Cheltenham College & Cheltenham Prep School


Type of School: Co-educational

Age range: 13-18

Number of students : 690 (aged 13-18), 400 (aged 3-13)

Number of boarders : 480 (aged 13-18), 50 (aged 3-13)

Founded in 1841, Cheltenham College was the first of the great Victorian Public Schools. Today, it is now one of the country’s leading co-educational independent schools for boarding and day pupils aged 3–18. Offering outstanding all-round education within a warm and vibrant community, the school is situated in 72 acres of beautiful grounds in the heart of the Cotswolds. College combines a strong academic record with a considerable reputation for sport, drama, music and outward-bound activities. It is renowned for its excellent pastoral care and strong boarding ethos, ensuring a rich and rewarding experience for international students.


Situated in the heart of the famous Cotswolds, with excellent road and rail connections, Cheltenham College offers all the advantages of life in a thriving town community, whilst maintaining a separate campus life. Just one hour drive from Oxford, Stratford, Birmingham, Bristol and Bath.


Community life and friendship are extremely important at Cheltenham College. Founded on Christian principles and with a strong House system at its heart, the school inspires loyalty, respect and integrity. For boarders, the warm and welcoming atmosphere in the Houses combined with close relationships with teachers makes school feel like a real home from home.


All pupils are stretched academically and go on to achieve their best in a positive and supportive learning environment. The curriculum is broad and purposeful, with lessons complemented by extensive school trips and over 30 clubs and societies. A wide range of GCSE and A-level subjects are offered in the Senior School, and over 95% of pupils go on to the university of their choice.


Pastoral care is exceptional, with every pupil developing socially as well as academically. The strong House system ensuring that every pupil is both cared for and cared about. Each boarding House is run by a resident Housemaster or mistress and their family, supported by a network of both resident and non-resident tutors and matrons. Every pupil has a tutor as well as subject teachers, making sure that they are supported in every aspect of their College life. The College Chaplain and his team are are also always available to help individual pupils.

Sport and Culture:

Cheltenham College is one of the strongest schools nationally in many different sports and benefits from top-level sports professionals and coaches. Facilities include several playing field areas and a sports complex comprising of a large sports hall, a 25m indoor swimming pool, squash and rackets courts, rifles range, a climbing wall and two Astroturf pitches with floodlight facilities. Pupils can take part in virtually every sport, including tennis, golf, water polo, hockey, netball, polo, athletics, sailing, rowing, rugby, cricket, and basketball. Great importance is placed on team sports and every pupil is given the chance to play competitively.

The Arts are also central to the life of College, with at least six plays being staged each year in the school’s various theatres and several music and choral concerts taking place each term. All boys and girls are encouraged to attend concerts, plays, films and lectures not only in Cheltenham but in nearby Oxford, Stratford, Bristol and London. The College is also significantly involved in the Cheltenham International Jazz, Science, Literature and Music Festivals that take place annually in Cheltenham.