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Education in Bristol


Bristol is the largest city in South West England, and as such is a center for culture, research and higher education in the region. The city is home to a prestigious “red brick university” (University of Bristol) and a high-ranking “new university” (University of the West of England). The city is also noted for its investment in the sciences and engineering, particularly its ties to the aerospace industry. Mary Carpenter, set up a reform school in 1854 with the financial help of the poet Lord Byron’s widow, at Bristol’s Red Lodge. The city has 129 infant, junior and primary schools, 17 secondary schools, and three learning centres. After a section of north London, Bristol has England’s second-highest number of independent-school places. Independent schools in the city include Clifton College, Clifton High School, Badminton School, Bristol Grammar School, Redland High School, Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital (the only all-boys school) and the Red Maids’ School (founded in 1634 by John Whitson, which claims to be England’s oldest girls’ school).

University of Bristol was founded in 1876, the university started out as University College, with just two professors and five lecturers offering courses in 15 subjects. Over thirty years after University College was established, it received its royal charter and became the University of Bristol in 1909. Today, the university offers over 200 degree courses covering a wide range of subjects. It is home to 25 academic schools, divided into six faculties: Arts, Biomedical Sciences, Science, Engineering, Social Sciences and law, and Health Sciences. The University however does not only engage in undergraduate degree programmes, it also offers Master’s programmes, Doctoral programmes, Initial Teacher Education (ITE), and New PGCE and School Direct.

Bristol has two further education institutions; City of Bristol College and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and three theological colleges: Trinity College, Wesley College and Bristol Baptist College. Bristol has three main sixth forms; they are St. Brendan’s Sixth Form College, North Bristol Post 16 Centre and Redcliffe Sixth Form Centre. St. Brendan’s Campus is located in Brislington just off the main route through; Redcliffe Sixth Form is, however, located closer to the centre of Bristol, and is to the west of Bristol Temple Meads train station and close to St Mary Redcliffe Church to the north.

Bristol University, just like other schools in the UK, offers accommodation to its students. This accommodation residence provides so much more than just accommodation with pastoral support and 24-hour security. Most of the student residences are a few minutes walk from the University of Bristol, which makes it easy for students to have great access to the University’s campus. Some of the students’ accommodation includes; studio 58, cherry court, phoenix court, marketgate, and so forth. These student residences offer other great opportunities to get involved in green initiatives, drama, music production, social and sporting activities thereby making it fun for the students to live there while they achieve their goals. The accommodation residences covers accommodation for couples, family, single students and special students with disability or health needs. If you live in Bristol or any part of the world and need to further your education or even start from entry level, be rest assured that this great city got you covered.