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Kimbolton School

Kimbolton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England PE28 0EA

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 4 - 18 Years Boarding (Weekly)


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Word From The Head

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From Jonathan Belbin, Headmaster

We are an HMC independent (‘private’) day and boarding school for boys and girls of almost 1100 pupils aged 4 to 18. Our Preparatory School caters for the 4 to 11 year olds at one end of the village, whilst a brisk walk through our parkland brings you out into the Castle grounds which house the Senior School for 11 to 18 year olds. We are fortunate to have such an attractive campus, centred on Kimbolton Castle near Cambridge, which we purchased from the Dukes of Manchester in the middle of the last century.

While academia underpins all that we do, above all else, it is our warm, inclusive, family atmosphere which sets us apart. And that is not just us saying so, it is supported by favourable inspection comments too, including our most recent ISI Inspection report which praised almost every aspect of school life.

Kimbolton School has a rich history, stretching back over 400 years. Our staff are enthusiastic and dedicated. Our pupils are motivated to achieve their very best in all aspects of school life. We strongly believe that developing our pupils into well-rounded individuals is key, to which end we provide a wealth of opportunities in sport, music, drama and a wide variety of other pursuits across the whole age range.

Many of our pupils are able to trace their family line through generations of Old Kimboltonians. Having said this, we are also alive to the present and our 21st Century school embraces pupils from far and wide. Whether boarding or day, many of our current pupils have been with us throughout their learning, developing and moving through the school with their friends.

In the last decade we have seen many improvements to our facilities, the latest of which are a new entrance building and library at the Preparatory School and a new Science and Maths Centre at the Senior School. The latter was the final of many exciting new developments that we published in our last five-year School Development Plan. Our latest Plan is below and will shortly be replaced by our new one.

There are so many opportunities available to the Kimbolton pupil, do come and see for yourself. I would be delighted to meet you and I can assure you of a warm welcome.

Open Days, Visits & Events

30-09-2023 - Senior School Open Morning

30-09-2023 - Sixth Form Open Evening

06-10-2023 - Prep School Open Morning

What We Offer

  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • BTEC - Business and Technology Education Council
  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • IGCSE - International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • SATs (UK) - Standard Assessment Tests
  • Business studies
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Government/Politics
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • English
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Astronomy
  • Cadets
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Horticulture
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Young Enterprise
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH)
  • Delicate/Medical Conditions
  • After School Club
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Before School Club
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Assessment
  • Common Entrance
  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • References
  • Bursaries
  • Academic
  • Art
  • Siblings
  • Music
  • Financial Assistance
  • All-rounder
  • Sixth Form
  • Sport
  • Non-denominational
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range4 to 18
    Annual Day Fees *£9930 to £16575
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£25905 to £25905
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£27555 to £27555
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

    25Full Boarding25
    2Weekly Boarding3
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 75
    Part-time: 11

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    Cambridgeshire County Council

    There was a consistent approach to safeguarding across the school. The students were very positive about their personal safety and about the school and its staff looking after them.

    Independent School Inspectorate

    Pupils grow into mature, multi-faceted and empathic young adults with a strong awareness of their social responsibilities.

    Muddy Stilettos

    You'll find 120 acres of glorious grounds and a stunning castle setting at this high-achieving co-ed senior school for day pupils and boarders age 11 - 18, with a strong all-rounder reputation and great results.

    Muddy Stilettos

    A highly-regarded co-ed prep school on the Cambridgeshire border in a beautiful rural setting, known for its amazing facilities, extra-curricular activities and family-orientated atmosphere.

    The Good Schools Guide

    Pupils can spend their whole education at Kimbolton enjoying the benefits of a happy environment, small class sizes and excellent pastoral care. Not flashy but classy. Those parents in the know appreciate that a Kimbolton education is money well spent.