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Teaching staff are enthusiastic and engaging. Amazingly, they include three intrepid individuals who have all climbed Mount Everest. Can this feat be matched by any other school? One of them, the educational visits coordinator, even wrote a book about it called The Longest Climb. Despite its traditional exterior, the school prides itself on being innovative and forward-thinking. We liked the idea of pupil-led learning lunches, where students deliver a talk to staff...

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What the school says...

Cheltenham College occupies stunning grounds in the lively and culturally rich town of Cheltenham. We offer outstanding education within a warm and vibrant boarding community. Established in 1841, Cheltenham College was the first of the great English Public Schools. To this day, we retain a great sense of history and tradition, with magnificent buildings and architecture providing a backdrop to a first class modern education. University offers are excellent with most, if not all, high achieving pupils winning their first place choices. The curriculum is broad, with a vast range of extra-curricular clubs, societies and sports teams complementing academic work. All pupils are encouraged to get involved in all areas of school life, from drama, music and sport to adventure trips and debating societies. ...Read more

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Sports

Polo

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Rowing

Shooting

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Head

Since 2018, Nicola Huggett MA PGCE (40s), previously head of Blundell’s in Devon. Educated at St Gabriel’s, Newbury and Marlborough, she read PPE at St Hugh’s, Oxford (she was captain of her college boat club and president of the university riding club). After university she spent three years at J. Walter Thompson but decided that advertising wasn’t for her. She shadowed a history teacher at a state school in Newbury for a week and loved it from the moment she set foot in the classroom. ‘I couldn’t believe no one had ever suggested teaching to me before,’ she says. ‘I’ve put that right now. I often talk to pupils about teaching as a career.’ Following a PGCE at Oxford, she taught history part-time at Downe House while pursuing an eventing career but later decided...

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Special Education Needs

Cheltenham College offers strong support to bright pupils with mild specific learning difficulties. The majority of pupils work independently but some pupils may require additional support. Provision is tailored to meet the needs of individual pupils, who receive one-to-one support. Lesson times are arranged to ensure that pupils do not miss other lessons or activities. Support is offered with aspects of literacy, study skills, examination technique, organisation and areas of the academic curriculum.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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