Ms Eve Jardine-Young
Chair of WLSA Executive Board
Eve Jardine-Young has worked in education for over 20 years, having experience of single-sex boys, girls and co-education in four different boarding schools within the UK.
Born and raised in Malawi, Central Africa, she cherishes the foundations and values drawn from her own broad and internationally-focused education. She holds an MA in Engineering Science from Cambridge University, and trained with Ove Arup & Partners in both London and Edinburgh before following her heart into the teaching profession, also training in English as an Additional Language. Whilst teaching Economics at Radley College, Epsom College and Blundell’s School, she gained leadership experience in pastoral, academic and university advisory roles, latterly as Director of Studies.
In 2011 she became the 11th Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, which from its foundation in 1854 has become one of the world’s pre-eminent girls’ schools, with 850 boarding and day girls on a 36 acre dispersed estate in the Regency town of Cheltenham. CLC students hail from over 40 countries, speaking over 30 languages, and have progressed to universities in 18 different countries in the past six years after sitting their A levels or IB Diploma.
During her tenure, CLC has introduced innovative curriculum developments in engineering, enterprise & technology and modern languages, as well as a new whole-school programme to promote and support wellbeing and personal development. She has also established a strategic educational partnership with the annual Cheltenham Literature, Science and Music Festivals, enabling students to access leading speakers, thinkers, scientists and performers.
She has overseen an increased commitment to needs-blind support for pupils, and is growing the College’s long-term fundraising capabilities. Currently developing a long-term Estate Masterplan, she has recently overseen £30m of major projects to upgrade the Health & Fitness Centre, boarding houses and the academic campus.
Believing that service to others is at the heart of a meaningful and fulfilled life, CLC enables students to volunteer with over 20 local partners. Leadership opportunities, strong values and student voice are central to the flourishing of a strong school community, and she supports the work of the Centre for Resilience at the University of Westminster.
In 2016, Eve was appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Gloucestershire, through which she supports the Lord Lieutenant, the British monarch’s personal representative in the county. She is a governor of the Barnwood Trust, dedicated to creating the potential for disabled people and people with mental health problems to make the most of their lives, a member of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire, and the Marlborough College Education Committee.