The Info List - Cheltenham College

--- Advertisement ---

College is a co-educational independent school, located in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. One of the public schools of the Victorian period, it was opened in July 1841. A Church of England foundation, it is well known for its classical, military and sporting traditions, and currently has approximately 640 pupils.


1 History 2 Work and service 3 Structure 4 Sport

4.1 Rugby 4.2 Rowing 4.3 Rackets 4.4 Polo 4.5 Cricket

5 Houses 6 If.... 7 Old Cheltonians

7.1 Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
recipients 7.2 George Cross recipient 7.3 Notable former pupils in other fields

8 Headmasters and principals

8.1 Principals (1841–1919) 8.2 Headmasters (1919 – present) 8.3 Headmasters of the Preparatory School

9 See also 10 References 11 Bibliography 12 External links

History[edit] Two Cheltenham
residents, G. S. Harcourt and J. S. Iredell, founded Cheltenham
College in July 1841 to educate the sons of gentlemen. It originally opened in three houses along Bays Hill Terrace in the centre of the town. Within two years it had moved to its present site—with Boyne House as the first College Boarding House—and soon became known simply as Cheltenham
College. Accepting both boarding and day boys, it was originally divided into Classical and Military sides until the mid-twentieth century. The 1893 book Great Public Schools by E. S. Skirving, S. R. James, and Henry Churchill Maxwell Lyte
Henry Churchill Maxwell Lyte
contained a chapter on each of what they considered England's ten greatest public schools; it included a chapter on Cheltenham
College. It is now an independent fee paying school, governed by Cheltenham
College Council. A few girls were admitted in 1969 and then in 1981 when the first girls' house opened, the Sixth Form became fully co educational. In 1998, girls were admitted to all other years, making the College fully co-educational. In 1865, a Junior Department was added to the main College buildings. In 1993 it opened its doors to girls and also opened a pre-Prep department, Kingfishers, for 3–7-year olds; the current Head of Kingfishers is Mrs Rachael Buttress. Work and service[edit]

College chapel and library (Big Modern)

In the First World War
First World War
675 Old Cheltonians (former pupils) were killed in the service of their country, and a further 363 died in World War II. Cheltenham's military past is recognised by the fact that it is one of only three schools in England (the others being Eton College, founded in 1440, and the Duke of York's Royal Military School, founded in 1803) to have its own military colours (last presented in 2000 by The Princess Royal). Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, Scotland, also has Colours. The names of those Old Cheltonians killed in World War I are recorded in the College Chapel, completed in 1896, which to a degree resembles King's College Chapel, Cambridge
King's College Chapel, Cambridge
and is one of the chapels of an English public school. The names of those killed in the World War II are displayed on the memorial in the College's dining hall. Cheltenham
has approximately 640 pupils (a fifth being day pupils) between the ages of 13 and 18.[3] The fees are upwards of approximately £30,000 per annum, making it amongst the most expensive schools in the United Kingdom.[4] The school is now co-educational and maintains a strong academic reputation, with the majority of pupils going to The Russell Group
Russell Group
Universities, and around 7% going on to Oxford
and Cambridge
universities. Both GCSE and A Level results are among the highest in Gloucestershire.[5][6] There is also a prep school, Cheltenham
College Preparatory School, most of whose pupils go on to the senior school. Cheltenham
has links with the Wynberg Boys' High School
Wynberg Boys' High School
in Cape Town, South Africa—an all-boys boarding school coincidentally established in 1841, the same year as Cheltenham. Structure[edit] Cheltenham
College consists of a preparatory school and senior school and educates students from ages 3 to 18. The boarding programme is also available to preparatory school students. Sport[edit] Rugby[edit] Cheltenham
has a sporting tradition, competing with larger single gender schools. The first inter-school rugby football match was played between Rugby School and Cheltenham
College, Cheltenham
beating Rugby; and the " Cheltenham
Rules" were adopted by the Rugby Football Union in 1887. Cheltenham
also reached the final of The National Schools 7s Festival four times in the last ten years, winning the competition in 1998, 2003 and 2004; Cheltenham
Prep's 7s team were joint winners of the Rosslyn Park National 7s Prep-school tournament in 2017. Cheltenham's rugby XV was undefeated in the 2008 and 2017 season.[7] Of note, Eddie Butler, former Welsh, Babarian and British Lions International Rugby player, and now the main rugby commentator for the BBC, taught French at the school. Also, the schools Director of Rugby is former Gloucester Rugby
Gloucester Rugby
and England Rugby
England Rugby
player Olly Morgan Rowing[edit] The Boat Club was founded in 1841. The Boat House itself is located at the foot of Tewkesbury Abbey
Tewkesbury Abbey
on the banks of the River Severn. Key events in the rowing calendar are; Schools' Head of the River Race, The National Schools Regatta
The National Schools Regatta
and Henley Royal Regatta. At the 2013 National School's Head of River, the 1st IV+ came first in their division.[8] Rackets[edit] Cheltenham
College plays Rackets where, at times, they have dominated the Queen's Club
Queen's Club
Public Schools Competition; Cheltenham
has been National Champions three times from 2003 to 2011. Chris Stout won the Foster Cup (the individual championship for public schools) at Queen's Club in December 2011. The current World Champion, Jamie Stout (Chris' brother), is an Old Cheltonian as well .[9] Polo[edit] Cheltenham
were National Schools Champions in 1997, 1998, 2004, & 2005 and Arena Champions in 2004, 2005 & 2006.[10] Cricket[edit] Cricket is one of the main sports that is played in summer. Cheltenham College enjoys a longstanding tradition of cricket and is the home of the ' Cheltenham
Cricket Festival'. Gloucestershire
County Cricket Club played its first game at the College cricket ground in 1872, making this the longest running cricket festival on an out-ground, in the world ( Canterbury Cricket Week
Canterbury Cricket Week
was first played in 1842, but the St Lawrence Ground is now Kent County Cricket Club's headquarters).[11] Houses[edit] There are ten houses, two of which are day houses: Southwood for the boys and Queens for the girls. Ashmead, Chandos, College Lawn (day and boarding) and Westal are the girls' boarding houses. The boys reside in Boyne House, Christowe, Hazelwell, Leconfield, and Newick House. Leconfield also hosts day students.

House Name Composition Colours Housemaster/Housemistress

Ashmead ( A ) Boarding Girls           Mrs Ester Leach

Boyne House ( BH ) Boarding Boys           Mr Richard Penny (Senior Housemaster)

Chandos ( C ) Boarding Girls           Mrs Annette Poulain

Christowe ( XT ) Boarding Boys      Mr Jon Mace

College Lawn ( CL ) Day and Boarding Girls

Ms Jo Wintle

Hazelwell ( H ) Boarding Boys           Mr James Coull

Leconfield ( L ) Day and Boarding Boys           Mr Daniel Evans

Newick House ( NH ) Boarding Boys           Mr James Hayden

Queen's ( Q ) Day Girls           Mrs Wandrille Bates

Southwood ( S ) Day Boys           Mr Matt Coley

Westal ( W ) Boarding Girls      Mrs Jenny O'Bryan

If....[edit] Cheltenham
College was used to film the majority of the school scenes in the popular 1968 British film If...., starring Malcolm McDowell, although an agreement between the school's then Headmaster, David Ashcroft, and the film's director, Lindsay Anderson
Lindsay Anderson
(who was a former pupil and Senior Prefect), prevented the filmmakers from crediting the school. Additional interior scenes were filmed at Aldenham School
Aldenham School
in Hertfordshire, which gained sole accreditation in the film's closing credit. Two Surrey independent schools, Charterhouse School
Charterhouse School
and Cranleigh School, had also negotiated to appear, but pulled out of negotiations once the subject matter of the film became clear. Old Cheltonians[edit] Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
recipients[edit] Fourteen Victoria Crosses (VCs) have been won by Old Cheltonians,[12] with only Eton College
Eton College
(37), Harrow School
Harrow School
(20), Haileybury College (17), and Wellington College (15), having higher totals.(Although it should be taken into account that the Duke of York's Royal Military School does not publish lists of recipients of bravery awards in order not to diminish the service of those several thousand former pupils who have fought in battle and not received the VC, but only lesser awards for gallantry).[13] The list of names, with age and rank at the time of the deed that merited the award of the VC, is as follows:

Lieutenant Andrew Cathcart Bogle, 78th Regiment, Oonao, India, 29 July 1857, aged 28 Mr William Fraser McDonell, Bengal Civil Service, Arrah, India, 30 July 1857 aged 27 Midshipman Duncan Gordon Boyes, RN, HMS Euryalus, Japan, 6 September 1864, aged 17[14] Captain George Nicolas Channer, 1st Gurkha Rifles, Perak Expedition, 20 December 1875, aged 32 Lieutenant Teignmouth Melvill, 24th Regiment of Foot, Isandlwanha, Zululand, 22 January 1879, aged 36 Lieutenant Reginald Clare Hart, Royal Engineers, Afghan War, 31 January 1879, aged 30 Lieutenant John Duncan Grant, 8th Gurkha Rifles, Gyantse Jong, Tibet Expedition, 6 July 1904 aged 27 Captain Douglas Reynolds, Royal Field Artillery, Le Cateau, France, 26 August 1914, aged 31 Lieutenant Philip Neame, Royal Engineers, Neuve Chapelle, France, aged 26 Lieut. Commander Edward Courtney Boyle, RN Submarine E14, Sea of Marmara, Dardanelles, 27 April 1915, aged 32 Second Lieut. George Raymond Dallas Moor, Hampshire Regiment, Krithia, Dardanelles, 5 June 1915, aged 18 Lieutenant Colonel James Forbes-Robertson
James Forbes-Robertson
(34) Sergeant Frederick Charles Booth, 1st Rhodesian Native Regiment, Johannes Bruck, East Africa, 12 February 1917, aged 26 Commander Robert Edward Dudley Ryder, RN, St Nazaire, 27 March 1942, aged 34

George Cross recipient[edit]

Kempster, Major André Gilbert (né Coccioletti). Royal Armoured Corps; Algeria, 21 August 1943[15]

Notable former pupils in other fields[edit]

Lindsay Anderson
Lindsay Anderson
(1923—1994),[16] film director Jack Davenport
Jack Davenport
(1973—),[16] film and television actor Chris Hill (born 1971), businessman, CEO of Hargreaves Lansdown[17] Allan Jay
Allan Jay
MBE (1931—), five-time-Olympian foil and épée fencer, and world champion. Gavin Lambert (1924—2005),[18] screenwriter, novelist and biographer Rageh Omaar
Rageh Omaar
(1967—),[16] ITV News
ITV News
correspondent and presenter, formerly with BBC News
BBC News
and Al Jazeera English Iain Sinclair
Iain Sinclair
(1943—),[19] poet, novelist, editor, filmmaker, publisher, playwright and book-dealer Edward Wilson (1872—1912),[16] physician, polar explorer, natural historian, painter and ornithologist Lawrence Hugh Jenkins (1857 - 1928) Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court and Bombay High Court[20]

Headmasters and principals[edit] The current (Acting) Headmaster of Cheltenham
College is Crispin Dawson. The full list of past principals and headmasters is contained in Cheltenham
College Who's Who 5th edition, 2003, and is as follows: Principals (1841–1919)[edit]

Rev. Alfred Phillips, D.D. 1841-44 Rev. William Dobson, D.D. 1845-59 Rev. Henry Highton, D.D. 1859–62 Rev. Alfred Barry, D.D. 1862–68 Rev. Thomas William Jex-Blake, D.D. 1868–74 Rev. Herbert Kynaston (né Snow), D.D. 1874–88 Rev. Herbert Armitage James, D.D. 1889–95 Rev. Robert Stuart de Courcy Laffan D.D. 1895–99 Rev. Reginald Waterfield, D.D. 1899–1919

Headmasters (1919 – present)[edit]

Henry Harrison Hardy 1919–32 Richard Victor Harley Roseveare 1932–37 Arthur Goodhart Pite 1937–38 John Bell 1938–40 Alan Guy Elliott-Smith 1940–51 Rev. Arthur Godolphin Guy Carleton Pentreath 1952–59 David Ashcroft 1959–78 Richard Martin Morgan 1978–90 Peter David Vaughan Wilkes 1990–97 Paul Arthur Chamberlain 1997–2004 John Stephen Richardson 2004–2010 Dr Alex Peterken 2010–2018 Crispin Dawson (Acting Headmaster - 2018 onwards) Nicola Hugget 2018-

Headmasters of the Preparatory School[edit] Known as Junior (1863-2013)

Rev. Thomas Middlemore Middlemore-Whithard 1863–65 Francis Joseph Cade OC 1896–1910 Charles Thornton OC 1911–23 Basil Allcot Bowers OC 1923–33 William Donavan Johnston 1933–46 Hugh Alan Clutton-Brock 1946–64 William Philip Cathcart Davies 1964–86 David John Allenby Cassell 1986–91 Nigel Iain Archdale 1992–2008 Adrian Morris 2008–2010 Scott Bryan 2010–2012 Noll Jenkins 2012–2013 (Acting Headmaster - 2013 onwards) Jonathan Whybrow 2013–2018 Tom O'Sullivan 2018-

See also[edit]

Cheltonian Society College Ground, Cheltenham List of Victoria Crosses by School Thirlestaine House List of people educated at Cheltenham


^ "Facts & figures". Cheltenham
College. Archived from the original on 22 August 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2007.  ^ "Welcome". Cheltenham
College. Archived from the original on 9 August 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2007.  ^ [1] Archived 22 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Fees 2011/2012". Cheltenham
College. 10 September 2008. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ "2006 GCSE and A-level results: Gloucestershire
Schools special reports". EducationGuardian.co.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ Education (25 September 2008). "Town vs Gown: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ School Sport (15 December 2008). " Cheltenham
College 1st XV remain undefeated throughout school rugby season". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ "Rowing - Cheltenham
College". www.cheltenhamcollege.org. Retrieved 19 March 2018.  ^ "Rackets". Cheltenham
College. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ "Success for College Polo Teams". Cheltenham
College. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ "Cricket". Cheltenham
College. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ Michael Croke Morgan, (1968), Cheltenham
College: The First Hundred Years, page 219, (published for the Cheltonian Society by Sadler) ^ Fully referenced cited article on number of VCs, school by school, can be found at List of Victoria Crosses by School ^ "The Life of Duncan Boyes, V.C". Dhs.kyutech.ac.jp. Retrieved 28 February 2012.  ^ George Cross Database Recipient: Andre Gilbert KEMPSTER, GC (Posthumously) Archived 23 August 2004 at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b c d David Robson (25 September 2008). "Town vs Gown - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 October 2017.  ^ "Insight into Hargreaves Lansdown's top talent acquisition as IG Group exec Christopher Hill becomes CFO - FinanceFeeds". financefeeds.com. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2018.  ^ Robinson, David (20 July 2005). "Gavin Lambert: Incorrigibly witty Hollywood writer". The Independent. Retrieved 2 October 2017.  ^ " Iain Sinclair
Iain Sinclair
- poet, novelist, editor, filmmaker, publisher, playwright, book-dealer". Anachron.org. Retrieved 1 October 2017.  ^ C. Hayavadana Rao. "The Indian Biographical Dictionary (1915)". Retrieved March 26, 2018. 


College: The First Hundred Years by Michael C. Morgan [Chalfont St. Giles: Richard Sadler, for the Cheltonian Society, 1968]. A formal history, starting with the meeting on 9 November 1840 of Cheltenham
residents (presided over by Major-General George Swiney) who decided to set up a 'Proprietary Grammar School' and appointed a committee to achieve this. ISBN unknown/unavailable. Then & Now: An Anniversary Celebration of Cheltenham
College 1841–1991 by Tim Pearce, (Cheltonian Society, 1991). The author explains in the Preface that this is "more of a scrap book than a formal history, and like all scrap books it reflects the tastes and interests of its compilers and depends on what in the way of pictures and documents may be available to them". ISBN 0-85967-875-X Cheltenham
College Who's Who, 5th edition ed. John Bowes, (Cheltonian Society, 2003) No ISBN on book. Floreat, A collection of photographs of College life from the 1960s and early 1970s compiled by the late M.F. Miller, a Physics master at the school

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cheltenham

College website

Coordinates: 51°53′30″N 2°4′30″W / 51.89167°N 2.07500°W / 51.89167; -2.07500

v t e

Schools in Gloucestershire
(including South Gloucestershire)


Abbeywood Community School Archway School All Saints' Academy Beaufort Co-operative Academy Balcarras School Barnwood Park Arts College Bradley Stoke Community School Brimsham Green School Bristol Technology & Engineering Academy The Castle School Cheltenham
Bournside School Chipping Campden School Chipping Sodbury School Chosen Hill School Churchdown School Academy Cirencester Deer Park School Cirencester Kingshill School Cleeve School Cotswold School The Dean Academy Dene Magna School Digitech Studio School Downend School Farmor's School Five Acres High School The Forest High School Gloucester Academy The Grange School Hanham Woods Academy Henley Bank High School John Cabot Academy Katharine Lady Berkeley's School King's Oak Academy Maidenhill School Mangotsfield School Marlwood School Newent Community School Patchway Community College Pittville School Rednock School The Ridings' Yate Academy The Riding's Winterbourne Academy Severn Vale School SGS Berkeley Green UTC Sir Bernard Lovell School Sir William Romney's School St Peter's High School Tewkesbury School Thomas Keble School Winchcombe School Wyedean School


The Crypt School High School for Girls Marling School Pate's Grammar School Ribston Hall High School Sir Thomas Rich's School Stroud High School

Sixth form colleges

Cirencester College Downfield Sixth Form Gloucestershire

Independent (senior)

College Cheltenham
Ladies' College St Edward's School

Independent (all ages)

Dean Close School The King's School, Gloucester Rendcomb College Westonbirt School Wycliffe College Wynstones School


Alderman Knight School National Star College


Cirencester Grammar School Hanham High School Oriel School Rose Hill School Tewkesbury Academy Vale of Berk