Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Chairman of Atkins plc Visits Redland Green

Redland Green School was delighted to host a recent visit to the school by Mr Allan Cook CBE, Chairman of Atkins plc and Karen Barnes and Jerry Giles from the Specialist Schools and Academics Trust (SSAT).

This visit was part of a SSAT ‘Visit our Schools’ event, which was available to us due to our newly acquired Science Specialist School status. This is an initiative of the Education and Employers Taskforce and the Taskforce shares our view that employer engagement in education is important across the curriculum to support students’ learning and development.

Atkins plc is one of the world’s leading engineering and design consultancies and the opportunity to discuss potential further partnerships and to extend the opportunities open to students in STEM* subjects is really exciting.

*Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics 

The day started off with our Year 11 ambassadors (Joe, Emily, Katie, Vandan and Harry) taking our guests on a tour of the school. First port of call the roof; by following the meandering path up on to the roof, we were treated to a wonderful view across Redland and the surrounding city on a sunny, but chilly autumn day.


Our guests were then taken back inside the school and where they visited our Art, Design and Technology department.

From there the guests were taken to the red corridor, which is the home of Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities and ICT. The Vista came next and then our guests dropped down to the green Science corridor.

We were also visited by an Evening Post photographer, so our ambassadors and guests spent some time in the Hub having their photograph taken!

Finally, our guests were taken to one of our Product Design classrooms to meet Nick Lawrence, Curriculum Team Leader of ADT, and some Year 11 students involved in GCSE Product Design work. Mr Cook also got to spend some time with one of our Post 16 Product Design students.

Mr Cook and the SSAT representatives then spent some time with Rupert Maule (Deputy Headteacher), Lesley Evans (Assistant Headteacher) and Barry Trahar (Governor for Business and Enterprise) talking about partnership ideas with Atkins plc that would enhance the curriculum and engage students in STEM subjects. Atkins plc have an office in Bristol which houses their Aerospace and Defence Group and their Engineering and Design Group, so is perfectly placed to provide the school with support and projects that will engage and stretch students.

Thank you to Mr Cook and SSAT for visiting Redland Green School and thank you to all our student ambassadors today for their help with this successful visit. Our guests commented on how mature and articulate you were! Click here to view the full photo gallery.

Watch this space!

As we develop our partnership with Atkins plc further we will update the website, so keep an eye out for our news.