Day Girls

College has over 180 day girls, who make up over 20% of the pupil roll, and they have been an important part of our community since College was first founded. Girls from Gloucestershire are the single biggest cohort in College.

We are the school of choice for many local families looking for a supportive and enriching education for their daughter with unparalleled academic and co-curricular opportunities. College is the only school in the county offering the acclaimed International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), as an alternative option to A Levels in the Sixth Form years.

Houses

Junior day girls have their own base called Eversleigh, a short walk from College on Parabola Road, which is open from 7.45am until 7.00pm every weekday evening.

The three Junior Day Houses (BellairsGlengar and St Clare) are situated together within one building, Eversleigh, a couple of minutes walk from the main College site. Here, the day girls have well-equipped common rooms, refreshment facilities, study rooms and a music room. Bayshill, our day girl Sixth Form House, is based on the main College site. It also has excellent facilities for our senior day girls to work in, to socialise in and to make snacks and hot drinks. Weekday lunches for all day girls are provided in our purpose-built Bayshill Court Dining Room.

All girls are supported by their Housemistress who is responsible for their pastoral wellbeing, while a Tutor oversees their academic life at College and will regularly liaise with the Housemistress.

The Head of Division will also have an overview of each girl and will always be happy to talk with parents about their daughter’s progress.

Co-curricular

Our day girls are completely integrated into the full life of College with access to all activities and facilities, and make an important contribution to the success of the school across a range of different areas.

Over 160 co-curricular societies, clubs and events are open to our day girls and boarders alike, as are our weekend activities and trips for juniors.

Our links to the local community are strong. Through our highly successful Community Links programme, over 200 girls volunteer weekly at local organisations. 

A typical day

Classes are made up of both day and boarding pupils, allowing the girls to mix and make friends across their year group. Although our day girls go home at night, their daily routine is organised very much like that of our boarders.

They meet at their houses before College in the morning, have lunch together in their dining room, and return to their houses afterwards, to relax before the afternoon classes.

No two days are the same, but a typical day looks like this:

Wake up, have breakfast and get ready for school.
7.40-8.05  Register in Eversleigh or Bayshill House
8.20 Registration with your Tutor in College
8.30 Lines (filing into the Princess Hall)
8.35 Prayers (morning assembly)
9.00 Lessons begin
10.55 Morning break
11.15  Lessons
1.10 Lunch at Bayshill Court Dining Room then return to the House
2.10 Leave the House
2.20 Afternoon Registration
2.30 Lessons
4.25 Lessons end

After lessons end, some girls will go straight home, others will stay to take part in a co-curricular activity at College or at the Health and Fitness Centre.

Girls can either be picked up immediately after school or can stay in Eversleigh, which is open and staffed every weekday evening until 7.00pm, with snacks and the usual house facilities available.

Alternatively, girls can stay down at College and study in the Library until pick-up time. During the week school buses run to various destinations around Gloucestershire picking up from both Eversleigh and the main College.

Occasional Boarding for Day Pupils

Following feedback from a recent parent survey which showed a wish for greater flexibility, College will be trialling ‘occasional boarding’ for our day pupils from September 2021. 

Three new dormitories of four beds each, all benefitting from en-suite bathrooms, are available for use by day girls who will be supervised by experienced residential boarding house staff. Pupils will share with girls in their division, with dorms allocated to Lower College, Upper College and Sixth Form students.

During our pilot year, girls can board for a maximum of 2 nights a week between Monday to Friday. Sunday night boarding may be available on request and Friday night boarding is not available at the start of exeat or half term.  There will be a charge of £48 per night, including supper and breakfast, which will be added to the termly bill. The trial period will be reviewed at the end of the academic year (2021-2022).

Arrange a visit

We are delighted to welcome prospective day girls and their families to College for an Open Day or private tour, so that you can see for yourselves the opportunities available within our vibrant community.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Admissions Department if you would like to arrange a visit, or if you would just like some further information - they are always happy to help.