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August 2019

  • Rendcomb College pupils celebrate 2019 GCSE results

    Published 23/08/19

    Pupils at Rendcomb College picked up their GCSE results this week.

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  • Staff tackle Tough Mudder for National Star charity

    Published 21/08/19

    Staff took part in Badminton Estate’s Tough Mudder challenge on Sunday, 18 August to raise money for National Star.

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  • Day in the life of a Rendcomb College student

    Published 19/08/19

    At Rendcomb College, each day is different from the next. From unleashing that creativity in the classroom to catching up with friends in the evening, we’re here to offer an unforgettable experience, and first-class education rolled into one.

    Settling into Park House is as easy as 1,2,3. And so getting up in the morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after a good night’s sleep should be no exception. 

    Whilst  boarding, you’ll enjoy a comfortable, spacious living area, where you can wake up ready for the day ahead.

    It’s time for breakfast, so you’ll need something healthy but sustainable – food to increase concentration and keep you energised is always an added bonus. Enjoy the most important meal of the day from your self-catering apartment, or, if you choose to, head down to the dining hall for a large bowl of creamy porridge, fresh fruit, or a proper English cooked breakfast before classes begin.

    Now, it’s onto the important part – learning. 

    From nursery to early years, we offer small classes and a generous ratio of teachers-pupils. This helps grow confidence as the children learn to engage with others, as well as enables pupils to get some great one-on-one time, and more focus with the teacher. The National Curriculum is used as a stable framework, from which children are encouraged to grow creatively, and be nurtured into their own person. 

    When taking GCSEs, there’s no end to what educational excitement each day can hold. With 10 to choose from, the core subjects consist of the three sciences, two English specialities, and maths. From there, students can embrace their personal tastes and begin down chosen career paths, with subjects including art, drama, further maths, design technology, and PE all at their fingertips. 

    As it’s such an important stage in every young adult’s life, we offer plenty of nurturing and advice, as well as the opportunity to discuss subject choices with teachers, and more senior members of staff, such as the Deputy Head. 

    For Sixth Formers, students can take their educational choices to the next level, working towards A-Level and BTEC qualifications, to set them off into adulthood. 

    You’ll also likely find yourself with some free periods throughout the week, and if so, the ones first thing can be put to fantastic use. Head to the library to get some extra study time in whilst you’re feeling fresh and ready to tackle the day. 

    Lunchtime and dinnertime are much-loved affairs at Rendcomb; with a constantly-changing menu (on a three-week rotation), offering the best in fresh produce and delicious home-cooked meals, it’s no wonder the dining hall is a place is awash with pupils once lessons are over. Tuck into traditional dishes, such as lasagne and beef with Yorkshire puddings, or keep it light with a fresh salad from the salad bar, followed by fruit or something more comforting for desert. 

    Once the working day is over, there’s several way pupils choose to unwind and relax. There’s a multitude of sporting activities on offer, including sports clubs, which are a great way to make new friends and socialise. 

    Choose from tennis, rugby, cricket, netball, rounders, football, athletics; the list is vast and appealing to all different tastes. 

    There’s also drama, music, and dance for the more creatively-driven, including ballet and contemporary. 

    And when it comes to the weekend for those boarding, these can be mostly spent catching up with friends, taking time out to chill, watch films in the communal areas, getting a head-start on the next assignment in the library, or hitting the sports field to let off some steam. 

    It’s all part of a day in the life of a Rendcomb student.

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  • Rendcomb College: the perfect school for international students

    Published 19/08/19

    Based in the heart of the  Cotswolds, Rendcomb College has been helping children to fulfil their potential since 1920. Founded by Noel Hamilton Wills to offer inclusive education to pupils, these core beliefs are still held dear to this day. This sees the school offer a boarding school education to boys and girls from the ages of 3 right up to 18. Where Rendcomb really excels though is in the support and facilities it offers to both national and international students. 

    Of course, this support network is especially useful to international students at the College. We understand that travelling from another country to board in the UK can present its own challenges to both families and pupils. That is why we have continued to offer a variety of systems to help international students settle in and feel at home. 

    Pastoral care

    We know that academic support is key to helping international students do their best but pastoral care is also something we value highly. All our staff understand how essential this is to students who may be far away from home and sometimes need some help. Acting as de facto parents when students are boarding with us is something we take very seriously. Each pupil is assigned a tutor who is responsible for looking after their welfare. Alongside this, we have a very strong House system which means a Houseparent is always on hand to give support. 

    Spiritual life at Rendcomb

    Looking after a child's spiritual education is key to helping them develop into ethical and caring people. Our commitment is to encourage this to happen with regular assemblies, talks and a range of trips. This helps to give a comprehensive and compassionate view of the outside world to pupils. We have a Grade II listed Chapel on campus for services and parents are often invited to attend on special occasions if they can. A monthly Sunday service is held for all boarders and this usually becomes something they enjoy greatly as they continue with us.

    Food and dining at the college

    Rendcomb has an on-site team who produce tasty and nutritional meals daily and can accommodate any dietary needs. Lunch comes inclusive with school fees and provides a different menu each day on a 3-week rotating cycle. The meals are varied and we are sure that your child will always find something they love to eat. There is also a fresh salad bar, fruit, homemade soup, cheese and cold meats to choose from in addition. Pupils can choose from water or fruit squash to drink. At certain times of the year, such as Chinese New Year, the catering team also prepare special meals for everyone which helps to make international students feel even more at home. 

    Extracurricular activities for students

    Many international students like to get involved in activities away from the usual curriculum. Rendcomb College helps this to happen through the wide range of extracurricular sessions we offer. The exact activities change termly but all are designed to help pupils make new friends, develop confidence and acquire new skills. From joining the College choir to the debating club, crafts club and many more, we will always have something fun for international students to do. 

    Sport plays a huge role in life at Rendcomb and we have many college teams for pupils to get involved with outside of the classroom. From football to cricket, rugby, lacrosse, tennis and more, we make sure all students have the opportunity to take part if they choose too. 

    For truly adventurous older pupils, there is also the Duke of Edinburgh award to think about. Available to students who are 14 and over, it's a great way to boost their CV and build up extra life skills. At Rendcomb, we offer this award to Gold Standard. 

    The ideal choice for international students

    With all the above that the college offers, we are the perfect school for international students. All pupils who come to us can be assured of getting fabulous academic teaching, lots of extracurricular opportunities and all the pastoral support they could ever need. Get in touch at info@rendcombcollege.org.uk for more details.
     

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  • Rendcomb Swimmer competes in Swim England’s National Summer Meet (50m)

    Published 19/08/19

    Lucinda Norris, one of our Year 9 pupils recently qualified in the top 20 in the country for 50m breaststroke, which meant that she took part in the National Summer Meet (50m) during the summer holidays.

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  • Motorsport Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, Architecture and Law among courses secured by Rendcomb College leavers

    Published 15/08/19

    54% of results were A* to C grades, 26% were A* to B and 11% were A* grades.

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