For over 160 years College has pioneered pathways for girls to take their place in the world.
Over the coming decade our goal is for College and the girls to succeed as never before; we are ambitious for them collectively and individually. But we cannot do it alone.
We are very grateful to those Guild members who so generously support College, enabling us to maintain our place as a world leading school.
Unlike many other schools, College does not have an endowment fund to draw from to invest in our estate, our resources or our bursaries programme. We rely wholly on the generosity and support of like-minded people; those who share our commitment to academic excellence and wish to see College flourish.
In education, where student-to-teacher ratios are a competitive advantage, there are significant costs associated with having the best people working at College. People are our greatest asset – and our greatest expense. Salaries and benefits for teachers and staff make up approximately 75% of our annual budget. Simply put, quality is expensive.
Beyond these costs our 23-acre site, much of it heritage listed, requires continuous maintenance and, as we look to the future, necessary investment.
To meet the needs of College and realise the Principal’s vision, we have a long term fundraising plan, CLC Flourish.
CLC FLOURISH CAPITAL PROJECTS supporting the Estate master plan
CLC FLOURISH BEALE AWARDS, supporting the College bursary fund
CLC FLOURISH ANNUAL FUND, supporting curriculum enrichment programmes
There are many ways that you can support College and we are very grateful for the continued interest in our future. Every gift makes a difference, no matter how small. Find out why.
In addition to financial contributions, we invite support through a gift of your time or expertise.
Have you considered making a bequest? Find out more about the importance of legacies.
Named in honour of our longest-serving Principal, Miss Dorothea Beale, the Beale Awards enable College to offer places to the brightest and most promising girls, regardless of their circumstance. Each year we invest £1.4m to fund our means tested bursary programme. On average, about 60 girls are able to attend College each year with financial assistance; of these just under half are fully funded places.
At College, our girls are given every opportunity to strive beyond conventional thinking. Mostly, this is encouraged by teachers, but often the perspective of the girl in the next seat is the one that will shape the discussion and take it in a new direction as a result of the question she asks, the view she holds and her challenge of the status quo.
We know from experience that a rich diversity of ideas stimulates greater creativity, innovation and new ways of thinking. By enriching our classrooms with girls from a range of backgrounds, with different perspectives, we are fostering new approaches to problem solving and encouraging girls to challenge and consider alternative views to their own.