Cheltenham Ladies' College

Type of school: Girls Senior school

Nearest international airport: Bristol/Birmingham/Heathrow (80km/100km/145km)

Age Range: 11-18

Number of pupils: 850

Number of boarders: 680

Fees per term: Boarding: £11,870
Day: £7,970


Cheltenham Ladies College Girls Walking BuildingThe academic community 

Academic excellence forms the basis of College life, but just as important is the formation of character. We are committed to making our girls ready for their lives well beyond College. An education in the 21st century needs to give children the flexibility and resourcefulness to flourish in our rapidly changing world. 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. Exam results are consistently outstanding, with College named the top boarding school in the country for IB results in 2015 and 75% A*/A grades at A Level over the last five years. Girls can choose many subject areas, building their timetable and discussing options with their tutors. Classes are small, and girls are encouraged to take an active part in lessons, challenging, debating and developing their point of view.

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While at College, girls make the transition from childhood to adulthood. That’s why pastoral care isn’t just something that happens when things go wrong; it’s a constant support network for girls at College. The three academic Divisions (LC, UC and SFC), tutor groups and House system, as well as College’s new Wellbeing Programme, create interlocking layers that enable every girl, the reserved as well as the extrovert, to find opportunities to lead a confident, fulfilled and enjoyable life at College.

Co-curricular activities

Each girl is supported in striking a successful balance between academic and co-curricular activities. With over 170 opportunities available, our co-curricular provision is exciting and well-resourced, and presents every girl with an opportunity to find her niche. We recognise that every girl is an individual, so there is no fixed formula for the number and type of activities that a girl can do. Girls are encouraged to embrace a range of activities to suit their passions and interests, from sporting to intellectual and cultural. A global outlook also Cheltenham Ladies College Studyingencourages girls to play a part in the wider world, creating young women who value the communities to which they belong.


Most girls join at 11+, 13+ or 16+; however, if we have space, small numbers of girls also join us at 12+ and 14+ too. Entry is gained by passing exams, usually in the year prior to entry. Scholarships and means-tested bursaries are available. E-mail or visit for more details.

“… pupils have highly positive attitude to learning, engage fully with their teachers, and take great pride in their work. They are confident, self-aware, courteous and considerate.” Independent Schools Inspectorate