Independent schools link up to educate boys aged 3-7

March 28 2014

REDLAND High School for Girls and QEH boys’ school in Bristol have announced plans to work together to offer a co-educational provision for pupils aged 3 to 7-years-old from September.

REDLAND High School for Girls and QEH boys’ school in Bristol have announced plans to work together to offer a co-educational provision for pupils aged 3 to 7-years-old from September.
The joint project, which will see an extension to Redland High Junior School’s existing building, will enable the school to offer an extra 24 places for boys and girls at Early Years Foundation Stage, with boys progressing to QEH in Year 3.
The move will enable Redland High to expand the number of places it offers at Early Years and Key Stage 1, and will enable QEH to welcome boys aged 3 to 7-years for the first time.
Places at Redland High Junior School have become sought after in recent years and the development will allow the school to satisfy local demand.
Redland High School also has a history of educating boys at this age, having accepted them at the Junior School between 1882 and 1956. The school also accepts boys into the holiday club, Redland Rascals.
Caroline Bateson, headmistress at Redland High School, said: "Although we are passionate believers in single sex education from Key Stage 2, evidence demonstrates that there are important social and emotional benefits to boys and girls being educated together at an Early Years stage, when children are developing a sense of self, knowledge and understanding of their world and their relationships with others.
"A number of current Junior School parents have also expressed their desire for us to extend our Early Years provision to their sons. This joint project will make this process more convenient to parents, fitting in with the modern world’s busy work schedules."
The alliance will also mean that QEH is now able to welcome boys from the age of 3 up to 18. While the Foundation and Key Stage 1 provision will be based on the Redland High site, the boys will feel part of QEH, wearing QEH uniform and with access to QEH’s facilities.
Stephen Holliday, headmaster at QEH, said: "We are extremely excited about this joint venture with Redland High. Parents have been calling for us to welcome boys from the age of 3 since we opened our Junior School in 2007 and I am delighted that we are now able to do so.
"We acknowledge the already excellent provision of Early Years education at Redland High and their expertise in teaching pupils of this age. It is testament to the similarities in ethos and excellent relationship between the two schools that this has become possible."