Colston's Girls' School

11-cgsWe cherish our history but look to the future

Colston’s Girls’ School has been at the forefront of all-girls education in Bristol since opening its doors in 1891 and the girls of today share the ability, ambition and optimism of their predecessors – and have more than matched their achievements.

We are proud to be sponsored by The Society of Merchant Venturers who have been involved in education in Bristol for more than 400 years and we have enhanced our national reputation for high standards since we became an academy in 2008.

The school is a truly comprehensive community where girls from across the city have the chance to fulfill their potential and our vision is one where all students will achieve to the best of their individual ability, inside and outside the classroom. Along with an overriding philosophy as a ‘Green School’ we have a focus on languages giving options to study Russian, Latin, German, Italian and Mandarin as well as French and Spanish.  Our girls will develop an understanding of their position in the wider world in preparation for life as global citizens.

Colston’s Girls’ continues to be one of the highest performing schools nationally, as well as the most popular girls’ school in Bristol. We are rated outstanding by Ofsted and, in 2013, our first academy intake gained GCSE results that were among the best in the country, with 91 per cent of students achieving five or more passes at A*-C including English and maths – a higher proportion than when we were an independent school with an entrance exam. Fifty eight per cent of passes were at A or A*.  Our A-level students win places at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter and Sheffield, on courses such as mechanical engineering, medicine, modern languages, mathematics and law. We combine an academic approach with a strong pastoral system to create confident, independent and resilient students.

Over recent years it has been transformed by a building and refurbishment plan that encompassed the whole school.  Outstanding new facilities in Art, Drama and Music have been matched by the refurbishment and reorganisation of the remainder of the school, based around a strategic reorganisation of teaching and learning areas.

Our range of extra-curricular activities is immense, including arts, music, drama, sports, public speaking, robotics, volunteering and Duke of Edinburgh Award, providing opportunities for girls to develop their skills and talents.

The school’s motto – Go and do Thou likewise – reflects the fact that the evident aspiration and achievement of the young women who leave the school is matched by a sense of compassion and selflessness, principals that lie at the heart of every Colston’s Girl. The traditions and values we have held since our school was founded in 1891 remain safe in the hands of our 21st century students.

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