Pre-A-Level Programme Kingham Hill school


Kingham Hill coeducational independent day and boarding school offer a special year-long foundation programme that thoroughly prepares international students for sixth form success.

 If you are an international you will find all the information that you need via the top menu. To make life that bit easier we have created Useful Links to the information most often sought by those for whom English is not their first langauge. 
  • Tailored English language learning
  • Cultural familiarisation
  • Full integration into school and house life
  • Cambridge National Award in Business & Enterprise
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • Native language GCSE, where possible
  • Science
  • Accounting
  • IELTS preparation
  • English keyboarding skills
  • Personal tutoring
  • Taste of subjects being considered for AS/A2
  • Sporting and leisure opportunities
  • Full benefits of sixth form life (for those 16+)
Please note that pupils will only take public examinations in academic subjects if their language and progress offers them a chance of success.
We welcome a rich mix of students from a variety of countries.  However, we limit our international student numbers to 20% of the school roll.

Entrance Requirement

We do not select pupils on the basis of current academic achievement. We are looking to identify pupils who are likely to flourish, both academically and personally, if offered a place.
We are rarely able to appropriately support pupils with ADHD, autism or who have behavioural difficulties.


The Headmaster, or occasionally in his absence, the Deputy Headmaster, meets each family when they visit. If you have applied for a place, this is likely to take the form of an informal interview.


Before we are able to take your interest further you need to complete our Registration Form and return it, along with a non-returnable deposit of £75, to our Admissions Officer.


Pupils applying for a place are invited for an assessment at the school. The assessment consists of tests in English, Mathematics and general reasoning skills. School reports from the child’s current school are also requested, unless we are instructed otherwise.
Assessment Days are held in November and March for those entering in September. For those applying after this date, separate arrangements will be made. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that Kingham Hill is an appropriate school for the pupil. Those from preparatory schools normally take Kingham Hill tests, but may also take Common Entrance Examination.

International Students

Pupils from overseas who are unable to visit, but would like to be considered for a place at the school, can be assessed on school reports and examples of work. Most are introduced to us by international recruiting agents who administer assessment tests on our behalf.