Friday, 28 April 2017

Co-education on the rise in independent schools

Championing the benefits of educating boys and girls together, Cheltenham College is entering a new phase in its 176-year history

The demand for exceptional girls’ education within a co-educational environment is on the increase, as reflected in Cheltenham College’s recent expansion programme.

College lawn – the latest girls’ day and boarding House at Cheltenham College – will open its doors in September. Cheltenham College first welcomed girls back in the 1980s and numbers have soared ever since, with additional recent new girls’ Houses opening in 2013 and 2015.

Headmaster Dr Alex Peterken comments, ‘Our provision for girls’ places proved so popular that we were again faced with a girls’ waiting list. The opening of College lawn helps satisfy this demand and will be our fifth girls’ House. I’m delighted to confirm that this will now bring the ratio of girls to boys at College to almost 50:50.’

He continues, ‘This fully reflects the commitment to our philosophy that co-education is the optimum teaching and learning environment for young men and women today. Co-education promotes equality and respects diversity; it helps boys and girls to achieve academically, and to be prepared for life at university and in the workplace.’

Thus, Cheltenham College purchased two beautiful large regency houses adjacent to its stunning historic campus close to the centre of Cheltenham. The lady who will welcome girls into College lawn in September is newly appointed Housemistress Mrs Jo Wintle. She brings a wealth of boarding experience and joins Cheltenham College from Cheltenham ladies’ College where she is Housemistress and teaches English. Prior to this she boarded and taught at Sevenoaks school in Kent.

For more information
Cheltenham College is celebrating the launch of College Lawn with a limited number of Founders’ Scholarships. For more information contact the Admissions team on 01242-265680, or email

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