Redmaids’ High School switches infant education to Westbury-on-Trym site

December 20 2016

Governors of Redmaids’ High School, an independent girls’ day school in Bristol, formed from Redland High School and The Red Maids’ School, have proposed that from September 2017, they offer infant school education on site in Westbury-on-Trym.

Governors of Redmaids’ High School, an independent girls’ day school in Bristol, formed from Redland High School and The Red Maids’ School, have proposed that from September 2017, they offer infant school education on site in Westbury-on-Trym.

While having an infant school was always part of the plan following the announcement of the merger earlier this year, it had previously been suggested that this would be based in Redland. However, this latest plan would see the infants join the junior school in Westbury for the beginning of the next academic year. For the first time, the country’s oldest independent day school for girls, will offer ‘all-through’ education from age four to 18, all on one site.

These changes also bring to a close the co-educational arrangement with QEH boys’ school, as no further boys will be admitted to the school. Headmistress of Redmaids’ High, Isabel Tobias, said: “Whilst we are committed to all of our existing pupils, and will support the young boys already within the Redmaids’ High family on their journey to junior education, we are passionate about the values of single-sex education and feel it is important to focus on our four centuries of experience in teaching girls.”

The changes also include the proposed closure of the Redland High Nursery School, which is reflective of a national downturn in demand for independent nurseries, following changes to the Government Childcare Scheme.

Governors also hope to move the all-girl groups in Years 3, 4 and 5 from Redland High Junior School over to join the Red Maids’ pupils in April 2017 which is sooner than previously anticipated. 

Current Headteacher of The Red Maids’ Junior School and the new Redmaids’ High Junior School, Lisa Brown said: “We are expecting an early completion date for the building work taking place in the Junior School, enabling us to welcome Redland High’s Junior girls sooner. This will allow the pupils to forge friendships and the School as a whole to bond earlier on one site.”