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BS16 1BJ

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Colston's School

  • Independent Day School
  • Co-Educational School
  • Serving Bristol & South Glos
  • Nursery & Lower School
  • Upper School & Sixth Form
  • Specialist Careers Advice

Colston’s School is independent and co-educational with approximately 800 pupils aged 3–18. It is located on a spacious 32-acre site at Stapleton village in north Bristol, with the Lower and Upper Schools sharing the extensive facilities.

The school is large enough to sustain a wide range of activities at a high level and yet small enough for each boy or girl to contribute actively and be known as individuals. Every effort is made to provide for and develop pupils’ abilities in academic, cultural and other extra-curricular activities. The school aims to encourage a strong sense of community and service, and to fully develop and extend the talents of every boy and girl.

Pastoral care is exercised through a house system and Sixth Form of some 150 boys and girls. The success which Colston’s Sixth Formers gain at A Level ensures that the majority of leavers secure their preferred University places. Our entry profile into the Russell Group of Universities continues to grow.

There is ample opportunity for boys and girls to obtain professional advice on the choice of a career. Colston’s is a member of the Independent Schools Careers Organisation whose services are available. The Head of Careers arranges a full week’s work experience for all Year 10 pupils, and also arranges visits to Careers Conventions organised by employers and universities.

An important benefit is that all facilities at Colston’s are on-site. They are also upgraded and extended at regular intervals. Recent additions include a classroom block extension, squash courts, sports hall, fully equipped theatre, concert hall, re-furbished science laboratories, a purpose-built Combined Cadet Force headquarters, a floodlit Astroturf pitch and newly-refurbished floodlit tennis and netball courts.

A range of adventure activities are provided through CCF including flying, gliding, sailing, canoeing and camping. The school also encourages pupils to undertake social and community service in Bristol.

Music and drama play a very important part in the life of the school. There is a large element of devised work in drama, with all pupils having the opportunity to act and produce as well as helping with staging and lighting. About half of all pupils learn musical instruments, and there is an orchestra, swing band and a variety of choirs.

Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions faced by parents. That is why Colston’s offers its Taster Days programme enabling Year 6 pupils at other primary schools to spend an entire day with a Year 7 class. Similarly Year 11 pupils at other schools can join the Lower Sixth at Colston’s for a complete day.

Please get in touch and book a visit if you would like to find out more. You will be made most welcome, and will be shown around by confident and articulate pupils who will talk about Colston’s exactly as it is.

For more information, contact the Head’s PA Denise Sollis on 0117 965 5207 or email denisesollis@colston’s.bristol.sch.uk.

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