The Head Girl Teams from Redland High and The Red Maids’ School plan for the future of Redmaids’ High School.
17 March 2016: The Head Girl Teams from Redland High School and the Red Maids’ School came together to discuss the ways in which they can lead in joint activities between the two schools, which are set to merge later this year.
Lucy Mercer who is the Head Girl at Redland High School, along with her Deputies Allie Jerrome and Alice Bird invited their counterparts from Red Maids, Head Girl Lily Steven and Deputy Katie Cottle, to have a look around Redland High. The girls wanted to share the heritage of both schools, and talk about how each of their traditions could be incorporated into the new school.
Lucy said: “On the day that the news broke we got in touch with each other and it was like we’d known each other for ages. We get on so well, we all could have been from the same school. We have plans to arrange BBQs and discos so that all the girls can get to know each other as well as we have. We’ve discussed the traditions of both schools and would love to find ways to keep them all going!”
Lily and Katie brought over a picture they had designed depicting the boat logo of Red Maids’ surrounded by the Daisy Chain from Redland High School.
Lily said: “We wanted to make something to show how excited we are about the merger and to show Redland High girls that we understand how they are feeling. We left the background blank for Red Maids’ pupils to sign and show their support and everyone wanted to put their name on it, we nearly ran out of space!”
Allie added: “The picture was such a lovely gesture. It was so reassuring to find out straight away that both schools share the same caring ethos. It really means so much and shows that the future is exciting!”
The announcement about the merger was made two weeks ago, with the new school for girls, which will be located at the current Red Maids’ site in Westbury-on-Trym, being called Redmaids’ High School. The two leading single sex day schools have been close neighbours for over 130 years and share like-minded visions for girls’ education.
The merger creates an opportunity to embark on a multi-million pound investment programme to develop a new assembly hall, a modern and flexible performing arts centre, and new classrooms.