The Catholic School of St Gregory The Great Believe and Achieve

History of School

School Background
The Catholic School of Saint Gregory The Great was founded in Cheltenham in 1827 and has been on its present site since 1936. The distinctive curved wall near the astro turf is all that remains of the turntable that served St James' station. Prior to that, the land was owned by Mr and Mrs Jessop, after whom Jessop Avenue is named, who ran a nursery that grew fruit and crops for the town.



The School has a distinctive Catholic nature and is supported in its work by the Parishes of St. Gregory’s, Sacred Hearts and Kemerton. The School serves a wide, urban catchment area and its pupils travel from the town of Cheltenham and the outlying districts. The school is located in the centre of the town and serves a diverse social and cultural community of 406 pupils.


We provide excellent extended school provision in the form of a breakfast, after school, holiday club and Pre-School. We also have a variety of after school activities, residential and day trips and enrichment programmes which broaden the curriculum. The Catholic School of Saint Gregory The Great is extensively used for work and Student Teacher placements and by the local schools, colleges and university for work experience. The school also organises adult education for the families and local community. We have well established and successful relationships with other Children’s Services, Social Services, Health, Behaviour Support, Reintegration, Looked After Children’s Services, Family Workers, Educational Welfare Service and Child Protection Units.