The Red Maids' School
瑞得梅德中学（瑞得梅德学校）Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3AW
Tel: 0117 962 2641 Fax: 0117 962 1687
• GIRLS, 11–18, Day
• Pupils 400, Upper sixth 45
• Termly fees £2340 (Day)
• Enquiries/application to the Headmistress
What it’s like
Founded in 1634 through a bequest by John Whitson, it occupies a fine 12-acre
site in a north-west suburb of Bristol. It has handsome buildings, ancient and
modern, set in beautiful gardens and grounds. Facilities are excellent and
recent developments include a new sports hall, performing arts centre, ICT
suites and an astroturf pitch. Pupils are drawn from all sectors of society. A
well-balanced education is provided and examination results are very good. Music
is a particular strength; drama and art are strongly supported. An impressive
range of sports and games is available and high standards are attained (girls
regularly represent the school at county level each year). There is commitment
to local community services, especially in the sixth form, and participation in
the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and Young Enterprise.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 400 day girls.
Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 13 and 16. Own entrance exam used; for
sixth-form entry, 6 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form subjects). No
special skills or religious requirements. State school entry, 50% main intake
plus a few at 16. Many pupils from own junior (enquiries to The Red Maids Junior
School, Grange Court, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 4DP, tel 0117 962 9451).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 8+ pa scholarships, value £600–50%
fees: 3–4 academic,
3 all-rounder and 2 music (awarded at 11). Also sixth-form scholarships for
current and new pupils. School assisted places. Parents not expected to buy
Head & staff
Headmistress: Mrs Isabel Tobias appointed in 2001. Educated at Heriots
Wood Grammar School and Cambridge University (English). Previously Deputy Head
at The Royal High School, Bath, Head of English at Bath High School..
Teaching staff: 33 full time, 15 part time. Annual turnover 6%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 65 pupils in Year 11: 88% gained at least grade C in 8
11% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 64 (59 over 5 years).
A-levels: 55 in upper sixth: 7% passed in 4+ subjects; 91% in 3 subjects.
Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 372.
University & college entrance 84% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course, 6% to Oxbridge. 33% took courses in science, engineering and
health sciences, 67% in humanities & social sciences, others typically go on to
art, drama or music colleges.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 23 GCSE subjects, 25 AS/A-level
(including psychology, classical civilisation).
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level (breadth
encouraged), 3 at A-level; in addition, all follow general studies and key
skills courses. Approx 50% took science A-levels; 25% arts/humanities; 25% both.
Vocational: Work experience expected in Year 11.
Special provision: Extra English if needed for dyslexia.
Languages: French, Spanish, German and Russian to GCSE, and A-level; also
GCSE Italian. Regular exchanges (to France, Russia and Spain).
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson a week in Years 7–9) and
across the curriculum. 104 computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), all
networked and with email and internet access. Some pupils take Clait.
Music: Over 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. 10+ musical groups including choirs, orchestra, wind band, various
instrumental ensembles. Pupils in county and national level orchestras and
choirs. Joint choir tour to Tuscany (2003) with Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital.
Drama & dance: Both part of curriculum in Years 7–9 (thereafter, drama is
an extra-curricular activity). GCSE drama, AS and A-level theatre studies; dance
as part of GCSE in PE. Majority of pupils are involved in school and house
productions. Joint production with Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital of The Sound of
Music (2003). Whole school festivals, drama and dance in alternate years.
Art & design: On average, 30 take GCSE, 10 AS-level, 7 A-level. Design
technology, pottery and textiles also offered. Limited access to art facilities
for non-examination pupils.
Sport & activities
Sport: Hockey, netball, tennis, athletics, rounders, badminton,
basketball, volleyball, keep fit, weight training, swimming compulsory for first
2 years. GCSE PE and AS/A-level sports studies offered. Representatives at
county, sometimes at national level.
Activities: Pupils take bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Head almoners
organise charity events. 10+ clubs, eg music, sport, creative writing, chess,
public speaking, Christian Union, Amnesty International, Guides, debating
(national finalists of Cambridge Union competition 2003), Young Enterprise
(regional winners 2004).
Uniform: School uniform worn, smart dress code in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Head girl and heads of houses
elected by written application, vote and interview; no prefects. School Council.
Social: Music/drama, joint activities with brother school (Queen
Elizabeth Hospital). Organised trips to Italy, France (watersports),
Switzerland/France (skiing), Poland/Tuscany (music), Paris (art); exchanges;
Russian students from Moscow State University. Pupils allowed to bring own
car/motorbike/bike to school. Weekday meals self-service. School tuck shop.
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect a
verbal warning. For those caught smoking cannabis on the premises exclusion
should be expected.
Alumni association is run by Mrs Jeannette Harris c/o the school.