Gloucestershire independent schools guide

Discover some of the finest independent schools in Gloucestershire and the surrounding area, in SoGlos’s dedicated guide.

Gloucestershire is home to some of the most prestigious and historical independent schools in the country, offering outstanding academic and pastoral excellence, not to mention first-class facilities.

Whether you’re looking for a co-educational, a boys or girls school; a day or boarding school; a pre-preparatory, preparatory, senior or sixth form; SoGlos’s comprehensive guide spans some truly exceptional institutions for children aged from two to 18.

Parents looking for a stunning location, a strong faith foundation, diverse extra-curricular programmes, and of course, outstanding academic results, are spoilt for choice by the range of independent schools in Gloucestershire – which pride themselves on producing nurtured, confident, well-rounded pupils – and even some famous alumni.


Guide sponsor – Cheltenham Ladies’ College

 Cheltenham Ladies' College

Description: Dating back to 1854, the world-renowned Cheltenham Ladies’ College has a long history of providing an academic education to girls from across the globe, drawing on its knowledge and expertise gained over more than 160 years. Educating girls from 11 through to 18, CLC is both a large boarding and day school, with around 850 pupils who benefit from its highly qualified academic and pastoral staff. The College’s aim is to provide an educational environment that’s supportive, challenging, innovative and creative. This helps the girls strive towards success both inside and outside the classroom, with the school consistently achieving results in GCSE, A Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations which are amongst the best in the country. Classes are small in size with active lesson participation encouraged, while pupils can benefit from regular and constructive feedback from teachers to help students realise their full potential. Pupils are also encouraged to take part in the extensive range of co-curricular pursuits on offer, from music clubs and sports to creative societies and departmental activities. Work on the school’s brand new Health and Fitness Centre is currently underway and is due to be completed in spring 2018 to offer better facilities, more indoor space and state-of-the-art equipment.
Specialist areas: Pupils are invited to pursue a broad and varied curriculum, with engineering, enterprise and technology, language acquisition, and philosophical enquiry offered alongside the core subjects of maths, English language and literature, sciences and modern languages for the younger pupils. Those following the A Level route can take up to four subjects, while those taking IB must choose six subjects.
SoGlos loves: One of the many benefits of being a large school is that it gives pupils the opportunity to choose to study many different subject combinations.
Age range: From 11 to 18 years old
Fees: Fees are £11,870 for boarding and £7,970 for day pupils per term.
Address: Cheltenham Ladies’ College is situated on Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3EP.
Alumnae: Actress Dame Kristin Scott Thomas; artist Bridget Riley; scientist and chair of the Science Museum Group, Dame Mary Archer; and Rt Hon Amber Rudd, MP, Home Secretary.
Telephone number: (01242) 520691
Email: Enquire online via enquiries@cheltladiescollege.org.
Website: cheltladiescollege.org
Social media: See facebook.com/CheltLadiesColl Social media: See facebook.com/CheltLadiesColl or instagram.com/cheltladiescoll for the very latest.


Wycliffe College

 Wycliffe College

Motto: Bold and loyal
Description: Founded in 1882, Wycliffe College in Stonehouse is a thriving, co-educational day and boarding school offering all the advantages of a contemporary environment in a beautiful rural location. Both the Preparatory and Senior School value tradition, embrace modernity, respect individualism and celebrate diversity, with a broad curriculum mixing traditional and modern study programmes to help all students achieve their full potential. Wycliffe boasts an exceptional pastoral team, not to mention a house system which promotes a strong sense of community, friendship and healthy competition among students, while giving each one the opportunity to pursue an interest outside of the classroom – whether it’s on stage, in the choir, on the sports field or up a mountain. Wycliffe College’s facilities include a library that’s a haven for independent learning; a chapel; a floodlit astro turf, a swimming pool; a high-tech gym; two basketball courts; tennis courts; and a performing arts centre.
Specialist areas: Wycliffe College places strong emphasis on personal development, pastoral care and pupil performance across the board, and continues to climb the league tables each year; now reaching the top 2.5 per cent of all schools and the top seven per cent of value added independents, despite not setting ‘artificially high’ entry standards.
SoGlos loves: The diversity of subjects offered at Wycliffe, which includes GCSE Japanese; Fine Art, Music, Technology, and Government & Politics A Levels; BTEC National Diplomas (equivalent to two A Levels) in Sport and Travel, and Tourism. Plus, Wycliffe also provides ACT and SAT preparation, which is required to gain entry into American universities.
Age range: From two to 18 years old
Fees: The Preparatory School costs from £2,480 per term for day pupils and from £6,325 per term for boarders; while the Senior School is from £5,995 per term for day pupils and from £10,990 per term for boarders.
Alumni: Rugby player Charlie Sharples; actor William Moseley; cricketer Alex Gidman; and singer-songwriter Al Stewart.
Address: Wycliffe College is situated on Bath Road, Stonehouse, GL10 2JQ.
Telephone: (01453) 822432
Email: Enquire online via senior@wycliffe.co.uk.
Website: wycliffe.co.uk
Social media: See facebook.com/WycliffeCollege and twitter.com/wycliffecollege for the very latest.


Wynstones School

Wynstones

Description: Situated in the rural setting of Whaddon, on the outskirts of Gloucester, Wynstones has sought inspiration and guidance from the international Waldolf curriculum while maintaining its own unique identity since it was founded in 1937. The well-established school aims to equip young people intellectually, artistically, emotionally, spiritually and socially, and welcomes pupils from early years to graduation, achieving outstanding academic results while ensuring that each pupil receives the full spectrum of subjects. The teaching strives to engage and nourish each child’s curiosity and love of learning by offering a balance of academic, artistic and practical lessons. Lower School children can develop at their own paces and enjoy a proper childhood, with a curriculum which introduces topics at appropriate stages of their development in warm and nurturing environment. All students in the Upper School study art; music; drama; movement; science and humanities as well as their chosen and core A Level and GCSE exam subjects. The school also benefits from extensive grounds which allow for sport, outdoor building and gardening pursuits to be part of the curriculum.
Specialist areas: Wynstones, which was rated as ‘good’ with many outstanding features in the latest Ofsted, has a reputation for producing high quality musical, choral, dramatic and sports performances by pupils of all ages, which is all part of the embedded curriculum.
SoGlos loves: While core curriculum subjects such as mathematics, history, science and geography are taught at Wynstones, the main curriculum also includes farming, mythology, botany and astronomy.
Age range: From three to 18 years old
Fees: From £875 to £2965 per term.
Alumni: Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac; Professor James McCullagh, head of mass spectrometry at Oxford University; and Dr Mario Peters, director of Oxford International College and Oxford Science Studies.
Address: Wynstones School is situated on Church Lane, Whaddon, Gloucester, GL4 0UF.
Telephone number: (01452) 429220
Email: Enquire online via reception@wynstones.com.
Website: wynstones.com
Social media: Visit facebook.com/wynstoneschool for the very latest.


St Edward’s School

St Edward's School

Motto: Believe, strive and achieve
Description: Located in the Charlton Kings area of Cheltenham, St Edward’s is a Catholic independent day school welcoming boys and girls at its Preparatory and Senior School, which received an excellent ISI inspection in November 2015. The two sites, which are located five minutes from each other, are set on 45 acres of grounds and share a commitment to providing pupils with an excellent academic framework along with offering outstanding pastoral care. St Edward’s prides itself on its small class sizes, giving teachers the opportunity to concentrate on individual pupils and instil a love of learning at all ages of development. The school’s inclusive ethos encourages boys and girls to develop their social skills, grow in confidence, and thrive in the environment which aims to equip pupils with an educational foundation for life beyond school.
Specialist areas: The vibrant school community is based on Christian values but welcomes children of all faiths and encourages pupils to strive for the best at every stage of their education, from kindergarten to sixth form, within its nurturing environment which enables pupils to flourish.
SoGlos loves: Pupils are encouraged to take part in the rich range of co-curricular activities, with a choice of clubs spanning water polo, golf, drama and music, while there’s also the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Age range: From one to 18 years old
Fees: Prep School fees range between £2,470 and £4,125 per term, while Senior School fees start from £4,625 up to £5,645 per term.
Address: The Preparatory School is situated on 252 London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL52 6NR, while the Senior School can be found on Cirencester Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL53 8EY.
Telephone number: Call the Preparatory School on (01242) 388550 or the Senior School on (01242) 538600.
Email: Enquire online for the Prep School at prepschool@stedwards.co.uk and reception@stedwards.co.uk for the Senior School.
Website: stedwards.co.uk
Social media: Visit facebook.com/pages/St-Edwards-School-Cheltenham and twitter.com/stedwards_prep or twitter.com/StEdwardsChelt for the very latest.


Hopelands Preparatory School

Hopelands Preparatory School

Motto: I can, I will, I do.
Description: Hopelands Preparatory School in Stonehouse was founded in 1954 by mother-of-four Eva Murray-Browne, who had the vision of establishing an excellent and affordable school rooted in strong family values. Hopelands’ ethos focuses on providing children with a nurturing and supportive learning environment, and benefits from offering small class sizes with an average of just 12 pupils per class. As a small school with fewer than 100 pupils, children can expect individual attention from the teachers who understand that all pupils, whether they’re high achievers or require additional support, have different learning needs. Hopelands’ varied curriculum fosters each child’s curiosity and thirst for knowledge by combining classroom learning with outdoor play, activities and field trips to ensure there’s a balance of learning and playtime.
Specialist areas: The school aims to instil a love of learning through its modern approach that fuses the teaching of core subjects – English, Science, Maths, Geography and History – with newer subjects such as Design Technology, and Verbal Reasoning. In 2017, the school celebrated a 100 per cent pass rate in Gloucestershire’s grammar school 11 plus exam, but Hopelands is proud to look beyond the National Curriculum to introduce pupils to a range of subjects and topics that are aimed at broadening their minds, equipping them with the skills to begin secondary school as confident youngsters.
SoGlos loves: The school promotes the importance of healthy minds and healthy bodies by offering a full range of sports and games, which are designed to give children physical confidence, improve mobility and promote teamwork.
Age range: From four to 11 years old
Fees: From £2,096 to £2,765 per term.
Address: Hopelands Preparatory School is located on
38/40 Regent Street, Stonehouse, GL10 2AD.
Telephone: (01453) 822164
Email: admissions@hopelands.org.uk
Website: hopelands.org.uk
Social media: See twitter.com/HopelandsSchool and facebook.com/HopelandsPreparatorySchool for the very latest.



Malvern St James Girls' School

Malvern St James Girls' School

Motto: Curiosity, Creativity, Challenge
Description: Malvern St James is a leading independent boarding school in Worcestershire that provides a supportive foundation for girls to achieve their ambitions. Learning takes prides of place at the girls’ school, with an emphasis on providing an aspirational approach to teaching that nurtures individuality, self-development and builds essential skills for life. MSJ combines traditional teaching methods with a modern, forward-thinking outlook and pupils are encouraged to explore both their academic and extra-curricular talents. The school’s home-from-home philosophy creates a strong sense of community, and as well as full or weekly boarding, girls can choose to flexi-board on one, two or three nights per week. MSJ benefits from cutting-edge facilities including a Science Education Centre, a Drama Centre, and a Sports Centre.
Specialist areas: The school benefits from exceptional teaching and aims to develop girls’ competence and confidence by challenging and stretching pupils in its energetic and stimulating environment. The curriculum provides a broad and balanced education from Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 13, and pupils at MSJ consistently achieve high GCSE and A Level results. The school also offers a range of Learning Enrichment opportunities, including The Oxbridge and Higher Education Programme, courses with Leiths School of Food and Wine, and Extracurricular Languages, which are designed to help students prepare for university and their future careers.
SoGlos loves: Encouraging pupils to eating nutritionally balanced meals is a core focus of MSJ and in 2017 the school has received a Gold Healthier Choice Food Award. All the food is cooked fresh on site using ingredients from Gloucestershire suppliers, with menus catering for all preferences, nationalities and dietary requirements.
Age range: From four to 18 years old
Fees: Reception is £2,815 per term for day pupils; from £3,140 for juniors, from £5,210 for seniors and £6,335 for Sixth Form for day pupils; while full boarding is from £7,060 for juniors, £9,350 for seniors and £11,825 for Sixth Form.
Alumna: Actress Jennifer Kirby, star of Call The Midwife.
Address: 15 Avenue Road, Great Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3BA
Telephone: (01684) 892288
Email: admissions@malvernstjames.co.uk
Website: malvernstjames.co.uk
Social media: See twitter.com/MalvernStJames and facebook.com/MalvernStJames for the very latest.


The Croft Preparatory School

The Croft Preparatory School

Motto: Dulce et Forte
Description: The Croft Preparatory School is an independent co-educational day school located on a picturesque 30-acre site on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon. The Croft is a vibrant forward-thinking school for three to 11-year-olds that offers a diverse range of opportunities within a broad and balanced curriculum, with class sizes of no more than 20. The family-owned school aims to deliver an outstanding educational experience to boys and girls, with its extensive facilities encompassing an indoor swimming pool and sports hall, netball and tennis courts, a fully-equipped gym, a performance theatre, and areas specifically designed for outdoor teaching and learning.
Specialist areas: In addition to the core and foundation subjects, children study French, Latin and Drama, while the extra-curricular activities span a host of sporty and creative clubs. The school places emphasis on the arts, with self expression and creativity encouraged at every stage of learning and development.
SoGlos loves: Pastoral care is integral to the school’s ethos, with a focus on offering a supportive and nurturing environment to ensure the children benefits from learning in a happy
Age range: From three to 11 years old
Fees: The Little Crofters Pre-School is £17.75 for mornings, £18.90 for afternoon sessions and £37 for full days; Reception is from £2559 per term; Pre-Prep is £3,514 per term; and Prep is £3,953 per term.
Address: Alveston Hill, Loxley Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7RL
Telephone: (01789) 293795
Email: Enquire online via office@croftschool.co.uk.
Website: croftschool.co.uk
Social media: See facebook.com/CroftPrepSchool and twitter.com/croftprepschool for the very latest.


Rendcomb College

 Rencomb College

Motto: Quo Lux Ducit: Where The Light Leads
Description: Situated on an estate on the outskirts of Cirencester, Rendcomb College is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls dating back to 1920 when it was founded by Noel Wills. Although the school has evolved since then, it remains true to Wills’ original values of providing an inclusive and broad-ranging education for its pupils, while working with families to ensure students have realistic academic ambitions. Sport and music co-curricular activities, spanning choir, fencing, orchestra, martial arts and drama are encouraged, while its Performing Arts Centre provides an industry standard performance and rehearsal space for students. Rendcomb’s curriculum aims to enable pupils to identify their strengths and aptitudes, nurture respect for individualism and promote collaboration, while providing a pastoral framework that fosters physical, emotional and spiritual well-being to help prepare pupils for life beyond school.
SoGlos loves: Encouraging respect for the environment is part of the College’s ethos and its 230 acres of parkland provides ample room for pupils to play, explore and learn outdoors, with the Forest School for Junior School pupils and a dedicated Outdoor Education area for Senior School pupils.
Age range: From three to 18 years old
Fees: The Junior School ranges between £1,950 and £3,850 per term; and the Senior School between £5,500 and £7,550 per term for day students and £7,950 and £10,500 per term for boarders; while day fees for Sixth Form students are £5,150 per term and £10,500 for boarders.
Alumni: Chairman of Sainsbury’s David Tyler; retired jockey Richard Dunwoody; historian David Vaisey and yacht design Angus Primrose.
Address: Rendcomb College, Cirencester, GL7 7HA
Telephone: (01285) 831213
Email: Enquire online via info@rendcomb.gloucs.sch.uk.
Website: rendcombcollege.org.uk
Social media: See facebook.com/Rendcombcollege and twitter.com/RendcombCollege for the very latest.


Dean Close

Dean Close

Motto: God’s word, a guiding light
Description: Located in the heart of Cheltenham, Dean Close is a flourishing co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged three to 18 years. Comprising a sympathetic blend of grand Victorian buildings and modern purpose-built facilities across its substantial 50-acre site, the school has made a substantial investment in ambitious building and refurbishment projects over the last 20 years. It offers strong academics as well as extensive opportunities in all creative arts and sport, boasting a national reputation in hockey, drama and equestrianism. A Dean Close education aims not only to get the best out of pupils academically, but to broaden the horizons of each and every student through an array of exceptional facilities, as well as dozens of clubs and societies. As a school with a strong Christian ethos, pastoral care is paramount, where each member of the community is encouraged, through the House and tutor systems, to realise their greatest potential. Most importantly, Dean Close is a happy, caring school and a fun place to be.
Specialist areas: With around 130 pupils in the Pre-Prep, 310 in the Prep School and 485 in the Senior School, Dean Close is small enough to allow everyone to know one another, feel valued and get fully involved in the life of the school. However, it is large enough to have a strong boarding community, vibrant and exciting creative arts, impressive academic results and great sports results across all ages.
SoGlos loves: Students can benefit from Dean Close’s excellent amenities such as the £3million Sports Hall complete with state-of-the-art facilities including two floodlit water-based astro turfs; a 25-metre indoor pool; tennis courts; and athletics field including throwing cage, squash courts, rifle range and climbing wall. The building accommodates a range of sports such as hockey, netball, cricket, basketball, and football enhancing wet weather programming and allowing a broader range of coaching techniques. The centre also features a fitness suite fitted with hi-tech training equipment and weights, a dance/aerobics studio, seminar room, and viewing gallery. Meanwhile the exception two-storey Art School provides a versatile, spacious and creative environment with excellent studio spaces for specialist work in two- and three- dimensions, and individually allocated work areas for Sixth Form pupils. As a specialist facility, the Music School has been able to accommodate every amenity from a hi-tech recording studio to an elegant concert hall. Further enhanced by its handmade stained-glass windows, banners and acoustic curtain, the overall effect is stunning.
Age range: From three to 18 years old
Fees: The Pre-Preparatory School costs from £2,648 per term. The Preparatory School costs from £3,660 per term for day pupils, from £4,391 per term for day boarders, from £6,420 per term for boarders, and from £6,920 per term for international boarders. The Senior School costs £7,772 per term for day pupils, £8,764 per term for day boarders, £11,485 per term for boarders, £11,997 per term for new Sixth Form borders, and £11,985 per term for international boarders.
Alumni: Actor Will Merrick; environmentalist George Adamson; actor Hugh Quarshie; founding member of The Rolling Stones Brian Jones; and English poet, novelist and playwright, James Flecker.
Address: The Senior School is situated on Shelburne Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6HE; the Preparatory and Pre-Preparatory Schools are situated on Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6QS
Telephone: Call the Senior School on (01242) 258000; the Preparatory School on (01242) 512217; and the Pre-Preparatory School on (01242) 258079.
Email: Enquire online for the Senior School via registrar@deanclose.org.uk, the Preparatory School via rchaplin@deanclose.org.uk, and the Pre-Preparatory School via squirrels@deanclose.org.uk.
Website: deanclose.org.uk.
Social media: See twitter.com/DeanCloseSchool and facebook.com/DeanCloseSchool for the very latest.


The King’s School Gloucester


The King's School Gloucester

Motto: Nurturing Talent Since 1541
Description: The King’s School Gloucester is a co-educational school based on Christian principles that welcomes boys and girls of all religious faiths. Founded in 1541 by Henry VIII as a Cathedral School, the establishment welcomes around 580 pupils per year across its Junior and Senior Schools, and aims to educate young people from a variety of backgrounds. The school focuses on offering a broad and balanced curriculum that enables pupils to develop fully as individuals, whether they are of high or average academic ability.
Specialist areas: The school’s ethos it to instil a love of learning by presenting stimulating and engaging lessons, while also encouraging pupils to pursue their interests through the broad range of co-curricular activities on offer. Benefitting from small class sizes, the highly competent and creative teaching staff have the time to stretch talented pupils and give extra support where necessary. The school has a wide and attractive choice of sports to ensure that all pupils find an activity they enjoy, in addition to offering exceptional pastoral care to guarantee that everyone feels part of the community.
SoGlos loves: The King’s School Gloucester’s scholarship programme recognises and rewards academic excellence, in addition to musical, dramatic and sporting ability. Providing a fee remission of between 10 and 50 per cent, the scholarships run annually and offer entry into Years 5, 7, 9 and Year 12 following assessments and an interview.
Age range: From three to 18 years old
Fees: Per term, fees are from £2,285 for Reception, to £5,970 for Year 11, with Sixth Form £5,995.
Address: The King’s School is situated on Pitt Street, Gloucester, GL1 2BG
Alumni: Actor Simon Pegg; BBC Breakfast presenter, Charlie Stayt; conductor with the English National Opera, Edward Gardner; and rugby player, John Brain.
Telephone: (01452) 337337
Email: Enquire online via office@thekingsschool.co.uk
Website: thekingsschool.co.uk
Social media: Visit facebook.com/KingsSchoolGlos and twitter.com/KingsSchoolGlos for the very latest.


Westonbirt Schools

Westonbirt School

Motto: Inspiring Young Minds.
Description: Westonbirt Schools are made up of a co-educational nursery and prep school for children aged three to 11 years old. In addition, the school offers a boarding and day school for senior school students and sixth formers. The school believes that every pupil has individual talents and prides itself on offering a nurturing approach, in order to help encourage these skills in each child. Westonbirt School promises to deliver an inspirational learning environment, proven through its excellent academic results which, in 2017, saw 29 percent of A-level students receiving A* to A grades and 56 percent attaining A* to B. Furthermore, at GCSE level, 22 percent of pupils were presented with an A* grade and 77 percent attainined A* to B. This proven track record combined with exceptional pastoral care, leaves students intellectually, emotionally, morally and spiritually developed. Classrooms are equipped with technological teaching aids, to facilitate learning through electronic media. More than two-thirds of girls at the school play at least one musical instrument, and girls at the school are regularly selected to play lacrosse for England and Wales. With two schools under one roof, as well as boarding opportunities available, the school delivers a winning combination to prepare its pupils for independent living in a global world.
Specialist areas: Westonbirt offers small classes with expert teaching staff, completely dedicated to ensuring that all pupils reach their full potential. Girls from Westonbirt have aired drama productions at the Edinburgh Fringe, and 90 per cent of sixth form students go on to their first-choice university. Creative subjects are at the heart of the school, with purpose-built studios in which to learn about art and design, a weekly double lesson in drama and several choirs and music lessons to encourage creativity and confidence through performance.
SoGlos loves: This stunning school is set in a truly inspirational location. Housed inside a Victorian mansion, in 210 acres of beautiful English parkland, pupils are able to enjoy the masses of outside space, encouraging outdoor activity and exploration.
Age range: From three to 18 years old
Fees: Nursery fees, full-time, per term is £2,800. Pre-Prep and Prep fees range from £8,040 to £11,595 per year, Seniors and Sixth Form term fees start at £9,750 for boarders, or £4995 for day pupils. Discounts are available to forces families, pupils who transfer from Westonbirt Prep and siblings of other Westonbirt School students.
Alumna: British designers Hermione Harbutt and Natasha Rufus-Isaacs; Barrister and Human Rights activist, Salma Sobhan and pianist, Patsy Toh.
Address: Westonbirt Schools, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QG.
Telephone: (01666) 880333
Email: enquiries@westonbirt.org
Website: westonbirt.org and :www.westonbirt.org/prep.
Social media: See twitter.com/WestonbirtSch and facebook.com/WestonbirtSch for the very latest.


More Gloucestershire independent schools


School name: Airthrie School
Description: This co-educational day school and nursery in Cheltenham prides itself on its homely and caring atmosphere, with a strong focus on small teaching groups and one-to-one teaching.
Age range: From three to 11 years old
Fees: Nursery is free for up to 15 hours per week, £6.50 per-hour thereafter; while school fees range between £2,023 and £2,930 per term.
Address: Airthrie School, Christ Church Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2NY
Telephone: (01242) 512837


School name: Beaudesert Park School
Description: This unique, co-educational prep school in Minchinhampton offers academically aspiring education and a flexible approach to after school care and boarding.
Age range: From three to 13 years old
Fees: Pre-Prep school fees range between £1,675 and £2,820 per term; and the Prep school between £3,680 and £6,900 per term.
Address: Beaudesert Park School, Minchinhampton, near Stroud, GL6 9AF
Telephone: (01453) 832072


School name: Berkhampstead School
Description: Approximately 250 girls and boys currently attend Berkhampstead School, which opened in 1945 with the aim of providing a centre of educational excellence where children would be happy.
Age range: From three to 11 years old
Fees: Pre-Prep school fees range between £2,110 and £2,400 per term; and the Prep school between £2,615 and £3,055 per term.
Address: Pittville Circus Road, Cheltenham, GL52 2QA
Telephone: (01242) 523263


School name: Bredon School
Description: A mainstream day and boarding school set in 84 acres of picturesque parkland, which also has a specialism in helping children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other associated learning needs achieve their potential in a thriving learning environment.
Age range: From four to 18 years old
Fees: Lower School fees range between £2,070 and £7,890 per term; and Upper School between £5,625 and £8,820 per term.
Address: Bredon School, Pull Court, Bushley, Tewkesbury, GL20 6AH
Telephone: (01684) 293156


School name: Cheltenham College
Description: The prestigious Cheltenham College is considered one of the country’s leading independent schools, educating young people since 1841. With a strong Christian ethos and vibrant, inclusive community, the institution provides a first-class, all-round education across its Preparatory School and College.
Age range: From three to 18 years old
Fees: The Preparatory School ranges between £2,495 and £7,285 per term; and Cheltenham College between £8,450 and £11,570 per term.
Address: The Preparatory School can be found on Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7AB. While Cheltenham College is situated on Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7LD
Telephone: Call the Preparatory School on (01242) 522697 or Cheltenham College on (01242) 265600.


School name: Dean Close School
Description: Founded in 1886, Dean Close School in Cheltenham is a warm and friendly, co-educational day and boarding school providing continuous education across its Pre-Prep, Preparatory and Senior Schools.
Age range: From two to 18 years old
Fees: Pre-Prep ranges between £2,532 and £2,614 per term; Prep between £3,495 and £7,770 per term; and Senior and Sixth Form between £7, 557 and £10,980 per term.
Address: Shelbourne Road, Cheltenham, GL51 6HE
Telephone number: (01242) 258000


School name: Dormer House School
Description: Situated in Moreton-in-Marsh is this prep school comprising a nursery and primary, which encourage creativity and individuality through a mix of traditional values and modern techniques.
Age range: From two to 11 years old
Fees: Nursery fees range between £5 and £6 per hour; and primary school costs £2,475 per term.
Address: Dormer House School, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0AD
Telephone: (01608) 650758


School name: Edward Jenner School
Description: Housed in the former Probate Office of Gloucestershire, Edward Jenner School is a small-scale, secular school with no religious or ideological affiliations, which concentrates on the educational, social and emotional needs of each child.
Age range: From seven to 14 years old
Fees: £2,400 per term
Address: Edward Jenner School, 4 Pitt Street, Gloucester, GL1 2BH
Telephone: (01452) 380808


School name: Gloucestershire International School
Description: Gloucestershire International School was founded in 2016 to provide children with a holistic approach to learning, that focuses on the idea that education is not just the responsibility of the teacher, but of the wider community as well. The school, located in Gloucester, is part of the International Village Education group, which was started by Dr Daniel Sturdy and draws on the ethos that not all learning should be taught in the classroom, with its vision incorporating outdoor education as an integral part of a child’s school experience.
Age range: From 11 to 16 years old
Fees: £4,549 per term for Year 7 to Year 9; £4,949 per term for Year 10 and 11, with Sixth Form not yet open for admissions.
Address: Horton Road, Gloucester, GL1 3PR
Telephone: (01452) 764248


School name: Hatherop Castle School
Description: Set in charming Cotswold countryside, this is a mixed preparatory day and boarding school aiming to successfully prepare all children for their first choice senior school.
Age range: From two to 13 years old
Fees: Nursery fees cost £28 per morning or £49 per day; Pre-Prep school fees range between £2,045 and £3,245 per term; Prep school between £3,675 and £4,495 per term; and boarding between £5,975 and 6,795 per term.
Address: Hatherop Castle School, Hatherop, Cirencester, GL7 3NB
Telephone: (01285) 750206


School name: Kitebrook House
Description: Established for 60 years, Kitebrook House is a mixed preparatory school with academically high standards and an emphasis on providing care, trust and self-confidence to pupils.
Age range: From three to 13 years old
Fees: The Pre-Prep day school costs £3,250 per term; Prep day school from £3,970 per term; and boarding £5,490 per term.
Address: Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0RP
Telephone: (01608) 674350


School name: Malvern College
Description: Founded in 1865, the leading co-educational boarding and day school is set on a stunning 250-acre campus in Malvern and offers pupils a broad curriculum supported by extensive musical, dramatic, artistic and sporting co-curricular activities.
Age range: From 13 to 18.
Fees: From £7,512 for day pupils and £11,338 for boarders, per term
Address: College Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3DF
Telephone number: (01684) 581500


School name: Rendcomb College
Description: Situated on an estate on the outskirts of Cirencester, Rendcomb College is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls that provides an inclusive and broad-ranging education for its pupils.
Age range: From three to 18 years old
Fees: The Junior School ranges between £2,335 and £3,730 per term; and the Senior School between £5,335 and £7,330 per term for day students and £7,05 and £10,180 per term for boarders; while day fees for Sixth Form students are £5,000 per term and £10,180 for boarders.
Address: Rendcomb College, Cirencester, GL7 7HA
Telephone: (01285) 831213


School name: The Acorn School
Description: A co-educational lower school, encompassing the main elements of the Steiner Curriculum, and upper school offering a stimulating and highly academic programme, which is supported by its own internal examination and assessment system.
Age range: From six to 18 years old
Fees: Lower school fees range between £1,960 and £2,350 per term; and Upper school between £2,750 and £3,500 per term.
Address: Church Street, Nailsworth, GL6 0BP
Telephone: (01453) 836508


School name: The Richard Pate School
Description: Founded in 1946, this is a co-educational, independent prep school with excellent academic results and state-of-the-art facilities throughout.
Age range: From three to 11 years old
Fees: Range between £1,030 and £3,220 per term
Address: The Richard Pate School, Southern Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, GL53 9RP
Telephone: (01242) 522086


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Monday 12 March 2018

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