Rendcomb College

Gloucestershire

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 206 (Boys) 195 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1920

Facilities

£3.3 million Performing Arts Centre opened in 2017. Gold-standard science laboratories. Grade II listed boarding houses with modern amenities. The development of sports facilities is a priority for 2017/2018. Extensive Forest School area for Junior and Nursery pupils.

Open Days

2017. Whole School Open Morning (ages 3-18): Sat. 7th October.

School Contact Details

Rendcomb College
Rendcomb
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 7HA

[t]: 01285 832306
[w]: www.rendcombcollege.org.uk

Location Description

The College is set in 230 acres of grounds in the heart of The Cotswolds, between Cheltenham and Cirencester and with easy access to M5 and A417.

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School News

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The brand new £3.3m theatre complex at Rendcomb College, the Griffin Centre, was officially opened on Friday, 24 February by special guest and former pupil,

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Jonathan Suffolk, the National Theatre’s Technical Director.

Speaking in the Griffin Centre’s auditorium to a crowd of hundreds including The Rt. Hon. Countess Bathurst, in front of a dramatic backdrop from the school’s production of Agatha Christie’s stage adaptation of the murder mystery ‘And Then There Were None’ which is to be performed on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Suffolk attributed is interest in the arts to his time at Rendcomb College and spoke of the way the school had shaped his future. He said: “I had changed, I was ready for the new world of theatre…I’d learnt the value of collaboration.”

After leaving Rendcomb College in 1984, Suffolk followed what is now considered to be a meteoric rise from electrician’s mate to Technical Director; he now oversees 350 technicians who together realise the National Theatre’s 20 productions every year.

Commending the new Griffin Centre, which includes a 350-seat auditorium, mirrored dance studio with ballet barres and a sprung floor, dressing rooms, prop and set workshop and costume store, Suffolk offered some words of wisdom to pupils: “This is a brilliant building, but it is just a building, that has this evening been brought to life by this bold and wonderful performance, so grasp the opportunity this space has to offer, become more skilled, more cultured, and accomplished versions of yourselves.”

Quoting Theodore Roosevelt, Suffolk’s address echoed the ethos of Rendcomb College and the growth mind-set approach it adopts: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

He continued: “Enormous congratulations to those of you who have made this place possible, for your vision, your ambitions and your endeavour. And for those of you who will have the greatest of privileges to use the Griffin Centre; enjoy it, and dare greatly, this is your arena.”

The evening included performances from pupils throughout the 3 to 18 co-educational school. Guests watched ballet and contemporary dance in the bespoke dance studio, poems were performed dramatically in the drama classroom, pianists entertained in the foyer and in the main auditorium, an excerpt from this week’ play, the first full-scale production in the new Griffin Centre, was performed.

Rendcomb College’s Chair of Governors, Sir Francis Richards KCMG, CVO, DL and Head of College Rob Jones, thanked those who had supported and donated to the building project, the first major building to be constructed at the school for 27 years.

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Rendcomb College’s girls’ clay shooting A team were victorious, bringing home the winners’ trophy from yesterday’s Clay Shooting Competition hosted by Harrow School.

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girls’ team of Sixth Formers, Grace, Lizzie, Rebeccah and Maddy, scored the top spot against teams from Millfield and the hosts, Harrow.

Rendcomb’s shooting coach, Pete Cairns, said: “Despite storm Doris creating erratic conditions with the clay targets yesterday, our Rendcomb teams did fantastically. The challenge was heightened by the weather but that certainly didn’t dampen our spirits!”

He continued: “We’re now looking forward to welcoming Harrow, Millfield and other schools to the Rendcomb College Shooting Competition on 18th March.”

The boys’ team went up against equally tough opponents and put on a strong display.

Rendcomb College, the mixed independent school located between Cheltenham and Cirencester, has been approved as a member of a global education body for meeting strict

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requirements in its Junior School.

The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) has welcomed Rendcomb College as a member of its 650, carefully selected schools from across the world.

IAPS represents world-class head teachers, who lead world-class schools which must reach a very high standard to be eligible for membership. With strict criteria on teaching a broad curriculum, maintaining excellent standards of pastoral care and keeping staff members’ professional development training up to date, gaining IAPS membership is a kite mark of quality.

Speaking about her membership acceptance, Rendcomb College’s Head of Juniors Victoria Beevers, said: “It is with great excitement that we can announce that Rendcomb College Junior School has achieved IAPS status. In order to achieve this, I had to present evidence that our Junior School meets the various requirements to become a member of this organisation; to have the school and head teacher validated in this way is a real feather in our cap.”

Victoria continued: “Through membership of IAPS, we have a raised profile within the prep and junior school world and we have greater access to training, competitions and information which will ensure that Rendcomb College continues to thrive and develop.”

In addition to membership of IAPS, Rendcomb College boasts HMC membership (the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) through Headmaster Rob Jones, which is another kitemark of global quality, innovation and excellence in education of which just 276 schools in the UK are approved.

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