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Head's Welcome

I am delighted to be able to offer you a warm welcome to Cheltenham College. I consider myself privileged to lead this wonderful community who work together to enable this to be a very fulfilling place to learn and work. I hope you will feel inspired by what you read and experience when you come to visit us.  

We are proud of the fact that we are one of the foremost boarding and day schools in the country, educating girls and boys to achieve and flourish during their time with us. We have a rich heritage and stunning surroundings, but we do not rest on reputations and constantly strive to ensure the young people in our care are given a modern first class all round education. 

We put learning at the heart of what we do; we want our pupils to achieve high academic standards, leaving College with exam results they can be proud of as well as a genuine enjoyment from learning and developing as a person as a result of that learning.  

The pastoral care at College is something that everyone here takes pride in and is the foundation which enables our pupils to gain confidence in themselves. Each pupil is placed in a house under the care of a housemaster or housemistress who will oversee their development both within the classroom and also their personal wellbeing. Our award-winning ‘Floreat’ programme helps our pupils to feel secure in themselves, understand how to relate to those around them and the world outside College. This is a strong and vibrant community, underpinned by a Christian ethos of tolerance and respect for others. Pupils and staff here have high aspirations and are serious about achieving those ambitions, but are also able to enjoy the vibrant life of a full boarding school. 

The opportunities provided outside of the classroom enrich the pupil experience and enable them to develop further as people. This is a busy school offering outstanding provision within sport, creative arts and outdoor education. Our community service programme is particularly important as this is an area in which our pupils gain an understanding of the importance of giving to others, and the growth they gain as a result of that service. The culmination of this all-round education is young people who leave College with an appetite for further learning, ready to make a positive contribution to society as resilient adults. They have exciting futures. 

None of the words or pictures on this website can do justice to our community and as such a visit to the school is the only way to gain a fuller sense of all that College has to offer. You can be sure of a very warm welcome, and the opportunity to meet our pupils who are the best measure of the all-round education on offer. 

Mr Crispin Dawson
Head (Acting)

Mrs Nicola Huggett joins us in September 2018 to take up the full-time post of Head at College. You can read more about Nicola and her appointment here