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Our History

Rendcomb College dates back to 1920 when it was founded by Frederick Noel Hamilton Wills whose uncle and cousins had earlier endowed buildings at Bristol University. 

There has been a house and a church in Rendcomb since the 12th Century and were both rebuilt in the late 17th Century. The house and estate was owned by the Berkeley Family until the early 20th Century and was first put on sale in 1913. Frederick Noel Hamilton Wills purchased the village and houses in 1918 and alongside J H Simpson as Headmaster, Noel Wills opened the school for twelve boys in June 1920.

Girls were introduced into Rendcomb College’s Sixth Form in 1972 and the school became fully co-educational in 1992. The Junior School was opened in 2000 and the Nursery opened in 2005 providing a continuous education at Rendcomb College from the age of 3 to 18.

Located in the picturesque Cotswold village of Rendcomb, the College provides a safe, stimulating and enchanting environment for our pupils who benefit from the ample on-site facilities within our 230 acre estate.