Final Farewell to Redland High School


The iconic girls school closes it's doors for the final time today

After 135 years of educating the young women of Bristol, Redland High School for Girls closes its doors for the final time today, ahead of the formal opening of Redmaids’ High School in September. 

The closure of the site was announced last year, after a merger was agreed between Redland High and The Red Maids’ School, another excellent provider of single-sex education in the region.

To celebrate the school and the thousands of women who have benefited from the independent education it has provided, a commemorative tea-party, organised by the Friends of Redland High School, was held on the Headmistress’s terrace yesterday.

As well as enjoying the beautiful grounds and sharing stories, the pupils, staff, parents and friends who attended took part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest number of people playing the game, ‘He loves me, he loves me not’. The flower they used was the daisy, which is the emblem of the school. 

Previously this record was held by 331 people in Milan, in April 2009. Redland High managed to get 427 people to participate!

Perdita Davidson, the Acting Headmistress of Redland High, said, “It has been my honour to teach at this school for 17 years, and to lead this community over the past 12 months. Redland High has helped girls to achieve the most incredible things, including becoming Bristol’s first female architect, the first female paediatrician in the south-west and the first woman to be president of the Aeronautical Society.

“Although this is the end of an era, the exceptional teaching and supportive ethos of Redland High will continue at Redmaids’ High School and I am looking forward to the next chapter in our story.”

The new school, based at the former Red Maids’ site in Westbury-on-Trym, incorporates all the best elements from both former schools and includes a new state-of-the-art auditorium, named ‘Redland Hall’ in recognition of Redland High.

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