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. 


College is mid-way through a process of refurbishing the junior houses in turn. Whilst each house is refurbished over the period of a year, the girls from that house move to our newly built boarding house Bunwell, which was purpose built for us within a few minutes’ walk of College.  It will operate as a 'decanting' house, with girls moving from their current house into Bunwell for 12 months, while their existing house is refurbished. At the end of the programme it will become a boarding house in its own right. The House staff and girls of St Helen's became the first occupants of Bunwell in September 2014, with St Austin's following in September 2015 and Sidney Lodge in September 2016. 


Sixth Form

Former Houses

  • Fauconberg
  • Hatherley Court
  • St Bridget's
  • Bunwell (original)
  • Roderic (original)
  • St Helen's (original) est 1864
  • Fauconberg (original) est 1871
  • Bayshill Lawn