Brigidine School

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Brigidine School
Motto Fortiter et Suaviter
("Strength and Gentleness")
Established 1948
Type Independent day school
Religion Roman Catholic
Location King's Road
Local authority Windsor and Maidenhead
DfE number 868/6011
DfE URN 110147 Tables
Students 160~
Gender Girls; Boys (2-11)
Ages 2–18

The Brigidine School is a Catholic non-selective independent day school for girls aged 2 to 18 and boys up to age 11 in Windsor, Berkshire, England. The campus is located at the edge of Windsor Great Park near Combermere Barracks. The student body reflects the racial and cultural diversity of the Windsor, Slough and West London local area.


The Brigidine Sisters established a convent (and school) at Windsor in 1948, the second founded by the order in England and Wales.[1] Queensmead, the Victorian bricked mansion the Sisters moved into, is still one of the school's main buildings. It is now run by lay staff but retains its Catholic ethos and religious character.

During the early 2000s, the school went through a tumultuous period. In addition to financial difficulties, pupil and staff numbers plummeted and the school was threatened with closure.[2] In 2011 parents and governors were discussing a possibility of the school entering the state sector but an agreement could not be reached. Eventually the school remained open and in the private sector after the necessary funds were raised.[3][4] Brigidine is exceptional in remaining open during these circumstances, due to shrewd financial management and marketing by key parents.

The Headteacher is Sue Manser.


It is affiliated with St Edward's RC First School and St Edward's Parish.[5]

It has links with other sister Brigidine schools overseas such as Brigidine College, St Ives in Sydney, Australia.[6]



  1. ^ The religious orders and congregations of Great Britain and Ireland. Stanbrook Abbey Press. 1949. p. 189. 
  2. ^ "Brigidine School's future uncertain". Royal Borough Observer. 23 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Brigidine School to remain private but must raise more funds". Windsor and Eton Express. 13 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Threatened school's future looks secure". Windsor and Eton Express. 15 June 2012. 
  5. ^ St Edward's, Windsor and St Mark's, Dedworth
  6. ^ "Brigidine Heritage". 
  7. ^ "Emotional ties with Entrepreneur and shoe designer Tamara Mellon". Daily Mail. 14 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Susan Sheridan - Personal Website

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Coordinates: 51°28′17″N 0°36′28″W / 51.47139°N 0.60778°W / 51.47139; -0.60778