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
Motto So hateth she derknesse
Established 1882
Type All-Through Independent
Headteacher Miss Stephanie Ferro
Deputy Headteacher Perdita Davidson
Location Redland Court Road
Coordinates: 51°28′16″N 2°36′07″W / 51.4711°N 2.6020°W / 51.4711; -2.6020
DfE URN 109372 Tables
Capacity 407
Students 416
Gender Girls
Ages 3–18
Houses Chestnut, Rowan, Willow and Maple
Colours Bottle Green

Redland High School for Girls is a selective and independent, non-denominational girls' school in the suburb of Redland, Bristol, England. It achieves high academic standards, with excellent examination results and a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. Pastoral care is a priority and the teachers work closely with parents to ensure that girls are thriving socially and academically.

The school is due to merge with The Red Maids' School in September 2017, with the new merged school named 'Redmaids' High School' and based at the current Red Maids' site.[1]


Redland High School crest

Redland High School admits girls aged 3–18 years and also boys aged 3–6

Redland High Infants with QEH[2]
Girls and boys may join the Infant School at the age of 3 years, subject to available spaces and positive Taster Sessions. Up until the age of 4, the amount of time a child spends in school is at the discretion of parents and it is usual that the youngest pupils increase the amount of time they spend in school so that by the age of 4 they can cope with full-time school. When pupils move into Year 3, girls will join the Redland High Junior School and boys will transfer seamlessly to QEH Junior School.[3]
Redland High Junior School[4]
The Junior School Headteacher is Mr Joe Eyles. Admission into Years 3 - 6 is normally in September but can take place at other points throughout the year. Entrance is by an informal assessment in a friendly classroom environment. The majority of girls in the Junior School go on to join Redland High Senior School.
Redland High Senior School[5]
Admission to the Senior School is subject to an interview with the Headmistress, a written examination and a reference from your daughter's current Head Teacher. Approximately 50% of our intake into Year 7 comes from our Junior School, with the remaining girls joining us from a selection of feeder schools.
Redland High Sixth Form[6]
Each year a number of girls join Redland High Sixth Form from a variety of other schools. The school has an excellent track record in making this a smooth transition, enabling the girls to assimilate quickly and to achieve the best results of which they are capable. A reference from the candidate's current school will be sought and applicants will be invited for an interview with the Headmistress, Head of Sixth Form and relevant Heads of Department.


Founded in 1882, Redland High School has been providing exceptional education for girls for over 130 years, and continues to be one of the top independent girls' schools in the South West. The senior school is 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 has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building,[7] which has undergone 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 building, designed and constructed by Rollalong Design, is an environmentally sympathetic extension to Redland High Junior School’s existing building and has enabled Redland High School to offer an extra 24 places for boys and girls at Early Years Foundation Stage, with a natural progression to QEH for the boys in Year 3.

School Aims[edit]

Redland High aims to:

  • preserve the ethos of a caring and socially mixed school in which mutual respect and participation is encouraged alongside academic success;
  • provide an educational experience for girls in which intellectual development, academic success and pastoral care are complemented by high quality performance in the arts, sport and extra-curricular activities;
  • develop each individual's potential within a mutually supportive community;
  • deliver through the Infant, Junior and Senior Schools a complementary educational experience from 3 to 18;
  • prepare girls for the competitive world beyond school by a commitment to an education that is challenging and fun.


The school is 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.


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


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

Notable 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.[8]
  • 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.
  • Lucy Briggs-Owen (7 July 1986–) is an actress who in 2014 starred in the West End production of 'Shakespeare in Love'.[9]
  • 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. ^ "Infants with QEH". Redland High School for Girls. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School | QEH | Independent School for Boys in Bristol |". Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Junior School". Redland High School for Girls. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  5. ^ "Senior School". Redland High School for Girls. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Sixth Form". Redland High School for Girls. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  7. ^ Historic England. "Redland Court (Redland High School) (380318)". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 
  8. ^ "Beryl Corner". Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  9. ^ "Bawdy jokes and cheesy romance: Shakespeare in Love on the London". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 

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