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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 GCSEs 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 was the first IB World School in Bristol, offering students the choice of A Level or the International Baccalaureate Diploma in the Sixth Form.

There are two 100% assisted places available each academic year for those entering at Year 7 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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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.



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Since September 2020, Paul Dwyer BA PGCE. Previously deputy head at North London Collegiate and before that director of sixth form at Putney High School. History degree and PGCE both from Oxford. Regularly speaks at national and international conferences on education and has co-hosted a podcast designed to help teachers reflect on their practice. Was a founding fellow and one time president of the Chartered College of Teaching.


The school now has four form entry at year 7, allowing a maximum of 24 per class. Candidates (including those at junior school) sit entrance exams in January in English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Brief interview with headmistress for all including short presentation on subject of girls’ choosing. For sixth form entry, minimum six grade 6s GCSEs with 9-6s in chosen IB or A level subjects...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Girls with SEN are monitored throughout the year, a detailed Learning Profile is created for them and provided to staff. This is reviewed as needed, and in the summer term following a meeting with the SEN Co-ordinator. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with the SEN Co-ordinator at parents evenings and at another designated appointment time each year. Support lessons can be organised at school as a private arrangement with a qualified specialist support teacher, these take place on a rotation basis. All staff are informed of a girl's needs and the reasonable adjustments required to meet these needs. Extra time in examinations is allowed throughout the school subject to appropriate assessment. All girls requiring access arrangements at GCSE will need a further assessment in Year 9. All girls joining the school also have routine dyslexia screening in Year 7 and 10, with parents and teachers being informed of any relevant findings from this.

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