Cheltenham Ladies’ College


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Girls
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Interdenominational
  • Roll: 0 (Boys) 845 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1853

Open Days


Friday Open Day: 13th September, 10.30am - 2pm

Sixth Form Open Day: Saturday 21st September

Saturday Open Day: 5th October, 9.30am - 2pm


Monday Open Day: 27th January, 11am - 2pm

Friday Open Days: 17th January and 26th June, both 10.30am - 2pm

Saturday Open Days: 7th March and 6th June, both 9.30am - 2pm


2019/2020. Boarding: £12,780 per term. Day: £8,580 per term. *The following fees apply to new Sixth Form entrants only - Boarding: £14,390 per term, Day: £9,760 per term.

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Ms Eve Jardine-Young

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

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Girls at College are celebrating their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results having achieved an impressive average of 40.1 points, equivalent to 4 A*s

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at A Level and more than 10 points higher than the 2018 world average of 29.8 points.

These are the joint second-best outcomes that College has achieved in 10 years. Particularly impressive is that 68% of students from the Class of 2019 achieved 40 points or more.

Two girls, Jenny and Cindy, have been awarded the highest possible grade of 45 points. Last year, just 0.39% of 163,000 IB pupils worldwide achieved this grade. Over the last 10 years, 4% of CLC pupils have achieved full marks in their IB Diplomas.

Two girls, Lulu and Cindy, also achieved bilingual diplomas. Unprecedented for College is that Cindy qualified for her bilingual diploma while also achieving 45 points and studying four subjects at higher level.

Girls from the IB Class of 2019 have secured places at a number of prestigious universities, including Yale, Princeton, Georgetown, Pennsylvania, Brown and Carnegie Mellon in the US, as well as a range of top UK universities, including Oxford, Durham, LSE, Bristol, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Exeter and UCL.

Pupils will go on to study a wide range of subjects, including Medicine, Engineering, Management, Liberal Arts, Literature, Architecture, Geography, French & History, Psychology and Biomedical Sciences.

Principal Eve Jardine-Young said: “I am delighted and proud 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 and prepares the students extremely well for university studies both in the UK and elsewhere.”

Since Cheltenham Ladies’ College began teaching the IB Diploma programme, pupils have consistently achieved high results, with the school named top girls’ boarding school in the country for IB in three of the last four years.

On Saturday 2nd February, UC5 and SFC pupils had the privilege of listening to a talk by Sir John Gurdon, a pioneer in the field

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of developmental biology and Nobel Prize winner for his work in stem cell research.

Sir John’s talk centred around how ordinary skin cells could be reprogrammed into specialised cells, such as those existing in the heart, and how this carries enormous implications for the future of transplantation and treatment of long-term illnesses. For example, macular (eye) degeneration, a common affliction affecting the elderly, could be halted by replacing damaged eye cells with new ones created using stem cells, providing greater quality of life. Sir John also explored the challenges facing scientists in this field, such as cells retaining ‘gene memory’ which creates a barrier to reprogramming.

Sir John went on to speak about gene editing tools such as CRISPR, which allow scientists to remove or replace genes, but which also raise significant ethical dilemmas for the scientific community. For instance, while some illnesses such as Hunter Syndrome could be eliminated using gene editing, the same tools could be used to decide the gender or eye colour of an unborn foetus. Gene editing on this scale could also have wider implications, for example insurance companies may exploit the opportunity to reduce coverage for those with ‘risky’ genes. Thus, Sir John called ethics ‘the great uncertainty of the future’, with respect to how it may limit our ability to take advantage of life-changing treatments.

Questions from students were wide-ranging. For instance, Sir John was asked whether stem cell research could benefit those suffering from memory-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, allowing us to further explore the use of stem cells in all areas of medical research.

Overall, the opportunity of listening to an expert at the forefront of his field was incredibly inspirational, especially given that he was encouraged not to take up science as a career while at secondary school!

Nicole (SFC2)

Pupils at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are preparing to welcome an inspirational U17 football team, made up of 15 girls from Indian slum communities, when

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their first UK tour arrives in Cheltenham on Monday 1st October.

The tour is the first of its kind for the girls’ football team, after the boys’ team toured the UK in 2017. Both teams were set up by The OSCAR Foundation, a not for profit organisation based in Mumbai that uses football to encourage underprivileged girls and boys to go to school.

Pupils at CLC have been working on fundraising initiatives and support, for both The OSCAR Foundation and the 2018 # kicklikeagirl UK tour, along with pupils at five other schools across the country.

Eve Jardine-Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, said: “We are delighted that the OSCAR girls’ football team will be staying with us during their UK tour. Both the team and the foundation are inspirational to staff and pupils, and we look forward to welcoming them to CLC and hosting some fantastic football matches, assemblies and workshops.”

Before OSCAR, many of the girls in slum communities did not go to school, instead learning to cook and clean, and often preparing for illegal early marriages. OSCAR aims to stop this cycle by educating and empowering the girls to change their community’s mindset.

Ashok Rathod, founder of The OSCAR Foundation, said: “A football tour for girls is not only a major step forward for OSCAR but for India too. The 2017 boys’ tour proved that exposure to UK culture made an enormously positive impact. The boys have upped their game, they believe in their dreams. We need to convince girls they too deserve a future. With the support of the UK schools we know we can do this.”

Lucinda Sowerbutts, Tour Organiser, added: “The children selected for the OSCAR tour come from very poor uneducated families. Some of the girls have very harrowing personal stories and they live in basic houses with no running water or bathroom. This opportunity is a lifeline. The host schools will learn and benefit as much as the OSCAR team.”

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Year 11 girls at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are celebrating the school’s best GCSE results for well over 10 years, with the top A*

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/ 9 / 8 grades accounting for almost three quarters (74.3%) of all results.

Despite 2018 bringing a turbulent year of GCSE reforms nationally, with many students’ results now coming under both the old A*-E and the new 9-1 grading systems, pupils at CLC have achieved an impressive 92.2% of all results at the A*-A / 9-7 grade.

Under the new system, grade 9 is classified as higher than an A* grade. At Cheltenham Ladies’ College, 42.3% results were awarded this highest 9 grade, nearly 10 times the national average of 4.3% of grades.

Top achievers at the school include 25 girls who have received straight A* / 9 / 8 grades, accounting for more than a fifth of the total year group. Remarkably, almost two thirds of pupils (65.3%) have achieved straight A*-A / 9-7 grades across all their subjects.

Students have been awarded over 90% A*-A / 9-7 grades across 19 subjects. These include core subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and English Literature, many languages including German, Arabic, Italian, Chinese, French, Japanese and Russian, and a broad range of other subjects such as History, Geography, Art, Food & Nutrition, Music, PE and RS.

Across the cohort of 118 pupils taking GCSEs at the school, A*-B / 9-5 grades account for 98.8% results this year.

Eve Jardine-Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, said: “These spectacular results reflect the dedication and commitment of all our girls and staff, and I am absolutely delighted for them all.”

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Girls at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are celebrating outstanding A Level results today, with a record number of girls achieving at least 4 A*

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With A* grades making up almost a third of results (30.4%), this year the school has seen 15 pupils achieve 4 or more A* grades at A Level, the highest number since the A* grade was introduced in 2010.

Across the cohort, nearly two-thirds of all results (65.2%) are A* or A grades, while an impressive 92% of results are A*-B grades.

Exceptional individual achievements from across the Class of 2018, which encompasses the results of IB, A Level and Pre-U students, include 20 girls who have met the requirements of their Oxbridge offers. These offers comprise places to study Maths, Material Sciences, English, and Medicine at Oxford, and Natural Sciences, History of Art, Law, Engineering, and Classics at Cambridge, among others.

Girls have also secured places at a number of top global universities, including Yale, Stanford, Brown, Southern California, Parsons School of Design and many other top US colleges, as well as the prestigious University of Hong Kong (HKU).

Eve Jardine-Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, said: “I was delighted to see how excellently our girls and teachers have responded to the new Linear A Level system of assessment. I am incredibly proud of all the girls and staff, whose dedication and hard work has led to such outstanding results this year.”

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.

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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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