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Prospectus


Welcome A child’s education is a foundation for life, which makes choosing the ‘right’ school so important. Cheltenham College is an unpretentious school and yet one proud of its history. Our aim today is for the College to be characterised by excellence in every sphere of activity and by the depth as well as the breadth of the education pupils receive.

Cheltenham, after all, is a town like no other. But more importantly, we strive to make the College a place where pupils achieve a great deal whilst thoroughly enjoying themselves. It is hard work, as any current pupil will admit, but not oppressively so; and whilst we set high standards, they are pursued in the context of encouragement and respect.

In the followingpages we have tried to portray what we thinkmatters most. Above all, we want those who join the College to leave us as fine young men and women, capable and willing to take their places in society and to influence it for good.

In short, we want pupils to gain not only knowledge and skills, but also understanding and a degree of wisdom; to be able to live their lives well in all circumstances.

In short, we want pupils to gain not only knowledge and skills, but also understanding and a degree of wisdom; to be able to live their lives well in all circumstances.

I hope you will find within these pages the essence of a first class education and be persuaded to take your interest in the College further.

To say it is a wonderful place is an understatement. Few schools are fortunate enough to enjoy the advantages that the College affords its pupils and few schools are set in such glorious surroundings.

Alex Peterken Headmaster


An enquiring mind

Pupils are taught in a stimulating intellectual environment both to equip them with the requisite knowledge and skills for adult life and to enrich their lives. They are encouraged to enquire, to think and to aspire to great things.


Preparing pupils for public examinations is one of our main concerns. To this end, Cheltonians are taught by highly qualified and committed teachers, many of whom have recently joined the College after gaining first degrees and post-graduate qualifications. Innovative and up-to-date teaching methods are used in an ICT-rich environment and resources are excellent. Furthermore, tutors oversee pupils’ work, giving each boy and girl every encouragement to do his or her best and often to exceed their expectations. However, developing an ‘enquiring mind’ involves more than merely academic study and the acquisition of skills. More profoundly, we aim to stimulate pupils’ intellects by exposing them to a breadth of ideas and teaching them to think for themselves. Lectures, reading, individual research, debate, discussion and study trips are all part of a pupil’s experience and serve to form his or her mind and shape their understanding.


A cultured life

Pupils are taught in a stimulating intellectual environment both to equip them with the requisite knowledge and skills for adult life and to enrich their lives. They are encouraged to enquire, to think and to aspire to great things.


Cheltenham is steeped in culture. The performing and creative arts are integral to the formal and informal curricula of the College and the Town’s annual Literature, Music and Jazz festivals are internationally renowned. Whilst at the College, many pupils learn to per form in public, often with astounding skill and confidence, and all have almost unparalleled opportunities to hear and see first class performances by professional artists. The very elegance of the College buildings themselves, set in the heart of one of the most beautiful Regency towns in England, is a civilising influence. Because we believe every boy and girl has the capacity to be imaginative and creative, considerable emphasis is given to encouraging musicians, actors and actresses and artists and to providing wider cultural opportunities such as exchanges and visits abroad. All of these activities give Cheltonians a breadth of understanding and a generosity of spirit that are perhaps the true hallmarks of a cultured life.


A Christian Foundation

Pupils are taught in a stimulating intellectual environment both to equip them with the requisite knowledge and skills for adult life and to enrich their lives. They are encouraged to enquire, to think and to aspire to great things.


Any school needs to do more than train the mind and encourage its pupils to develop their various skills and talents: it has to send them out into the world as responsible citizens with coherent beliefs and values and with a clear sense of right and wrong. Chapel is at the centre of College life, powerfully symbolising our commitment to giving pupils a firm foundation on which to build their lives and teaching them the value of peace, justice, compassion, forgiveness, integrity and love – all those things central to the Christian way of life. Cheltonians, from whatever background, are encouraged to consider important spiritual and ethicalquestions and to treat others as they would like to be treated themselves. In addition, Lower College tutors discuss personal, social and health-related issues with their tutor groups and the College chaplains are always available to help individual pupils.


A breadth of learning

Boarders and day-pupils alike all benefit from an extensive extra-curricular programme of activities. There are challenges to take up, causes to support and skills to be learned; and myriad opportunities for enjoyment.


Alongside the academic and cultural elements of College life, there is a rich vein of extracurricular activities designed to open up all sorts of possibilities to Cheltonians. 34 Both team games and individual sports flourish, nurturing individual ability and team-work. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the Combined Cadet Force along with other outward-bound activities, with their emphasis on developing self-reliance and leadership skills, are strong. There are countless other opportunities too, that enable pupils to pursue their own interests. We want Cheltonians to enjoy themselves and, by so doing, to enrich their lives and the lives of others and to develop self-confidence. One part of this programme, which was established very early on in the College, is Community Service. Aware of the responsibility that accompanies privilege, Cheltonians are involved in charitable projects both at home and abroad. Considerable sums, for example, have been raised in recent years to help young people in Romania and Kenya as well as for local causes.


A close commmunity

The College is an extended family to which every pupil belongs and in which every pupil finds his or her place. We aim for everyone to be happy to be at school, known personally and cared for individually.


We set great store by the way we relate to and support pupils in the College. We want them to grow into well-balanced and socially skilled adults who are secure in themselves. In these respects, the size of the school and being fully co-educational are considerable assets. In addition, every Cheltonian is a member of a particular House, each of which is run by an experienced and sympathetic Housemaster or Housemistress. Tutors, matrons and prefects also play their parts inproviding the individual care and attention that lies at the heart of College life. Some of the most sympathetic carers are, of course, the girls and boys themselves. We are confident the pastoral net is wide enough and tight enough for every pupil to feel there is somebody to whom they can speak and to ensure that no-one is overlooked. The community is indeed close and pupil-focused whilst remaining outward looking and strong.


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A co-educational experience

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We’re passionate about co-eductaion. There is no better way to prepare young people to take their places in a complex and demanding adult society than to educate boys and girls together.


An Invitation

Should you feel your son or daughter would thrive here, you are warmly invited to come and visit the College and to explore further how he or she might win a place. You will be made very welcome and given the opportunity to meet people, ask questions and, of course, to be shown around. The easiest way to make an appointment is to ring, write to or email the Registrar.

Registrar Cheltenham College Bath Road Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL53 7LD Telephone 01242 265662 Fax 01242 265630 Email: admissions@cheltenhamcollege.org


Cheltenham College Bath Road Cheltenham Gloucestershire The prospectus describes the broad principles on which the School is presently run and does not form part of any contractural agreement between parents or guardians and the School.

GL53 7LD

Telephone 01242 265600 Fax 01242 265630 Email: admissions@cheltenhamcollege.org www.cheltenhamcollege.org

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