Q&A with some of the Cotswolds’ top schools

PUBLISHED: 12:54 18 December 2019 | UPDATED: 12:54 18 December 2019

Some of the best schools in the Cotswolds answer our questions (photo: monkeybusinessimages, Getty Images)

Some of the best schools in the Cotswolds answer our questions (photo: monkeybusinessimages, Getty Images)

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Why should our child come to your school? We asked some questions of some top schools in the Cotswolds

- Beaudesert Park School

Minchinhampton, Stroud GL6 9AF | 01453 832072

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Why should our child come to your school?

Beaudesert is a country prep where children thrive on a diet of inspiring teaching, heaps of music, arts and sport, standout pastoral care, and mounds of opportunity to try new things and find new talents.

What does your school specialise in?

Nurturing happy, confident children equipped and keen to explore the wider world when they move on to senior school - many with scholarships to their name.

What is the age range?

3 - 13 years

What are your fees?

From £2000 per term in Nursery, £3200 per term in Reception, including delicious lunch. Flexi-boarding (from Year 4) £38 per night.

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- Cheltenham Ladies College

Bayshill Road, Cheltenham GL50 3EP | 01242 520691

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Why should our child come to your school?

The wellbeing of our girls is on an equal footing with academic achievement, so pupils leave us as empowered young women prepared for their futures.

What does your school specialise in?

Every pupil is an individual with unique talents and potential. Our far-reaching opportunities inside and outside the classroom support each girl to find her niche.

What is the age range?

We take girls from 11-18 years old, with our key entry points at Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12.

What are your fees?

Termly Boarding Fees: £12,780 (or £14,390 if joining only for Sixth Form)

Termly Day Fees: £8,580 (or £9,760 if joining only for Sixth Form)

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- Hatherop Castle Prep School

Cirencester GL7 3NB | 01285 750206

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Why should our child come to your school?

Hatherop Castle School is a happy and exceptionally high-achieving day and boarding school where children can enjoy the adventure of childhood.

What does your school specialise in?

We have a broad curriculum which provides an all-round holistic education that challenges each individual learner, providing them with a solid foundation of life skills.

What is the age range?

Children from 2 to 13 years old can attend the School.

What are your fees?

Nursery: Morning - £31 Full day - £54

Pre-Prep - £2,280 to £3,560

Prep School - £4,045 to £4,935

Termly Boarding Fees: Range from £6499 - £7385

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- Kingham Hill School

Kingham, Chipping Norton OX7 | 01608 658999

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Why should our child come to your school?

Kingham is a nurturing environment where no-one is lost pastorally or academically. We are in the top 5% nationally for value added at A-level

What does your school specialise in?

Small class sizes create supportive and stimulating learning. Our thriving Co-Curricular programme includes an outstanding STEM initiative and CCF contingent.

What is the age range?

We are a co-educational boarding and day school for 11-18 year olds.

What are your fees?

Day pupils: £5965 - £6795

Weekly Boarding: £8450 - £10,435

Full Boarding: £8720 - £11,450

Kingham (photo: Ollie Tigwell)Kingham (photo: Ollie Tigwell)

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- Rendcomb College

Cirencester GL7 7HA | 01285 831213

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Why should our child come to your school?

Rendcomb College allows children to be children while they are nurtured to become the best version of themselves within our spectacular natural environment and state-of-the-art facilities.

What does your school specialise in?

Specialist teachers, small class sizes and a real sense of family. A through-school from Nursery to Sixth Form, children feel at home from day one.

What is the age range?

Children from 3 to 18 years old can attend the School.

What are your fees?

Nursery: £28 per session / Full day - £54

Pre-Prep - £2,070 to £2,920

Prep School - £3,665 to £4,085

Senior School - from £5,500

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Termly Boarding Fees: Range from £8,925 to £11,995

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- Malvern St James Girls' School

15 Avenue Road, Malvern WR14 3BA | 01684 892288

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Why should our child come to your school?

We are a happy, home from home school where girls achieve excellent academic results and thrive emotionally and socially.

What does your school specialise in?

In addition to a varied curriculum, innovative teaching methods and excellent academic results, girls can choose from 60 different extra-curricular activities from riding to debating.

What is the age range?

4-18. From Year 3, as well as full or weekly boarding, girls can flexi-board one, two or three nights per week.

What are your fees?

Full boarding £7,635-£12,730; Weekly boarding £6,840-£11,540; Day £2,390-£6,625

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- Alcester Grammar School

Birmingham Road, Alcester B49 5ED | 01789 762494

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Why should your child come to our school?

The only mixed selective school serving the North Cotswolds, offering a rigorous academic education and excellent pastoral care within a community of "decent human beings".

What does your school specialise in?

A warm environment that promotes enjoyment of learning, fun with friends, and participation in an extensive range of trips, sports and other extra- curricular activities. Students at AGS are still able to start four AS levels in Year 12, dropping to their favourite three subjects before Year 13. This gives them a broad curriculum, and, crucially, greater flexibility for their final choices. This is seen as vital for maximising grades, and so increasing their choices for university and careers.

What is the age range?

Students can join us at age 11 subject to passing the 11+ entrance exam, and many others join us for their sixth form education

What are your fees?

We are a state-funded academy, so there are no fees!

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- Kitebrook Preparatory School

Kitebrook House, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0RP | 01608 674350

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Why should our child come to your school?

Children only have one childhood, so whatever is going on around us we focus on the needs and happiness of our children. We have a whole-school approach to each individual child; a community coming together that is passionate about working for the purpose of whatever may benefit our children.

What does your school specialise in?

We have excellent academic rigour, wonderful facilities for art and music and plentiful sporting opportunities for both girls and boys. Our scholarship success speaks for itself.

What is the age range?

Kitebrook is co-educational for ages 3-13.

What are your fees?

From £3,140 - £4,720 per term

Termly Boarding Fees:

Flexi-Boarding £52 a night

Kitebrook (photo: Dave Pratt)Kitebrook (photo: Dave Pratt)

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