Red Maids’ is the oldest surviving girls’ school in the country. We are proud of this unique history and every year we mark Founder’s Day. This is our annual celebration of the life and vision of John Whitson, Mayor and MP of Bristol, who founded the Red Maids’ School in 1634.
The day begins with a memorial service in St Nicholas Crypt, where a wreath is placed on John Whitson’s tomb by the school’s Head Girls. The entire school then marches from Welsh Back to Bristol Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving attended by local dignitaries, school governors, parents and past pupils. The service includes a reading from John Whitson’s will.
Today, girls can still benefit from Whitson’s legacy, which allows us to provide scholarships and bursaries to academically able students from a range of backgrounds and income brackets. Additional donations and legacies have recently enabled us to offer two, 100% bursaries each year.