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Cheltenham College

Located in the heart of the Cotswolds. Cheltenham College is one of the country's leading co-educational independent schools for both day and boarding pupils aged 13 - 18. Renowned for its outstanding all round education and warm, vibrant community, the school combines a strong academic record with a considerable reputation for sport, drama, music and outward-bound activities.

Bath Road
GL53 7LD

01242 265600

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ISC associations: HMC, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Church of England

Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Full Boarding

Gender profile: Coeducational

Size: 728

Cheltenham College fees:

Boarding fees per term:
£13,165 to £13,520

Day fees per term:
£9,875 to £10,230

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
916 / 6033

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 13 to 18 (77)

Boarding: 13 to 18 (316)

Sixth form: (160)

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 13 to 18 (67)

Boarding: 13 to 18 (268)

Sixth form: (142)

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Cheltenham College 

Bursary support with school fees:

Cheltenham College is committed to providing mean-tested financial assistance to both new and existing pupils.

All bursary awards are subject to a bursary application. They are based on careful and sympathetic scrutiny of individual family circumstances and no generalisation of appropriate income levels is possible. A child must be registered before a bursary can be applied for and we strongly recommend early application as there is only a limited amount of funds available and not all requests for support will be able to be met.

We encourage parents to make bursary applications no later than the end of Autumn Term prior to entry in order to allow time for careful and proper consideration of each family’s needs. In any event, applications must be received no later than seven months prior to starting at College, ordinarily by the end of January for the following September start of term.

Values of bursary awards vary greatly and in very rare circumstances, they can reach up to 100% of the fees (usually in conjection with a scholarship).

Further details can be obtained by downloading the ‘Bursaries – Widening Access’ Document from our website. Families in need of financial support should contact the Fees Office.


2018/2019 entry bursary award details:

Third Form Bursaries

100%: 0 Pupils

50-99%: 5 Pupils

1-49%: 11 Pupils



Lower Sixth (new awards only)Bursaries

100%: 1


1-49: 1


UK Armed Forces Service Discount:

Cheltenham College have strong military links and we offer generous discounts for parents currently serving in the UK Armed Forces. For further information, please visit: https://www.cheltenhamcollege.org/admissions/military-families



Excellence is encouraged in both academic and co-curricular aspects of College life. One of the main vehicles for such encouragement is the offer of College Awards in the form of Scholarships and Exhibitions, awarded at 13+ or 16+. College Awards include Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sport. Scholarships are awarded for outstanding performance and ability in a chosen field and Exhibitions for excellent talent and potential.


College has high expectations of Award holders and they are expected to have an encouraging attitude for learning and collaboration in their chosen field and throughout all of their classes at College. In addition to exhibiting excellence and flair in their field of expertise, they are expected to utilise opportunities to develop and take on leadership positions.


A Scholarship is valued at up to 15% of the fees and an Exhibition is valued at up to 10% of the fees, with the exception of the Lord James of Hereford (awarded to the candidate that performs best overall in the Scholarship papers for 13+) and the Prain Scholarship (rewarding a particular ability in Mathematics and Science for 13+), these are both valued at 20% of the fees. Pupils are able to apply for awards in more than one category, but the fee remission is capped, irrespective of the number or individual value of the awards held.


13+ Awards

Applicants are to complete papers and interviews to assess their suitability for the award. For more information on the appropriate processes, please do contact our Admissions Team.


Academic, Drama, Music and Sports awards are valid throughout the holder’s time at College, subject to satisfactory progress, conduct and participation. Art awards are valid, initially for the three years prior to A Level, and are dependent on the subject taken at GCSE. If the award holder chooses to study Art in Sixth Form, the award will automatically continue.


16+ Awards

16+ Awards are available to both current pupils and external applicants (although current pupils will not receive any fees remission if they are awarded a 16+ award).

The papers are designed to test potential and are broadly based on Key Stage 4/GCSE. They do not however test the knowledge of a particular syllabus, followed by an interview with the Head of Department. For more information on the appropriate processes, please do contact our Admissions Team.


Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • All Rounder awards
  • Art scholarships
  • Choral scholarships
  • Design scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • H M Forces discounts
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Lump sum payment discounts

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies