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.
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.
Pupils at Cheltenham Ladies’ College are celebrating their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results having achieved an average of 38.7 points, a UCAS tariff equivalent to A*AA at A Level.
9th July 2020 — The results, released on Monday, saw 100% of the students secure their Diploma, with marks significantly higher than this year’s national average of 29.9 points.
Principal Eve Jardine-Young said: “I am absolutely delighted that the dedication of our pupils and staff has led to these results, particularly given the circumstances of the global pandemic which have engulfed schools. The pupils have been agile, calm and mature in their response to the many unforeseen changes required, and I am extremely proud of them all. The opportunity to study the IB Diploma Programme adds a great deal to the distinctive education at CLC.”
One CLC pupil was awarded the highest possible grade of 45 points out of 45, achieved by just 0.17% students last year from more than 166,000 IB pupils worldwide. The IB Diploma involves assessment in a total of six Higher and Standard level subjects, and six students achieved full marks in all three of their Higher Level subjects. Four girls also achieved Bilingual Diplomas, mastering two languages to native speaker standard.
The Class of 2020 CLC students have met their offer requirements to study at a fantastic range of top universities across the UK, including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Bath, and Warwick. Pupils have also secured places at world-leading US colleges, including MIT, Princeton, and Dartmouth, as well as Bocconi (Milan, Italy) and Fontainebleau School of Acting (Paris, France) in Europe.
University courses range from History at Cambridge and Law at LSE, to Biochemistry at Imperial, International Management at Warwick, and Sociology & Anthropology at Exeter.
This year marks 10 years since the first class of IB pupils at Cheltenham Ladies’ College received their results. The programme has seen pupils achieving top results year on year and last September, league tables named CLC the top boarding school in the world for the IB for 2019.
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
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