Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Term Two at Redland Green Post 16

Achievements and celebrations at RGS Learning Community

Term 2 (2018/19)


At the end of two very long terms, everyone in Post 16 at Redland Green is looking forward to a good rest before picking up again in the new year.  Well done to all Year 12 students for making such a positive start to their Post 16 studies, and for helping to contribute to a real sense of community around the Centre.  Congratulations also (and good luck) to Year 13 students as they make their applications for the next stage of the lives, and begin preparations for their final examinations and coursework submissions (as well as upcoming mock examinations in January).  We know that students will appreciate the time to relax as well as study over the holidays, and remind everyone to keep an eye out for the termly wellbeing bulletin which is emailed to all students.


Year 13 students have been working hard on preparing for their next steps, with a large number of students applying to competitive vocational courses and higher level apprenticeships.  We are also very pleased to have been able to send off a large number of UCAS applications (130 at time of writing - with plenty more still being processed).  A great many of these are ambitious (but realistic) applications to some of the most competitive institutions and courses, with the majority of UCAS applications including at least one choice at a Russell Group Institution.  We have been equally pleased to see offers return quickly - a testament to the quality of the applications that students are producing.  The great majority of our Oxbridge and medicine applicants have secured interviews following rigorous preparation with tutors and attendance of mock interviews and discussions with a range of mentors and professionals, as well as support from ex-students who have visited us to help out the next generation.


Year 12 students have been quick to start thinking about next steps as well, with over 30 RGS students taking up places on the Access to Bristol programme and the “Pathways to Law” scheme), which are run by Bristol University to give Post 16 students a taste of university education in a wide range of subjects, and can lead to a lower offer if future applications are made.  We have also been very proud to have 7 students chosen to be part of the Bristol Scholars scheme, which is part of the university’s drive to widen participation in higher education, and offers students a great deal of support in preparing for undergraduate life.  We were also visited by representatives of the University of Sheffield who gave students a lot to think about when making decisions about their possible directions after Post 16.  We would take this chance to remind all students and parents that careers opportunities are published weekly in our careers bulletin.


In subject areas a great deal has also been taking place to support and broaden the student experience.  In mathematics students took part in the Senior Maths Challenge with 6 achieving gold,16 silver and 13 bronze, with 6 students moving forward to the senior “kangaroo” round.  In addition to this a wide range of educational trips and visits have taken place; this includes a group of students who were invited to attend a talk as part of the Bristol Festival of Economics on the topic of income distribution from the authors of “The Spirit Level”, visits to the laboratories at UWE for BTEC science students and a visit to London for English literature students to study Pre-1900 drama and poetry.  Special mention should be made of Tom in Year 13, who entered the Historical Association Great Debate in November.  Students from across Bristol had to speak on the topic "What was the greatest failure of the Age of Revolutions?" at Bristol University to top history academics.  Tom did admirably and was a close runner up ably supported by Dr Kauntze.  We have also been very please to welcome Ed (an ex-student) who has been working with the Royal Geographical Society to work with students in year 8 to increase the profile of the subject .


It has also been a very busy term for the Student Council, who have been developing the common room into a welcoming and useful space, and raising money through quiz nights, cake sales and an inaugural end of term university challenge quiz.


We wish all students and parents a very restful break and a happy new year.