Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Term Five at Redland Green Post 16

Achievements and celebrations at RGS Learning Community

Term 5 (2018/19)


Term 5 has been another short one - but very busy.  Firstly we say goodbye to our Year 13s, whose lessons have now finished.  They have been a great year group who have every right to go into their final examinations with lots of confidence. They have really made the most of their Post 16 experience (including an expedition to Lesotho and South Africa, a range of fantastic sporting achievements 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 president Sasha) for representing their peers so effectively, and for organising a fitting and fun leavers’ assembly.


Year 12 students have been continuing to explore possibilities for their next steps this term, and the tutor programme has helped student to look into the options that are out there.  A number of Y12s recently benefited from 1:1 targeted support from an external pre-HE consultant who supported those unable to decide which course to take and need help with decision making or unsure of the benefits of HE.  All students have a log in for unifrog - which is an invaluable resource for information about apprenticeships, employment and university. 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. A major part of our programme with Year 12 next term will focus on setting targets and strategies based on mock results to ensure the highest level of success next year.


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.   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 students taking part in the HEplus programme with other local Sixth Forms. Students researched and produced academic posters on topics as varied as whether insects feel pain, and ‘does the body rule the mind?’; and proudly displayed them at an event in the city centre. Year 13 students have also completed and submitted a range of very high quality extended projects which demonstrate excellent independent study skills.  These have covered the arts and humanities as well as sciences, and show that spirit of individual academic enquiry across all disciplines is alive and well at RGS.


The history department has been particularly busy this term, with trips to Bristol University and Hampton Court to research Tudor England, and ex-student Elise returning to school to give a talk on life after Post 16 and studying history in higher education.


We have also developed the structure of Post 16 Leadership during this term, and Miss Cripps has been appointed at Deputy Leader of Post 16 at Redland Green School, supported by the tutor team and Senior Tutor Mrs Cranfield.  Miss Cripps has been the Senior Tutor for Year 13 since January, and brings a wealth of experience to the team, and her appointment will enable us to develop even more exciting and inclusive enrichment opportunities as well as offering even more individual and tailored support to all students through the tutorial programme.


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.


We wish all students and parents a relaxing half term.