College’s military history
College is one of only three schools in England to have its own military colours and all pupils have the opportunity to be a part of the CCF.
Over 6,000 Old Cheltonians have served in HM Armed Forces in times of war and of those, 702 gave the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War. Fourteen Old Cheltonians have been awarded the Victoria Cross.
Discover more about our military heritage in the College Archives here.
Travel to Cheltenham
Cheltenham College is a few minutes walk from the centre of Cheltenham, a town known as the gateway to the Cotswolds, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Cheltenham is well known for its culture, including its regency architecture and world-renowned Cheltenham Festivals Series, featuring the annual literature, music, jazz and science festivals. Pupils at College have access to all of this, plus the wider countryside that surrounds the town.
For parents, Cheltenham’s greatest strength is its accessibility by rail, road and air. Cheltenham is less than an hour from Bristol, Birmingham, and Oxford by car or train. London Paddington is two hours by rail. Heathrow Airport has a regular coach service to Cheltenham approximately every two hours or is less than a two-hour drive away.