What's the girl's version of Eton?Watch
Then again, Eton isn't the most academically challenging for boys, either. It just has the name, Eton. Supposedly, the old line was the smart boys went to Winchester, the others went to Eton.
Some upper-class types look down on Wycombe Abbey as a place for the very aspirational middle-classes. Lots of mothers with sharp elbows,as they say. Cheltenham Ladies College is seen as a school for girls from families of a non-Conformist Protestant tradition. It isn't an official C of E sanctioned institution, which is what gives an independent boarding school the gold standard of establishment pedigree. Benenden seems to be the only one standing now that Roedean has been lowered by middle-class money-grubbing pursuit of Shanghai money.
St Paul's Girls is meant to be seriously good and very competitive to get into, not boarding though.
Yes, it is, but by it's very nature it is a Middle-Class institution, not Upper-Class. It's a day school, albeit, expensive and selective, it's still the type of school where striving and aspirational managerial/professional upper-middle-class London based parents would steer their daughters into. It's the type of school where doctors, dentists, solicitors, academics and chartered accountants would send their daughter to.