Cheltenham Ladies’ College opened its doors 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, academic excellence and empowerment in the education of young women.
About the school
Educating 850 pupils from around the world, College is a large and vibrant community of boarding and day girls, with expert teaching and pastoral care, outstanding facilities, as well as wide-ranging opportunities for co-curricular activities.
We are committed to developing intellectually curious, self-motivated, enthusiastic young women with an enduring love of learning. Our alumnae go on to study a wide 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.
CLC pupil achieves highest mark in the world for English IGCSE
A pupil at Cheltenham Ladies' College has received the highest mark in the world for English Literature IGCSE.
2nd March 2020 — Alisha, who is now a Sixth Form pupil at Cheltenham Ladies' College, recently received a Cambridge Top in the World Award for the mark she achieved in her English Literature IGCSE. These awards are given to learners worldwide who achieve the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject.
Another CLC student, who wished to remain anonymous, also achieved the highest mark in the world for IGCSE Biology and received a Cambridge Top in the World Award.
Across the 2019 cohort, pupils achieved an impressive 73.9% A* / 9 / 8 grades at GCSE. These results, along with an outstanding 72.4% A*-A grades at A Level, saw the school named the top in the South West for both GCSE and A Level by The Times and The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power Guide 2020’.
With an average point score of 40, CLC was also named top boarding school in the world for the International Baccalaureate for 2019 by the ‘Global Top 50 IB Schools Table’.
CLC pupils secure early offers from top international universities
Cheltenham Ladies' College Sixth Form pupils have already received many prestigious early university offers both in the UK and internationally.
7th February 2020 — Early US offers for Cheltenham Ladies' College pupils include Princeton (with a rowing scholarship), Stanford, NYU, Dartmouth, U Penn, Boston, Pratt Institute and USC. In the UK, offers so far include Oxbridge offers and Medicine offers at universities such as KCL, St George’s, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Birmingham. Pupils have received offers to read Law at Cambridge, KCL, Warwick, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, UCL and Durham.
The pupils continue to opt for a diverse range of subjects and universities. Some highlights so far this year include offers to read; Product Design at Leeds, Liberal Arts at KCL, Film and Television at Bristol, Geography at Oxford, Computer Science at Exeter, Chemical Engineering at Cambridge, Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial, Computer Science and Philosophy at Oxford, PPE at Durham, Experimental Psychology at Oxford, Social Anthropology at SOAS, International Management at Bath, Biological Sciences at Edinburgh, French and Italian at UCL, Mathematics at Imperial, Aerospace Engineering at Bath, Geophysics at Durham, English at KCL, Art History & Visual Culture at Exeter, Environmental Geoscience at UCL, and History at Cambridge.
International offers beyond the UK and the US include Bocconi University, IE University in Spain and Hong Kong University.
UC5 (Year 11) students at Cheltenham Ladies' College are celebrating fantastic GCSE results today, with the top 9/8/A* grades accounting for 72.5% of all results. Of the 129 pupils who took GCSE examinations this year, 25% achieved straight 9/8/A* grades.
22nd August 2019 — Results at the highest possible grade of 9 (classified as higher than an A*) accounted for 45.8% of the total, and pupils have achieved an impressive 89.7% of all results at 9/8/7/A*/A grades.
Remarkably, over half of this year's cohort (55.8%) have achieved straight 9/8/A* - 7/A grades across all their subjects.
Reflecting the breadth of study at College, students have been awarded GCSEs in 23 different subjects. These include core subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English Language and English Literature, many languages including German, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, French, Classical Greek and Russian, and a broad range of other subjects such as History, Classical Civilisation, Geography, Drama, Computing, Art, Food & Nutrition, Music, and Religious Studies.
9/8/A* - 6/5/B grades account for 98.9% of results this year.
Principal Eve Jardine-Young said: 'This year's terrific results are a product of the hard work and dedication of all our students and staff, and I am extremely proud of everything they have achieved.'
CLC Students Celebrate Outstanding A Level Results
Cheltenham Ladies' College students are celebrating outstanding A Level outcomes today, with A* grades making up almost a third of results (31.1%).
15th August 2019 — This year, 10 pupils have gained four or more A* grades at A Level, and 23 have achieved three A* grades or more.
Across the cohort of 129 students, 71.2% of grades are A* or A, while an impressive 89.6% are A*- B.
Exceptional individual achievements from across the Class of 2019, which encompasses the results of our IB, A Level and Pre-U students, include one student who achieved 6 A* grades at A Level, and 17 girls who have met the requirements of their Oxbridge offers. These offers comprise places to study Medicine, Economics, Law, Theology, and Geography at Oxford, and English, Engineering, History of Art, Maths, Modern Greek and Linguistics, Biology, and Medicine at Cambridge.
Students have also secured places at a number of prestigious global universities, including Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Georgetown, John Hopkins, NYU, Parsons School of Design, and many other US colleges. One has been accepted onto the innovative World Bachelor in Business programme, delivered jointly by the University of Southern California, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Bocconi University in Milan.
Principal Eve Jardine-Young said: "I am delighted by this year's wonderful results, which are only made possible by the dedication and hard work of all our students and staff. Upon leaving CLC, our students are pursuing a bold and imaginative range of courses, both here in the UK and around the world, and we wish them every success for their future endeavours."
For more information, please visit our Exam Results page: https://www.cheltladiescollege.org/news/recent-news/clc-students-celebrate-outstanding-a-level-results
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 at A Level and more than 10 points higher than the 2018 world average of 29.8 points.
9th July 2019 — 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 0.039% 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.
Cheltenham Ladies’ College Works With Charities To Deliver Top-Up Swim Lessons
During the Easter holidays, approximately 100 children from local primary schools embarked on an intensive one-week programme of ‘top-up’ swimming lessons at Cheltenham Ladies’ College Health and Fitness Centre.
13th May 2019 — Designed to help youngsters who had not met National Curriculum standards for swimming, the scheme was delivered by local charities Heidi’s Heroes and Move More, in partnership with Cheltenham Ladies’ College.
The programme of lessons, recognised as highly effective by Swim England, sees children taught in very small groups every day for an entire week. This method of teaching is not a common one due to the challenging logistics involved, but it is an approach College was keen to support.
Swimming is the only sport to be included in the National Curriculum, and swimming lessons are compulsory for all primary school children. Despite this, research by Swim England has found that only half of pupils nationally meet the minimum requirements set out by the government.
One of the main barriers for primary schools wishing to offer top-up lessons to their pupils is access to suitable facilities. Seeing an opportunity to help, Cheltenham Ladies’ College offered the use of its swimming pool, as well as transportation for many of the children, and helped to source the swimming teachers.
At present, Cheltenham Ladies’ College is one of the only independent schools working with partner organisations to provide top-up swimming lessons to primary school pupils, and their efforts have been recognised as an example of best practice by Lord Agnew in a recent House of Lords debate.
The Department for Education and the Independent Schools Council are keen for more independent schools to share private sports facilities with state schools, and it is hoped that similar programmes could be rolled out across the country. Cheltenham Ladies’ College has already been in touch with other independent schools looking to emulate the partnership-based scheme.
Will Parker, Director of Sport and Physical Activity at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, says “This is a great partnership between us and two local charities. The programme is now in its fifth year and this is the first year that CLC has been a partner. At the start of the week, some of the children were in tears just at the thought of being in the water, but by the end of the week they were all swimming independently, with many gaining their 25m badges!”
Delighted with the success of the Easter programme, Cheltenham Ladies’ College has expressed its ongoing commitment to the delivery of top-up swimming lessons in the future, including a further programme planned to take place this summer.
Each year around 160 girls join Cheltenham Ladies' College, becoming part of a vibrant, diverse community of approximately 850 girls. They follow in the footsteps of thousands of girls who have gone before them, leaving us as young women well-equipped to meet the challenges of their lives beyond College. We are looking for girls who have potential and a positive attitude to learning. Girls apply to us from a diverse range of educational backgrounds and our admissions process is geared towards getting to know candidates, their ambitions and attainments in the context of their current and previous schooling. We want girls to enjoy following their academic interests and to want to make a contribution to College life, be it in academic, music, art, sport or other spheres. Most girls join at 11+, 13+ or 16+ for both day and boarding places. All those who join College must take entrance exams and these take place at various times depending on the year group of entry. For information about our admissions process please visit: www.cheltladiescollege.org/admissions