Cheltenham Ladies’ College named the Sunday Times' best independent school in the south west for 2024

Recognised in the Sunday Times' respected Parent Power Guide for another year, Cheltenham Ladies' College wins best independent school for academic performance in the 2024 edition.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
Cheltenham Ladies' College is among eight Gloucestershire schools to be included in this year's Sunday Times Parent Power Guide.

Ranking the UK's top schools for 2024, the prestigious Sunday Times Parent Power Guide recognises Cheltenham Ladies' College as the south west's best independent school for academic performance, in its 31st edition.

Widely acknowledged as the most authoritative ranking of the country’s top schools, Parent Power ranks 400 of the best state secondary and grammar schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; the top 100 state schools in Scotland; 50 11-to-16 schools and 50 sixth form colleges; as well as the top 300 independent schools in the UK; and 35 IB schools.

Cheltenham Ladies' College, which provides independent and day boarding for girls aged 11 to 18, was commended for its exceptional academic results, triumphing over other independent schools in the south west category.

Helen Davies, editor of Parent Power, said: 'The educational landscape continues to be challenging across both the state and independent sectors, and this is the first true assessment of post-pandemic exam results. We believe these rankings — and all the additional information on offer in Parent Power — provide parents with a more reliable guide to academic achievement in schools today. 

'The guide showcases academic excellence but also celebrates schools who may not be right at the top but are rising, innovating and helping pupils flourish. Being a teenager is hard enough, and the past few years since Covid have made life even harder. It is heartening to highlight the achievements of so many students and schools across the UK.'

Eight more Gloucestershire schools have also been recognised in the guide for academic achievement, showing that the county is one of the top places in the UK to receive an education in 2024. 

Other schools featured include Balcarras Academy, The Cotswold School, Katharine Lady Berkeley's School and Richard Pate's Grammar School

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