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Working library stocked with books, rather than computers and gadgets (plentiful DVDs too) with some working space for after-school homework, supervised at all times. Masses of clubs – a whole wall full of club posters in the dining room and trips of every sort. They really did build a small school in Cambodia and start a charity for Moldovan children. It is the oldest surviving girls' school in the country and moved from inner Bristol at beginning of the 20th century to its present 12 acre site. Wide lawns and green Astroturf shaded by a winding avenue of lime trees...

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At Redmaids' High School we have a unique heritage, blending old and new to prepare students for success in the 21st century. We are an independent school with a twist maintaining the best public school traditions with a family-friendly air, enabling parents to stay close to their daughters. The Senior and Junior schools are closely linked and enjoy spacious grounds with modern facilities set in 12 acres. We provide excellent value for money with many items considered extras elsewhere, such as residential curricular trips, text books, examinations and some stationery, included in the fees.

Between Years 7-9, all teaching groups at Redmaids' High are of mixed ability except for Maths which is set from Year 7, and Science which is set from Year 9. All students study IGCSEs in English, Science and Mathematics and have frequent opportunities for independent learning, with cross-curricular projects and individual extension work. Known for our wide range of extra-curricular activities, a high number of girls regularly take part in lunchtime, after school and extra-curricular trips. Our extended day means that students can enjoy a healthy breakfast at the school from 7.45am and join in clubs as well as combining these with doing homework in the library until 5.30pm. Pastoral care is embedded in all aspects of the school's daily life. Redmaids' High is the only school in Bristol offering the choice of A Level or the International Baccalaureate Diploma in the Sixth Form.

There are two 100% assisted places available each academic year and a number of academic, sports and music scholarships. We have a strong international focus supported by important global links which foster an outward-looking culture.
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Since 2001, Mrs Isabel Tobias BA PGCE (50s). Read English at New Hall, Cambridge and started work in publishing. Began teaching at Henrietta Barnett, London from where she moved to Royal High School, Bath as head of English then deputy head before taking up headship at Red Maids’. Keen to be forward-looking and modernise, she nevertheless really listens to her girls and respects their sense of tradition. Kept the school’s original red capes and bonnets for a coveted few to wear in the annual founder’s day procession through Bristol.

Originally head of the Red Maids' School, she maintained the headship when it merged with Redland High in 2016 to form Redmaids' High.

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