Redland High School for Girls

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Redland High School for Girls
Redland High School for Girls.jpg
School viewed from Redland Road
Redland Court Road


Coordinates51°28′16″N 2°36′07″W / 51.4711°N 2.6020°W / 51.4711; -2.6020Coordinates: 51°28′16″N 2°36′07″W / 51.4711°N 2.6020°W / 51.4711; -2.6020
TypeAll-Through Independent
MottoSo hateth she derknesse
Department for Education URN109372 Tables
Head teacherPerdita Davidson
Age3 to 18
HousesChestnut, Rowan, Willow and Maple
Colour(s)Bottle Green

Redland High School for Girls was a selective and independent, non-denominational girls' school in the suburb of Redland, Bristol, England. The school merged with The Red Maids' School in September 2017, with the new merged school named Redmaids' High School and based at the Red Maids' site in Westbury-on-Trym.[1]


Redland High School crest

Redland High School admitted girls aged 3–18 years and also boys aged 3–6 from 2014–17


Redland High School was founded in 1882. The senior school was housed in an old manor-house known as Redland Court which dates from 1732-35. It was built by John Strachan for John Cossins and was designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building,[2] which underwent many extensions. In October 2006, a building previously belonging to the Junior School was converted into the Music School, expanding the senior school once again. In 2014, they opened an Early Years Foundation Stage Building in conjunction with nearby boys school, QEH.


The school was spread across five sites: the Senior school, on Redland Court Road; the Music School, also on Redland Court Road; the Junior School, opposite the Senior school; the Sixth form house, on Woodstock Road; and the PE field at Golden Hill.

Following the closure of the school, the Senior School site, along with the Sixth Form House / Bursary was sold, partially demolished and turned into housing[3][4][5] with the Junior School site in Grove Park turned into a day nursery[6] and the Music School converted into a wellness centre and medical clinic[7]


The house system was in place from 2003, and there were four houses. These were Maple (red), Chestnut (yellow), Willow (green) and Rowan (blue). House captains were elected by each house respectively from Year 13. There were also two House Vice-captains from Year 12 and two sports captains from Year 10. In addition, a member of staff served as Head of House on a permanent, unelected basis.


The Redland senior school uniform consisted of a dark green blazer, a tartan skirt, a navy jumper, and a white shirt. For games there was a red shirt and a green skirt. Sixth formers wore their own clothes.


  • Miss Elizabeth Cocks 1882-1907
  • Miss Emily Shekleton 1907-1920
  • Miss Ella Mary Edghill 1921-1926
  • Miss Clara Millicent Taylor 1926-1940
  • Miss Alick Berwick 1940-1944
  • Miss Sylvia Peters 1945-1968
  • Miss Storm Hume 1969-1985
  • Miss Eunice Hobbs 1986-1989
  • Mrs Carol Lear 1989-2002
  • Dr Ruth Weeks 2002-2006
  • Mrs Caroline Bateson 2006-2015
  • Miss Stephanie Ferro 2015-2016
  • Mrs Perdita Davidson 2016-2017

Notable former students[edit]

  • Beryl Corner (9 December 1910 – 4 March 2007) was the first paediatrician in the south-west of England and one of the British founders of neonatology, the care of newborn babies; she was also the last survivor of a group of women paediatricians whose achievements helped to break down barriers to the advancement of women in medicine.[9]
  • Sara Wheeler (20 March 1961–) is a travel writer. After being a pupil at Redland High she went on to study Classics and Modern Languages at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. After writing about her travels on the Greek island of Euboea and in Chile, she was accepted by the US National Science Foundation as their first female writer-in-residence at the South Pole and spent seven months in Antarctica.
  • Nazneen Rahman leads research directed at identifying, characterising, and clinically implementing genes that predispose to cancer. She was awarded the No.3 spot in BBC Radio 4's Woman’s Hour 2014 Power List in recognition of her work.
  • Tanya Louise Beckett (20 July 1966–) is an English television and radio journalist.
  • Dame Elisabeth Anne Marian Frost Hoodless (11 February 1941–) was the Executive Director (1975 – 2011) of Community Service Volunteers (CSV), a United Kingdom volunteering and training charity.
See Category:People educated at Redland High School for Girls

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bristol private schools to merge". BBC News.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Redland Court (Redland High School) (1291739)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2007-03-13.
  3. ^ Yong, Michael (2018-03-26). "Work set to start on new homes at Bristol school site". bristolpost. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  4. ^ Ashcroft, Esme (2018-01-14). "Redland High School flat plans approved despite refusal recommendation". bristolpost. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  5. ^ "Redland High School buildings sold to developers for £9m". Bishopston Voice. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  6. ^ Yong, Michael (2018-07-30). "New nursery to be set up in former school site". bristolpost. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  7. ^ "Redland High School buildings sold to developers for £9m". Bishopston Voice. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  8. ^ Allen-Williams, Jennifer (2012). Redland: Rubra Terra, Redland Court and Redland High School. Bristol, UK: Redcliffe Press. pp. 5–6. ISBN 978-1-908326-07-2.
  9. ^ "Beryl Corner". Retrieved 2015-10-08.

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