5 of the best schools in Cheltenham

Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2021

5 of the best schools in Cheltenham

Located on the edge of the scenic Cotswolds and rich in regency history is the traditional spa town of Cheltenham. It is just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, but still has plenty of opportunities in town from the literature festival to the Gold Cup races it caters to everyone.  It has plenty to offer day to day as well from high street shops to independent boutiques with an abundance of coffee shops and cafes. The town also has a great selection of restaurants to choose from, many Michelin star rated. However, if you still crave the city there’s fantastic transport links to Bristol, Birmingham and London, making it great for work opportunities too. Despite being a gateway to all the scenes that the Cotswolds has to offer it has plenty of stunning scenery within the town itself, from Pittville park to regency architecture to the promenade.  It offers all the perks of suburban living without the madness of the city. 

This quintessentially British town is very popular with families as an ideal place to grow up, it was voted the best place in the United Kingdom to raise a family by the Telegraph. Cheltenham has plenty of things for the little ones to get up to with the Sandford Park Lido opening up in the warmer months as well as multiple different ‘Treasure Trails’ around the town for the whole family to get involved in, there’s plenty of things going on for them to do as. Not only is Cheltenham famed for its history and events but also for its prestigious schools, you really are spoilt for choice in this area with a variety of grammar and state schools both day and boarding. 



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The top schools in Cheltenham & the Cotswolds:


Balcarras Academy - Voted the best South West State Secondary School of the Decade and rated outstanding by the education watchdog this academy sits in the lovely Charlton Kings area of Cheltenham. With 42% of all grades awarded being 7+ at GCSE and the results improving year to year, the school works for their pupils with most staying on to sixth form.


Pate’s Grammar School - Not only another top rated school by the education watchdog but Pate’s Grammar School was chosen as The Sunday Times Secondary State School of the year 2020 for the second time, something that’s unprecedented. Ofsted rated it outstanding in every category calling the teachers inspirational and the children exemplary, awards and reviews like that speak for themselves.


Dean Close School - An independent day and boarding school catering to 13 to 18 year olds, however they also have other schools which educate from the age of 3. Pupils were described as showing “outstanding” by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, showing that the school really pushes those who attend to be the best they can be.  


Cheltenham Ladies College - This prestigious school founded in 1858 and set in a stunning campus offers both day and boarding options for girls aged 11-18. Awarded The Sunday Times South West Independent Secondary School of the Decade commending their academic excellence that has been unparalleled with 72% achieving A*/A grades at A Level. 


Cheltenham College - A boarding and day school established in 1841 open to boys and girls aged 13 to 18, they also are the sister school to Cheltenham prep school which educates from the age of 3. They pride themselves upon cultivating pupils to become well rounded individuals who strive to higher education and careers beyond their school years.


The list could still go on with many more schools flooding the area in and around Cheltenham. Furthermore, it also has a great range of primary schools with 12 of them being rates outstanding by Ofsted. It’s easy to see why Cheltenham is such a popular choice for families. 

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