Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Term Three at Redland Green Post 16

Achievements and celebrations at RGS Learning Community

Term 3 (2018/19)


Term 3 has been very busy, with lots going on for students at RGS Learning Community.  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 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 14th February and in lessons, but should continue to ensure that they take responsibility for this very important phase of their Post-16 learning by seeking advice from subject teachers as appropriate, and completing as much independent study as possible.  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 are in the final stages of deciding upon their next steps after leaving us in the summer, and Year 12 students are starting to be introduced to the choices they will face during next year.  We sent off a mammoth 182 UCAS applications this year, and nearly all applicants now have at least one offer, or are interviewing.  A very large number of students have secured offers from the leading universities for their subject areas, which include science, engineering, film, history, languages, education, law, business/economics and a range of other challenging courses. All of these applications are testament to the time and effort put in by UCAS applicants . A special mention goes to our 12 students who have offers for a range of science, arts and humanities subjects at Oxford/Cambridge, and our 3 (and counting) who have offers to study medicine. 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.  Sam Kennaby, our independent careers coach, ran a core session for Year 13 students this term, and is available to give one to one individual advice to any student who is still unsure of their options. Appointments with Sam can be booked by any student in Post 16 and can be booked through Post 16 reception or Miss Haine.  


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.  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.


Year 12 students have also been very busy, both making excellent progress in lessons, and taking part in extracurricular activities.  19 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.  We have also been pleased to support the application of 7 students to the Bristol Scholars programme.  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 30 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 those of our students who have won places on the “Writing Wrongs” programme, an exciting (and oversubscribed) opportunity at the University of Bristol.  We also welcomed member of the university of Bristol’s “Women in Law” society who led a session for aspiring lawyers. A special mention (and good luck) for Abi in Year 12 who has won a place on a very competitive student shadowing scheme at University College London in the department. Other extra curricular activities have included away fixtures for the football team,  a burgeoning student led film society, inter tutor quizzes and table tennis competitions, and an opportunity to discuss pressing issues with our MP Thangam Debbonaire.


Students have been taking part in a range of trips this term, with geography students visiting the harbourside to study urban development, and French students visiting Clifton College for a debating competition.  A group of Year 13 physics students went to Geneva to visit CERN and were able to view the facility and learn more about the cutting edge research that is completed there.



We have been pleased to host talks from the Hero Project at the Anthony Nolan Trust this term, and will be welcoming them back for an event recruiting bone marrow donors later in the year.


We wish all students and parents a very restful break.