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Welcome to Cheltenham College

Cheltenham College has been educating young people since 1841. We are one of the foremost public co-educational boarding schools in the country, with an enviable reputation for academic achievement and breadth of extra-curricular opportunities.

Our aim is to provide a first class all-round education, combining stunning traditional surroundings with a dynamic and modern co-educational context. Underpinning everything we do is a strong Christian ethos and a vibrant, inclusive community.

At Cheltenham College, we don't just teach. Our passion is education in the broadest sense of the word; we aim to promote genuine personal enquiry and intellectual appetite, to provide each pupil with innumerable opportunities for success and to ensure they leave College fully prepared for life beyond school.

Everything we do is designed to encourage, stimulate, and inspire young people. We strive to mould Cheltonians into individuals who are confident and enquiring without being arrogant. We pride ourselves in our pupils' tolerance, their respectfulness and above all, their ability to contribute positively to society and our increasingly global community. Pupils leave us with excellent qualifications which enable entry into top UK or US universities but more than that, they leave us with the skills they need to succeed in life. They leave with exciting futures.


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With a genuine focus on independent yet structured and supported learning, Sixth Form at Cheltenham College aims to set students up for university life, while also fostering interest and achievement in areas that go beyond the A-Level curriculum. This is achieved in particular through our Independent Project in which students are encouraged to research and produce work in areas that help develop them beyond the narrow confines of the syllabus. There is also an eclectic lecture programme to stimulate thought and prompt ideas for the future. 

At College, students get extraordinary opportunities to develop themselves as people: they star in, direct and produce plays; there are numerous musical ensembles which perform regularly both inside and outside College; they take on leadership roles in their House and in College, as well as partaking in our unique Leadership and Life Skills course; CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme both run for all interested students; while sport is available across the spectrum, with no less expected from 1st to 5th teams in all major games; departments run various trips both at home and abroad to take students beyond the syllabus as well. 

Sixth Formers also have more freedom than in the Lower College. They have their own common room; the Sixth Form ‘Social’, they have their own rooms in Houses, and have significant freedoms over their own time at weekends and to take advantage of College’s central location in Cheltenham. They get all of this while receiving all the community benefits of boarding and the real life skills that co-education provides. 

Last but not least, one of the most striking features of Cheltenham College is the attachment that Old Cheltonians have to College and to the friends they make here. This is as true of those who join us in Sixth Form, as those who spend all five years at College. 

Throughout their time in Sixth Form, students will: 

  • Be taught the importance of hard work; 
  • Learn to manage their own time effectively; 
  • Develop research as well as communication skills, so important in the real world; 
  •  Think for themselves and learn to evaluate the world around them; 
  • Be inspired by their subject choices to want to learn beyond the curriculum; 
  • Discover what interests them, what they are good at and at what they excel;
  • Serve and lead, learning about the spirit of a community; 
  • Discover that freedom comes with responsibility; 
  • Be provided with personal tutor and advice to make sure the decisions they take about the future are in their long-term interests; 
  • Receive excellent preparation for life at university and beyond.

Facilities available

The College is well supplied with facilities, enabling us to host significant block fixtures in Rugby, Hockey and Cricket. We have 12 rugby pitches as well as two award-winning squares and pavilion for cricket, with the Gloucester County Cricket Club using College fields for their celebrated summer festival.

In conjunction with our playing fields we have 2 sand based Astros, 6 squash courts, a 25m swimming pool, athletics field events pits and throwing circles, rackets courts, an on site shooting range, a mixture of grass and artificial cricket nets, 4 hard tennis courts and tennis pavilion, a fully supported boathouse for the rowing club, a climbing wall and last but certainly not least a large sports centre.

Indeed, our sports centre has a hall that can accommodate 8 badminton courts or, looked at another way, two full sized Netball courts. It also contains a well equipped CV gym, which is well used alongside the free weights gym situated at the pavilion.

The existing facilities are part of our College wide development programme and plans have been drawn up to extend our sports hall provision to include a studio, larger gymnasium, meeting area, viewing gallery, offices and changing rooms. It really is an exciting time for sport at College.

However, even more impressive than the facilities is the quality of coaching provided. On top of a common room brimming with both experience and talent, College has a number of full time professional coaches, all of whom have played sport to a high level and some have played professionally and or gained international honours.

Additional support

It is the most enormous privilege to be entrusted with the care of boys and girls as they grow into young men and women. We try to make sure the pastoral net is wide enough yet tight enough for every Cheltonian to feel that there is someone to whom they can turn. All pupils are members of a House run by an experienced and sympathetic Housemaster or Housemistress. All the Houses have prefects - senior pupils whose role is primarily pastoral - and a matron who looks after health and cleanliness and also offers a maternal presence.

There is a Health Centre to deal with any health problems and a College Counsellor to whom pupils may turn if they wish. At the heart of the College is the Chapel which provides the moral and spiritual cradle for the whole community.

Our Tutoring System also plays an integral part in the day to day life of staff and pupils. In addition to being members of a House, all members of the College have a tutor who is generally responsible for their academic and social well-being.

In Upper College (Sixth Form), tutoring is mixed, both in terms of House and year group and pupils are given the chance to express a preference as to whom they have. This could include their existing tutor. Most tutors have a total of between 10 and 16 tutees, coming from both Upper and Lower College.  In Upper College, tutoring is based on weekly one-to-one tutorials which provide an excellent chance for a strong rapport to develop between tutor and tutee.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Cheltenham College directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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