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.
Igniting passion for life and learning
When talking to pupils, parents and staff about what they love most about the School, the answer is usually 'community'. There is a tangible sense of friendliness and unity in a small school where all pupils are known and nurtured.
“I can’t tell you how much Kingham Hill has taught and given me. Without the people, the family, the care and love, I could not have become who I am today.”
I love Kingham Hill, it has helped me discover my strengths in art, acting and athletics and I have made friends that feel like family.”
“Kingham Hill has been a major improvement to my life. It’s a very encouraging environment and very positive, I couldn’t think of a better place to be right now.”
“What is great about Kingham Hill School is that you know everyone around you and everyone gets along.”
“I think Kingham Hill is a great community because it's so friendly - it's easy to settle in once you are here.”
Kingham Hill is beautifully situated in the heart of the Cotswolds, between Oxford, Cheltenham and Stratford-Upon-Avon.
We are surrounded by delightful, rolling countryside and lie just a short walk from Kingham, ‘England’s favourite village’. Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold - traditional Cotswold market towns - are four and five miles away.
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.
We want all our pupils to seize the opportunities and new experiences available here, so they make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.