Public Benefit and Partnerships

College works in partnership with schools, charities and communities at a local, national and international level.

This includes dedicated and regular pupil volunteering at a range of primary schools, care homes, animal shelters and our local Open Door project, organised through our extensive Community Links programme, but this is just one example of our partnerships in action.

Alongside pupil volunteering, we also have a range of programmes, initiatives and wider strategic partnerships in place, and every year we continue to grow these connections and communities.


A key partnership for College is our involvement in the Cheltenham Education Partnership (CEP), which brings together the expertise of nine state and independent schools, alongside the University of Gloucestershire and a number of local charities and organisations. The partnership aims to ensure that all young people in the town have the opportunity to realise their potential and expand their horizons. It aims to foster social cohesion, encouraging innovative collaborations between members, as well as other organisations.

Pupils from CEP partner schools using the CLC StarLab planetarium

CEP Partners

We are delighted to work in close partnership with all schools and organisations that form the CEP (Cheltenham Education Partnership). Current members include:

  • All Saints’ Academy

  • Balcarras School

  • Cheltenham Borough Council

  • Cheltenham Bournside School

  • Cheltenham College

  • Cheltenham Festivals

  • Cheltenham Ladies' College

  • Cleeve School

  • Dean Close School

  • GCHQ / National Cyber Security Centre

  • GFirst LEP

  • Gloucestershire College

  • Gloucestershire County Council

  • Pittville School

  • St Edward’s School

  • Winchcombe School

  • University of Gloucestershire

"As a collective of secondary schools across Cheltenham, we are much more than the sum of our parts. Working in a truly collaborative way allows us to tap into the knowledge and experience amongst the pupil and staff bodies in the town. We would be foolish not to harness that to enrich the experiences for all."

Mr Will Parker, CLC CEP Lead


A recent initiative has seen CLC team up with Teen Tips, to give pupils, staff and parents access to an online Wellbeing Hub, developed by child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing experts. We support three local maintained schools with free access to the Hub too, meaning over 2,000 students from Pittville, Balcarras and The High School Leckhampton, as well as their parents and staff, can benefit from the resources, seminars and courses. 

Other recent initiatives include Laptops for Learning, swim teaching programmes, Starlab sessions, science conferences, and maths challenge events, among other projects.

CLC student volunteering at a Year 5 Maths Challenge Event hosted by the school.

Schools Together

You can find out more about College's partnership work in the community, and wider public benefit initiatives on the national database Schools Together.

While this does not cover all our activities or include many of our community links, the case studies listed on the database aim to provide an overview of some of College's larger projects and longstanding partnerships.