Ribston Hall’s ethos lies in wonderful traditions. It has been educating bright young women for a hundred years and in this time, thousands of students have passed through these doors and left with more than just outstanding academic outcomes.
Although the seeds of Ribston were sown in 1861 and 1891, it wasn’t until 1921 that the Gloucester United Schools governors officially opened Ribston Hall High School as the second girls’ high school in Gloucester city (officially becoming a grammar school under the 1944 Act). At this time, Ribston Hall was based in Spa Road but moved to a new building on Stroud Road in 1961, where we still are today.
Over the years, many things have changed in both education and for women as individuals. Ribston Hall has consistently moved with the times and embraced the changes. The School has fervently championed the progress of equality and celebrated at every turn the increased independence and autonomy for the young women it has taught. Ribston Hall has always encouraged its students to be confident and aspire to be whatever they want to be without fear.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected our centenary plans for the year and so our larger scale celebrations will be postponed until the summer when we hope we can come together as a School and community. We will respectfully mark the day of our Centenary during these sombre times with an assembly and some in-school activities. We look forward to celebrating with our students and parents whilst welcoming back alumnae and former staff for some special commemorative events later in the year.
Our Centenary year is incredibly important to us. Achievements of past students once they had left school were always included in the annual ‘Ribbus’ magazine until its last publication in 2006. In the last few years, we have been delighted to welcome back alumnae for careers talks as well as continuing our yearly Celebration of Success with Ribston keynote speakers. Current students have enjoyed seeing what successes our alumnae have had; it provides an opportunity for them see first-hand the qualities that make a Ribstonian unique and ignites their aspirations.
The young women (and men) that have attended Ribston Hall are an integral part of our history. We would like to hear more about their memories and experiences of attending our school and what they went on to do in their careers.
If you are a former student and would like to get involved with events at Ribston, share a fond memory or update us with what you’re doing now, please click on the link below to complete a short form with your contact details so we can keep in touch with you.