College today

College today is a vibrant community.  It remains committed to the pioneering goals set in 1854 of providing girls with a thorough academic education, whilst adapting to a complex and changing world.

It is currently one of the largest communities of boarding and day girls in Europe. The Principal is Eve Jardine-Young, herself a member of Guild (1988-1990, Elizabeth). See more about Eve Jardine-Young.

In 2014 it celebrated its 160th anniversary with a series of projects and events for all members of its community. 

A Snapshot of College Life 2016/2017

Here are answers to some of the questions most frequently asked by Guild members

How big is College now?

845 girls

What is the split of Boarding to Day pupils?

80% Boarding and 20% Day

How many houses are there? 

9 Junior houses (6 boarding)

6 Sixth form houses (5 boarding)

Find out more about the houses

How international is College?

There are 40 different nationalities & over 30 languages spoken

Where do girls go after College?

513 offers received from Russell Group Universities

38 offers from Ivy League and other US Colleges

26 Oxbridge offers in 2016

What else do the girls do outside of the classroom?

459 extra music lessons in Autumn 2016 

284 girls participate in Duke of Edinburgh

650 sports fixtures in 2015/16

283 girls took additional drama lessons in Autumn 2016

20 local projects are supported by the girls volunteering as part of the Community Links Programme

165 different co-curricular activities

What has changed since I was at College?

There have been various changes to the College estate over the years, enhancing our sporting, art and drama facilities. 

Academic

Academic life is flourishing at College. 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.

A benefit of being a large school is that girls can choose many subject areas, building a personalised timetable, and discussing options and alternatives with their tutors, who work closely with them in helping them make the right choices. Classes are small, and girls are encouraged to take an active part in lessons, challenging, debating and developing their point of view.

Until the age of 16, we encourage girls to pursue a modern, broad and varied curriculum. In Lower College, as well studying more traditional subjects, girls have lessons in Philosophical Enquiry, Engineering, Enterprise and Technology and Language Acquisition: the latter enabling them to pursue a diverse modern and classical language curriculum.

Most girls will take 10 GCSE subjects, including Mathematics, English Language and Literature. A minimum of two separate Sciences and one Modern Language is recommended. In the Sixth Form girls can opt to study the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme or A Levels.

Under the direction of the Principal, the Vice Principal Academic and Departmental Heads, much care and attention is devoted to proper planning and resourcing of all our academic facilities. Regular, constructive feedback between teacher and pupil, in all aspects of work and play, is at the heart of our success in allowing each girl to realise her true potential.

Changes have recently be made to our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) teaching, allowing girls throughout College access to an entirely new department and curriculum.