College Profile

Ladies’ College was founded in 1900 by the Church Missionary Society in Sri Lanka as a private school for girls aged 3+ to 18. As an Anglican / Christian National Girls' School, Ladies' College aims to maximize the potential of every student. This is achieved through providing a community of students, staff, Governors and parents which seeks to promote the academic, cultural, moral, physical and spiritual development of its students.

Though it is a strongly Anglican school, a multi-religious, multi racial and multi-cultural community was fostered at Ladies' College from its very beginning by our founders. “We have in our school a great variety of girls differing in race, religion, age, tastes, abilities and character – indeed a variety not unlike that in Ceylon. Here we have the opportunity to learn to live together to realize that fruitful relationships are based on differences, and not on identities. There is unity in our diversity”. - Principal's Report 1954

“At Ladies' College, we are committed to nurturing students who are recognizable not only by their achievements both in academic and extra- curricular areas, but also by their strength of character, spiritual awareness, sense of social responsibility and commitment to their religion and their independence of thought. The College struggles to keep within the policy requirements of the government and at the same time maintain the high quality of a rounded humanistic education which was its founding principle.”

Throughout the last century, the past pupils of this Institution have broken new ground as they led the way and paved the path for other women. The first woman surgeon, the first woman barrister, the first woman to be admitted as an advocate to the supreme court, the first woman to win a scholarship to Oxford University in open competition, the first Sri Lankan Bishop of the Church of Ceylon, the first female Anglican priest, the first woman engineer to graduate from the University of Ceylon, the first woman to obtain a doctorate in Science, the first woman Vice Chancellor of a Sri Lankan University, and the first Sri Lankan Vice Chancellor of a Canadian University are all products of Ladies' College. As the list expands the school is proud of her many old girls who have served their day and generation with distinction and integrity in all walks of life and in many countries of the world. Products of LC rarely find it difficult to adjust to a different cultural background in any part of the world.

We have a very supportive Old Girls Association which was established as far back as 1909 and has been for over a hundred years in Ms Opie’s words “the bulwark of her defenses” Excerpts from Ladies' College 1900 - 2000