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5 Amazing reasons to study in the Cotswolds

Choosing to attend a day or boarding school in the Cotswolds comes with a wide range of benefits. In fact, you’re going to be living in a UK region that is world-famous for its advantages and attractions!

This is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, packed with interesting locations such as Neolithic stones, ancient battle grounds and historic landmarks. Though sightseeing might not be every young person’s idea of fun, proximity to so much wide open, unspoilt countryside has strong selling points.

Not that the Cotswolds is all rolling hills, lush forests and stunningly beautiful spaces. The area is dotted with friendly and fascinating villages and towns; places where you can still find the iconic British corner shop, village green and helpful locals.

The region includes some incredible British towns too, ripe with heritage and culture, spanning the counties of Oxfordshire,  Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. Within this area of around 800 square miles, is some of Britain’s best-known destinations including the historic Stratford-upon-Avon, City of Bath and Bleinheim Palace (a World Heritage site and the birthplace of Winston Churchill).

Rendcomb College lies within its own 230 acre estate close to Rendcomb; a prime example of a peaceful Cotswold village. Within the  boarding school’s  grounds is a patchwork of beautifully maintained woodlands, lawns, walks and sports areas.

Tempted yet? Let's look in more detail at five amazing advantages of being at boarding school in such a wonderful location.

The boredom factor

Young people don’t like being bored. Being isolated can make that happen. (Parents don’t like their children to be roaming the streets or staying cooped up in their rooms when they’re bored either!)

Rendcomb College, its grounds, community and the wider landscape of the Cotswolds are all the perfect foil for boredom. They offer many opportunities to keep active and have fun!

Authentically something for everyone

Rendcomb College doesn’t treat every student the same! We do treat everyone equally, but we celebrate individuality and personal preference, both inside and
outside of the classroom.

Being based in such a diverse area enables staff to offer students an incredible range of extracurricular activities, field trips and fun outings - from horse riding
to mountain biking, and from fell running to walking around museums and galleries, and the occasional shopping trip to Cheltenham, Bristol or Bath.

Peace and harmony

However, going to school in the Cotswolds can also mean soaking up abundant peace and quiet as you learn and develop as a young person.

This is not a busy city location, but a harmonious learning environment surrounded by nature.

It can be the ideal way for young people to focus their mind and energy on developing their own understanding, awareness and maturity, without modern distractions and temptations.

Healthy school life

This leads to another advantage of attending boarding school in the Cotswolds. It can be very good for your health!

Leaving aside the air purity in this lovely countryside, having access to so much outdoor education, activity and fun makes young people far more willing to go out and about. In the company of friends (and professional staff), they get exercise and fresh air in a spontaneous and enjoyable way.

A fabulous place for families

In all honesty, a great reason to study in the Cotswolds is more about parents, siblings and other family members. This area is undoubtedly a wonderful place to stay when visiting students or transporting them to or from Rendcomb College. Every trip could be different, including browsing for wonderful finds in some of
the best antique shops outside London (especially in Woodstock, Stow-on-the-Wold or Burford).

You could stay in superb local accommodation, to enjoy walking or cycling, and to visit castles, gardens or the beautiful Cotswold Wildlife Park. Then, you could eat in style in the many quintessential country pubs and British tea rooms in the Cotswolds. Even driving to Rendcomb College can be a pleasure, as the local roads - bordered by lovely English scenery - are largely traffic-free. It’s actually hard to find a reason NOT to live and learn in such a beautiful, healthy and safe environment!