Q&A fact file: Cheltenham College



What importance do you place on academics?

Academics is at the heart of life at Cheltenham College and, combined with our co-curricular offering, offers the opportunity to spark and develop interests in a variety of areas in the classroom, on the sports pitches, the stage and beyond.


All pupils are supported and given the tools to develop positive character, a genuine curiosity for all subjects, to be creative and to achieve continuous excellence. We trust that whatever a pupils’ interests and passions, they will achieve their full potential here. Cheltenham College pupils consistently gain between 75 and 80% A*-B at A Level and last year 20% of all GCSE results were Grade 9.

What is the largest group of one nationality?

Cheltenham College is a full boarding school with 90% boarding and 80% full boarding. We attract a lot of interest from overseas and over 30 nationalities are represented within our community. This year, overseas pupils represent approximately 18% of our student body. After British, the largest nationality is Chinese.  Our oversea pupils play an important role in all areas of life at College and are supported by our Director of Internationalism and his team.

Who would be the first point of contact if I have a concern about my child?

Before arrival, all enquiries should go to the Admissions team. Once at College there is a large team of Boarding House staff that support the pupils. Every House has a Housemaster or Housemistress, two further residential staff and a matron.  Your child’s Housemaster or Housemistress and tutor would be the first point of contact, as they will be keeping a close eye on their welfare and academic progress.

My child is very keen on Music and Drama and not so much sport. How will you support them?

We cater to all interests. The Music department runs orchestras, bands, instrumental groups and choirs, and over 300 music lessons each week for all abilities. In 2019 we celebrated one of our pupils winning Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year.


Drama opportunities are plentiful with 14 performances a year ranging from the Scholars’ play through to the inclusive House plays.


The weekly timetable incorporates all co-curricular activities, giving the pupils the chance to explore their interests.

How many children go to Oxbridge or Russell Group?

Over 75% of pupils secure a place at Russell Group Universities and on average 6-8 pupils attain places at Oxbridge each year.

What makes your school special?

Without doubt our great sense of community.  Our size and the outstanding pastoral care provided by our staff means that all pupils are properly supported and encouraged, whilst also being inspired to achieve their full potential.


Our pupils leave College having developed great character, creativity, curiosity and a desire for continuous excellence. They are ready to contribute positively to our global community.


Finally, Cheltenham College is one of the few remaining full-boarding co-educational schools in England.  We provide a complete 7-day programme ensuring overseas pupils are integrated and fully involved.

Questions answered by Simon Conner, Registrar, Cheltenham College