Fair winds bring yachtswoman Claire back to Red Maids’ Junior School

September 30 2016

The Red Maids’ Junior School marked its 30th birthday with a visit from a special ‘old girl’, plus an announcement of exciting developments on site.

Claire on boat

The Red Maids’ Junior School marked its 30th birthday with a visit from a special ‘old girl’, plus an announcement of exciting developments on site.

Round the world yachtswoman Claire Chapman, who was one of the earliest pupils to join the School when it opened with just three classes in 1986, returned to talk about life at Red Maids’ and beyond.

Claire spent a gap year in Namibia, went to Oxford University and is now working in London as a qualified lawyer. However, during the past 12 months, Claire was circumnavigating the globe as part of the 54-strong crew of the GB and Northern Ireland team competing in the Clipper Yacht Race. She spoke to the girls about her great adventures at sea as well as happy days spent at Red Maids’ saying, "I attribute my courage and sense of adventure to the experiences I enjoyed at this school."

Development news at the school arises from its recent merger with Redland High School for Girls to form Redmaids’ High.

Before both schools physically unite on the 12-acre green site at Westbury-on-Trym next September, two additional classrooms will be built at the Junior School’s Grange Court Road site.

The two new classrooms have been sympathetically designed to fit seamlessly at the rear of the older, existing building. The playground is also going to be remodelled with a variety of play, climbing and den areas.

Headteacher Lisa Brown said: "These are exciting times. This week we have celebrated our heritage and history, but we are also looking towards our future and ensuring we have the best possible facilities for our girls."

Improvements have also begun at Redmaids’ High Senior School, where a new state of the art, two-storey, Assembly Hall with auditorium are under construction. The Hall will be ready for September 2017.

Building work at Red Maids’ Junior School is due to begin in due course.