Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

RGS Local Offer

Frequently Asked Questions (Preparing for Adulthood)

Involving young people in planning and determining their future

What support is available to help young people make decisions and plans for their future?

Throughout Years 7 to 11 students take part in a mentor programme and in Apex/LVS lessons.  These lessons and the mentor programme include citizenship, personal development and wellbeing plus careers education.  Students learn how to explain, document and develop a range of transferrable skills and personal qualities which supports their future planning and employability.  The Findability website contains a great deal of information around support and access within Bristol.

Students are introduced to a range of career options through personal research and exploration of book, ICT and in-person resources. This includes a visit to a careers fair during year 10. Alongside targeted career planning sessions, students take part in activities specifically targeted at improving employability skills. For example, students take the initiative to create a healthy meal plan, with costs, for the school canteen, working as part of a team. This teaches students to work effectively to a brief.  Citizenship and careers education are also embedded in different aspects of the wider curriculum.

Most students study A-level courses.  The North Bristol Post 16 Centre prospectus courses and course requirements can be found here. 

In post 16, all students are supported by a personal tutor and a tutorial programme which includes personal well-being, future pathways and employability skills. This is backed by a programme of events throughout the year (e.g. Futures 18) to ensure students are aware of all options post 18. This includes outside speakers as well as on going initiatives with both local universities (e.g. Bristol University Access to Bristol and Realising Opportunities, UWE – HHP scheme).

Some students with high levels of special educational need benefit from life-skills teaching from non-specialist teachers.  In Years 10 and 11 some students follow a curriculum that includes a course on personal effectiveness. 

All schools have a duty to support students to make the transition to the next stage in education and towards adulthood.  This is a feature of the planning discussed at the Annual Reviews for students with Education Health and Care Plans.  In post 16 education at Redland Green School an academic mentor supports all students with academic study skills as well as those with additional needs. As part of transition, the academic mentor will meet one to one with students with additional learning needs as well as liaising with teaching staff to ensure they are aware of how to best to support a student in the classroom. Transition for Year 11 students starts early and meetings take place with students and/or parents where specific needs have to be met. The academic mentor also works with previous schools to ensure information regarding access arrangements is in place.

All schools provide students with independent advice and guidance.  At Redland Green School, an experienced and well-qualified careers and guidance adviser is works for two days per week to provide independent advice and guidance. The school is committed to providing every student with an individual appointment with the adviser over the course of Key Stage 4 with a series of meetings extended to those individuals most in need. The adviser also works with students from the North Bristol P16 centre who are based at Redland Green (see below). In addition to this, groups of students are enabled to attend local events e.g. Skills South West events to extend the advice and guidance provided.  In year 10 students take part in work experience.  The programme includes a 1 week work experience placement.

The school works in partnership with agencies (Preparing for Adulthood Team - PfA) commissioned by the Local Authority to support successful progression to post-16 education.  Some students with high levels of special educational need benefit from this support.  Additionally school staff work with parents to support some students to visit providers of post-16 education to help them to make informed choices about their future.  

At post 16, students have access to an independent careers adviser throughout the year. In addition, during Futures 18 week, students are able to access an impartial university careers adviser. A programme of events including apprenticeship and employment providers are also available to ensure students are aware of all post 18 pathways. 

Do transition reviews include health planning for young people?

Where students have an Individual Health Care Plan or have health needs as part of an Education Health and Care Plan will be considered in transition planning.  The school will seek input from health professionals who work with the young person to support the planning for transition.

Preparing for and finding employment 

How do you support young people to get ready for and/or move into employment?

All schools provide students with independent advice and guidance.  At Redland Green School, an experienced and well-qualified careers and guidance adviser is contracted for two days per week to provide independent advice and guidance. The school is committed to providing every student with an individual appointment with the adviser over the course of Key Stage 4 with a series of meetings extended to those individuals most in need.  In addition to this, groups of students are enabled to attend local events e.g. Skills South West events to extend the advice and guidance provided.  In Year 10 students take part in work experience throughout the year at a time that limits the impact to learning and assessments.  

At post 16, students have access to an independent careers adviser throughout the year. In addition, during Futures 18 week, students are able to access an impartial university careers adviser. A programme of events including apprenticeship and employment providers are also available to ensure students are aware of all post 18 pathways.  In addition to an on-going programme of events, post 16 students are encouraged to participate in enrichment activities, which include a variety of opportunities enabling them to develop their employability skills (leadership, team work, communication, project management, resilience). Examples of activities include:

How do you support young people to be able to travel independently?

The school works with mobility officers (commissioned by the Local Authority) to help some students, including students with significant visual impairment, to develop independent travel to and from school and in the school buildings. 

Some students with high levels of special educational need benefit from life-skills teaching from non-specialist teachers.  This has included travel planning and practice when required and relevant.

School staff work with parents to support some students with high levels of special educational needs to visit providers of post-16 education to help them to prepare for independent travel. 

At post 16 students with physical disabilities who can drive are able to use disable parking spaces at school. The 16-19 bursary is designed to support students for whom is travel costs are a barrier.

Finding somewhere to live and getting good support

How do you support young people to think about and prepare for good housing options?

The strong relationships between students and student-support staff ensures that students are signposted towards appropriate agencies on the occasions where housing issues raise barriers to a student’s learning.  We encourage students in Year 12 and 13 with additional needs to apply for Disability Support Allowance DSA when going to university and also to make themselves known to student services at university to ensure the support is in place and also to arrange a needs assessment.  Post 16 students are also invited to attend a workshop about managing on a budget.

Some students with high levels of special educational need benefit from life-skills teaching from non-specialist teachers.  This has included cooking and understanding personal safety.

Friends, relationships and being part of your community

How are young people supported to make friends and relationships and understanding the difference between the two?

Redland Green is a mainstream school where students of all abilities mix and work together alongside adults.  Staff and older students act as role models to others. 

Each student (Years 7 to 11) will be part of a mentor group with other students and a teacher who acts as their mentor.  The mentor group contains students from different years.  The mentor programme supports students to develop socially and morally and contributes to their development as a citizen.  Students’ mentors, House Leads and Wellbeing Leads can support students to manage friendships.

Some students who need additional support to develop social skills are invited to clubs and take part in groups to help them.  Many of these groups take place at lunch time.

Post 16 at Redland Green

North Bristol Post 16 Centre

Many students study A level courses.  The North Bristol Post 16 Centre prospectus courses and course requirements can be found here

Each student (Year 12 and 13) is part of a tutor group with other students and a teacher who acts as their tutor. Tutor groups are also supported by a senior tutor as well as a student services leader and the AHT.

Students from partner schools are invited to a welcome reception early in term 1 to help them feel part of the community. Other engagement work goes on throughout the year to ensure students make a smooth transition to the centre.

Enrichment is part of the learning agreement made with students and an excellent way of getting them to make friends, feel part of a community but most importantly make a difference through volunteering.

Local Colleges

Many students find appropriate courses with our Local Post 16 colleges that offer a wide range of courses and further education to suit all students.  Redland Green School offers a rigorous enrolment and transition support for all students making a transition to local colleges.