Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Term Five at Redland Green Post 16

Achievements and celebrations at RGS Learning Community

Term 5 2018


Term 5 has been a long one - but very productive.  Firstly we say goodbye to our Year 13s whose lessons have now finished.  They have been a fantastically hard working year group who have every right to go into their final examinations with the utmost confidence. They have really made the most of their Post 16 experience (including an expedition to Ecuador, a range of fantastic performances and great success academically and in extracurricular activities).  We wish all of them the very best of luck in their exams and in their (very bright) futures. A special mention should also go to our outgoing student council (in particular co-presidents Ruth and Izzy) for representing their peers so effectively, and for organising a fitting and fun leavers’ assembly.


Year 12 students kicked off the process of deciding their own next steps this term, with a successful and productive visit to the UCAS convention at UWE at the beginning of the term, and have begun to explore different possible pathways as part of the tutor programme with lots of students visiting university open days.  Next term we will be continuing this work during the “Futures 18” days in July, when students will be able to visit and participate in a wide range of workshops covering university, apprenticeships and employability. Year 12 mock examinations were also completed, and all of Year 12 should be commended for approaching them with the right level of discipline and determination.


Outside of lessons a number of Year 12 students have been away from school on work experience, with four potential medics spending a week at the Bristol Royal Infirmary observing ENT surgery and joining ward rounds in paediatrics, cardiology, stroke and neonatal wards.  In addition Rowan (Y12) continues his Arkwright engineering scholarship with a work experience placement in robotics at the Royal Mail. Congratulations also to our five students who will take up places on the Mayor’s City Leadership programme this June and July - this is a prestigious and selective programme aimed at students from diverse backgrounds who have the potential to develop into leaders of the future.  Students have also been looking towards their futures with 13 students taking part in the HEplus programme with other local Sixth Forms. Students researched and produced academic posters on topics as varied as Euclid’s parallel postulate and the history of the Cabinet Office, and proudly displayed them at an event at City Hall.  May also saw the launch of TIGER’s Gender Equality Ambassador community exhibition - an event which celebrates the impressive work of our gender ambassadors, and which has enabled TIGER to shape and develop the programme for the future.  Finally congratulations should go to Abbie (Y12) whose piece on human rights and counter terrorism strategies won both the best non fiction and best overall prize at the University of Bristol’s Writing Wrongs project.

Finally it is important to acknowledge that at this time of year students can be feeling the pressure, particularly those who are taking examinations.  All of the usual support is in place throughout the exam period, and students can speak to Mr Tiplady, Miss Haine, academic mentors or tutors if they feel they need any extra support. Alternatively all students have access to a wellbeing bulletin which is sent termly by Miss Haine. During mental health awareness week this term we were very lucky to have a local specialist deliver a session on stress management to students.  Students felt they had been given great tips of nutrition and health and praised the new techniques they had learned to feel calm and focused.


We wish all students and parents a relaxing half term.