Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Term Three at Redland Green Post 16

Achievements and celebrations at RGS Learning Community

Term 3 2018


Term 3 has been short but very busy, with lots going on for Post-16 students.  For Year 13’s the focus this term has been on completing and reflecting on mock exams, and beginning to plan for the final stage of their school education.  Results for the mocks were generally very good, and have allowed teachers and students to identify the main areas for further work in advance of the final papers in May/June.  Students will have received lots of help and guidance at parents’ evening on 8th February and in lessons, but should continue to ensure that they take responsibility for this very important phase of the Post-16 learning by seeking advice from subject teachers as appropriate.  All students also have access to Upgrade, our supported study provision;  Post-16 students from both year groups have been coming along to workshops during this term and developing their skills in a variety of areas such as time management, essay writing, exam technique and revision. Workshops continue to be open to all students who are welcome come along to 2F1 on a 'drop-in' basis at any point through the year.


Year 13 students went about their university applications in an organised and enthusiastic manner this year, and we had sent off over 180 applications by the deadline in mid-January.  Nearly all applicants now have at least one offer, or are interviewing, and ⅔ of applicants are holding at least one offer from a Russell Group institution.  This is testament to the time and effort put in by students to ensure their applications were of the highest quality.  A special mention goes to our 7 students who have offers from Oxford/Cambridge or to study medicine, all of whom have worked extremely hard to match up to extremely challenging selection procedures.  Year 13 students who have not chosen university have also been busy, with applications progressing for employment, experience or apprenticeships in business, child care and other fields.  We are on the lookout for any professionals who can offer their time and expertise in preparation for university interviews, particularly for the most competitive institutions.  All fields would be welcomed, but particularly in law and medicine - if any parent feels they would be able to offer some help next year please get in touch with Miss Haine.


Year 12 students have also been very busy, both making excellent progress in lessons, and taking part in extracurricular activities.  Thirteen students have been preparing for the University of Bristol HE+ programme, a year-long programme includes academic extension classes, subject masterclasses, information and guidance sessions, and a visit to the University.  Taking part in the project gives students many opportunities to develop their academic skills, understanding, and confidence, while also receiving advice and guidance about applying to higher education.  In addition 8 students are taking part in the Future Quest programme and have so far taken part in 2 trips to UWE for workshops which informed them of student life at University and supported them in acquiring the skills they will need once there. Congratulations also to 8 of our students who have won places on the “Writing Wrongs” programme, an exciting (and oversubscribed) new opportunity at the University of Bristol.  We have also seen several extra-curricular projects organised by groups of Year 12 students including the early stages of a new Post-16 newspaper.  A group of Year 12 students have also come together to form and lead a medics’ society enabling students to get together to discuss the latest medical news as well as share their experiences of preparing for this competitive and challenging lifelong career. Lunch time sessions have ranged from a consultant in emergency medicine to a local medical school covering aspects including the application process, the realities of medicine and how to make a competitive application.  


All students also have access to Unifrog which is a comprehensive and independent online platform where students can compare post 18 opportunities, record their ongoing development of their employability skills through their enrichment activities and work on their personal statement for University. So far 150 Year 12s have logged on (congratulations to 12WES for being the 1st tutor group to be completely signed up).  A reminder also for all students and parents to keep an eye out for our careers bulletin, which is emailed every week.  This contains lots of information about opportunities for work experience, inspirational talks, apprenticeship opportunities and much more.


Our Core programme has also continued this term with talks from the Hero Project at the Anthony Nolan Trust encouraging students to consider becoming potential bone marrow donors and  the University of Bristol’s Unseen Exploitation team, who gave students an insight into UK labour regulations and exploitative working practices.


Finally congratulations to our very successful mathematics students who have been extremely successful competing against a range of top local state and independent sixth forms in the local Washington DC maths competition.  Our Year 12 team came second, whilst the Year 13’s won!  


We wish all students and parents a very restful break.