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Our Ethos

Godstowe girls arrive at Cheltenham Ladies' College with independent minds, the aspiration to succeed, the ability to participate and with a great sense of fun.

Vicky Tuck, Principal, Cheltenham Ladies' College

Godstowe is, in many ways, a remarkable school

Why? Because we care. We care enough to put personal development at the heart of everything we do. In our opinion, it is more important than anything else and needs to be pivotal in any education programme. We care enough to build our curriculum around the needs of our children and we care enough to ensure that it is accessible to everyone, whatever their ability.

Our ethos is simple. We don't agonise over unwieldy, clichéd often pretentious mission statements. All we want is for our girls and boys to be Confident, Happy and Successful. Indeed, if the first two are true, the third will almost certainly follow. Keep them busy, entertain and intrigue them, encourage them, excite them. Give them a curriculum as broad as it is deep and, for goodness sake, give them skills for life. That’s all. No more. No less.

Happy children are easy to teach. With outstanding, highly qualified teaching staff, excellent facilities, wonderful surroundings, a non-selective intake policy and a more positive and industrious atmosphere than you will find in other schools, it is likely that most of our children will be happy to learn, happy to stretch themselves, happy to support each other and happy to do whatever they can to take an active part in their own education. Why push children through the curriculum when you can lead them through?

Education is, actually, a very simple business - don’t listen to anyone who tells you any different. All you need do, if you can, is make children love it and we hope that is just what we do. You would be surprised how much you can get out of highly motivated, enthusiastic people. I don’t just mean the girls and boys. I mean the staff and the parents too!

Godstowe is alive with opportunity. Remember, to learn a lesson you need to live it.

David Gainer, Headmaster

Godstowe girls arrive at Cheltenham Ladies' College with independent minds, the aspiration to succeed, the ability to participate and with a great sense of fun.

Vicky Tuck, Principal, Cheltenham Ladies' College