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. 

Ms Eve Jardine-Young

Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College from 1st September 2011

Eve became the 11th Principal of the Cheltenham Ladies’ College having been educated at College some twenty years earlier.

Eve has a degree in Engineering Science from Cambridge and started working for Ove Arup & Partners, Structural Engineers before following her heart into the teaching profession.

She began her career at Radley College teaching Economics and subsequently spent ten years at Epsom College where positions held include Housemistress and Head of Sixth Form.

Most lately Eve was Director of Studies at Blundell’s School in Devon before returning to College as Principal.

She is married to James, is widely travelled and has a broad range of interests including design, music, horticulture and sustainability initiatives.

Principal's welcome

Through the joys and challenges of daily life in College, I am reminded that it is an exciting time to be young.

Our current pupils are highly likely to see in the turn of the next century, living lives of unprecedented longevity. Their world will be full of promise, choice and possibility in a way that has not been true for any generation of women that has preceded them, and this journey begins through developing the confidence, ideas, self-belief and ability to work with others that we encourage and nurture here.

Leading this community of energetic and imaginative staff and pupils is an extraordinary privilege. We cherish the diversity of perspective, life experience, outlook and cultural background that are the essential characteristics of both the staff and student communities at College. Each year brings new opportunities for us to work and learn together, and we benefit from a deep commitment to promoting mutual respect, tolerance and the productive exchange of ideas, seeing these as integral to the pursuit of excellence.

Within the girls’ working lifetimes, we will make medical and cosmological breakthroughs that unlock the deeper secrets of life and of the universe. In this potential future territory, it is important that all pupils are equipped with rational, rigorous powers of discernment and analysis to successfully navigate the different arguments that will face them. With that in mind, we give serious thought to our ethics and the source of our spiritual nourishment. This is a school which supports individual journeys of personal faith, inspires the exploration of philosophy, and encourages the development of the imagination.

In taking up my role as Principal in 2011, I returned to College as a member of Guild, our global network of over 9,000 former pupils who are living and working in over 80 countries. Fellowship, friendship, inspiration, courage and empowerment are shared features amongst our pupils and alumnae, and we hope the girls will feel this enduring sense of belonging which lasts well beyond their school years.

Eve Jardine-Young
Principal