New Girls' Boarding House
Our new girls' boarding House is another exciting step in our growing co-educational community. Westal is part of College's continuing development plan which last year saw a £1.5 million refurbishment of the Chatfeild-Roberts Library and Big Classical Theatre."
Dr Alex Peterken, Headmaster
We are delighted that Westal, our new Girls’ Boarding House, was opened to its first cohort of girls from Third Form through Sixth Form in September 2013 on time and under budget. The new Westal building is part of our continuing programme of development which began in 2011 with the £1.5 million refurbishment of the Library and Big Classical Theatre.
Mrs Jenny O’Bryan, former Head of Lower College, has been appointed as Housemistress and brings with her a wealth of experience. As with all College Houses, the structure of Westal is vertical, with 12 to 14 girls in each year group. For the first year, the House has 3rd Form, 4th Form and Sixth Form girls, with all year groups being filled by 2014. 3rd Formers sleep in quad rooms and 4th Form will sleep largely in twin rooms, all with nearby modern bathrooms. As the girls move up to 5th Form, the majority of rooms are ensuite singles, with some twin ensuite rooms. All Sixth Formers have single, ensuite rooms. This year there are 50 girls in the House. The flexibility of the space in Westal means that corridors can be closed off, allowing a community feel in the House at all times.
Extension to CCF Building
CCF activity sits at the heart of College. Through CCF, pupils learn the importance of teamwork and supporting each other, they develop as leaders, learn to be resourceful and to use their initiative. They discover how helpful personal discipline can be in life and perhaps most importantly of all, they learn to respect those who have gone before them.
Whilst thriving in numbers and having just celebrated its 150th anniversary in September 2012 with a visit from HRH the Earl of Wessex KG GCVO; CCF’s facilities were not spacious and the cadets were in desperate need of an extension to the rifle range that provided a much needed classroom and range waiting area.
Cheltenham College has a proud shooting tradition and regularly features in the top teams at the annual Schools Meeting at Bisley.
Major Richard Penny, Contingent Commander explained that “The new CCF range extension provides an invaluable resource to help instruct waiting details and to view and coach those firing on the range. The classroom also has wider utility within the CCF as an area to instruct weapon handling (which avoids complex security issues when using classrooms on the main College site) and for the numerous Leadership, Methods Of Instruction and First Aid cadres. It is also also be used by the senior boys' and girls' hockey teams for video analysis sessions due to its proximity to the astro turf pitches and the inclusion of an interactive whiteboard in the build specification.”
We were delighted to celebrate the opening of the new CCF extension in February 2014, a big thank you to all of our donors for supporting this project so wholeheartedly.
Completing the Chapel Organ
Work on the 32ft Double Ophicleide Stop was completed in 2013, thanks to generous donations received from parents and OCs. All of the major organ pieces, such as Widor’s Toccata, were written for large organs with powerful stops right down to 32ft pitch, and now the Chapel Organ can deliver this ‘full organ’ sound to match many cathedrals.
Ben White Learning Centre
The Learning Centre is for all students at College; to support those with particular learning needs but also to help stretch the most able students.
The Centre actively assists over 100 students each year, some with regular sessions and others on a drop-in basis.
College was thrilled with the generosity of OC Ben White (Leconfield, 1986) who made a gift in 2012 that enabled College to significantly enhance the Centre's facilities and provide an additional member of the team over three years.
Cheltenham College Chapel
Chapel touches the lives of all pupils, parents and OCs. Irrespective of age, OCs speak fondly of their memories of singing in Chapel and the services.
Chapel has seen some meaningful philanthropic support in 2012. As well as improvements to the Chapel Organ, the crypt was refurbished thanks to the generous support of an OC and is now a fantastic Chaplaincy centre.
Chapel also received a new font and paschal candle-stand thanks to the support of the Pelly and Stevens families in remembrance of A R Rollo-Pelly, Bursar at College between 1939-1961.
Thanks to the support of Hon OC Anne Cadbury, College now also has its own 'Cheltenham College Hymn Book'.
The Martin Stovold Cricket Scoreboard and Pavilion Developments
Thanks to the very generous support of OCs and parents both current and past, £19,500 was raised in 2011 to fund two exciting projects for cricket at College. The first of the improvements was the establishment of a permanent high-quality electronic cricket scoreboard.
The second of the developments saw improvements to the pavilion providing better facilities for players and officials. The outside of the pavilion now includes a new wall, fencing, a traditional pavilion gate and new benches.
We are particularly grateful to OC Chris Coley (Thirlestaine, 1963) and OC and past parent Peter Mason (Hazelwell, 1971) for assisting with this project and encouraging such support. Thank you all.
LIBRARY & BIG CLASSICAL
An extensive refurbishment of the main College building has provided improved facilities within the Library and Big Classical; the addition of a green room, dance studio and drama classroom and improvements to the reception areas and the main College entrance.
You can still get involved and support the work by naming a seat within Big Classical. Any additional money raised at this time will go towards supporting improvements to the lighting and sound systems.