The Red Maids' School

The Red Maids’ School is a relative newcomer to the IB Diploma but forged a place in the top ten nationally based on its first two years of results.

Founded in 1634, Red Maids’ is the oldest girls’ school in the country and the only independent school in Bristol to offer the choice of studying either A Levels or the IB Diploma. The Diploma undoubtedly acts as a magnet for students and parents, attracting girls already within the school but also those from neighbouring independent and maintained schools.

Twelve acres of beautiful grounds surround the purpose-built Sixth Form Centre which opened in 2011 and was designed with a university campus in mind. The students – around 120 in total – work, eat and relax in the self-contained space. They remain however a vital part of the school community, holding positions of leadership that develop broader skills, and acting as role models for younger students.

The IB Diploma was introduced at Red Maids’ in 2009-10 when its Headmistress, Isabel Tobias, recognised that the qualification provided a valuable alternative for a number of girls while still providing a first-class education and supporting entry to the best universities in the UK and overseas.

In 2012 Red Maids’ average IB Diploma score increased to 38 compared with an average world score at the time of 33, with 38% of the group achieving a score of 40 or more. The Diploma has opened doors for individual Red Maids to progress on to degree courses including medicine, history, modern languages and to achieve places overseas studying International Politics.

Both IB students and their A Level counterparts enjoy a stimulating academic environment and take part in a Sixth Form Enrichment Programme which is run jointly with a nearby independent boys’ school.

Dedicated pastoral support is provided to help sixth formers with any non-academic issues that may arise. The Head of Careers advises and supports the students in identifying university courses, volunteering opportunities and work experience.

The fees for a Red Maids’ education include the cost of text books, curricular trips and examination fees. Financial assistance is available for students joining the school in the Sixth Form.

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