Rendcomb College is sandwiched between two of the top 20 'Happiest Places to Live in Britain.'
According to a recent survey of over 22,000 people by the property website Rightmove, Rendcomb College is sandwiched between two of Britain's top 20, 'Happiest Places to Live.' The towns of Cheltenham (14th happiest place to live) and Cirencester (20th happiest place to live) are both within a few minutes drive from the College, in the Cotswolds.
The Cotswolds is the quintessential 'heart of England.' It is famous the world over for its gentle rolling hills, lush greenery, with its rich cultural history, medieval ‘wool’ churches and charming architecture of stone, slate and thatch.
This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a magnet for holidaymakers, hikers and cyclists, but it is also an idyllic backdrop for students who study at Rendcomb College.
The glorious location of Rendcomb College
Nearby Rendcomb village are superb examples of Cotswolds charm and grace. Cirencester is a traditional market town, situated just five miles north of Rendcomb; it is often referred to as the 'Capital of the Cotswolds.' It was also the second largest town in Britain during Roman times. Cheltenham, the most complete Regency Spa town in Britain is only ten miles from Rendcomb. Cheltenham is known as 'The Western Gateway to the Cotswolds'.
Rendcomb village has lived in harmony with the College for nearly 100 years. Though the site of our prestigious school was previously occupied as a grand family home and a church from the 12th century onwards.
Both of these structures were rebuilt a few hundred years later. The fourth and current mansion on the site was built between 1864-67. The estate was sold to Frederick Noel Hamilton Wills in 1918 for the purpose of founding Rendcomb College.
Plenty of things to do around Rendcomb
If there is one word that sums up the school grounds and its easy-going local community, it is “peaceful”.
That is not to say that being away from urban distractions, inner city issues or the perils of modern “street life” leaves our pupils with nothing to do locally! It is just that the activities and outings on offer here at Rendcomb are of a far more traditional and “healthy” nature, due to our superb location.
Both our day and boarding pupils have a tempting array of outdoor activities on their doorstep.
The walking and cycling trails around this beautiful part of the world are safe and fascinating. It is also possible to learn to sail on Cotswold Water Park or develop equestrian skills at a local riding school. The Cotswolds is – of course – also rich in heritage sights to explore.
An estate conducive to adventure!
Our ability to offer students wonderful outdoor opportunities for exercise, fun and socialising are supported not just by the splendours of the Cotswolds.
Our own 230 acre estate at Rendcomb College is designed – and carefully maintained – to provide the best environment for enjoyment, fitness and of course education!
This includes the outdoor sports you might expect, but also safeguarded opportunities for spontaneous games and adventure in the secure setting provided by the school.
Why having outdoor space and time matters
In classrooms and study areas our students are supported to reach their full academic potential, but we fully appreciate that being happy and healthy also stimulates improved learning and development. We want our students to fill their heads with knowledge, but also to fill their lungs with fresh air, and their minds with wonderful memories of their school experience.
Therefore, our students are encouraged to safely explore the Rendcomb College estate’s beautiful woods and grassed areas together. Not least as this stimulates their imagination and helps them to gain self-confidence and social skills. Away from WiFi, they can be surprisingly good at keeping themselves entertained and challenged, playing outdoor games or role-playing.
Rendcomb College pupils may not always reflect the words of artist Claude Monet: “My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature”. However, at least Rendcomb College students learn how to “live their best lives” within a beautiful rural environment during their formative years.
To read more about the Rightmove survey: https://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/happy-at-home/