Cheltenham Ladies' College
|Motto||Cœlesti Luce Crescat (May she grow in Heavenly light)|
Boarding and day school
- 1 History
- 2 Structure and academic results
- 3 Houses
- 4 Co-curriculars
- 5 Uniform
- 6 Admissions
- 7 Inspections
- 8 Notable staff
- 9 Notable pupils
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The school was founded in 1853 after six individuals, including the Principal and Vice-Principal of Cheltenham College for Boys and four other men, decided to create a girls' school that would be similar to Cheltenham College for Boys. On 13 February 1854, the first 82 students began attending the school, with Annie Procter serving as the school's Principal. In 1858, upon Procter resigning from her position, the Principal's post was taken by Dorothea Beale, a prominent suffragist educator who introduced subjects such as maths and science, despite parental opposition, and later founded St Hilda's College, Oxford. She was commemorated by a Cheltenham Civic Society blue plaque in 2017.
The school badge depicts two doves, taken from the Cheltenham town coat of arms, above three stars, which are in turn above a daisy, a school symbol.
Structure and academic results
The school is divided into three divisions, Lower College (KS3), Upper College (KS4) and Sixth Form College (KS5). The school gives pupils a choice in what they study. A range of subject combinations is available to Upper College girls at GCSE, and for Sixth Form girls at A Level or International Baccalaureate (IB). Tutors are full-time academic members of staff and advise girls on matters relating to their academic work and progress, while the Professional Guidance Centre gives advice on career options and university applications. Most students go on to continue higher education.
The school's academic results are high, both compared to the national average and within the independent sector. From 2014-17, the school reported that over two thirds of A Level results and approximately 90% of GCSE results were A* or A grades. Since 2015, the school has been the top girls boarding school in the country for IB results for three consecutive years.
Members of an alumnae association of over 9,000 former pupils, across 80 different countries, keep in contact and offer work placements and careers advice.
The school is made up of around 80% boarders and 20% day girls. Whether boarders or day girls, students are part of a junior or senior house and are supervised by a Housemistress and a team of House Staff.
Girls who board live in one of eleven boarding houses. There are six junior houses for 11- to 16-year-olds, and five senior houses for sixth form girls. The junior houses are Farnley Lodge, Glenlee, Sidney Lodge, St. Austin's, St. Helen's, and St. Margaret's. At Sixth Form, all girls move to a senior house. The senior houses are Beale, Cambray, Elizabeth, Roderic and St. Hilda's. Each house is run by a housemistress and several resident staff. The housemistresses have a lighter teaching load with a full-time commitment supervising their boarders.
Junior day girls have their own base in Eversleigh, where the three junior houses, Bellairs, Glengar and St. Clare, are located. The senior day girl house, Bayshill, is situated in the main college site.
The House system plays a large role in pastoral care. The pupils are also supported by an Academic Tutor and have access to a 24-hour Medical Centre. In 2015, the school also launched a Wellbeing Programme for all pupils.
Over 160 co-curricular activities are available.
Music and Drama
The Music and Drama departments offer productions and concerts each year involving all age groups. Over 1,000 individual instrumental lessons take place each week.
In October 2009, Sir Richard Eyre opened the school's new drama building, The Parabola Arts Centre (PAC). The building was built by Foster Wilson Architects and cost over £12.5 million, funded by donations. The school is a major sponsor of the Cheltenham Music, Literature, Jazz and Science Festivals and events are hosted at the centre annually. The PAC building was awarded the RIBA award. In 2010, Sharman Macdonald (Keira Knightley's mother) was commissioned to write the college's play. In 2016, the school also invested in a new recording studio.
In 2018, the school opened a new Health and Fitness Centre.
Sports facilities include a 25-metre six-lane ozone swimming-pool with no chlorine, eight netball courts, 24 tennis courts, five squash courts, two AstroTurf fields, four lacrosse pitches, a spin studio, two dance studios and two sports halls, which can be used for Football, Netball, Lacrosse, Hockey, Basketball, Badminton, Trampolining, Gymnastics, and Indoor Tennis. A membership is available to any member of the public at a monthly cost.
Over 30 sports are offered, and students are encouraged to maintain their fitness and wellbeing through physical exercise. The main sports are Netball, Lacrosse and Hockey in the winter, and Tennis, Swimming and Athletics in the Summer. The school also has a well-established Rowing Club, and Equestrian and Ski teams.
There are many annual inter-house competitions for sports, music and drama.
Girls in the Lower and Upper College wear a kilt, with light blue shirt and dark blue blazer. Sixth formers wear a green tweed jacket and a choice of a dark blue skirt or trousers, with a light blue shirt. There are occasional days when girls are allowed to wear their own choice of clothes in return for a donation to charity. Girls use their own bags.
Entrance to Cheltenham Ladies' College is by examination for girls aged 11+, 13+ and 16+ (Sixth Form), as well as occasionally at 12+ and 14+ where only a few students are admitted. A number of academic, art, music and sports scholarships are awarded each year and financial assistance with fees is available. Girls applying to the Sixth Form are required to achieve high grades at GCSE or IGCSE in the subjects they intend to study for A Levels or IB.
In the Financial Times' secondary school ranking, Cheltenham Ladies College was placed at no. 14 in 2010 and no. 34 in 2011. The college was the top girls boarding school and 6th overall in UK rankings for the International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2017.
The Tatler School Guide 2018 notes that "confident, resilient, clever girls flourish" at the college. The Good Schools Guide described the school as "a top flight school with strong traditional values and a clear sense of purpose. For the bright and energetic all rounder this school offers an exceptional education that is both broad and deep, with endless opportunities for fun and enrichment along the way."
- Winifred Lily Boys-Smith (1865–1939)
- U. A. Fanthorpe (1929–2009), poet
- Charlotte Laurie (died 1933), botanist
- Eleanor Mary Reid (1860–1953), palaeobotanist
Guild is the association of College's former pupils.
- Florence Farr, actress and mistress of George Bernard Shaw
- Bridget Riley, artist
- Sophie Solomon, violinist
- Kristin Scott Thomas, actress
- Katharine Hamnett, fashion designer
- Damaris Hayman, actress
- Cherry Healey, television presenter
- Judith Ledeboer, architect and housing reformer
- Leyly Matine-Daftary, modernist painter
- Charlotte Reather, comedy writer and actress
- Talulah Riley, actress
- Amanda Wakeley, fashion designer
Politics, law and civil service
- Violet Brooke-Hunt, community organizer and volunteer in Boer War
- Elizabeth Gass, Lady Gass, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset since 1998
- Cheryl Gillan, Conservative Member of Parliament and former Secretary of State for Wales
- Sally Keeble, Labour Member of Parliament
- Rachel Lomax, the first woman Deputy Governor of the Bank of England
- Fiona Mactaggart, Labour Member of Parliament
- Cicely Mayhew, UK's first female diplomat
- Gareth Peirce, defence lawyer
- Amber Rudd, Home Secretary (2016-2018)
Sciences, technology, engineering
- Mary Archer, scientist and chair of the trustees of the Science Museum Group
- Prue Barron, surgeon
- Louisa Aldrich-Blake, first female Master of Surgery
- Mary Collins, immunologist
- Maud Cunnington, archaeologist
- Lillias Hamilton, doctor and author
- Margaret Lowenfeld, paediatrician and child psychotherapist
- Clare Marx, first female President of the Royal College of Surgeons (2014-2017), Chair of the General Medical Council (January 2019)
- Helen Mackay, first female Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
- Liz Miller, former neurosurgeon and mental health campaigner
- Frances Ritchie, nurse
- Helena Rosa Wright (née Lowenfeld), doctor and pioneer of family planning
- Hilary Andersson, journalist and presenter
- Phyllis Bentley, novelist and authority on the Bronte family
- Rosie Boycott, journalist and former editor of The Independent and the Daily Express
- D. K. Broster, novelist
- Katharine Burdekin, author
- Amy Key Clarke, mystical poet, author and senior teacher at the school, also wrote histories of the school
- Janet E. Courtney, writer
- Beatrice Harraden, writer and suffragette
- Phoebe Hesketh, poet
- Lisa Jardine, historian, author and broadcaster
- Margaret Kennedy, novelist
- Sue Lloyd-Roberts, television journalist
- Kate Reardon, journalist
- Betty Ridley, journalist
- Mira Sethi, journalist
- May Sinclair, writer
- Caroline Spurgeon, literary critic
- Robin Stevens, children's author
- Jenny Uglow, biographer
- Margaret Winifred Vowles, author
- Sarah Wardle, poet
- Grace Wyndham Goldie, first Head of BBC News & Current Affairs
- Annette Bear-Crawford, suffragette
- Tamara Beckwith, socialite
- Mary Russell, Duchess of Bedford, 11th Duchess of Bedford
- Mary Boyce, scholar of Zoroastrianism
- Dame Helen Gwynne-Vaughan, Commandant of the Women's Royal Air Force and Chief Controller of the Auxiliary Territorial Service
- Jane Ellen Harrison, classical scholar
- Hermione Hobhouse, historian
- Nicola Horlick, investment fund manager (ran away)
- Eve Jardine-Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College
- HRH Princess Raja Zarith Sofiah, consort of the King of Johor, Malaysia (future Queen of Malaysia)
- Agnes Royden, preacher and suffragette
- Anne Willan, Founder of École de Cuisine La Varenne (Paris, Burgundy & Los Angeles)
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