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  • Old Rendcombian has founded "Cotswold Scrubs", the local ‘sewing army’ project for the NHS

    Published 07/05/20

    Rendcomb College was thrilled to hear from Dave Hughes, an Old Rendcombian (1991-98), who has recently founded ‘Cotswold Scrubs’. It is a project which he set up to provide scrubs to frontline NHS workers and care home workers which have been made by locals who have volunteered to sew them in the Cotswolds.

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  • Years 11 & 13 Bridging Programmes announced for Rendcomb pupils

    Published 06/05/20

    Rendcomb College is delighted to announce the launch of bridging programmes for Y11 and Y13. From 11th May, our students will move onto these programmes which are clearly structured but also provide flexibility and choice, allowing students to develop their independence and decision making. As you would expect from Rendcomb, the programmes are holistic and in line with our aims to develop thoughtful, adventurous and academically ambitious students.

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  • The Complete Step by Step Guide to Boarding Schools - Studying

    Published 04/05/20

    The tremendous value of a boarding school education goes to the heart of why many parents and young people choose a leading independent school. In fact, the many advantages of boarding school studying in the UK are world-renowned!

    In the fourth and final part of our complete guide to boarding schools, we are focusing on the central pillar of any high-calibre educational institution. The way it supports learning and development.

    This article has the title boarding school studying - not boarding school education - and for good reason.

    Education defines the process of being taught. That hinges on the unparalleled experience and expertise of teaching staff, who deliver their lessons in the best possible learning environment. However, studying is the process of receiving an education. Even the most adroit and well-trained teachers can struggle to implant information for examinations and personal development if the students are unable or unwilling to learn.

    Therefore, how does boarding school studying differ from a mainstream education setting?

    Beyond the classroom

    Let’s start with the most obvious advantage of an independent school education, which involves being a student resident at least during the week. The high standards of interaction in the classroom, and small class sizes, are matched by highly individualised learning support ‘out of school hours’.

    For example, anyone struggling with a topic or a particular learning assignment can have one to one professional support in a boarding school before or after normal classroom times, to suit them. They can also turn to Houseparents for help at any time.

    Boarders are also with their peers when doing homework or special assignments, feeding off each other, sharing ideas and encouraging each other in study groups.

    This is all fertile ground for the growth of learning excellence.

    Beyond the curriculum

    Keep in mind too, that boarding school studying and learning support come in a myriad of different forms and guises. Some of which may seem wholly ‘fun’ to students and outsiders!

    As a leading independent school, Rendcomb College offers boarders a highly varied and ever-updating list of activities and options outside the carefully controlled curriculum. Students can choose to explore their passion for topics such as science, languages or technology, or develop abilities in sports, performing arts and crafts for example.

    As we outlined in our blog on the value of boarding school downtime this all stimulates and promotes both a learning culture and student abilities to study. Wakening young minds to the world and all its wonders, keeping them active and healthy, making sure they are happy at boarding school, all contribute to them being alert and ready to learn every single school day.

    Can the same be said of mainstream education, with classrooms peppered with disengaged, disinterested and distracted pupils?

    Core education at Boarding School

    Stimulating a willingness and ability to learn goes hand in hand with providing a superb education experience at Rendcomb College.

    This includes offering an incredible range of options for boarding school lessons. We cover core curriculum topics such as the arts, mathematics, science, languages and physical education of course. However, unlike in mainstream education, we can offer the whole spectrum of these subjects without constraint; stretching and developing young minds in many, diverse ways.

    Along with teaching staff selected to reach exacting standards, we also have the right equipment and facilities, such as an advanced computer suite and superb Art and Design Technology studio.

    Did you know, Rendcomb College students even have timetabled lessons at a Forest School? Another example of our work to provide wider education experiences and topic enhancements.

    Targeting different abilities and year groups

    No guide to boarding school studying would be complete without referencing two more important advantages.

    One is the ability of Rendcomb College to focus utterly on the different abilities, interests and challenges of each student. Classroom and free time both pivot on treating each child or young person as an individual.

    Linked to that is our ability to gear our education delivery perfectly to different year groups. Studying for Junior Boarders (academic years 7 to 11) is structured around the national curriculum and managed with great care. However, it still offers opportunities for pupils to gain confidence and control over their education path.

    Whereas, boarding school studying for sixth form students is a different proposition. It includes the facilities (and active encouragement) for self-managed learning. As well as the professional help for Senior Boarders to gain advanced knowledge of A-level topics building key skill-building.

    All of this equips older students at boarding school with the qualifications but also abilities to prosper at University, and throughout their chosen careers.

    Is this a complete guide to boarding school?

    Our step by step guide to life at boarding school has ticked off answers to many of the frequently asked questions we receive.

    However, we are fully aware that every parent and young person is different, and could well have more personal queries, or even pressing concerns.

    Therefore, if the answer is not in our boarding school guide, or you simply prefer to chat to someone in person for your research, please contact us at any time. We look forward to hearing from you!

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  • Free Online Learning Resources Recommended by Rendcomb College During Covid-19 Pandemic

    Published 01/05/20

    We have put together a list of the best online learning resources available to compliment the remote teaching already provided by our academic staff during the Coronavirus lock down. 

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  • Rendcomb Staff support NHS during Covid-19 pandemic

    Published 30/04/20

    As we prepare to go out and #ClapForTheNHS tonight at 8pm, here is some news of what some of the Rendcomb Staff have been up to during the current coronavirus pandemic.

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  • What Boarding Schools Are Doing During Coronavirus Lockdown

    Published 26/04/20

    As the UK enters its sixth week of  Rendcomb College Covid-19 lock down, staff at Rendcomb College are making the most of the facilities we have available to help the local community. 

    From preparing food, making PPE and keeping the people of Rendcomb fit and healthy, Rendcomb College is doing everything they can to support their local community and the wider area.

    Here are a few of the things we have been up to over the last 6 weeks.

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  • The Complete Step by Step Guide to Boarding Schools - Downtime

    Published 23/04/20

    Boredom, social anxiety, disengagement and the ‘wrong crowd’ are common factors in young lives. Boarding Schools can address all of these in a positive, enjoyable way, as our guide to ‘downtime’ shows.

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  • Rendcomb Sports Department challenges the Rendcomb community to help complete 1 million metres per week

    Published 20/04/20

    We are challenging you the Rendcomb community to help us complete 1 million metres per week this equates to 1000 km.

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  • Head of Design & Technology & family at Rendcomb College uses laser cutter to create facial shields to help local NHS keyworkers

    Published 09/04/20

    Mr Marc Silverthorn, Head of Design & Technology and Houseparent of the 6th Form boarding house, Park House at Rendcomb College, has been busy with his family this Easter holiday, using the laser cutter in the DT classroom to make facial shields for local NHS keyworkers.

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  • Young Enterprise Competition success for Rendcomb pupils

    Published 09/04/20

    Mrs Ash, Head of Economics and Business Studies at Rendcomb College is pleased to announce that two student businesses in the Sixth Form have been highly successful in the Young Enterprise (YE) competition, which they have been involved in since September under the national programme.

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  • Thomas Franks Catering Team at Rendcomb College provide over 6000 meals to the vulnerable during the Covid-19 Period

    Published 03/04/20

    The Thomas Franks Catering team at Rendcomb College, near Cirencester have recently opened a pop-up shop to support both the local community, including staff, the doctors’ surgery and key workers, as well as local suppliers during the coronavirus lockdown.

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  • The Complete Step by Step Guide to Boarding Schools – Accommodation

    Published 27/03/20

    Summary: Day to day living at boarding school can seem rather ‘mysterious’ before students arrive. As this latest article in our complete guide shows, it really is just a different kind of ‘home’, with nurturing around the clock.

    When you think of sleeping and socialising arrangements at Boarding Schools, what comes to mind?

    Fictional works like the Harry Potter series make life at Boarding School seem packed with incident and, well, magic! Other storybooks portray draughty, soulless dorms, with regimented beds, and students trudging barefoot to sparse bathrooms.

    It should come as no surprise that neither of these extremes is even close to the true picture of accommodation at contemporary and outstanding independent schools.

    The second article in our step by step guide to boarding schools will take you inside our lovely accommodation.

    Shared living support

    First, it’s worth pointing out that students who reside at boarding schools might live in 'home-like- situations', but they have some major advantages too.

    How many homes have a fully equipped medical centre nearby, with child-friendly bedrooms? Also, very few of our boarders have ‘back gardens’ as vast, varied and explorable as our beautiful grounds!

    Then, of course, there are diverse and wide-ranging leisure and activity options to choose from, without leaving 'home'!

    A look inside boarding school accommodation

    Clearly then, a leading residential school provides a home with its own particular kind of benefits, but what is the accommodation like at boarding school?

    For a start, forget vast dorm rooms.

    Rendcombe College boarders live in separate, well designed and comfortable houses within our well-appointed campus.

    Each of these homes is purpose created for specific year groups, to enable students to enjoy leisure time with their friendship circles. It also enables our superbly trained house parents to mould their support around what different aged young people need.

    Each student is provided with their own specific bed space or bedroom, of course, for that school year. Flexible and occasional boarders may sometimes need to be adaptable to whatever is available. But thankfully they are all lovely anyway!

    Browse our website  for profiles on each of our home-away-from-home properties.

    You may be particularly heartened by the fact that we do provide access to a healthy amount of gaming ‘action’ for boys and girls whose love of technology is part of the social life! It’s just one of the ways our boarding school accommodation and our ‘professional parents’ make life at residential school a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

    Also, keep in mind that the best way to see our warm and welcoming bedrooms, kitchens and other communal facilities at Rendcomb College, is to arrange a visit. If you’re lucky, one of our students will even put the kettle on for you!

    Sixth Form and ‘Park Life’

    As part of our emphasis on celebrating the individual and ever-developing needs of students, Rendcomb College is well aware that older students thrive if given a healthy degree of independence.

    All wrapped up in our 24-hour safe, secure and caring framework of course!

    To help final year pupils to prepare for University – and indeed the rest of their adult lives – they live in Park House.

    This accommodation is the most far removed from outdated notions of life at boarding school.

    Our boarders have their own rooms, for privacy and quiet study. However, the rest of this beautifully designed home offers ample opportunity for fun and activities with their friendship groups. Their independence and life skills are also nurtured by having tasks to contribute to daily boarding school life, and opportunities to be self-sufficient in the kitchen.

    Houseparents within this vibrant and warm boarding school home are skilled at knowing when they are needed, and when to step back.

    Boarding school accommodation builds for the future

    Park House for sixth formers is the final step in helping our students to grow their resourcefulness and resilience.

    As we often state, opportunities for learning and development don’t start and end in classrooms at Rendcomb College!

    Yes, we make sure students have plenty of rest and fun, but we also offer a living situation which nurtures their natural abilities and spirit.

    Do boarders ever have the 'blues'? Don't we all! Even those times can be greatly eased by the caring community of Rendcomb College, within homely accommodation.

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