Cheltenham Ladies College

Cheltenham Ladies College

Cheltenham Ladies College was founded in 1841. Dorothea Beale became Head Teacher at Cheltenham in 1858. At the time the school had only a moderate reputation but under Beale's leadership it became one of the most highly regarded schools in the country. The education of girls at Cheltenham had emphasized the development of accomplishments such as music and drawing. Beale, however, provided a much more academic education.

The school intends to provide an education based upon religious principles which, preserving the modesty and gentleness of the female character, should so far cultivate a girl's intellectual powers as to fit her for the discharge of those responsible duties which devolve upon her as a wife, mother and friend, the natural companion and helpmate for man.

The few months during which I was under your tuition more than fifty years ago were an epoch to me. Young as I was, I ever afterwards judged teaching by the standard set by yours, and very seldom indeed, I may truly say, has it been subsequently reached. The fifty years that have since passed, full as they have been, have never effaced the impression they received, both of your teaching and of something more comprehensive than your teaching, which contact with you engendered, and which impels me to take this opportunity - late in the day as it is - to express and to thank you for.


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This year, our students are working on a number of important local history projects covering the hidden lives of prominent women, exploring the experiences of lockdown, and uncovering links with slavery. All the projects will be exhibited in September as part of the ‘City Voices’ programme of the Gloucester History Festival. This post is one of five projects, and explores the life of famous Cheltonian and humanitarian, Lilian Faithfull. Group members include Grace Fry, Sam Hodges, Megan Kenchington, Tom White.

This project contributes to the women’s history of Cheltenham by exploring the life and work of one of its prominent twentieth-century educationalists and philanthropists: Lilian Faithfull (1865-1952).

Her education: Lilian Faithfull was born on 12 March 1865. She was one of eight children. In recognising her potential, her father sent her to his brother–in–law’s prep school, where she received a well-rounded and rare education. She was the only girl among twenty-five boys, and she later paid tribute to the thorough education she received. After completing her schooling, she continued to study from home and through the university extension movement, which had started offering lectures in subjects such as History and Economics.

She then attended Somerville College, Oxford, where she received a first-class degree in English Language and Literature. She couldn’t officially graduate but claimed an ad eundem award from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1905. She was awarded an honorary MA degree from Oxford in 1925 and a CBE in 1926.

Her career: Lilian Faithfull’s first job in 1887-88 was secretary to the principal of Somerville College, Madeleine Shall Lefevre. She then taught for a year at Oxford High School. She was then a lecturer in English at Royal Holloway College from 1889-94, and was subsequently appointed to succeed Cornelia Schmitz as Vice Principal of the ladies’ department of King’s College, London. She describes this job as one of the happiest educational posts for women in England. The aim of the department was to provide women with the same sorts of opportunities that were provided by the university extension lectures offered by Oxford and Cambridge. Women aged seventeen to seventy came to listen to lectures given by professors at Kings College. Faithfull was active in pushing for the advancement of women’s education, pursuing courses of study leading to university examinations, academic degrees and diplomas.

During her thirteen years as Vice Principal, the numbers of students doubled, a hall of residence was opened in 1897, household science was developed as a serious branch of study, and much of the King’s financial debt was cleared.

In 1906, Faithfull was persuaded to apply for the position of Headmistress at Cheltenham Ladies’ College following the death of Dorothea Beale. At the Ladies’ College, she is remembered as a likable, easy-mannered leader, who had concern and appreciation for her students’ welfare.

During the First World War, Faithfull recalls how often she had to share the news of lost fathers and brothers. She established an intercession room near her office, where students could go to pray and find some privacy. She also organised a Red Cross hospital in one of the boarding houses.

Faithfull also served as Justice of the Peace for twenty-five years, retiring on 17 January 1946. She was one of the first women magistrates to be appointed to the Commission of Peace in October 1920 and she was the first female magistrate to sit on the Cheltenham bench. On her retirement, the chairman (Sir Francis Colchester-Wemyss) said: ‘She has been a model of justice and will carry away with her the esteem and the affection of all the justices’.

Lillian Faithfull died on the 2 May 1952 at Faithfull House, Cheltenham, a home for the elderly that she had helped to found. She was buried in Cheltenham.

Our groups next steps: Sam and Grace are currently exploring the newspaper archives. We’ve had some success, finding new information and quotes about Lilian Faithfull’s role as magistrate. Tom and Meg will spend time in the University of Gloucestershire Archive and will read her memoirs. We’re hoping to find more personal reflections on the events of her life, as well as more information about her role as head mistress at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College and her career after retirement. Grace is going to chase the archivist at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College now that lockdown restrictions are being eased, in the hope of being able to access their records of her leadership. Melanie has forwarded to us some online information about Lilian Faithfull. Our key sources so far are an article from the Dictionary of National Bibliography archive, a few newspaper articles, and images from the care homes website.


Ten of the most famous former Cheltenham Ladies’ College pupils

Cheltenham Ladies’ College has been educating girls in the town since 1853.

It has built up an enviable reputation for helping its pupils to get a good start in life.

The Bayshill Road-based college has had numerous children go on to achieve success in their adult lives.

Some have become very well known, others less so.

Here, with the help of the college, we present a selection of former pupils and details of what they have achieved.

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, actress

She studied at the college before training to be a drama teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Despite later reportedly being told she would never be a good enough as an actress, she has gone on to pursue an award-winning career.

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Among her many achievements are a Best Supporting Actress BAFTA for Four Weddings and a Funeral and a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for The English Patient. Recent critically acclaimed roles include her BAFTA nominated performance as Clemmie in Darkest Hour (2017), which portrayed the story of Winston Churchill’s early days as Prime Minister during the Second World War.

Amber Rudd, MP, former Home Secretary and now Works and Pensions Secretary

She is currently the Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye. She was educated at the college and read history at The University of Edinburgh. She served in a number of prominent roles, including Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Minister for Women and Equalities, and Home Secretary, the third woman ever to take up this role.

She was made Works and Pensions Secretary last week in a return to the cabinet.

She visited her alma mater in 2016, as keynote speaker at the school’s end of term speech day celebrations.

Tamara Beckwith, socialite

She dropped out of the college after falling pregnant and her first child, Anouska, was raised largely by her parents, property tycoon Peter Beckwith and his wife Paula.

She has appeared on many television programmes such as Shooting Stars, Brass Eye and Loose Women.

Also, she has been a presenter for MTV, VH1 and regularly appeared as a reporter for television shows including This Morning and Watchdog.

Dame Mary Archer, scientist

A renowned scientist and wife of novelist and former politician Jeffrey Archer. She is particularly well known for her pioneering NHS initiatives and her work around solar power conversion.

She was educated at the college, going on to study Chemistry at Oxford and gained a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Imperial College, London.

In 2012, she was appointed a DBE for services to the NHS and became chair of the Science Museum Group in 2014, which oversees four national museums.

Amanda Wakeley, fashion designer

A prominent fashion designer and businesswoman. When she initially founded her lifestyle luxury brand in 1990, her work quickly became well known for its popularity with the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

She was educated at the college and returned in 1999 to open a new building dedicated to art and design.

She was made an OBE in 2010 for her services to the fashion industry and continues to dress inspirational women, including Beyonce, Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie.

Bridget Riley, artist

She studied at the college before going on to Goldsmiths&apos College and at the Royal College of Art. During the 1960s and 1970s, she developed her familiar &aposOp-art&apos paintings, which use geometric shapes, squares, lines, and ovals, and investigate perception and optical effects.

She continues to hold exhibitions across the world, from Sydney and Tokyo, to New York, Zurich and London.

Clare Marx, medical officer

Educated at the college, she also studied medicine at the University College London Medical School. She is the former president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the first woman to take up the role.

In January 2019, she will become chairman of the General Medical Council, again making her the first woman to hold this position.

Robin Stevens, author

Born in California, she moved to Oxford at the age of three. She attended the college and read English at the University of Warwick, later gaining an MA in crime fiction from King&aposs College London.

She is well known for the Murder Most Unladylike series and, in 2015, she won the Waterstones Children&aposs Book Prize for Best Younger Fiction.

Kate Reardon, journalist and author

A journalist and author and former editor of Tatler magazine. Born in New York, she was educated at the college and turned down a place at the University of Exeter to begin her career.

Starting out as fashion assistant at Vogue in the US, she then went on to become fashion director of Tatler magazine at the age of 21, making her the youngest person to hold both of these roles.

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She then became its editor in 2010, until she resigned in 2017. In March 2018, she became the new editor-in-chief of The Times luxury quarterly magazine, Luxx.

Lisa Jardine, historian and presenter

She won a mathematics scholarship to the college and attended the University of Cambridge, which later awarded her a PhD.

Fluent in eight languages, she wrote for and appeared in many arts, history and current affairs programmes for TV and radio.

She was a regular writer and presenter of A Point of View on BBC Radio 4, as well as other television and radio documentaries.

From 2008 to January 2014 she was chairman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). She died in 2015, at the age of 71.


Cheltenham Ladies College: A Brief History

We are proud to offer courses at Cheltenham Ladies College for summer 2019- but what should you know about this historic school before you arrive?

Learn more about the history of CLC below, as well as some information about the structure of classes at the school, academic results, and notable alumni.

A Brief History of CLC

Founded in 1853, Cheltenham Ladies’ College began with just 82 pupils- all of whom were day girls (non-boarding students). From 1858, Dorothea Beale served for almost 50 years at the college and was responsible for its flourishing during those years. She was instrumental in the introduction of maths and science at the college, despite parental opposition that these were not suitable or necessary for girls. In 1873, the College moved its location to the site of the original Cheltenham Spa (and this is where it remains to the present day). This new site contained only a boarding house, a few classrooms and the Lower Hall initially, but it soon grew in coming years to include music rooms, a library and laboratories. For those who wished to study further, Miss Beale also founded St Hilda’s College, Oxford, in 1893.

By 1900, college had become a thriving community of over 1,000 pupils, with boarders, day girls and part-time students, studying from Kindergarten to Degree level.

The Second World War had a major impact on the college, and in September 1939, all College buildings were requisitioned by the War Office and lessons were relocated to army huts.

Structure and Academic Results

For CLC, academic excellence forms the basis of College life, but the college considers the formation of character in their students just as important. The school is committed to preparing its students for life well beyond their college years, encouraging flexibility and resourcefulness in their students so that they can flourish in our rapidly changing world.

The school is divided into three divisions, Lower College (KS3), Upper College (KS4), and Sixth Form College (KS5).

The school’s academic results are high, both compared to the national average and within the independent sector. From 2014 to 2017, the school reported that over two thirds of A Level results and approximately 90% of GCSE results were A* or A grades. Since 2015, the school has been the top girls boarding school in the country for IB results for three consecutive years.


The college was founded by Lilian Nixon in 1900 on behalf of the Church Missionary Society (C.M.S). Nixon was a 26‑year old Irish woman and Old Girl of Victoria College, Belfast, and Cheltenham Ladies' College. She graduated with honours in modern literature from the Royal University of Ireland and later studied at Highbury Secondary Training College and the Froebel Institute, London. [2] She was a firm believer in the importance of education for women and, aided by her colleague Elizabeth Whitney, founded the college in a large bungalow in Union Place, Slave Island, Colombo, with two students enrolled. In 1914 Nixon resigned due to ill health and the college was registered as a Grant in Aid school. [3]

She was succeeded as principal by Gwen Opie, who began new buildings for the school. Opie died in 1944 and was buried in General Cemetery Kanatte. Rita Opie took over as acting principal. In 1945, there was a push towards abolition of tuition fees in state aided denominational schools. Facilities in terms of teachers and equipment would henceforth be determined by the state, which would bear the cost of the running of the school. In 1946, Mabel E. Simon was appointed principal. Simon pushed to set up pre-vocational guidance services that would lead onto vocational guidance to help students find new careers. [3]

On the retirement of Simon, Olive Hitchcock was appointed acting principal in 1964 and she in turn was succeeded by Sirancee Gunawardena in 1968. The decade following her appointment saw a policy of increasing state control. Eight years later, a liberalised economy began to encourage private enterprise. Whilst the need for English was downgraded in state schools, Ladies College continued to view English as a modern living language. English, therefore, remained the medium of communication in the school. [3]

"The most important fund raising project was in 1975 when the OGA collected money to establish the Department of Vocational Studies. This was to serve both the school and the community. It arose out of a need to cater to students who did not wish to continue at the universities. It also catered to a need in the wider community and society at large – equipping young people with the necessary skills to function effectively in their workplaces." [3]

In 1998 Dr. Sriyanie Miththapala was appointed to succeed Gunawardena. The centenary celebrations in 2000 started on Founders' Day and continued throughout the year with various events.

"In the year 2000 we look back with pride and see an institution so deeply rooted, that it was able to weather the storms of a century. The effects of the changes that are being introduced at present can only be judged by future generations." [3]

Nirmali Wickremasinghe became Principal in 2003 and during her tenure the school produced theatre productions in all three languages, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Sister Act 2 in English, a dance drama Draupadi Sabatham, in Tamil and a street theatre production in Sinhalese. Students have travelled abroad to take part in international competitions and exchange programs. New IT facilities were introduced for teachers. [4]

Wickremasinghe also introduced many annual events and sports encounters, such as water polo with Visakha Vidyalaya, hockey with Bishop's College, a regatta with Musaeus College, the Lilian Nixon Interschool Debating Competition, Serendipity, Sinhala Day and Tamil Day. A thematic Wednesday was introduced and religious societies in the school also began to make presentations, fostering a better understanding of each other's religions among pupils. [4]

Under Wickremasinghe's headship, the standard of sports improved greatly due to improved facilities and students have participated at both national and international levels. The building project included a new sports complex to house the badminton, squash courts and gym. The LC Walk was organized to help to fund the sports complex and the building programme has since been enlarged to meet the changing needs of the school. [5] The old Willis Hall is now a three‑storey block of classrooms for the primary school a new block of classrooms for the London 'A' Levels includes a large cafeteria, rooms for an office and an infirmary downstairs. The new building houses the college archives, the junior library, the bookshop and the table tennis room. Several buildings were refurbished including the hall, the green room, the hostel, the day care centre and the domestic science rooms. During this time the Boxford Building was renovated and transformed to a child friendly nursery. To encourage thrift among the students a savings bank was opened. [4]

Curriculum Edit

The college has developed a multi-ethnic and multi-religious student population. It offers education from pre-school through to the G.C.E. Advanced Level (local and London exams). In addition to English, Maths and Science, London 'A' level options include art and design, business studies, economics, history, law and psychology. [6] Local 'A' level options include Economics, Business Studies, Statistics, Accounting, Classics, English, French, Home Economics and Logic [7] The college also offers a BTEC programme. [8]

Houses Edit

The college has used the house system since 1925

House House motto Emblem
Loos House The utmost for the highest A Sri Lankan lotus
Whitney House Nothing less than the best A Canadian maple leaf
Nixon House Excelsior An Irish shamrock
Dale House No attainment without effort A New Zealand fern

The house are named after three early mistresses at the college and a benefactress from New Zealand – Miss Dale. [2] Each house has as its emblem a symbol representing the homeland of the woman whose name it bears. [9]

Sports Edit

The college has a full intra- and extramural sports programme. Sports offered include athletics, badminton, basketball, karate, netball, rowing, squash, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo. Pupils have been awarded both Sri Lankan School Colours and Western Province Colours. [10]


Course Information


I am very excited to be launching The Thinking Pianist, a new type of piano summer course which will be welcoming its first participants in 2021. Over the past year, music has undoubtedly become more important than ever for thousands of people, who have found their musical skills and interests to be a vital factor in their own continuing wellbeing. Despite (or perhaps because of) the continuing downturn in the accessibility of performing arts events, many people have been rediscovering the rewards of increased engagement with their own instrumental/vocal abilities.

We therefore think that this is an ideal time to be launching a course with a difference. The Thinking Pianist is designed to appeal to anyone for whom playing the piano is a vital aspect of their lives and an important source of personal well-being. Whether you are a dedicated adult pianist who does something else for a living, a student of the piano at a conservatoire or university or an aspiring professional performer or teacher, we are sure that our course will have something for you.

Why The Thinking Pianist? In my experience, most people who take the piano seriously actually spend quite a lot of time thinking about it, even when not playing or practising. Playing the piano is an activity which is uniquely absorbing and synthesising in terms of how much of our brain is involved in the process: it requires physical/manual dexterity and co-ordination beyond almost any other human activity you can imagine, is constantly challenging our spatial and non-verbal-reasoning abilities (e.g. through deciphering complex notation) and is ultimately a means of emotional and expressive communication with the power to say things beyond words. Add to this the vast repertoire of the greatest music written for the instrument as well as the engrossing history of its performers, composers and manufacturers and it is no wonder we find it so rewarding!

The Thinking Pianist is designed to offer a form of summer “retreat” in which participants can immerse themselves in playing, practising and rehearsing, attending concerts and talks and sharing the whole experience with like-minded course members. Please see below for more information on what to expect and how to sign up!

I look forward to welcoming you to The Thinking Pianist.

David Jones
Head of Keyboard Studies, Cheltenham Ladies’ College.

The Thinking Pianist a 7-day course running from Sunday 18th July 2021 until Sunday 25th July 2021.

Core Course Information

Cheltenham Ladies’ College was founded in 1853, and has been in its current location since 1873, the site of the original Cheltenham Spa. The buildings house nearly 120 pianos: flagship Steinway and Fazioli concert grands in two large venues, Steinway and Yamaha grands in three further medium-size venues and a piano in each of the 30+ rooms in the Music Department.

One of the most influential Principals at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Dorothea Beale believed that education involved the whole person, and that beautiful surroundings improved moral development. In reflection of these ideas, The Thinking Pianist will not only encourage your piano skills amidst our atmospheric buildings, but also offers a genuinely holistic approach, with time dedicated to wellbeing practices throughout the duration of the course.

What will we cover in the course?

Core course activities will include

  • Lessons, masterclasses and workshops with distinguished Faculty, joined by visiting specialists who will deliver other classes and concerts.
  • Opportunities to rehearse and perform ensembles, i.e. duet, 2 pianos, (3+ hands!)
  • Course concerts with the opportunity to perform to like-minded fellow pianists!
  • The Pedagogy course, run by Mengyang Pan, will take the form of separate classes in the first five days, followed by integration into the main course thereafter.

What should I expect to gain from the course?

Participants will be encouraged to practise both the art and craft of piano-playing. Joining a community of like-minded pianists, your musical and pianistic experience will be heightened through the productive exchange of ideas with others.

At The Thinking Pianist we encourage holistic learning. Submerse yourself in nourishing your mind & body, through wellbeing practices such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method. Seminars will also be presented focussing on key topics such as.

  • Performance anxiety
  • Reducing excess tension
  • Developing effective and efficient practice
  • Resilience
  • The neuroscientific and psychological aspects of musical learning and performance

How long is the course?

You’ll be taking part in a 7-day course running from Sunday 18th July 2021 until Sunday 25th July 2021. There will be the option to participate in an end-of-course concert on the final day.

What Level is required to attend The Thinking Pianist?

Recommended Level – Intermediate/Advanced.
Currently we can only accept applications of those 18+.
It is not our intention to exclude based on standard achieved, but we think you will get the most out of the course if your playing is at least Grade 6 level.
We would be delighted to welcome dedicated adult pianists, students and young professionals.
There is also a parallel pedagogy course for teachers or students wishing to specialise in piano pedagogy. If playing the piano is a vital part of your personal well-being, this course is for you!

Will preparation be required?

There is no requirement to prepare specific repertoire, but you should bring two or more pieces which you are currently working on, to study with your teacher in lessons and/or classes.
This is optional for pedagogy students but would be very welcome.

How will the course be taught?

  • Teaching will occur as a combination of individual lessons with Faculty staff (see Faculty section), group classes/workshops. See next point for other course activities.
  • Pedagogy students will have a separate strand of lectures. Course Leader Mengyang Pan.

Residential

Find a ‘home from home’ in our modern and self-contained houses, each one featuring its own kitchen, dining room and common room. Accommodation will be in single rooms.

Our in-house catering team will provide three meals a day within your residential house. Let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival and our fantastic catering team will be able to cater to your individual needs.

Non-residential options are also available. Our non-residential package includes lunch each day, but will not provide your accommodation.

Booking Information

To join The Thinking Pianist Course, there is a fee of £1200.00 per student.
A 10% deposit will be required to confirm you booking on the course. The final 90% of the payment will need to be paid by 04th July 2021.

We are also offering a non-residential rate which excludes our on site accommodation. This is charged at £900.00 per student and includes lunches only.

We are looking forward to welcoming our first students to The Thinking Pianist in just under six weeks’ time. We are now opening up the course to those who might wish to attend on a part-time basis, whether residential or not. The daily fee rates for part-time attendance are: Residential: £180, non-residential £130 (including lunch and dinner). If you would like more information, please contact Course Director David Jones as soon as possible at jonesd@chaltladiescollege.org

The Cheltenham Ladies’ College is situated in the heart of Cheltenham, a spa town on the edge of the Cotswolds. You’ll be a short walk away from restaurants, shops and transport links in the town centre.
The train station 1.1 miles.
Bristol Airport 50 miles.
Birmingham Airport 51 miles.
Coach Station 0.2 miles.

Cheltenham Ladies' College,
Bayshill Road,
Cheltenham,
GL50 3EP


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Digital Archive

The College online archive is now live and available for Guild members to use. The funding for this site was a 160th birthday present for College from Guild. The site currently contains digital versions of the College magazine from 1880 to the current day, together with a selection of sports photos. The early volumes of the magazine include much detail about the organisation and history of College and the buildings, and tributes to the highly qualified teaching staff, as well as details of the academic and sporting achievements of individual pupils.

Each issue of the magazine has been scanned page by page and the text put into a searchable database. You can browse magazines in date order or you can search by entering text and, if possible, a date range. You can also open a specific magazine and right click on it to use the search functionality to look for specific text contained within it. The database is free to use for all former and current pupils of College.

Guild members can access this online archive via Members Login. You will need to log on to access these pages as the resources are only for Guild members. (If you do not have a log in or have forgotten your password, please select the links at the bottom of the Members Login page).


The Legacies of Slave Ownership in Pittville and Cheltenham

This year, our students are working on a number of important local history projects covering the hidden lives of prominent women, exploring the experiences of lockdown, and uncovering links with slavery. All the projects will be exhibited in September as part of the ‘City Voices’ programme of the Gloucester History Festival. This post is one of five projects, and explores the legacies of slave ownership in and around Gloucester, and includes Alfie Lansdown, Jack Vincent, Sam Hodges, and Will Clark.

Our research project focuses on the legacies of slavery in Cheltenham, and we chose this topic partly in response to the recent protests around the portrayal of slaveholders in Britain and the corresponding Black Lives Matter movement. We aim to discover the ways in which legacies of the transatlantic slave trade are still visible around the area in which we live and study. Our research has considered the effects and legacies of the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act. We aim to uncover the historical opinions of local people by researching the time period around when the act was debated in order to see if the abolition movement was supported locally. We’ve also been looking directly at the legacies of slavery evident in Pittville today, one of Cheltenham’s most distinctively Regency-era areas . We have focused on two key individuals who benefitted from slavery and were compensated directly by the 1833 Act.

Our research began by identifying the connections to slavery amongst people who lived in the Pittville area. First, we used the UCL database of Legacies of British Slave Ownership, and work done by Pittville History Works to identify the most significant local slaveholders. One of the key individuals is Solomon Mendes Da Silva, who lived at 5 Blenheim Parade in Pittville. He received over £6000 in compensation (equivalent to £767,000 today) for his plantations and the slaves who lived on them. His largest plantation, in St Ann’s, Jamaica, covered 300 acres and had 96 enslaved workers. Da Silva is significant to our study because he directly benefitted from the act. He generously spent this money in the local Jewish community and put funds into a local Synagogue. He spent his final years living in the gated community around Pittville Park, which has many of its large homes still standing

We have made extensive use of the British Newspaper Archive to investigate the opinions of local people at the time of abolition. Through a collection of local newspapers we discovered that there was general support for abolition in Cheltenham. The Assembly Rooms hosted many large gatherings that debated the morals and validity of slavery. We also identified Cheltenham’s first Member of Parliament, elected in 1832. Craven Fitzhardige Berkeley petitioned parliament on behalf of the Cheltenham abolitionists. Furthermore, he was an advocate for progressive rights movements. The local community continued to advocate for abolition after the British Abolition Act was passed. Lectures continued at the Assembly Rooms pressing for the total abolition of slavery across the Atlantic, and many prominent abolitionists were invited to speak, including Britain’s leading abolitionist George Thompson.

So far, our research has given us a crucial understanding of the direct effects of slavery on Pittville and Cheltenham. Our study has shown that the problems linked to slavery directly affected the whole town and that slavery had an extensive reach.


Cheltenham Ladies’ College celebrates outstanding A-level results

Cheltenham Ladies’ College students are celebrating outstanding A-level outcomes today, with A* grades making up almost a third of results (31.1%).

This year, 10 pupils have gained four or more A* grades at A-level, and 23 have achieved three A* grades or more.

Across the cohort of 129 students, 71.2% of grades are A* or A, while an impressive 89.6% are A*- B

Exceptional individual achievements from across the Class of 2019, which encompasses the results of our IB, A-level and Pre-U students, include one student who achieved 6 A* grades at A-level, and 17 girls who have met the requirements of their Oxbridge offers. These offers comprise places to study Medicine, Economics, Law, Theology, and Geography at Oxford, and English, Engineering, History of Art, Maths, Modern Greek and Linguistics, Biology, and Medicine at Cambridge.

Students have also secured places at a number of prestigious global universities, including Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Georgetown, John Hopkins, NYU, Parsons School of Design, and many other US colleges. One has been accepted onto the innovative World Bachelor in Business programme, delivered jointly by the University of Southern California, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Bocconi University in Milan.

Principal Eve Jardine-Young said: “I am delighted by this year’s wonderful results, which are only made possible by the dedication and hard work of all our students and staff. Upon leaving CLC, our students are pursuing a bold and imaginative range of courses, both here in the UK and around the world, and we wish them every success for their future endeavours.”


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