Cheltenham Ladies’ College

The academic community

Academic excellence forms the basis of College life, but just as important is the formation of character.

We are committed to making our girls ready for their lives well beyond College. An education in the 21st century needs to give children the flexibility and resourcefulness to flourish in our rapidly changing world.

Our teachers have a deep enthusiasm for their subjects and are committed to providing high-quality teaching which develops intellectually curious, self-motivated, enthusiastic young women with an enduring love of learning.

Exam results are consistently outstanding, with College named top girls’ boarding school in the country for IB in three of the last four years, and repeatedly recognised as the best independent school in the South West.

In 2019, College celebrated outstanding A-level results, with over 31% A* grades at A-level. Girls can choose many subject areas, building their timetable and discussing options with their tutors. Classes are small, and girls are encouraged to take an active part in lessons, challenging, debating and developing their point of view.

Pastoral care

While at College, girls make the transition from childhood to adulthood. That’s why pastoral care isn’t just something that happens when things go wrong; it’s a constant support network for girls at College.

The three academic Divisions (Lower College, Upper College and Sixth Form College), tutor groups and House system, as well as College’s Wellbeing Programme, create interlocking layers that enable every girl, the reserved as well as the extrovert, to find opportunities to lead a confident, fulfilled and enjoyable life at College.

Co-curricular activities

Each girl is supported in striking a successful balance between academic and co-curricular activities. With over 160 opportunities available, our co-curricular provision is exciting and well-resourced, and presents every girl with an opportunity to find her niche. We recognise that every girl is an individual, so there is no fixed formula for the number and type of activities that a girl can do.

Girls are encouraged to embrace a range of activities to suit their passions and interests, from musical and sporting to intellectual and cultural. A global outlook also encourages girls to play a part in the wider world, creating young women who value the communities to which they belong.


  • Head Eve Jardine-Young
  • Eve Jardine-Young
  • Age range 11 - 18
  • Day / Boarding
    • Day
    • Full Boarding
  • Religious affiliation Christian – all welcome
  • Exams
  • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
  • 16+ BTEC or NVQ, International Baccalaureate (IB), Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Fees (per term) September 2020 - August 2021
  • Senior School
    • £8,580 - £12,780 per term
  • Sixth Form
    • £8,580 - £14,390 per term
  • Find out more about fees >
  • Exams
    • Exams
    • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
    • 16+ BTEC or NVQ, International Baccalaureate (IB), Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Fees (per term)
    • Fees (per term) September 2020 - August 2021
    • Senior School
      • £8,580 - £12,780 per term
    • Sixth Form
      • £8,580 - £14,390 per term
    • Find out more about fees >

Bursaries & Scholarships

CLC offers an exciting and enriching Scholarship Programme with a wealth of opportunities aimed at stretching and developing individual talent for the benefit of the whole community.

Being a Scholar is a position of honour at CLC and those who earn the title will play a key role in the life of the school and enjoy the chance to lead and inspire others whilst fulfilling their own potential.

Scholarship Awards do not carry fee remission but families can apply for assistance with fees (from 1%-100%, depending on circumstances) through our Beale Award scheme.

Scholarships are awarded at the following points of entry:

  • 11+: Academic, Music
  • 13+: Academic, Music, Art, Sport
  • Sixth Form: Academic, Music, Art, Sport
  • Day Girl Awards are also available at these points of entry to local candidates who show the greatest potential to contribute fully to all aspects of College life.


Our means-tested bursaries are known as Beale Awards, named after our second Principal, Dorothea Beale, who was a pioneer in the education of young women. These awards offer free or partially-funded places to talented girls seeking either boarding or day places.

We are committed to educating those whom we believe are likely to flourish here, regardless of their means and these awards take into account both the financial circumstances of an applicant’s family and her performance in written entrance tests and interviews.

It is essential that families who wish to explore financial support options contact the Admissions Department ( well in advance of the proposed date of admission. This will enable the greatest chance of being considered for the funds available.

Applications for Beale Awards made after the published deadline will not be considered. Beale Awards will only be available to girls when we can guarantee that the fee paying parent(s) are resident in the UK for tax purposes.

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Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Academic scholarships
  • Art scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Music scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Sport scholarships


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