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Best Schools in Gloucestershire

Jul 06, 2022
Best schools in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire boasts a wide range of high-standard educational facilities, from grammar schools to primary and secondary institutes. Read on as we’ve picked some of the best schools in the county, where the pupils’ safety, teachers’ subject knowledge and stimulating extracurricular activities are at the heart of everything.

Best grammar schools

Pate’s Grammar School

Found a stone’s throw from Cheltenham’s train station, Pate’s grammar school was awarded the Sunday Times State Secondary School of the Year in 2020. The institute caters for both boys and girls aged between 11-18 and relies on the ‘Pate’s Way’ motto, where challenge, fun and collaboration are at the forefront of teaching and learning.

Sir Thomas Rich’s School

Rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, Sir Thomas Rich’s grammar school in Gloucester values pupils’ independent learning and teachers’ expert subject knowledge. It welcomes boys aged between 11-18 and provides a safe environment for everyone. There is strong mutual respect between students, who can participate in a range of extracurricular activities, including drama, chess and debating.

Marling School

Located in Stroud, Marling grammar school welcomes boys aged between 11-18 and is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The high-quality teaching is paired with stimulating curricular and extracurricular activities, including participating in Cheltenham’s Jazz Festival. Many students proceed with further education thanks to the strong foundations.

Best primary schools

Longlevens Junior School

Found on the eastern outskirts of Gloucester’s city centre, Longlevens junior school is rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted in 2020 and continues to go strong. This primary school caters for both boys and girls aged between 7-11, with pupils in Year 3 achieving higher results than the average. Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and tailor each class to suit all students’ needs so that everyone progresses at the same pace.

Lakeside Primary School

Lakeside primary school is located a short drive from Cheltenham’s heart of the action and was rated among the best educational facilities in the county by Ofsted. Thanks to its warm and welcoming environment, pupils aged between 4-11 are motivated to learn and are constantly making improvements. They feel proud of attending the school.

Sheepscombe Primary School

Sheepscombe primary school sits in the Cotswolds Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty, in the small village of Sheepscombe. The institute welcomes boys and girls aged 3-11, who are stimulated by engaging activities, such as sewing and computing club. Teachers also organise various day trips and visits to local institutions for students to enhance their social skills.

Best secondary schools

Archway School

Located in the village of Stroud, next door to the Cotswolds, Archway secondary school is rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted. Ambition drives pupils aged between 11-18 in this institute, who are exposed to various extracurricular activities, including sports and performing arts. The school provides support for students who want to apply for an apprenticeship, while many also get accepted into their university of choice.

Pittville School

Pittville secondary school is situated in Cheltenham and caters for students between 11-16. The curriculum is well planned and varied so students can get a good breadth and depth of their favourite subject. School books show a high level of commitment and productivity, and the standards rise year by year. The relationship between teachers and students is strong and collaborative.

Churchdown School

Midway between Gloucester and Cheltenham, Churchdown secondary school is rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted and welcomes students aged between 11-18. Safety is the school’s main priority and, classes are well structured, with extra classes of math, science and English organised in the afternoon.