What's the girl's version of Eton?

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Which of South England's elite, all-girl's, independent, C of E, expensive, fee-paying, boarding schools would be considered the girls' equivalent to Eton? Or at least on track to earning a similar reputation for cliquishness, elitism, etc.?
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Wycombe Abbey? very close by to Eton I think so usually considered its 'counterpart'
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Wycombe Abbey definitely has a reputation for cliquishness and elitism in its local area... and not in a good way.
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I go to school just up the hill from Wycombe Abbey (state), and it certainly is impressive. They basically own the entire left side of the hill. We sometimes go down there with the maths department for lectures they often run (in their lake house) and the whole place looks like a castle. So yes, you could say they're the all girls equivalent of Eton.
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Apart from Wycombe, I'd be tempted to say Rodean or Cheltenham Ladies' College.
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I heard it used to be Roedean, hands down, but a few years ago they started recruiting more students from outside Britain. Much of the old money took it as a snub and switched to St Swithun's. Any thoughts on St Swithun's or Downe House? Benenden might be another candidate, although I hear it isn't as academically challenging as Cheltenham Ladies College or Wycombe Abbey.

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.
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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.
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(Original post by sydney_watts)
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.
My mother and grandmother both went to Roedean and they said that even then there were far too many nouveau riche fools being accepted, one can only imagine what it is like today!
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A lot of my friends went to Wycombe abbey its not that stuck up its a typical private school is just very big therefore people assume its some over the top public school. Id say Cheltenham ladies is far more posh
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St Paul's Girls is meant to be seriously good and very competitive to get into, not boarding though.
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(Original post by roh)
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.
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I always though Cheltenham Girls was rather posh, from the girls I've met...
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St Swithuns? Although, it might be more closely akin to Winchester rather than Eton. In other words, the school where posh rich kids with brains go, as to being the place for merely just posh rich kids, i.e. Eton, Benenden.
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(Original post by Lord Harold)
Apart from Wycombe, I'd be tempted to say Rodean or Cheltenham Ladies' College.
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Eton isn't even all that amazing, my brother goes and he's suddenly transformed in a pompous twit (and he's only been there for a term!)
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Cheltenham Ladies. Roedean has moved somewhat dahn-mahket of late.
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Cheltenham Ladies' College.
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Cheltenham Ladies College. They are posh but I know some of the girls there and they're a bit weird, kind of in their own little world, you can't really hold a normal conversation like you'd usually socialise with a mate, a lot of them are childish for their age. Just ma view.
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