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.
Over the next ten years, informed by an estate master plan, College is making an investment second only in scale to that of our founders over 160 years ago.
In 2012, we embarked on a refurbishment programme of our six junior boarding houses and in summer 2013 we began refurbishing the music faculty. With the boarding house programme underway, our focus now is to ensure that College in the 21st century remains fit for purpose – able to deliver our vision for College to flourish as never before.
To achieve that, Phase One of our capital investment is to enhance our sports facilities enabling all girls to participate in a sport or activity of their choice, instilling a foundation for long-term health and wellbeing alongside important life skills. To complement this, a wellbeing programme is already underway, with curriculum classes tailored to each year group, starting in September 2015.
Phase Two of our capital investment will transform the teaching and learning spaces of our main site, to better meet the needs of our girls as they continue to achieve academic excellence. The flagship project within this phase will be a state of the art science, technology, engineering and maths building. This continues our long history of commitment to science, having been the first girl’s school to offer it as part of the curriculum in the 19th century.
To date, we have committed over £45million towards our capital investment plans, but to fully realise our vision, we need help.