College has a proud history of pioneering education for women.
Founded in 1853 to provide a sound academic education for girls, College was one of the first of its kind. Dorothea Beale became Principal in 1858 aged only 27 years, and was to become its trailblazing leader for next 48 years. During her time at College, she was a pioneer in the development of educational opportunities for women. Realising that there was no option for women aspiring to a degree, Miss Beale founded St Hilda's College, Oxford in 1893. She also played an important role in the women’s suffrage movement.
In the years since Miss Beale's tenure, College has strengthened its position as a world-class school and continues to adapt to the needs of each passing generation of young women.