‘Some Say our School is Church-like’
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FRANCES MARY’S STRUGGLE to secure endowments coincided with a period of change and growth at Cheltenham. By 1865, when Dorothea gave evidence before the Schools’ Inquiry Commission, the College had achieved under her direction a very considerable and welldeserved reputation; and before long a number of questions arose which had to be settled once and for all. It was, for example, necessary to decide whether the College should remain predominantly a local day-school or expand, as a day-and boarding-school, into an institution for the advancement of higher education. If the College expanded so would the number of boarding-houses, in which case it must also be decided whether or not the boarding-houses should be made an intrinsic part of the College. A third question-and a vital one for Dorothea-was the need for a clearer definition than already existed of the Lady Principal’s powers.