Cheltenham Ladies’ College


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 855 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1853

General Information

Cheltenham Ladies’ College is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18. Educating 850 pupils from around the world, College is a large and vibrant community, with expert teaching and pastoral care, outstanding facilities and wide-ranging opportunities for co-curricular activities.

College was established in 1854, with the purpose of providing girls with a thorough academic education and, over 160 years later, we continue to be proud of our strong tradition of innovation and academic excellence.

We are committed to developing intellectually curious, self-motivated, enthusiastic young women with an enduring love of learning. Our alumni go on to study a range of subjects at top universities across the world and pursue fulfilling careers, often becoming leaders in their fields.

As we look to the future, we take inspiration from our history of pioneering girls’ education and our continued commitment to educational opportunities for young women.


We encourage every girl at College to express herself creatively and learn to work collaboratively. This is not only enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding in itself, but also helps to develop essential skills and self-confidence.

The Drama Department stages five or six main productions each year, most of which take place in the professional surrounding of our Parabola Arts Centre’s 325-seat theatre. Senior girls often assist in the directing of productions and make up the technical crew, supervised by the Technical Manager. The girls also have use of the dressing rooms, dance studio and black box studio theatre, which is fully equipped with lighting and sound. In addition, girls are able to study for LAMDA acting, musical theatre and communication exams with our visiting drama teachers.

Every week during term, more than 1,000 individual music lessons and ensembles take place, with a wide range of instruments taught either by permanent or visiting staff. Each year, College stages seven concerts, a House Music competition, a Piano Masterclass and competitions in Wind and Brass, Strings, Keyboard and Singing. A number of public concerts take place in guest venues such as Tewkesbury Abbey, Eton College, St. Paul's Cathedral or St. George's Chapel, Windsor.

Opened in 2015 and housed in a RIBA award-winning contemporary building, the new Engineering, Enterprise and Technology (EET) Department, incorporates the long-established Design and Technology (Textiles) curriculum alongside a newly launched Engineering curriculum for Lower College girls (Years 7-9). Girls learn practical skills and commercial awareness enabling them to express their creativity and equip the next generation of entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, technologists and innovators.

The Modern Languages Department at College is one of the largest in the UK. The five core languages taught are: Mandarin Chinese, French, Italian, German and Spanish. In addition, girls can study other languages, including Arabic, Dutch, Modern Greek, Russian and Japanese, alongside the main curriculum.

Our dedicated sports centre includes a 25m award-winning swimming pool, fitness suites, free weights theatre, sports hall and tennis and squash courts. The range of sports on offer includes Athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Clay Shooting, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Polo, Rowing, Squash, Skiing, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball and Water Polo. Girls are encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Outdoor Education Department offers a wide range of activities including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and mountain biking. Girls have recently visited destinations ranging from Peru and Borneo to India and Tanzania. The College’s new Health and Fitness Centre, due to open in early 2018, will also include a new sports hall, multi-purpose activity studio, multi-purpose dance studio, squash courts / multi-purpose studio spaces, fitness gym, and a rowing an erg area.

Girls who board live in one of our 11 boarding houses: six junior houses for 11-16 year olds and five senior houses for Sixth Form girls. All have common rooms, prep rooms, space for music practice and laundry facilities. Day girls have been an important part of our community since College was formed and are members of one of our four day houses: three junior houses for 11-16 year olds and one senior house for Sixth Form girls. The day girl community, numbering over 160, are integrated fully into the life of College and make an important contribution to the overall success of the school.

GCSEs, IGCSEs, A Levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme are offered. The Cambridge Pre-U is offered in Chinese. On average, over the last five years, pupils have achieved 65% A* grades at GCSE/IGCSE and 74% A*-A grades at A Level. In 2015 and 2016, the College was the best girls boarding school in the UK for IB results. The Professional Guidance Centre supports the girls with their options for further study, university applications and careers, including support for US and Oxbridge applications.

There are also over 165 co-curricular options on offer to the girls each week. From Guitar Club to Scuba, and Engineering Club to Astronomy in one of the most high tech inflatable digital Starlabs in Europe, these opportunities reflect the breadth of girls’ curiosity and the far-reaching expertise of teachers and staff.

Entrance Requirements

Entry is by College’s own entrance examination. Scholarship assessments take place in February for 11+ and 13+ or November for 16+.


Scholarships that recognise talent and potential are offered at key entry points. These include Academic, Sport, Art, Drama, Music and Organ awards and scholarships, as well as exhibitions, to recognise ability in these or related areas, plus awards specifically for day girl applicants.

Open Days

Monday Coffee Morning: Mon. 21st May. Friday Open Days: Fri. 20th April and Fri. 29th June .


2017/2018. Boarding: £11,870 per term. Day: £7,970 per term. *The following fees apply to new Sixth Form entrants only - Boarding: £13,370 per term, Day: £9,070 per term.


ISI Inspection 2014

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Ms Eve Jardine-Young

Contact for enquiries: Dr Hilary Laver, Director of Admissions

Cheltenham Ladies’ College
Bayshill Road
GL50 3EP

[t]: 01242 520691

Location Description

The College campus is located in the heart of Cheltenham, one of England's most beautiful Regency towns and is situated in the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are easy road and rail links, with Bristol, Birmingham and Oxford, all accessible within an hour's travel. Regular trains and buses also run to London which is approximately 100 miles away. Cheltenham Spa Station is located approximately 20 minutes' walk from College.

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School News

Congratulations to Sixth Form pupil Kofo, who was nominated by GE Aviation to be Industrial Cadet of the Year.

Kofo was chosen by GE Aviation after

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her work experience at their facility in Cheltenham during the summer.

She was nominated for the Engineering Development Trust award and, while Kofo unfortunately did not made the list of finalists, she has been invited to attend the Award Ceremony to network with other young budding engineers and engineering professionals.

GE Aviation nominated Kofo because they were particularly impressed with her “genuine interest, enthusiasm, passion, positivity and insightful questions”.

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With some notable success at the races this year, we were delighted at prize giving to make it onto the podium five times.

The team was

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made up of:
A – Rose, Alex and Sophie
B – Luisa, Sonya and Stella
Reserves – JoJo and Starr

There are two medal categories used for this competition:

Registered racers – necessary if you wish to enter national competitions and gain a ‘seeding’ similar to a rating in tennis – and non registered racers – this category accounts for the majority of girls and means they are not doing a huge number of races ‘on the circuit’.

Medal winners were:

Rose – 3rd place in slalom and 3rd place in the combined results from the two events of slalom and giant slalom as an U16 (in her first year in this age group).

Sonya – 3rd place in slalom and 3rd place in the combined results from the two events of slalom and giant slalom as an U14 (in her first competition).

Alex – 3rd place in slalom as a U14 registered skier. This result for Alex, who has only just become a registered skier since entering the Anglo / Scottish Champs at Christmas, means that she has now qualified for the British Championships in Tignes, France at Easter.

In addition, the parallel slalom team (Sophie, Alex, Rose) also won the plate competition.

Sadly, all this was achieved without one of our best skiers, Binia, due to an injury she sustained over the Christmas holiday.

Ski Girl Races Feb 2018 4

It goes without saying that the girls have worked extremely hard to achieve this success. Another reason for this recent success is undoubtedly our strong relationship with Kandahar Racing club. Our thanks go to them for providing the training at the dry slope and, most importantly, providing the structure to allow some girls the opportunity to join their training camps on snow during the holidays.

Congratulations go to all the girls on their outstanding performances at the races this year.

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Girls at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are celebrating their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results today having achieved an impressive average of 39.4 points, which carries a

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UCAS tariff equivalent to A*A*A*A at A Level.

The results, released this afternoon, saw 100% of the students pass their Diploma with marks significantly higher than the national average of 30 points.

Poppy Sowerby, from Cheltenham, was awarded the highest possible grade of 45 points out of 45, which was achieved by just 0.31% of students last year, from more than 67,000 IB pupils worldwide.

The IB Diploma is made up of Higher and Standard level subjects and two other students, Matilda Fawcett from Stroud, and Tofunmi Adeyemi from Lagos, Nigeria, have joined Poppy in achieving full marks in all three of their Higher Level subjects. Two girls also achieved Bilingual Diplomas, mastering two languages to native speaker standard.

The students will now go on to universities across the UK, including Oxford, Bath, and Imperial College London, as well as world-leading US universities, including Harvard and University of Pennsylvania.

Principal Eve Jardine-Young said: “I am very proud of the girls and we are all absolutely delighted that the hard work and dedication of our pupils and staff has led to such outstanding results. The option to take the IB Diploma Programme adds a great deal to the distinctive education at CLC.”

Since its introduction at Cheltenham Ladies’ College in 2008, the IB Diploma Programme has seen the pupils achieving high results year on year and, for the past two years, has led to the school being named top girls boarding school in the country for IB.

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In the 19th century, the founding of College redefined girls’ education and our reputation spread nationally and globally. We are committed to continuing our pioneering

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role in the education of young women, offering them outstanding choice in both the academic and co-curricular spheres, to ensure that they are prepared to take their place in an increasingly complex and challenging world.

In order to maintain the quality of this exceptional and historic learning environment, we are making an investment in our facilities and estate that is second only in scale to that of our founders. The boarding refurbishment programme is now in its fourth year, with two junior houses fully refurbished and significant improvements being made to others.

Over the next decade we plan to establish a bursary endowment fund and invest in two major capital projects – a new Health and Fitness Centre and a bespoke STEM facility.

Building work has commenced on our new Health and Fitness Centre and the facility is due to open in early 2018.  In addition to the current sports hall and pool, it will feature:

A new sports hall

A multi-purpose activity studio

A multi-purpose dance studio

5 squash courts / multi-purpose studio spaces

A 58-station fitness gym with free weights & spin area and a rowing & erg area

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On Saturday 4th February, the UC and SFC girls were fortunate enough to attend the Principal’s Lecture, this time given by Ms Jardine-Young herself, on

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the topic of Education for Life.

Through relaying her own experiences, she identified the importance of a growth mindset, and that learning should be continuous, rather than just associated with formal education. She described her formative years in Malawi; particularly how she benefitted from a multi-cultural upbringing and the enterprising, pioneering spirit of those around her.

Experiencing this, she said, instigated her dedication to early academic and extracurricular opportunities, and a steadfast determination, even during setbacks in her career. She emphasised the importance of perspective during high-pressure situations, alluding to her own interview for the position of headmistress, and how her development came from the process, not just the result.

Ms Jardine-Young revealed how this attitude towards learning influences her vision for CLC; to create a community of students and staff that foster a similar mentality, and that College remains an adaptive institution in years to come. She quoted Alvin Toffler with, “Illiterate in the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those that cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”.

Following this, special guest Duncan Piper of The Unreasonables, a leadership organisation, argued that an avid appetite for learning and ‘coachability’ are paramount qualities in those who effect change. He also discussed the need for versatility and resourcefulness in the uncertainty of the 21st century. Mr Piper concluded the thoroughly enjoyable lecture, inspiring many by declaring his belief that CLC girls all have the potential to become great leaders.

Alexandra Beukers, SFC1

Girls at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are celebrating excellent A Level results today, with a total of 62 girls achieving three or more A* or A

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grades (50% of all those sitting A Levels).

In addition to the 124 girls who sat A Levels, 36 pupils received outstanding International Baccalaureate (IB) results in July, with an average points score of 40.0, which carries a UCAS tariff equivalent to A*A*A*A.

Many pupils have secured places and scholarships at leading UK and US universities to study a range of courses, including Chemical Engineering and Law at Cambridge, and PPE, French and Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford, as well as securing places at Berkeley, New York University (NYU) and Minerva in the US.

Exceptional individual achievements will be enabling CLC students to pursue their higher education goals, including Nina Banbury (Courtauld Institute), Georgiana Gilgallon-Scoular (Philosophy at Cambridge), Lucinda Kirk (Languages at Oxford), Isabella Sheridan (International Relations at St Andrews), and Alice Pringle (Mechanical Engineering at Bristol).

Xara Davies has secured a prestigious Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia, which provides a full financial support worth over £250,000. Exceptionally, Eleanor Wang scored full marks for individual Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics components as she achieved 4 A*s in her A Levels in addition to an A* in the Extended Project Qualification. Eleanor will now go on to read Medicine at Cambridge.

Eve Jardine-Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, said: “We are extremely proud of all the girls and staff, whose hard work and inspiration has enabled such wonderful results.”


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Girls at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are celebrating their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results today having achieved an impressive average of 39.6 points, which carries a

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UCAS tariff equivalent to A*A*A*A at A Level.

The results, released yesterday afternoon, saw 100% of the students pass their Diploma with marks significantly higher than the 2015 national average of 29.8 points.

Named best boarding school in the UK for IB results last year, CLC saw the largest number of students taking the Diploma since it was introduced in 2008.

Three girls also achieved Bilingual Diplomas, mastering two languages to native speaker standard, and a number of girls have gained places at world-leading US universities, including Dartmouth, Berkeley and Duke, as well as many who will study in the UK.

Among these achievements, Isabella Crane from Cheltenham, Rachel Manson from Churcham, and Christiana McMurdo from Georgetown, Cayman Islands, all achieved full marks in their Higher Level exams. They will now go on to study History and International Relations at Exeter, Dentistry at Birmingham and Law at Durham.

Principal Eve Jardine Young said: “We are absolutely delighted for the girls and staff, all of whom have enjoyed this stimulating and rewarding Diploma programme which brings so much to the distinctive educational experience at CLC. These are quite simply fantastic results.”


On Saturday 19th March, Athena Ko Woo came to College to speak about her career in finance. Ms Ko Woo studied economics while at College and

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went on to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford, before beginning a successful career in the City of London.

In her talk, Ms Ko Woo spoke about her career experiences, first in investment banking and now in running her own company, which was really interesting to hear. We were also able to ask her about anything economics related, whether it was about careers in finance or economic issues in general. This prompted a diverse and eclectic array of questions, ranging from the effects of a potential Brexit, to the importance of being genuine and trustworthy, and the challenges of striking a balance between work and family life. It was a fascinating talk and proved to be a thought-provoking discussion for everyone.

Ms Ko Woo has also kindly donated the Ko Woo Economics Prize, which was awarded by the Economics Department for the first time this year. The competition was assessed in two stages. For the first stage, we had to outline what economics means to us, as well as write an essay of 1,000 words on one of the following prescribed titles:

  • Is there a better way out of the debt crisis than fiscal austerity?
  • A breakup of the euro provides the best hope for a durable recovery of the European economy. Discuss.
  • Does the international mobility of talent make it impossible to tax the rich?
  • To what extent can we use ideas drawn from behavioural economics to help address specific social and economic problems?

The second stage involved an interview with Ms Jardine-Young, in which we discussed the essays from the first stage, as well as broader economics-related topics. Writing my essay, on the third title, was a new and enjoyable experience as I had never previously written an economics essay external to the Sixth Form curriculum. I was able to explore an unfamiliar topic without constraints and could draw from wider reading and interests.

I’d like to thank Ms Ko Woo for donating such an exciting prize and for taking the time to return to College to speak to us all.

Emma Jing (SFC2)

Cheltenham Ladies’ College’s Upcycled Fashion Show 2016 celebrated the creativity and ingenuity of the College’s designers and makers, with an innovative range of entries made

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from playing cards, bin bags, old sheet music and much more.

The show opened with an inspiring talk from ethical fashion entrepreneur Giovanna Eastwood, who judged the competition alongside Guild member Sophie O’Kane (a 2013 leaver). Both are directly involved in promoting ethical fashion through Giovanna’s business Ethical Collection.

The event incorporated a Junior House Trashion Competition, where girls worked as a team within their houses to produce garments made entirely from rubbish. There were also over 30 individual entries, which showed an outstanding degree of inventiveness and skill.

The winning individual entries were created by Upper College girls (years 10 and 11) and included a stunning pair of foil trousers with a crazed pattern, inspired by a cracked phone screen, and a 1970s style sheer dress embellished with used party balloons that were skilfully stitched on by hand.

The girls from Junior House Sidney Lodge were victorious for the second year running in the House Trashion category. Their entry was a sculptural creation made from inflated used bin bags and decorated with shards of unwanted CDs.

Generous prizes were provided by Sweaty Betty.

Now in its thirteenth year, the annual Philosophy and Ethics Conference, organised and hosted by College, saw 400 Sixth Form students of Religious Studies and

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Philosophy from across the South West gather to hear three eminent speakers.

The first two, Professors Barry Smith and Patrick Haggard, both from University College London, gave their different interpretations of the famous Libet experiments and its implications for the question of free will.

We also heard Dr Michael Lacewing of Heythrop College, University of London, talking about the issue of evil. One attendee said that it was another excellent day and that “the speakers added a contemporary edge to the debate this year”.

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