Cheltenham Ladies' College

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire



Cheltenham ladies college logo

Combining tradition with innovation, Cheltenham Ladies’ College has been at the forefront of girls’ education for over 160 years. The College’s heritage and global reputation were founded on a pioneering approach to education.

A range of spring and summer programmes take place at this top-ranking college, which was founded in 1853, and is one of the best performing and most prestigious independent boarding schools in the country.

Choose from either staying in homestay accommodation with local Cheltenham families or the College's own boarding houses, either way a summer in Cheltenham.


Cheltenham Ladies' College in summer



Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

  • Centrally located a short walk from the town centre of Cheltenham
  • Traditional top-ranking UK Independent Boarding School
  • Residential and homestay accommodation options available
  • Access to: Oxford, London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bristol, Bath and The Cotswolds
  • Parks, cinema, bowling, shopping and museums all within a short walk of the centre
  • CLC named top boarding school in the UK for IB find out more...
  • Cheltenham has been voted the best place to live in the South West 2020 by The Sunday Times with its education, culture and connectivity highlighted amongst its best attributes

You’re never far from a festival in this Cotswold spa town, but it’s the access to shops, town centre and the countryside that make it a top pick.

Our summer programmes take place at this top-ranking college, suitable for ages 8 - 17 years:

Summer Vacation: 10 July – 14 August, 2024  (1-5 weeks) for ages 8-17 years

Combine learning English with activities and excursions. This course is suitable for international students who wish to have a taste of life in a British boarding school, and who are academically driven and ambitious.

Our General English course offer a mix of academic enrichment, social opportunities with other international students, and cultural visits to some of the areas most known sites. Read more...

General English

Start dates (7 nights):  10 July, 17 July, 24 July, 31 July & 7 August, 2024 

What's included?

  • 7 nights of full board residential accommodation in the school's own on-campus boarding accommodation
  • At least 15 hours tuition per week
  • Three full day excursions per two week stay
  • Varied weekly programme of sports and leisure activities
  • Applied learning on social activities and trips
  • An entrance English level check
  • All learning materials
  • End of course feedback report and certificate
  • Wi-FI
  • Airport transfers and student insurance can also be arranged for an additional fee

Why not consider adding a Spires + option?  6 additional hours of tuition, training and coaching in a variety of academic, science and sports options find out more...


Residential at the School:

  • Twin, triple & larger rooms available In the College’s boarding accommodation
  • Sociable common room areas
  • Laundry facilities available
  • Bed linen provided (towels not provided)
  • All meals provided at the school
  • Access to extensive sports facilities (indoor swimming pool, outdoor playing fields, indoor sports centre & tennis courts)
  • Access to fully equipped classrooms
  • Wifi

Homestay with local Host Families in Cheltenham: 

  • Twin, triple & larger rooms available in local homes
  • Comfortable family homes located a short distance from the College
  • Laundry facilities available
  • Bed linen provided (towels not provided)
  • Breakfast and evening meal provided at the host family and lunch provided at the school
  • Access to extensive sports facilities (indoor swimming pool, outdoor playing fields, indoor sports centre & tennis courts)
  • Access to fully equipped classrooms
  • Wifi

Spires Plus Options at Cheltenham Ladies’ College Summer Language Vacation give students the opportunity to benefit from six hours per week of additional learning opportunities across a range of academic, sporting and creative areas, including: 

Entrepreneurship - Developing students' entrepreneurial desire and leadership flair, including:

  • Decision Making
  • Cultivating Leadership Skills for the Future
  • Acts of Confidence

STEAM - Laying the STEAM foundations of inquiry, critical thinking, and process-based learning, including:

  • Start asking non-Googleable questions
  • Visual Thinking
  • Reciprocal Teaching

English Literature – Finding it hard to structure essays, answering questions, and  would like support on analysing prose or poetry? Specific support in some of the following areas include:

  • Working through a difficult question or essay
  • How to structure, approach and write essays under the pressure
  • Revision techniques

Horse riding - Allowing riders of all ages to experience the beautiful Cotswold countryside at our partner equestrian centre, including:

  • An introduction to the sport for beginners or developing technique for more seasoned riders
  • The basics of stable management
  • Instruction in small groups or one-to-one specific training  - all abilities are welcome

Take advantage of an additional 6

hours of specialist instruction and tuition in a range of Spires+ subjects, sports and activities.


Find out more...

Cheltenham Ladies' College

College campus

Cheltenham Ladies' College

College campus

Cheltenham Ladies' College Campus

College campus

Cheltenham Ladies' College staircase

College interior

Cheltenham Ladies' College Theatre

College Theatre

Dining hall

College dining room

Residential accommodation building at Cheltenham Ladies' College

College accommodation block

Typical dormitory bedroom at Cheltenham Ladies' College

Typical dormitory-style bedroom

Horse riding

Spires Plus Horse riding

Oxford Spires Students in lessons

Oxford Spires students in lessons

Oxford Spires Students on an excursion


Cheltenham town

The College and Town

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