Here at Absolute Academy we’re getting excited about our Interior Design Week at The Cheltenham Ladies College where we will be working from the marvellous art studios. The week-long summer course is ideal for anyone over the age of fourteen years. This is a lovely opportunity for a family to spend time together learning the fundamentals of interior design, which they can put to good use on their next home project
Our week-long course covers a broad spectrum of subjects and gives you a City and Guilds certification at the end.
The course is always informative and educational and includes a two-course lunch to sustain you through the day. Our venue is steeped in history and for those who do not know very much about this esteemed girls school we are going to give you a little history about the school and building so when you visit you will appreciate the architecture and ethos of the establishment.
A group of friends that included Francis Close founded Cheltenham Ladies College in 1854. Francis was president of the college until 1858 when Miss Dorothea Beale, a spinster pioneered the idea of an educational establishment for young ladies. The college was duly founded to provide education for young women but in some quarters, this was considered outrageous, as education at this time for women was extremely limited and unusual. Miss Beale overcame many obstacles and a severe lack of funds but managed to develop a well-rounded education scheme for all ages – Cheltenham Ladies College was born.
A victim of its success, the College needed to find larger premises to accommodate their pupils. In 1871 the college council purchased land attached to the Old Well Spa, which had been the original Cheltenham Spa. Building development of the college soon covered the entire area of the original spa – a fitting landmark at the place the town was born.
Over the years, buildings were added and pulled down, in 1896, the Music Hall building was demolished, and the Princess Hall was built that remains part of the college today. The Princess Hall is well worth looking at when you are visiting as it has kept the same dimensions and internal configuration of the original Music Hall but the Victorian Gothic exterior of the age. The Princess Hall easily accommodates two thousand people and is used for a variety of events.
A more recent addition to the Cheltenham Ladies College after years of planning is the Parabola Arts Centre finally completed in July 2009. This dedicated centre for the performing arts has an exciting state of the art auditorium within the finely restored Bayshill House. The Parabola Arts Centre will benefit the wider community as well as the college.
865 girls spread across the Lower College, Upper College, and Sixth Form attend Cheltenham Ladies’ College. Approximately 75% are boarders and 25% day pupils with around 170 new girls joining each year.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Interior Design Week in this most prestigious of locations.