Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Term One at Redland Green Post 16

Achievements and celebrations at RGS Learning Community

Term 1 (2018/19)

 

The first term of the year is always busy as we enrol our new Year 12 students, as well as welcome Year 13 back as they begin the final year of their school education.   Our revised and re-vamped induction program for Year 12 gave students extra chances to get to know each other and Centre staff, and we hope that by now they are feeling completely settled and focused.

We are working on further building a sense of community and belonging at the Redland Green Learning Community, and the student council has been focusing on developing and raising funds for the Post-16 Common Room on the ground floor of G block.  A halloween cake sale raised nearly £100, and a quiz event is organised for after half term.   This space opens officially to Post-16 students at the beginning of next term, and provides an extra space for relaxation and socialising.

Enrichment activities have got off to a flying start this year, with large numbers of students involved in lots of different activities.  This includes showings of “la haine” and “on the waterfront” at our inaugural film society,  basketball matches against other Post-16 Centres, mentoring of younger students within the school, table tennis on our new dedicated Post-16 table and use of our sporting facilities.  We have also been very glad to be able to offer the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award this year, and have been very pleased with the number of students who have taken up the challenge.  In addition academic lessons have been enhanced with trips and activities, including history students studying medieval catholicism at the church of St John on the Wall, and a literary lunch during which Year 13 English students offered help and guidance to aspiring students in Year 11.

In early October we welcomed Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, who visited the Redland Green Learning Community to see us in action, and speak to students about the challenges facing Bristol and his own educational journey. It was also a good chance for our students who had taken part in the City Leadership programme last July to update Marvin on their progress since then.  The political focus was continued by Jack (Y13) and Matthew (Y12) who have toured assemblies throughout the school encouraging younger students to play a part in the Youth Parliament.  

 

 

Throughout this term we have welcomed speakers to school as part of our core programme.  This has included talks from the University of Bristol, the Alzheimer’s Society, the National Citizenship service and Unifrog.  In addition to this students involved in the expedition to Nepal have been raising money by offering refreshments at school events - watch this space for further fundraising activity during the next few months.

Student wellbeing is always a point of particular focus, and this has been supported by the return of our school counsellor, as well as assembly talks from Off the Record.  Students were also able to refer themselves to a workshop on resilience delivered by an external expert, and learned techniques to help manage the pressures they may be feeling. There are lots of types of help we can offer or signpost for students, and we would encourage students to keep an eye out for our wellbeing bulletin which is published once every term.

Year 13’s have been busy thinking about their next steps after school, and a record number of students have submitted early applications to either Oxford or Cambridge, or to courses in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.  We have been offering a wide range of support to these students, including a “live” demonstration interview with a recent Oxford graduate, access to a city wide mock interview event in November and MMI practice for potential medics in partnership with The University of Bristol.  We are also starting to receive lots of applications in advance of the main UCAS deadline, and tutors and teachers are working hard to support students in making the best choices.  Excellent advice about how to complete UCAS applications can be found here.  For those not considering university there are also a range of options including apprenticeships and school leaver schemes, and all students have access to Sam, our independent careers coach and adviser who can offer tailored and personalised advice.  In addition all students have access to Unifrog, which is a comprehensive information source which has excellent information on university and non-university routes.

We continue to work with local institutions to help students in both year groups to make good choices for their destinations when they leave us.  As in previous years students have been very successful in gaining places in schemes offered by local universities which offer advice and support, as well as experience of student life.  These include Access to Bristol, Bristol Scholars and HE+ (a scheme organised by local schools and the University of Cambridge).  In addition to this RGS Learning community is very proud to be working with the University of Oxford to host an advice and guidance event for aspiring Oxbridge students

We wish all students and parents a very restful half term break.