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  • How does the admissions procedure work?
    We are a non-selective school so there is no entrance exam but we always feel that an initial meeting and showround is essential. Most families then move on to a few taster days – we advise a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5. There is no charge for this. We then collect all the required information, registration fee, set up a new Chromebook, and we're up and running. Mid-year and mid-term entry is very normal in international schools. Our Admissions Policy can be found here.
  • What are your fees?
    Our fees can be found here. They range from £3,000 in Prep to £4,500 in MYP5, the top year. Fees are all-inclusive except for big school trips, and for some electives if we have to bring in professionals, such as judo and fencing. Flexi days are charged at £65 per day.
  • How do the MYP year groups line up with the National Curriculum?
    We have a page here which explains in detail. In brief, MYP1 is Year 7 when students turn 11, MYP5 is Year 11, when students turn 16.
  • What are your term dates?
    Term dates can be found here.
  • Are bursaries available?
    Yes we offer means-tested bursaries. We also offer sibling, staff and key worker discounts. Please discuss with us in person.
  • We thought you were a language school?
    A lot of people think that but we are not. Teaching languages is very important to us and we encourage all our students to learn at least one language in addition to their mother tongue. We also welcome students for whom English is not their first language and can provide intensive support to get up to speed.
  • Do you provide transport?
    Although we have a school minibus we do not yet provide transportation from home to school. A number of our students come from Stroud and we found that the train is cheaper, faster and more reliable than a minibus.
  • Is the school easy to get to?
    Yes, the train station is a 10 minute walk from school. Buses go past our front door regularly to and from Cheltenham. We are just 3 miles from Junction 11A for the M5 motorway; out of rush hour this takes 7 minutes to drive, but it can sometimes take more like 20 minutes on a busy day. From Junction 11A it is only 30 minutes' drive to Bristol Temple Meads to the south and an hour’s drive to Birmingham New Street to the north. Oxford is 1 hours and 10 minutes to the east and Cardiff is the same distance to the west.
  • How big are your class sizes?
    We have a maximum class size of 14
  • Do you provide hot lunches?
    Absolutely yes! Our lunches are really excellent. We have home baked bread every day as well as soup, salads, vegetarian and vegan options. All made in house.
  • Where and what do students go on to from Wotton House?
    Our students have gone on to do the Diploma Programme, A levels, apprenticeships and Btecs. They have gone abroad, they have gone to Hartbury, Marling, Cirencester College, Stroud College….the list goes on!
  • But are your facilities any good?
    We are very lucky to have The Wilderness Centre in the Forest of Dean which is our sister site and where our students go every week. This is a 30 acre outdoor education centre hired out by other schools both near and far but which we can use as often as we like. We use the University’s sports halls for basketball and tennis, we take a short minibus trip to a lovely swimming pool and we visit the local dry ski slope each Lent term.
  • Do you accommodate special needs?
    Yes, because we have small class sizes we find that our setting works very well for children with certain SEN. We also have a designated Annexe for children with high functioning ASD and we run a bespoke curriculum for them where they can straddle mainstream and extra support as required.
  • Do you take flexi-students?
    We are flexible by nature and philosophy! We offer a flexi-schooling package throughout prep (years 3 - 6 ) and MYP years 1 and 2. It becomes much harder to be flexible in the higher years but if we can, we do. We would be happy to discuss these options with you.
  • How do I report absences?
    Absences are reported by emailing or phoning the school office.
  • Can I hire your spaces?
    Yes we can hire out our spaces, please contact the office for more details.
  • Do you take boarders?
    We don’t take boarders, however, we have excellent relationships with homestay families who offer a ‘home away from home’ setting.
  • What does a normal school day look like?
    Whilst we consider ourselves to be progressive and rigorous whilst fiercely protective of our sense of fun, the school day looks rather similar to other schools. The only real difference is that we have an elective ‘club’ session built into the school day instead of after school.
  • Do you encourage parental involvement?
    Absolutely. After all, it takes a village to raise a child.
  • Are you planning to offer sixth-form provision?
    Yes. We would like to offer the IB Career-related Programme. At the moment there is some uncertainty over whether BTecs will continue to exist. Once this is clarified we will move forward with our application.
  • What about external candidates?
    We are registered with JCQ and can accept private candidates for most GCSEs and some A levels. Please email for more details.
  • What technology do you use?
    We are primarily a Google-tech school. This is partly because we think Google are the least bad of the big-tech companies, partly because they are very low-cost, but mostly because their products are generally so user-friendly and easy to learn.
  • How does assessment work in the IB?
    It's complicated - there will be a page on Assessment within the Curriculum section of the website. It is currently under construction.
  • What is an IB World School?
    An IB World School is a school that has been authorised by the International Baccalaureate (IB) organisation can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Programme).
  • What is the IB?
    The International Baccalaureate (IB) teaches programmes at more than 5,000 schools worldwide, with more than 70,000 educators, teaching over one million students. ​ The organisation's programmes aim to do more than most curricula, by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.
  • What are IGCSEs?
    An IGCSE is an International GCSE. They’re offered in many independent and private schools in the UK, and are recognised globally as equivalent to GCSEs. They are assessed mainly through exams, not coursework, so they’re better suited to online learning.
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