On Thursday 15 September 2016, past and present headmistresses of Redland High School for Girls came together for the annual Prize Giving Ceremony at The Wills Memorial Building in Bristol.
This ceremony was particularly poignant as it marked the last Prize Giving before Redland High School and the Red Maids’ School merge to become Redmaids’ High School.
The Key Note speaker was Mrs Caroline Bateson who led the school for nine years and left in 2015, while Miss Stephanie Ferro, who was Headmistress until this August, gave her ‘Report of the Year’ to the audience. Current Acting Headmistress Mrs Perdita Davidson was also on hand to congratulate the girls on their achievements.
Miss Ferro says, “In what has been a momentous year in Redland High’s history, I am delighted to be here to see the girls accept prizes that not only celebrate their academic achievements, but also the strength and quality of their characters.”
This summer showed some of these achievements with a 100% pass rate at A Level with 50% achieving the top A/A* grades, and 96% pass rate at GCSE with 63% getting A/A* grades.
But beyond examination results there are significant student successes that recognise the variety of strengths demonstrated by Redland High pupils. These include: receiving a Gold Crest Award for Geographical Sciences in a Nuffield Science Bursary project (Olivia Gationde, Class of 2016); excelling at planning and executing a successful business in Young Enterprise (Laura Donkin, Year 13); and outstanding musical contributions to the School in plays, assemblies and concerts as well as receiving a Grade 8 Distinction for singing (Frannie Millar, Class of 2016).
Mrs Bateson, who was delighted to come back for this momentous occasion said, “I have had the pleasure of seeing many of these young women develop and grow through their time at Redland High. They have an abundance of determination and it is an honour to be back here today celebrating their services to the School, to themselves and to each other.”
From next September Redland High School and the Red Maids’ School will come together as Redmaids’ High School, an outstanding independent girls’ day school for ages 7 – 18 with an Infant provision for girls and boys aged 3 – 7. To find out more come to an Open Morning on Saturday 24 September for Juniors and Seniors at Westbury-on-Trym or Saturday 8 October for Infants at Redland. Visitwww.redmaidshigh.co.uk/admissions to book your place.