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.
Dating back to 1853, 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 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 pupils strive towards success both inside and outside the classroom, with the school consistently achieving outstanding results in GCSE, A Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations; the results of the latter having resulted in the school being named the top girls’ boarding school in the country for IB for three of the last four years. Classes are small in size with active lesson participation encouraged, while pupils can benefit from regular and constructive feedback from teachers to help them 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. The school now benefits from a state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Centre which was completed in 2018. In addition to the original sports hall and pool, the new centre provides pupils with access to an extra sports hall, a multi-purpose activity and dance studio, five squash courts, and a 58-station fitness gym boasting a free weights and spin area.
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.
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.
From 11 to 18 years old
Fees are £12,780 for boarding and £8,580 for day pupils per term.
Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3EP
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Bold and loyal
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. The school boasts a broad curriculum mixing traditional and modern study programmes to help all students achieve their full potential. Wycliffe is proud to offer its students support from an exceptional pastoral team, as well as a house system which promotes a strong sense of community, friendship and healthy competition among students. This also gives each child 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 Astroturf sports surface; a swimming pool; a high-tech gym; two basketball courts; tennis courts; and a performing arts centre.
Wycliffe College places strong emphasis on personal development, pastoral care and pupil performance across the board, with high ratings from the Good Schools Guide.
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 to American universities.
From two to 18 years old
The Preparatory School costs from £4,140 per term for day pupils and from £7,120 per term for boarders; while the Senior School is from £7,240 per term for day pupils and from £12,340 per term for boarders.
Rugby player Charlie Sharples; actor William Moseley; cricketer Alex Gidman; and singer-songwriter Al Stewart.
Wycliffe College is situated on Bath Road, Stonehouse, GL10 2JQ.
Enquire online via email@example.com.
Believe, Strive, Achieve
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 excellent ISI inspections in March 2017 and November 2015 respectively. 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.
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.
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.
From one to 18 years old
Prep School fees range between £2,590 and £4,325 per term, while Senior School fees start from £4,850 up to £5,920 per term.
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.
Call the Preparatory School on (01242) 388550 or the Senior School on (01242) 538600.
Quo Lux Ducit: Where The Light Leads
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.
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.
From three to 18 years old
The Junior School ranges between £2,010 and £3,865 per term; and the Senior School between £5,665 and £7,775 per term for day students and £8,190 and £10,505 per term for boarders; while day fees for Sixth Form students are £5,305 per term and £10,815 for boarders.
Chairman of Sainsbury’s David Tyler; retired jockey Richard Dunwoody; historian David Vaisey and yacht design Angus Primrose.
Rendcomb College, Cirencester, GL7 7HA
God’s word, a guiding light
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.
With around 130 pupils in the Pre-Prep, 300 in the Prep School and 500 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.
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. The exceptional 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.
From three to 18 years old
The Pre-Preparatory School costs from £2,747 per term. The Preparatory School costs from £3,788 per term for day pupils, from £4,547 per term for day boarders, from £6,420 per term for boarders, and from £7,193 per term for international boarders. The Senior School costs £7,772 per term for day pupils, £11,485 per term for boarders, £12,471 per term for new Sixth Form borders, and £12,005 per term for international boarders.
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.
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
Call the Senior School on (01242) 258000; the Preparatory School on (01242) 512217; and the Pre-Preparatory School on (01242) 258079.
Nurturing Talent Since 1541
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 hosts around 580 pupils per year across its Kindergarten, Junior and Senior Schools. Its aims include educating young people from a variety of backgrounds; recruiting and retaining the most suitably qualified staff; striving to help each pupil achieve their full potential; and delivering outstanding pastoral care. The school focuses on offering a broad and balanced curriculum that enables pupils to develop fully as individuals, regardless of their academic ability.
The school’s ethos is 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. Being a medium-sized school, which benefits from small class sizes, The King’s School’s 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.
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 40 per cent, the scholarships run annually and offer entry into Years 5, 7, 9 and Year 12 following assessments and an interview.
From three to 18 years old
Per term, fees are from £2,450 for Reception, to £6,395 for Year 11, with Sixth Form £6,395.
Pitt Street, Gloucester, GL1 2BG
Actor Simon Pegg; BBC Breakfast presenter, Charlie Stayt; conductor with the English National Opera, Edward Gardner; and rugby player, John Brain.
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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