Today marks the beginning of the transformation process of relaunching Brigidine School as Queensmead School Windsor. The independent, Catholic and high achieving school for all abilities, has decided to change its name and will be making the transition to the newly named Queensmead School Windsor over the coming weeks.
Brigidine School was established by the sisters of the Order of St Brigid, Brigidine Sisters, who set up the Brigidine Convent in 1948. The name of the school gradually evolved into Brigidine School, Windsor, which has been the name of the school for quite some time. With the Order withdrawing from operating schools across the world and not being directly involved in the school since 2004, the decision was made in 2016 to rename the school by the proprietor of the school, Mr Michael Fleming.
Mr Fleming commented, “The decision to change the school’s name was as a result of many people being under the false impression that the school was still owned and run by the Order. In discussion with the members of the Order and on balance, it was felt the change of name was the correct way forward which was agreed upon by all parties. The name “Queensmead” derives from the name of the main building of the school which was originally commissioned by Queen Victoria as a royal household for her youngest son Prince Leopold. It therefore seemed fitting to embrace the building’s heritage and its association with the Royal family by renaming the school Queensmead School Windsor.”
“As the newly named school includes the Queen's title, we have gone through the lengthy legalities and official process of seeking approval through the Royal Names section at the Cabinet Office. In seeking approval for the use of the name Queensmead, a connection to the royal household had to be demonstrated. We are honoured and excited to finally introduce Queensmead School Windsor to the educational market and we have many long-term plans in place that will continue to build upon the former Brigidine values and ethos of the school that has continued to educate happy, confident and motivated students over the past 70 years.”
When questioned about the focus and direction of the newly named school, Simon Larter, Head of Education, stated, “Our drive and focus has always been centred around the enrichment of each student's learning journey. As Queensmead School Windsor, we will continue to offer all students the opportunities and experiences of quality teaching in a happy and safe environment in order to optimise both personal and educational outcomes whilst still embracing the Catholic ethos that the school has thrived on.”
Shortly before Christmas, the school announced its planning application had been approved and that permission had been granted for change of use of the third floor and part of the second floor rooms in the Queensmead main school building The approved planning will enable the building of new and modern student accommodation with associated bathrooms and common rooms for any senior students wishing to board.
In addition to planning permission being granted, Queensmead School Windsor are also delighted to announce that they will be offering a complete co-educational setting for all students from 2 to 18 years of age from September 2018, as approved by the Department for Education (DfE).
Dawn Fleming, Head of Business Affairs, commented, “We are regularly asked by current and prospective parents whether we have plans in place to extend our educational offering to boys beyond the current age limited of 11. We are very pleased that the DfE have granted this and that we are now able to do so as Queensmead School Windsor. We look forward to welcoming all students who will benefit from the specialist and dedicated teaching staff and facilities from 2 to 18 years of age at our school.”
As with all rebrands, it is envisaged a number of pieces of the transition process will be rolled out over the coming weeks and months as the Queensmead School Windsor name gains greater exposure and presence in the market.
Set in five acres of grounds on the edge of the Royal Mile and in walking distance of the Queen’s official residence, Windsor Castle, it only seems befitting that the school should embrace its royal heritage roots as it steps forward into 2018.
After many months of waiting for approval of a planning application, Brigidine School in Windsor is pleased and excited to reveal that permission has been granted for change of use of part first and second floor rooms in its Queensmead main school building. The approved planning will enable the building of new and modern student accommodation with associated bathrooms and common rooms.
It is envisaged that once renovations have been completed, senior girls will be able to board at the school, giving local and international students alike, the opportunity to experience living away from home with a degree of responsibility and independence. The renovations will also see a number of age appropriate common rooms being built; giving students defined areas to study in outside of the classroom setting alongside comfortable areas to socialise in with their peers.
Joint heads, Simon Larter – Head of Education and Dawn Fleming – Head of Business Affairs, both commented, “We are delighted to be able to share our news with the wider community. The approved planning application enables us to really drive forward with our plans and future direction for the school, as we will be able to offer our students a complete educational service with boarding facilities. All students should have the opportunities and experiences of quality teaching in a happy and safe environment. Some students will want to further extend their educational experience by boarding away from home in preparation for their next life step, be it going to university or working away from home. Our commitment to enable this can be seen by the huge investments we are planning to make," commented Mr Larter.
Renovation works are expected to commence in 2018, paving the way for future planned investments. With an eye firmly focused on the future, the good news arrives as an early Christmas present to the school.
Come and join us for mulled wine and mince pies and a whole host of seasonal stall holders selling Christmas gifts in this beautiful independent school setting. All proceeds from the fayre will go towards the charity of the children's choice. Why not make a day of it and see the reindeer parade at 2pm at Windsor Castle afterwards!
‘Brigidine School, Windsor is celebrating the most successful GCSE results’ days in the last five years. When the results were published today, 76.5% of all grades were A* to B. In addition, many of the school’s academic departments are celebrating the girls’ A and A* grade performances. At least two thirds of all grades in Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, French, History and Music were either A* or A. Two girls gained 15 A* and A grades between them and one girl achieved full marks, gaining a Grade 9 in English Literature. “This is a very impressive performance for an academically non-selective school. We are delighted with how hard our students have worked”, commented the Joint Heads, Dawn Fleming and Simon Larter earlier today’.
The students and staff of Brigidine School are celebrating their best A-Level results for the last 5 years. The percentage of A* and A grades exceeded the national average by 2.7% and over half the grades were at B or above. There were straight A grade performances in Biology, Chemistry, German and Mathematics. One student secured A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and another student was one of only 800 students nationally to gain a grade A in German. All students secured places at their first choice Higher Education institutions.
"This is a momentous day because it reflects how hard the girls have worked and how skilfully they have been guided by the teaching staff. This is a remarkable achievement for a non-selective school that has a wide ability range. We are really proud of the girls,” commented Simon Larter, the Head of Education.