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Founders' Commemoration Day

Founders’ Commemoration Day

In November each year we pay tribute to our founders on Founders’ Commemoration Day.

This is an extremely important day for us as we gather to celebrate the heritage of Redmaids’ High School, and remember our founding fathers who were progressive enough to pledge money for the education of Bristol’s young women. It is also a chance for us all to reflect, and give thanks for this outstanding school that continues to thrive and flourish. 

Reverends T G Rose and Urijah Thomas opened Redland High School in 1882 and John Whitson founded The Red Maids’ School in 1634. They were visionary people who saw a unique opportunity for girls. When Redmaids’ High School was formed in 2016, it brought these two distinguished schools together to combine over 500 years of expertise.

The day starts with a memorial service in St Nicholas Crypt when the Head Girl, accompanied by Sixth Form students and members of the School Council, lays a wreath on the tomb of John Whitson.

Then over 900 students and members of staff walk in line from the Welsh Back to Bristol Cathedral for a special service.  

This occasion attracts people back to Bristol from across the country as alumnae, parents and members of the public line the route to watch this grand spectacle pass by.

The cathedral service finishes around mid-day and the girls have the afternoon at leisure. Many families use this time to go for a lunch together in celebration.


Redmaids' High 
Junior School

0117 962 9451

Grange Court Road
Bristol BS9 4DP

Company number: 5165135
Registered charity number: 1105017 

Redmaids' High School
Senior & Sixth Form

0117 962 2641

Westbury Road
Bristol BS9 3AW                        

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