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Cheltenham College

Bath Road
GL53 7LD

T: 01242 265600

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ISC ID: 52425


Mrs Nicola Huggett (Head)

Boys - age range:

Day: 13 to 18

Boarding: 13 to 18

Girls - age range:

Day: 13 to 18

Boarding: 13 to 18


706 pupils

Cheltenham College case studies (18)

Local Care Homes outreach initiative


  • Cheltenham College
  • Windsor Street Care Home
  • Abbeyfield Care Home
  • Failthfull House
  • Baytree Care Home
  • Thirlestaine Care Home
  • Community work/fundraising
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Music Partnership - The Chorister Scheme


  • Cheltenham College
  • St John's Church of England Primary School, Cheltenham
  • Bishop Cleeve Primary School, Cheltenham
  • St James' Church of England Primary School, Cheltenham
  • Performing arts and music
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Impact of partnership work done in 2019 (ISC annual Census 2020)

  • 4 state schools involved
  • 200 to 500 state school pupils involved
  • 292 staff hours given

*Please note, data shown here is from the 2020 Census for partnerships in 2019, rather than from the 2021 Census. This is due to the impact of COVID-19 on full year collection for 2021. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many schools to put some partnership projects on hold until restrictions are eased.

Impact Statement

“For us, the partnership is about sharing the best of what both our educational sectors have to offer so that the young students at both partnership schools benefit from an enriched experience of joint provision, throughout the whole school curriculum."

“Nearly 400 pupils have been the direct recipients of a wide array of academic, sporting and extra-curricular opportunities including involvement in a joint Duke of Edinburgh expedition, international trips, and a debating society. We have collaboratively created an ambitious educational programme with sincere partnership at the core, which we believe will be highly regarded as a model of excellence for formal partnership between independent and state sector schools once the impact of our joint venture is realised.”

“The 7 Up Maths, Physics and English Programmes have been hugely beneficial in promoting the confidence of Year 8 and 9 pupils and consolidating the skills needed to achieve the highest grades in GCSE Maths. 130 pupils from our partner school have been impacted. Working with teachers from both schools has enabled students to recognise that Maths concepts in particular are universal and encouraged them to realise they had the knowledge and tools available to perform well.”

"This year we welcomed 300 students and staff from nine Gloucestershire schools to our English Literature Lecture to hear an eminent speaker from Worcester College and University of Oxford, speak to us about Shakespeare’s classical education and, in particular, its influence on three of his plays, Coriolanus, Richard III, and Hamlet.
As part of the event, we were also able to display three highly commended entries from one of our partner schools for the model Globe Theatre competition, with the winning entry drawing particular praise from our speaker."

"We place a very high value on our sporting partnership programme, which has grown impressively in recent years to at least 15 - and is still growing. These partnerships make it possible for our coaches and pupils to invest their time and expertise to increase sport and physical activity within the local community and further afield."

Cheltenham College 

Bursary support with school fees:

Cheltenham College is committed to providing mean-tested financial assistance to both new and existing pupils.

All bursary awards are subject to a bursary application. They are based on careful and sympathetic scrutiny of individual family circumstances and no generalisation of appropriate income levels is possible. A child must be registered before a bursary can be applied for and we strongly recommend early application as there is only a limited amount of funds available and not all requests for support will be able to be met.

We encourage parents to make bursary applications no later than the end of Autumn Term prior to entry in order to allow time for careful and proper consideration of each family’s needs. In any event, applications must be received no later than seven months prior to starting at College, ordinarily by the end of January for the following September start of term.

Values of bursary awards vary greatly and in very rare circumstances, they can reach up to 100% of the fees (usually in conjection with a scholarship).

Further details can be obtained by downloading the ‘Bursaries – Widening Access’ Document from our website. Families in need of financial support should contact the Fees Office.


2018/2019 entry bursary award details:

Third Form Bursaries

100%: 0 Pupils

50-99%: 5 Pupils

1-49%: 11 Pupils



Lower Sixth (new awards only)Bursaries

100%: 1


1-49: 1


UK Armed Forces Service Discount:

Cheltenham College have strong military links and we offer generous discounts for parents currently serving in the UK Armed Forces. For further information, please visit:



Excellence is encouraged in both academic and co-curricular aspects of College life. One of the main vehicles for such encouragement is the offer of College Awards in the form of Scholarships and Exhibitions, awarded at 13+ or 16+. College Awards include Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport. Scholarships are awarded for outstanding performance and ability in a chosen field and Exhibitions for excellent talent and potential.


College has high expectations of Award holders and they are expected to have an encouraging attitude for learning and collaboration in their chosen field and throughout all of their classes at College. In addition to exhibiting excellence and flair in their field of expertise, they are expected to utilise opportunities to develop and take on leadership positions.


A Scholarship is valued at up to 15% of the fees and an Exhibition is valued at up to 10% of the fees, with the exception of the Lord James of Hereford (awarded to the candidate that performs best overall in the Scholarship papers for 13+) and the Prain Scholarship (rewarding a particular ability in Mathematics and Science for 13+), these are both valued at 20% of the fees. Pupils are able to apply for awards in more than one category, but the fee remission is capped, irrespective of the number or individual value of the awards held.


13+ Awards

Applicants are to complete papers and interviews to assess their suitability for the award. For more information on the appropriate processes, please do contact our Admissions Team.


Academic, Drama, Music and Sports awards are valid throughout the holder’s time at College, subject to satisfactory progress, conduct and participation. Art awards are valid, initially for the three years prior to A Level, and are dependent on the subject taken at GCSE. If the award holder chooses to study Art in Sixth Form, the award will automatically continue.


16+ Awards

16+ Awards are available to both current pupils and external applicants (although current pupils will not receive any fees remission if they are awarded a 16+ award).

The papers are designed to test potential and are broadly based on Key Stage 4/GCSE. They do not however test the knowledge of a particular syllabus, followed by an interview with the Head of Department. For more information on the appropriate processes, please do contact our Admissions Team.


  • Academic scholarships
  • All Rounder awards
  • Art scholarships
  • Choral scholarships
  • Design scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • H M Forces discounts
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Lump sum payment discounts