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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your admissions procedure?

At 13+, the main route of entry is through Common Entrance or Academic Scholarship. We also offer College Entrance papers for pupils whose schools do not prepare them for Common Entrance. These papers (English, Maths, and Science) are in the November or January prior to entry. 

At 16+, pupils must sit entrance or scholarship papers in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. These examinations take place in November or March prior to entry. They will also need a minimum of five Bs at GCSE level, including a minimum C grade in English and Maths. Overseas pupils will take an additional EAL paper.

At all entry levels, an interview and a satisfactory current school reference are also required.

What do you look for in a candidate?

Cheltenham College looks for individuals who are positive, friendly and hard working. We promote values of kindness, loyalty, ambition, responsibility and tolerance to help mould pupils into self-confident and well-balanced young adults.

How much is the registration fee and when should I register my child?

The registration fee is £150 or £75 for the children of Old Cheltonians. At 13+ (Third Form), it is advised that families register their son or daughter at least three years before entry. At 16+ (Sixth Form), assessments and scholarships are held in November and March prior to the proposed year of entry, and the deadline for application is normally early October in the year prior to entry. 

How many pupils are there in College?

We currently have around 690 pupils in College. The number in each year group will vary from year to year, but there are approximately 130 pupils in Third, Fourth and Fifth Forms, and 300 students in the Sixth Form. 

How many of these are boarders?

80 percent of  pupils are Boarders and 20 percent are Day Pupils. There are a limited number of Day Boarding places, where a pupil boards at least two nights a week. We advise any families interested in Day Boarding to contact the Admissions Office as early as possible as these places are very popular and there are waiting lists in place. 

How big are the class sizes?

In Lower College (Years 9 - 11), class sizes are normally between 15 and 20 pupils. In Upper College (Sixth Form), class sizes are usually between 8 and 12 students, with a maximum of 14. 

What are the academic results like at College?

2016’s IGCSE results were the best ever in the history of College, with 66 percent achieving A*-A grades and 36 percent achieving A* grades. 31 pupils achieved an outstanding seven A*s or more. The A Level results in 2017 were also record-breaking, 82% of results were graded A*-B and 55% were graded A*-A.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office if you have any further queries on 01242 265 600 or email