Cheltenham Ladies’ College was founded in 1853, 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 840 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 celebrates best ever International Baccalaureate results
Cheltenham Ladies’ College is celebrating its best ever IB Diploma results, with pupils achieving an average of 42.7 points.
12th July 2021 — Pupils at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are celebrating the school’s best ever International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results, having achieved an average of 42.7 points, a UCAS tariff equivalent to 4 A*s at A Level.
The results, released on Tuesday 6th July, saw 100% of College students secure their Diploma, with marks significantly higher than this year’s global average of 33.2 points.
Over 5,000 schools worldwide offer the IB programme, which focusses on academic rigour and students’ personal development.
Principal Eve Jardine-Young said: “In yet another difficult year for the country’s Sixth Formers, I continue to be inspired by the resilience, focus and dedication our pupils have shown. These exceptional results demonstrate their ability to commit fully to a stimulating global qualification which encourages them to think critically and solve complex problems; qualities which are required more than ever in these challenging times.”
Six pupils, Alisha, Clio, Dilys, Fikesola, Jessica and Stella, were awarded the highest possible grade of 45 points out of 45. Four girls have also achieved Bilingual Diplomas, mastering two languages to native speaker standard.
In addition, 50% of pupils achieved full marks in all three of their Higher Level subjects.
The Class of 2021 CLC students have met their offer requirements to study at an impressive range of top universities across the UK, including Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Durham, Imperial College London, London School of Economics (LSE) and Edinburgh.
Pupils have also secured places at world-leading US colleges: University of Southern California (USC), University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University; and further afield at Hong Kong University (HKU) and Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
University courses range from Medicine at Cambridge, HKU and CUHK, and Dentistry at QMUL and HKU, to Mechanical Engineering at Imperial, PPE at LSE, English at Durham and Japanese at Edinburgh.
CLC pupil's written work wins prizes in the prestigious Oxford German Olympiad
Year 12 student of German Rosie has been awarded prizes for her written work in the prestigious Oxford German Olympiad, an annual competition for learners of German aged nine to 18 years old.
25th June 2021 — Recently, SFC1 student Rosie participated in the prestigious Oxford German Olympiad. This is an annual competition for learners of German aged between nine and 18 years old and living in the UK. The tasks are designed to challenge learners of all levels to get creative with their German language skills and expand their knowledge of the culture, history and literature of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Every year, the organisers select a theme and set tasks relevant to the age and experience of the participants. This year’s overarching theme was ‘Die Alpen’ (The Alps).
Rosie was highly commended for her essay written for Round 1 ‘Was Wissen wir über Oetzi?’ (What do we know about Oetzi?) – a man nicknamed the ‘Iceman’ who lived between 3350 and 3100 BCE.
She gained further success in Round 2, producing the winning essay entitled ‘Die Goldenen Zwanziger Jahre: Wird sich die Geschichte im 21. Jahrhundert wiederholen?’ (The Golden 20 Years: Will history repeat itself in the 21st Century?).
Not content with winning one section, Rosie also gained first prize in a further task where she wrote a letter telling the story of Sophie Scholl’s life and legacy. This winning entry will be featured on the White Rose Project website.
Rosie’s winning submissions are available to read here.
CLC's German Department is immensely proud of Rosie and wishes her all the best for her future endeavours within her German career, particularly as she considers her university options.
The Modern Languages Department at Cheltenham Ladies' College is one of the largest of any school in the UK. Language learning has been revolutionised by developments in technology, and students of languages benefit from both new resources and the knowledge and experience of CLC's team of highly proficient teachers. For more information, please visit the CLC website.
Students performed ballet, tap, contemporary, solos, duos, trios and ensemble pieces in the annual Dance Showcase in the Princess Hall on Saturday 22nd May.
25th June 2021 — Lockdown has been tough on performers. Theatres all over the country have gone dark and here at CLC, annual production events have been put on hold throughout the year. It was wonderful, then, to be able to stage the Dance Showcase on Saturday 22nd May in the Princess Hall. Although parents were unable to attend due to the current restrictions, the students and staff who attended were given a real treat. Ballet, tap, contemporary, solos, duos, trios and ensemble pieces had the audience roaring in delight.
There’s nothing like that moment when the curtain goes up (or to the sides in this case), the lights come on, the music starts and the audience sits up in anticipation to spark the thrill of performing live.
A huge congratulations to all the dancers, who excelled themselves, and to their fab teachers without whom this Showcase couldn’t have happened.
Cheltenham Ladies' College pupils' experiments to be launched into space
Three students from Cheltenham Ladies’ College – Larissa, Sophie and Ashley – will see five of their proposed research experiments enter space on NASA's scientific balloon to be launched from the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in August.
25th May 2021 — Three Year 12 students from Cheltenham Ladies’ College will see five of their proposed research experiments enter space on NASA’s scientific balloon to be launched from the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in late August.
Larissa, Sophie and Ashley submitted their proposals as part of the Cubes in Space global engineering design competition.
The competition invites young people aged 11 to 18 years to design and propose experiments in 4cm cubes to launch into space or a near-space environment on a NASA sounding rocket and zero-pressure scientific balloon.
The aim of the experiments is to contribute to solving real-world Earth or space-based problems.
The students’ experiments will explore the effects of radiation on the tensile strength of bacterial cellulose; the rate of growth of prickly pear cactus seeds; the survival rate of plants with lignin in contrast to plants without; the tensile strength of plant-based and synthetic fibres; as well as the effect of magnetic fields on the ability for magnetotactic bacteria to remove iron ions from industrial waste water.
Ashley, 17, said: "For the last six months, we have worked on writing research proposals to submit to the programme.
"Globally, only 120 experiments are chosen each year, so we were delighted to hear that five of our proposals have been accepted for flight on the research balloon."
After the flight, the cubes will be returned to the team so that they can collect the data and analyse the results of the experiments.
Cheltenham Ladies’ College has been named South West Independent Secondary School of the Decade by The Times and The Sunday Times.
27th November 2020 — The awards, to be published in the ‘Parent Power’ Schools Guide 2021 on Sunday 29th November, commend schools that have achieved academic excellence and provided an outstanding education for the last decade.
Over the last 10 years, CLC’s academic results have been consistently outstanding, with 72% of pupils achieving A*/A grades at A Level and 92% of International Baccalaureate (IB) results awarded 7/6 points. Over this 10-year period, over two-thirds (67%) of GCSE results have been awarded an A*/9/8 grades. The most popular university destinations for leavers are UCL, Oxford, Bristol, Edinburgh and Cambridge in the UK, and NYU, UPenn, Columbia, Princeton and Georgetown in the US.
The guide also ranks the 2,000 highest-achieving schools in the UK in a searchable database. Alastair McCall, editor of Parent Power, said: “The reputation of Cheltenham Ladies’ College as one of the country’s leading girls’ independent schools is richly deserved. Academic results are outstanding: the school has been the top performer in the South West for all of the past decade – and for much longer. Girls are encouraged to achieve their best without being hot-housed under the caring and empathetic leadership of Eve Jardine-Young.
“An average International Baccalaureate score in excess of 40 points and more than 90% of A-level grades achieving A*-B grades are achievements that speak for themselves, but the school offers so much more with girls’ interests allowed to flourish wherever they may lie.
"The school has shone during the pandemic with staff and students sewing masks and gowns, using 3D printers to make face shields, and manufacturing and distributing hand sanitiser. This response is typical of a school aware of its wider responsibilities to community and society. Stellar facilities, beautiful buildings, great teaching and social awareness – there can be few better options when looking for an outstanding independent girls’ education.”
Principal Eve Jardine-Young said: “I speak for the whole College community in expressing our collective pride for this recognition. It has been a joy to lead the school since 2011, and I would like to pay tribute to all those who have provided initiative and momentum for change and development, as well as those who have helped us to sustain excellence.”
Academic achievement follows from the dynamic combination of an inspiring curriculum, exceptional teaching and facilities, and pupils’ engagement and dedication. Over the last 10 years, estates improvements have included academic and pastoral refurbishments and a new Health and Fitness Centre, while teaching innovations have introduced Engineering, a Wellbeing programme, and most recently the launch of a Virtual School across 47 countries in response to the restrictions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, CLC is also engaging in internal reflection and dialogue focused on diversity and inclusion, in response to perspectives and ideas raised by the Black Lives Matter campaign.
A holistic education relies on enriching co-curricular opportunities. CLC has been fortunate to welcome many inspirational speakers, including Malala Yousafzai, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Sir Jonathon Porritt CBE, as well as running a range of workshops, including Lord Robert Winston and Jim Al Khalili OBE, and performers, such as Laura Mvula and Jamie Cullum.
With over 140 clubs, there are opportunities for pupils to pursue any passion, from Maths Olympiads, Kit Car building, and Astronomy, to Public Speaking, Life Drawing and Upcycled Fashion. Sporting ambition is supported at every level, with CLC athletes performing nationally in many sports, from Tennis, Hockey, and Lacrosse, to Polo, Dance, Equestrian, Waterpolo, and more.
CLC has partnerships with 30 organisations for volunteering and outreach, hosting events for schools across the county, from Careers, Theory of Knowledge, RS and Chemistry Conferences, to StarLab workshops and Law Day seminars. Typically over 3,000 voluntary hours a year are undertaken at seven local primary schools, three special schools, care homes and charities focused on animal welfare and homelessness. During the pandemic, initiatives have also included volunteering at food banks, planting flowers for vulnerable communities, and giving virtual singing lessons.
Cheltenham Ladies' College pupils celebrate A Level results
Sixth Form pupils at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are celebrating outstanding A Level results today, despite the unprecedented circumstances imposed by the current pandemic.
14th August 2020 — With A* grades making up nearly a third of results (30.8%) at CLC, this year’s individual successes include nine pupils who have achieved straight A* grades in all four of their A Level courses. Across the entire cohort, more than two-thirds of results (67.9%) are A* / A grades.
Along with a number of International Baccalaureate students, who received their results in July, today’s grades have seen a further nine A Level pupils secure places at Oxford and Cambridge, as well as many others set to begin their studies at top UK universities such as Imperial, Bristol, KCL, and Edinburgh.
Pupils have also secured places at a number of top US Colleges, including Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, Pennsylvania, and New England Conservatory.
The CLC Class of 2020 will go on to study a wide range of courses from Aeronautical Engineering, and Geography, to Mathematics, Costume Design and Music.
Eve Jardine-Young, Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, said: “I am delighted to see how maturely and courageously our pupils have responded to the complex and untested new system of assessment, which has been brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools across the country, CLC included, now face the task of assisting a number of pupils who have had specific grades negatively impacted. However, despite the circumstances, I am incredibly proud of all the girls and staff whose perseverance, adaptability and hard work throughout the year has led to such excellent A Level results.”
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