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  • Half Term Activities in Gloucestershire

    Published 26/10/20

    As we approach another half term, school holidays this Autumn are a little different to years gone by. Sadly due to the Covid-19 pandemic our usual outlets for fun, festivities and new finds in the local area are limited. We are fortunate in Gloucestershire though to have beautiful landscapes, open spaces and lots of independent outlets to support.

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  • Reopening and Running a Boarding School in Coronavirus Times

    Published 26/10/20

    Rob Jones, Head of College at Rendcomb College, writes about our approach to reopening and running the boarding school during the Coronavirus era. 

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  • The Benefits of Boarding Schools in the Cotswolds

    Published 02/10/20

    Rolling hills, famous market towns, manor houses that are steeped in history, it is easy to see why people across the globe are attracted to a life in the Cotswolds. 

    Just a stone's throw away from desirable locations such as Stow on the Wold, Burford and Stroud, Rendcomb College is a fine choice of boarding school when looking for not just a fantastic education but a premier location too. World-renowned authors such as Laurie Lee, JK Rowling, Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll and J.R.R.Tolkien are all said to have been inspired by the beauty of the Cotswolds in their literature. As an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which encompasses nearly 800 square miles of open space, fresh air and freedom to explore the stunning scenery draws in Cotswolds holiday makers time and time again. 

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  • What are Boarding Schools like?

    Published 02/10/20

    An extended family like no other that has been 100 years in the making, Rendcomb College is a boarding school full of heritage and high standards. Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds we pride ourselves on providing a safe and inspirational environment which allows students to flourish. 

    Steeped in history dating back to 1920, our 230 acre estate features the main college building which has a fascinating history as well as our own chapel within the campus grounds. Boarding schools in the UK have their own individual sense of place and belonging, and Rendcomb is a fine example of an independent boarding school that has unique qualities which make it stand out from others. Whether that is our Performing Arts Centre in the recently completed Griffin Theatre, incredibly equipped Science labs, astro turfed sports fields or state-of-the art computing suites, there is much on offer. 

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  • Application Timetable for 2020-21

    Published 01/10/20

    A useful timetable showing application deadlines and assessment dates for 2020-21

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  • Rendcomb College University Placements 2020

    Published 30/09/20

    Rendcomb College has seen another fantastic year for University Placements.

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  • Great Results for Rendcomb College's GCSE students

    Published 19/08/20

    Rendcomb College have done it again!

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  • Rendcomb College celebrates A-Level Results Success

    Published 13/08/20

    In an unprecedented academic year, Rendcomb College are very proud of the class of 2020 and a strong set of results.

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  • Cheltenham Historical Facts

    Published 10/07/20

    The elegant regency town of Cheltenham is conveniently close to Rendcomb College. Our five Cheltenham heritage highlights show why families will love exploring the town, on visits to this leading independent school in the Cotswolds.

    Are you already familiar with Cheltenham, nestled on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds in England? If you have already heard of it, there’s a good chance it’s due to the town’s connection to the noble sport of horse racing. Especially the Gold Cup National Hunt Festival held annually in March, which attracts competitors and fans from around the Globe.

    Did you also know that the town – often referred to as the ‘Western Gateway to the Cotswolds' - has a superb antecedence as a seat of learning? Something that sits nicely alongside the fact that it’s the nearest big town to Rendcomb College.

    Being so close to Cheltenham provides our students with abundant cultural, sporting and leisure opportunities. However, it also gives visiting families an inviting place to stay, particularly if they enjoy quintessentially English locations and heritage experiences.

    To tempt you to linger, here are just five fascinating historical facts about Cheltenham.

    Ancient and important

    For such a peaceful and pretty market town, Cheltenham has a remarkably long and illustrious history.

    The fact it’s surrounded by rich agricultural land made it the ideal place to hold a market. By the 18th century, it was also a fashionable place to stay for health purposes. The town’s official crest features three pigeons, the species of bird believed to have peaked away at local fields exposing salt crystals at a local spring. This discovery led to Cheltenham being classified as an English Spa town and attracted a visit from King George III to treat his ailments.

    By 1850, Cheltenham had become the most prominent town in the county of Gloucestershire. Since then, its development has been closely nurtured and protected, to retain its heritage and beauty while adding modern features of interest and value.

    The spy centre of the UK

    One of the most recent developments in Cheltenham’s history is its connection to the world of espionage.

    Post-world war I, it became the location for a secret surveillance centre called the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) Now it’s widely known, and renamed GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters). Due to the shape of this vitally important intelligence building, you will also hear it referred to as ‘The Doughnut’.

     The most complete regency town in England

    The golden era of development in Cheltenham was undoubtedly the Regency Era. This has left a wonderful architectural legacy for today’s visitors to our popular boarding school. Admire noble sweeping terraces, the lovely Neptune Fountain and the superb parks for parading in.

    Why not follow in the footsteps of the town’s devoted early 19th century visitors by sampling medicinal waters at various Cheltenham sites. Especially the blue-domed Pittville Pump Room by the lakes of Pittville Park; the only source of natural alkaline water in England!

    British Polar Explorer, and the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum

    As Cheltenham has such a colourful heritage, it also offers a well-curated museum. In fact, ‘The Wilson’ is Gloucestershire’s best art collection and museum.

    It’s named after Antarctic explorer Edward A. Wilson and houses a fascinating archive of material on this local man’s contributions to natural history and discovery geography. As well as his artistic endeavours.

    The Magic of Alice in Wonderland

    Cheltenham is home to famous British people, including Zara Phillips (the Queen's eldest granddaughter) and her husband Mike Tindall.

    However, it’s a fictional character that adds family appeal to visiting this lovely town. The stories of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass are believed to be based on Alice Liddell. She often visited her grandparents at Charlton Kings, which is a suburb of Cheltenham. She became acquainted with Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (author Lewis Carroll) in Oxford, but he visited her family in Cheltenham.

    Cheltenham’s appeal for family breaks and visits

    Cheltenham is clearly a lovely place to visit. If you time your stay right in 2021, you can join in with a myriad of festivals and events in the spa town, including ones dedicated to literacy, food and drink, jazz and music in general; as well as world-famous horse racing challenges of course.

    Rendcomb College maximises on its glorious location to the benefit of its students. We also love hearing about family adventures when visiting the locality. If you need places to stay near Rendcomb College, we are happy to help with recommendations.

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  • CAPT-Eco Business Studies Group Get a Great Result

    Published 26/06/20

    With over 60 entries in The Innovation & Entrepreneurial Thinking Challenge, our Rendcomb Business Studies team fought off some strong competition

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  • Rendcomb College Signs up to the Covid Safe Charter

    Published 23/06/20

    Strengthening our commitment

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  • How boarding schools prepare students for university

    Published 17/06/20

    A major advantage of going to boarding school in the UK is that it’s a great way to transition to university more smoothly. This is not just about gaining better grades with private education. It involves preparing for life at university, naturally.

    The best way to prepare young people for university is to give them as many opportunities as possible to ‘self-manage’ the process themselves. After all, when the big day comes, they are largely on their own!

    Transitioning to living and studying at university means becoming far more independent from parents, Undergraduates will also leave behind their existing support network, such as school friends. Added to that, life at uni entails seamlessly taking charge of your own study goals and methods. No more teachers watching over your shoulder!

    There's been much written in recent times about mental health and Higher Education. How can university students enjoy good mental health? The key is to develop resilience, resourcefulness and strong interpersonal skills throughout the teenage years. This goes a long way towards being happy and having coping strategies that last a lifetime not just at university.

    This all illustrates why spending formative years at boarding school is the best preparation for university.

    This article explores this in more depth and shows why living in at a top independent school in the UK can enable Higher Education students to do better, and maximise on uni life.

    Equipping young people with independence

    Setting aside the superb level of teaching and academic support at boarding school, Rendcomb College students learn rich life skills too.

    As previous blogs and articles have highlighted, many of our young people find their ‘best selves’ in the nurturing environment of an outstanding UK boarding school. They try new activities, develop strong social and communication acumen and fill their days with new interests and positive friendships. In other words, avoiding many of the negative aspects of being young in today’s society!

    Instead of spending hours on electronic gadgets and social media, or complaining of boredom, they fill 'out of classroom' time at boarding school with sports, arts, crafts, drama, environmental work and a diverse range of other activities. They even learn to cook for themselves, especially in our sixth form house designed for independent living.

    In fact, our former students go off to university already knowing the basics of ‘housework’, budgeting for the week and other tasks than could stump an ill-prepared 18-year-old!

    Self managing life!

    Much of what you learn at boarding school is hard to measure. It's not just independence in terms of being able to carry out daily tasks confidently. It’s a state of mind. Time spent as a boarder at an independent school proves that you can ‘stand on your own two feet’.

    Yes, of course, skilled staff and caring Houseparents provide valuable support. However, studying away from home and all the wonderful experiences at boarding school ensure that new university students are more self-aware, confident and ready for anything.

    This includes being ready to manage their own time, balancing academic goals with optimising enjoyable pastimes and interest-related clubs. They have learnt to make the most of every day at boarding school, without sacrificing excellent grades.

    So of course, they continue that at university!

    Which is why former boarding school pupils tend to be ambitious, high achievers, across a wide range of different measures, not just degree levels.

    Boarding school and Higher Education entry requirements

    Does boarding school prepare you for university better when it comes to academic levels?

    This is another strong yes. Not just ensuring the ablest and most academically brilliant pupils achieve superb A-level results either.

    Whatever your child’s ability level and final exam outcomes, boarding school nurtures their individuality and stretches their minds. This creates an excellent bridge to meeting university criteria.

    Seeing the name of a leading UK Independent school on an application shows that this student has already gained self-managed study skills and hunger for knowledge. That’s because our sixth formers are provided with such a wonderful learning environment, and given space and support to become ‘master of their own destiny’.

    That’s the sort of thing that universities want to see in students!

    Smoothing transition to university or other paths

    Attending a top boarding school is an excellent launchpad for university. The advantages of spending sixth form at Rendcomb College are numerous, including the quality of teaching and peer support.

    However, we are all about the individual.

    So, for some students, it may not be about the best way to prepare for University. Instead, enrolling at boarding school provides ample opportunity to find an alternative future pathway. One that still starts from properly nurtured independence, confidence and focused ambition.

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