Our Mission, Values and History
Kimbolton School creates a caring, challenging environment in which all pupils are encouraged to fulfil their potential and are given opportunities to flourish in a wide variety of curricular and extra-curricular interests.
We provide a close family environment where young people are educated to be tolerant, socially responsible and independent of mind, equipping them for our changing world. We are a community that challenges pupils to discover their talents, develop socially and excel.
At Kimbolton School, we value:
- each individual.
- a rounded education, encompassing both academic and extra-curricular activity.
- high standards, ensuring that everyone reaches their potential.
- and celebrate personal success and achievement equally in all areas.
- a warm, supportive and inclusive day and boarding community encompassing staff pupils, parents and town.
- tolerance and respect for others, facilitating equality of opportunity.
- enthusiasm, commitment and self-discipline.
- the development of social responsibility and integrity.
- the beliefs and traditions reflected in the School’s Christian heritage, whilst respecting those of other cultures.
- the rich history of our school and our setting; an awareness of our responsibilities to others in line with our charitable foundation.
- the building of self-esteem so that pupils develop the confidence and independence of mind to be true to themselves.
- a variety of opportunities for every pupil to discover an individual sphere of excellence and thus be challenged and inspired.
- preparation of pupils for lifelong learning.
When we challenged our pupils to conceive an extra value, they said:
- We value... waking up, wanting to go to school.
|1531-87||Early references to school at Kimbolton|
|1600||Henry Balye & William Dawson appointed feoffees (trustees)|
|1874||School in churchyard closed|
New School buildings (Prep School and Headmaster’s House)
|1878||Sports Day introduced|
|1913-47||William lngram, Headmaster|
|1914||Sports Day revived|
Canon Frank Powys Maurice, Chairman of Governors
|1919||Kimbolton House, White House & Castle Green House acquired|
|1920||Old Kimboltonians Association formed|
|1927||1927 Building (Prep Dining Hall) & Mandeville House (Armoury) built|
|1940||Houses introduced, including Balyes, Dawsons, lngrams & Gibbards|
|1945||School given Direct Grant status|
|1947-73||Cyril Lewis, Headmaster|
|1948||School Orchestra & Combined Cadet Force formed First School Play|
|1949||Kimbolton Grammar School renamed Kimbolton School|
|1950||School bought Kimbolton Castle, State Rooms used for teaching, Founders’ Day|
|1951||Preparatory Department opened|
|1952||First service in refurbished Chapel|
Science Block converted & extended (Hunter Hall & classrooms)
|1953||Dining Hall created in Mews|
William Brown, Chairman of Governors
Geography & Music Rooms created in Mews, Open air swimming pool built, First
match on Castle cricket square
Five Orangery classrooms built, Pageant of Kimbolton performed on portico
First play produced in Castle Courtyard
|1962||White House extended|
|1963||Woodwork Shop (Design & Technology Centre) built|
|1964||Cyril Lewis elected to Headmasters’ Conference|
|1965||Domestic staff hostel (Health Centre) built|
|1966||Gibbards becomes first day house, Pageant of Kimbolton performed on portico|
|1966-77||John Strong, Chairman of Governors|
|1967||Four additional Orangery classrooms built, Community Service Unit set up|
|1969||Duke’s Field (lst XI football) acquired|
Parents’ Association renamed Kimbolton School Society
|1970||Lewis Hall opened by HRH Duchess of Gloucester|
|1971||Sixth Form Club opened in George House|
|1972||Iron Gates hard tennis courts built|
|1973-87||David Donaldson, Headmaster|
|1973||Owens House created|
Dining Hall modernised, White House extended, Duke of Edinburgh Award
School becomes independent, Girls admitted to Prep Department, Grounds
extended, including Duchess Walk
|1977||Spinney Block built, Cricket Festival started|
|1977-84||Norman Boyes, Chairman of Governo|
|1978||Girls admitted to Main School, Spinney Block extended|
|1982||Kyffin Owen Pavilion built|
|1984||All-weather surface & Prep Gym built|
|1984-92||Peter Carr, Chairman of Governors|
|1985||Castle becomes 6th Form Centre, Boarding accommodation upgraded|
Roger Peel, Headmaster
Girl boarders admitted to White House, Donaldson Building opened, former
science labs converted to Hunter Hall
|1989||Further extension to White House; Castle Green House & stables converted.|
|1990||ICT Centre built|
|1991||Music Department upgraded, Drama Studio created|
|1992||Sports Hall built|
|1992-2000||Hugh Duberly, Chairman of Governors|
Lewis Hall converted to Theatre/Assembly Hall
|1994||Castle astroturf surface laid|
|1995||Pellegrini Art Centre built|
|1996||Castle ‘dungeons’ converted to 6th Form Common Room & Club. Pre-Prep Department opened in temporary buildings.|
|1998||School grounds extended|
|1999||Pre-Prep (Aragon House) opened. Vanbrugh Library opened|
Swimming Pool opened by HRH Duke of Gloucester, Quatercentenary Founders’
Day Service at Ely Cathedral
|2000-2006||Richard Brown, Chairman of Governors|
|2002-2023||Jonathan Belbin, Headmaster|
|2002||Sports Hall renamed Roger Peel Sports Centre|
|2003||Prep & Pre-Prep Departments reorganised as Kimbolton Preparatory School|
|2005||New Hunter Hall completed at Preparatory School|
|2006-2018||Charles Paull, Chairman of Governors|
|2008||Queen Katharine Building (QKB1) opened|
|2010||Flood-lit Duchess astroturf pitches built and football pitches extended|
Dining Hall extended
Kyffin Owen Pavilion renovated
|2012||Castle astroturf re-laid|
|2014||Work starts on QKB2|
|2015||Queen Katharine Building 2 completed and Donaldson refurbished|
|2018-||Jonathan Gray, Chairman of Governors|
|2020||New Prep School entrance building opened; Aragon House at Lower Prep refurbished. COVID-19 pandemic: Summer term teaching moves online, although the School remains open for the children of keyworkers. A few year groups are able to return to classrooms in June, and all year groups in September, albeit in year group 'bubbles' for the academic year.|
|2023-||Will Chuter, Headmaster|