Founded in 1920, Rendcomb College is set amongst 230 acres in the Cotswolds, the rural heart of England, yet less than 2 hours from central London and Heathrow airport and only 10 miles from the cultural hub of Cheltenham. The College offers an inclusive and broad-based social, moral and intellectual education and aims to develop thoughtful, adventurous and academically ambitious young people. Parkland on the estate is home to 70 fallow deer and has been designated an ancient tree hotspot.
At a glance
Over 20 A Level subjects are offered along with the EPQ whilst the range of courses tailored to the needs of international students includes 1 and 2 year GCSEs and a Pre A Level (with IELTs preparation). Facilities include a newly installed computing lab and refurbished science labs. All Sixth Formers are assigned a personal academic tutor who gives guidance, monitors progress and advises on careers/higher education. Over 40% of A Level candidates achieve A*/A and around two-thirds achieve A*/B.
The 5 boarding houses, each with its their own character and style, are located on campus within easy reach of classrooms and sports facilities and provide a home from home where all students, whether day pupils or boarders, can thrive and develop under the guidance of houseparents and their pastoral and domestic teams. By Year 10 all pupils have their own room whilst evenings and weekends are filled with an extensive programme of activities run by a Boarding Activities Coordinator.
All pupils are encouraged to experience the benefits of team and individual sports along with the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, a trap-shooting ground, a golf course and the 10 acre 'Top Pitch' with its extensive grass pitches, all-weather surface for hockey and tennis, hard tennis courts, squash courts, gym and climbing wall. Sports on offer include fencing, sailing, martial arts and an equestrian club open to all regardless of experience.
The purpose-built art block has large bright studios whilst the recently opened £3.3m Performing Arts Centre houses a 350 seat auditorium with an orchestra pit and a dance studio where both classical ballet and contemporary dance are taught. The performing and visual arts combine in staging 2 major productions a year, alternating between musicals and plays. Options for musicians include an orchestra, numerous ensembles, 3 choirs, a rock band, a ukelele club and a composition club.
Did you know?
- Rendcomb's team won the 2015 Longitude Explorer Prize for 'Displaced', a mobile app that uses live data from social media to help charities focus support of vulnerable people.
- A Sixth Form house in Rendcomb village is home to every Year 13 student for 2 separate weeks in their final year to help prepare them for independent living.