding promotions and awards to many of the current cadre, the Kingham Hill Cadets also welcomed a new intake of recruits.
Some new kids have arrived at the school - twins baby goats born last night on the Hill!
Congratulations from everyone at Kingham Hill to newly qualified Royal Air Force Air Cadet, Pilot Officer Lock for passing his Officers Initial Course at RAF Cranwell. After a year as Acting Pilot Officer and all his hard work, this is thoroughly deserved.
As part of a team building day, organised for the start of the new school year, the boys and staff of Bradford House recently took part in a parkrun at the Fire Service College.
Kingham Hill was delighted to welcome Great Britain International hockey player Sarah Robertson to the Hill for pre-season hockey training prior the start of term.
For the fourth year running, Kingham pupils are celebrating record-breaking examination success, with 45% of all grades achieving A* or A.
Last week, pupils took to the stage as they put on an outstanding production of the Wizard of Oz, which featured the iconic musical numbers such as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" - the talented cast, band and crew members created a wonderful experience for the audience during the sell out shows.
The sunshine made a welcome return to Kingham Hill School as we held our 2019 Sports Day. The day saw a number of spectators joining us as our pupils struck gold (silver and bronze) as pupils took to Cooper and Scarfe pitch for a day of track and field events.
Last week Speech and Drama pupils from across the school put on an evening of entertainment as they took to the stage in the School Chapel for the Summer Concert.
Earlier this month a team of 11 Kingham Hill Sixth Formers volunteered in Chipping Norton to help renovate a classroom space for local children to use.
This week Kingham Hill School was proud to host it 2019 Art and Photography exhibition, which showcased our talented GCSE and A level artists.
In May, the School was proud to invite Peter from Centrepoint, the School's charity of the year, in for a special assembly last week where our pupils presented him with a cheque for an impressive £5,627.43.
Kingham Hill School Sixth Form were very proud to welcome former professional cricketer, Jason Ratcliffe for its Sixth Form Dinner last week.
Last week Kingham Hill School was very pleased to welcome four junior school choirs to the School Chapel for its ninth annual choir competition.
The 3rd of May saw The Octagon Academic Society hosting a special Friday Chapel, which saw the grand final of this year’s Mastermind. The black chair was back, the glass rose bowl polished and ready for the winner.
The boys in Plymouth House have been keeping a close eye on results from the Touch World Cup, as Mr Marks plays his part for England in the over 35 category of the tournament.
The World Cup brings together the best Touch Rugby players from around the globe to decide who is World Champion and after a highly successful staging in Coffs Harbour, four years ago, the World Cup has moved to South East Asia for the first time. Mr Marks was involved in some early success for England as they narrowly defeated the mighty Fiji in their opening game.
On Friday 29th March Kingham Hill School was proud to host its annual dinner of the Octagon Academic Society, welcoming military historian Taff Gillingham as guest speaker.
Friday 29th March marked an important date in the calendar, Beard-Exit. After successfully raising over £1,000 the school gathered to watch Mr Seward shave his beard for Centrepoint.
Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st March saw the senior production of the dystopian Benjamin Kuffuor play, Ageless. Pupils from Year 10 to Year 13 took to the stage in a two night showing of the play.
Tuesday 19th March marked the birthday of our School's founder, Charles Edward Baring Young. To celebrate, every year the school walks through the Daylesford Estate to the Daylesford Churchyard for a service of remembrance.
On Monday and Tuesday nearly 100 Kingham Hill pupils performed in the Chipping Norton Music Festival, with several of our pupils being awarded Highly Commended certificates for their performances.
Thursday 7th March marked the 22nd World Book Day, a day organised to encourage children to read and provide them with the opportunity to access a variety of literature. Kingham Hill pupils and staff celebrated the day by dressing up as authors and characters from some of their favourite books.
On Tuesday, Kingham Hill School hosted a day full of Science for a group of 38 local primary school children. The children had the opportunity to experience and get a taste of what is taught at Key Stage 3 in the School's fully equipped Veritas laboratories.
Last month, five Kingham Hill cadets attended a two day Mountain Bike Warrior weekend in North Wales, designed to help them advance their skills and develop their confidence on technically challenging mountain bike trails
Following School record GCSE and A level results in 2018 we are extremely pleased to announce that Kingham Hill School has been placed first in the county for pupil progress at A level.
This Tuesday saw the biennial review of the Combined Cadet Force here at Kingham Hill. All cadets were on show as the Reviewing Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Cooke, inspected numerous areas of the contingent's activities. For all of us at Kingham Hill, it was a day to be proud of with all pupils at their various ranks giving an excellent account of themselves. The Reviewing Party were particularly well led by our Head of Corps Jamie and many of the guests commented on what good hands they felt they were in with him adding some class to the proceedings.
Thursday evening gave the senior Rugby and Hockey teams a chance to celebrate their respective seasons. These are events which allow the pupils to embrace the social side of their sports as well as reflect on the lessons to learn from the challenges they faced. They are also, crucially, an opportunity for both squads to spend time together for the last time, mark the departure of great servants who are leaving at the end of the year and to take note of the observations their coaches make.
An important aspect of the school's unofficial motto is to 'Serve Well'. As a school we are always looking for opportunities to develop the pupils' appreciation for what they have and to look for ways to serve those around them, whether within the school, local community or even further afield. Over the years we have tried to support different charities with events to raise both funds and awareness to further their work. The school has a charity committee which is made up of pupils and staff who make decisions about who the school will seek to help and what we will do to achieve this. This term, Kingham Hill will be seeking to do this for Centrepoint, which is a charity for homeless young people and this morning's chapel service was very much the launch of this term's work.
Over the Christmas break a number of Kingham Hill pupils embraced the opportunity to develop their skiing skills on the slopes of Obertauern in Austria. This annual event has become a much anticipated part of the annual calendar and, as per usual, the snow did not disappoint. Following a week of constant snowfall our tourists were first onto the slopes which had some of the finest snow which Europe had to offer - even more than the Three Valleys.
This Monday saw the annual Hockey Awards evening which gave a chance for all pupils and staff to look back together on this year's season and take stock of the progress made. It was an evening which gave the school much to be proud of and our special guest was Suzy Petty who is a current Great Britain Hockey play, who has represented this country in the World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Her story was very much down to earth and clearly resonated with pupils own experience of having to work hard to achieve.
Last Monday saw this year's Christmas concert with various school bands performing a number of familiar pieces. Mr Chambers and his team had worked tirelessly and it was wonderful to see what good shape the music at Kingham Hill is in. There were a number of real highlights, one of which was a piece played predominantly by pupils who had only been learning their instruments for one year. What an inspiration they were to those pupils who were starting out on the same road this year.
On the night of Friday 23rd November the Kingham Hill Combined Cadet Force Formal Dinner took place in the Top School Hall. The event allowed our pupils to experience a formal military dinner, enjoying excellent food and good company. The Cadets were privileged to have Colonel Earnshaw join them as their senior guest and speaker for the evening. With good reason, it is one of Mr Seward's favourite evenings of the year.The evening culminated in the award of promotions to CCF cadets and pupils. We are very proud of them all and especially Jamie who was appointed the new Head of Corps. and is pictured at the top of this item alongside Colonel Earnshaw.
On Thursday, Kingham Hill Drama Department had the privilege of hosting a workshop of physical theatre by leading theatre practitioners, Frantic Assembly, in our Drama Studio. This company are World renown for their production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ and ‘Othello’.
A group of 22 pupils travelled to Holland this week for our Junior Sports Tour. These trips are a vital part of the development of sport at Kingham Hill and this trip gives the younger pupils their first chance to benefit from the experience of travelling to an unfamiliar place and focus on progressing both as individuals and as a team. The experience of Mr Cartwright, Mrs Rigby and Miss Gordon will have proved invaluable in achieving this.
On Thursday 8th November a group of Kingham Hill CCF cadets attended the Service of Prayer and Remembrance at St Margaret's Church, Westminster. It was an honour for the school to be invited to such a special event at the heart of our nation during Remembrance time in this centenary year. The service was attended by several Members of Parliament, Members of the House of Lords and senior officers. Apologies if you cannot see the main photograph please click through the heading to see the full article.
Just before the half term break Kingham Hill's Year 9 pupils set off for the Battlefields of France and Belgium. The trip provided pupils with the opportunity to learn about WWI history in the battlefields where it took place with expert guide Mr Williams, our Head of Languages.
This week saw a first for Kingham Hill as pupils starred in The Borgia, a pupil written, cast and directed production
This week, Year 8 pupils learned about the art of stained glass design when artist Peter Berry visited the Art department to host a workshop.
On Wednesday, Year 10 art pupils spent the day exploring Oxford city centre and the numerous collections its museums and art galleries it have on display.
This week saw Year 7 pupils travel to Gaines Manor in Worcester for a three day residential trip where they participated in a number of team building games and tried their hands at new activities.
On Saturday, Kingham Hill School was honoured to welcome highly respected education expert, Barnaby Lenon for a presentation on what to look for in a good school.
This summer saw Sixth Former Ana received the incredible opportunity to take part in the globally renowned International Space Settlement Design Competition as a member of the EU team.
Following the introduction of the STEM programme last year, Kingham Hill has seen big results from the school's karting team.
During the summer ten pupils, known as Team Zambia, travelled to Africa, where the group spent two weeks volunteering with charity, Life Support at their children's village.
Hot on the heels of last week's A level success, pupils at Kingham Hill School achieved the School's best-ever GCSE results, with a 9-4 rate of 96%.
For the third year in a row, KHS is celebrating record results for its Upper Sixth, with nearly half of all entries graded at A* or A, and a 98% pass rate.
Kingham Hill School celebrated the end of the 2017/18 school year with its our annual Speech Day event on Saturday 30th June.
On Monday 25th June, Mr Williams and Mr Fox took 26 Year 10 historians on a tour of sites associated with the Second World War in London.
As the end of term approached, Year 10 and 12 Art and Photography pupils travelled to London to explore the offerings at some of its most famous and major galleries.
On Saturday, following Kingham Hill School's Open Day, pupils and staff gathered together to tackle the annual Mass run.
Kingham Hill Sports Day 2018 saw a day packed full of sunshine, spectators and striking gold as pupils took to Cooper and Scarfe pitch for a day of track and field events.
Wednesday marked the beginning of Kingham Hill School's 2018 Art Exhibition with a Private View for families, pupils and staff in the Art department.
Saturday 2nd June saw Kingham Hill School host its first ever Chill on the Hill which happily coincided with the return of the sunshine.
As with Kingham Hill School tradition, last week Headmaster, Mr Seward, announced the new Heads of School for the 2018/19 school year during Friday's Chapel assembly.
Earlier this month Kingham Hill School was very pleased to welcome seven junior school choirs to the School Chapel for its eighth annual choir competition.
At the end of April a group of 21 junior pupils travelled to Leicester to take part in a training masterclass, Q&A session with a current rugby union top flight player and watch a vital match between the Leicester Tigers and Newcastle Falcons at Welford Road.
As part of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival the School were proud to welcome best selling young adult fiction author, Catherine Johnson, who led a talk for our Year 9 pupils.
William Powell Schools Clay Competition on Wednesday 2nd May saw Kingham Hill's clay shooting team impress with a victory in the junior team category.
Following an impressive effort at the regional karting finals, three Kingham Hill pupils have won a place in the National Final of the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2018.
The annual Octagon dinner saw an evening full of food, riddles and speeches, including an engaging talk by top historian and journalist, Peter Snowdon.
On Friday 23 March 2018, a group of 12 cadets and accompanying staff from Kingham Hill School Combined Cadet Force departed for five days of Adventurous Training in Snowdonia, North Wales. The aim of the camp was to practice cadets in their training to date and to complete a variety of adventurous activities to enhance individuals' confidence in their own abilities, to aid personal development and to improve unit cohesion.
Monday marked the birthday of the School founder, Charles Edward Baring Young. To celebrate the life and reflect on the legacy of Charles Edward we hold Founder's Day every year on this day.
Last Saturday, ten Kingham Hill School pupils spent the weekend at Imperial College London competing with 23 other schools in the National finals of the UK Space Design Competition.
Kingham Hill pupils finished a term of brilliant fundraising for Eden Farm with a day full activities, bringing the donation total up to over £2,600.
This week, pupils took to the stage during their outstanding performance of Oliver! Based upon the novel "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens and featuring musical numbers such as "Food, Glorious Food", "Consider Yourself" and "I'd Do Anything" - the talented cast, band and crew members created a wonderful experience for the audience during the sell out shows.
Government and Politics pupils had an early start on Monday morning when Mr Ferrero's Sixth Form class travelled to London where they met local MP, Mr Robert Courts (Witney and West Oxfordshire) during a visit to Parliament.
Despite the snow last week, on Sunday, pupils were able to venture off-site for their visit to Southampton Football Club where they met with Hillian, David Thomas (1976-1981 – Clyde and Bradford) who is now the Commercial Director for the Club
Following School record GCSE and A level results in 2017 we are extremely pleased to announce that Kingham Hill School has been placed in the top 5 per cent nationally for pupil progress at A level.
This week, Kingham Hill School hosted an exciting and inspiring Science Day for a group of 54 local primary school children. They had an incredible time in our Veritas laboratories, spending time with our staff and Sixth Form volunteers and having fun with science.
At the start of the year the Kingham Hill School Combined Cadet Force was pleased to welcome the addition of the Corps of Drums.
We were honoured to welcome alumni Jon "Monty" Montgomerie back to the Hill in early February when he spent the day inspiring our pupils with talks about his experiences and career.
On Tuesday 27th February Kingham Hill School is very pleased to be welcoming The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) for its ACE workshop.
This summer a group of eight Sixth Form pupils will be travelling to the Eden Farm children's village in Chingola, a project run by charity Life Support that supports orphaned children in Zambia.
Congratulations to James, Year 13, who has been successful in his application to become an intern with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and will be starting in the prestigious post this summer.
On Monday our Music department and pupils were honoured to welcome international opera star Simon Keenlyside CBE for a vocal masterclass.
Our Year 11 pupils have received their GCSE examination paper and have started to research their ideas. To help them get started, the Art Department spent a day visiting some of the London Galleries to find some inspiration.
Today our Head Boy, Tom, delivered an incredible lecture to the School in our morning Chapel assembly. This was part of his EPQ and he demonstrated an enormous amount of hard work which was very impressive.
Yesterday Kingham Hill School's Year 10 and 12 pupils were joined in the School's art studio by renowned portrait artist, Anthony Connolly where they took part in an oil painting workshop.
Our Sixth Form pupils have had a fantastic time with our guest speakers, Nim Anderson and Chris Jordan, who delivered an amazing seminar presentation about technology.
Kingham Hill alumnus Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn, who attended the school from 1970 – 1977, has begun a three month long Visiting Miller Professorship at the prestigious University of California Berkeley.
We were excited to welcome new additions to the school this week. Three of our goats that are looked after by our farm club successfully delivered three sets of twins and one of the goats who is a first time mother also gave birth to a lovely little kid.
Towards the end of Michaelmas a group of over 20 Kingham Hill pupils joined Magdalen College School on a winter trip to Obertauern, Austria.
With season 2 of The Crown, Netflix’s Golden Globe winning drama released today, Kingham Hill School pupils have been getting excited to see themselves in one of the biggest television shows as they make their onscreen debuts.
Kingham Hill School GCSE and A level scientists put on a superb performance in the recent Oxford Regional Heat of the UK Space
Design Competition to emerge as winners.
Earlier this month, Kingham Hill School hosted a fun and interactive languages day for a group of 52 primary school children.
We are starting of a week of remembrance here at Kingham Hill by highlighting some of the brave Kingham Hill Alumni who fell in World War I. Today, we feature George Brooks.
We are starting of a week of remembrance here at Kingham Hill by highlighting some of the brave Kingham Hill Alumni who fell in World War I. Today, we feature Charles Turner.
We are starting of a week of remembrance here at Kingham Hill by highlighting some of the brave Kingham Hill Alumni who fell in World War I. Today, we feature Sidney Collier.
We are starting of a week of remembrance here at Kingham Hill by highlighting some of the brave Kingham Hill Alumni who fell in World War I. Today, we feature Charles Moull.
We are starting of a week of remembrance here at Kingham Hill by highlighting some of the brave Kingham Hill Alumni who fell in World War I. Today, we feature Charles Wheatley.
Last week, Kingham Hill School pupils were very excited to welcome Rio 2016 hockey gold medalist Susannah Townsend for a special training session.
It was a day of success at Kingham Hill School as Year 13 pupils celebrated receiving their A level results. The School’s Sixth Formers arrived this morning both excited and nervous to learn the outcome of their examinations. They were not disappointed as they achieved incredible results - the best the school has seen to date.
There were plenty of happy reactions as Kingham Hill School pupils collected their GCSE results this morning. Building on the record A level results of last week the GCSE pupils made it a double celebration as they achieved a school record for the second year running.
To officially draw the 2016/17 school year to a close we held our annual Speech Day celebrations on Saturday 1st July. The school grounds, pupils and guests were bathed in glorious sunshine, adding to the joyful atmosphere.
Pupils at the Hill have been celebrating a very successful term of fundraising after collecting over £6,000 for TeamHelps, a charity that works to improve education, medical care and living conditions for families in Guatemala.
Earlier this month the school's Chapel was full with beautiful music, as we were very proud to be joined by local primary and preparatory schools for our sixth, annual Junior Choir Competition.
Celebrated children’s author, Tanya Landman wowed our Year 8 pupils as she visited ahead of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival. Joining our pupils in the school library Tanya began her talk with recounting some hilarious tales from her childhood and school, notably describing her ambitions to be an astronaut, ballerina and monkey.
Just before the end of the Lent Term, all our pupils studying either French or Government and Politics took part in mock elections for the President of the French Republic.