Main School

Sep 11

Exam results - excellent again!

We are really pleased with our students that they have worked hard and achieved such great results. We are particularly proud of those who have achieved against the odds.



We have secured a rise on last year's results of 3% with 73% of students getting five A*-C including English and Maths. An amazing third of the grades achieved were A* or A, with 60% of the grades being B or above. This is our best result in four years despite the bar being raised yet again! We are particularly pleased that many students have done so well in maths with 80% of students getting A*-C grades and 53% getting a B, A or A* grade!


I am delighted for our students that these great grades open the doors to further study in school, college or through apprenticeships. They have had a great attitude to their studies and made good use of all the extra revision sessions and support that generous staff have put on for them, it is a real team effort of students, parents, teachers and support staff and we are really proud of everyone's contribution.



We are delighted with the A level results this year at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School. The A level pass rate is 99.3% with 64% of grades being B and above.  This equals our best ever set of results






Students have followed their passions and studied a wide range of subjects with us. The courses they are going on to at university are as varied as Medieval and Modern Languages at Cambridge, Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Manchester, medicine at Cardiff, Physics at Southampton and Animal Behaviour at Plymouth. We also have two students with places at prestigious American universities, one of them following in Hilary Clinton’s footsteps. What has impressed us is how well students have researched their options and really thought about what they want to study at university or what they want to do when they leave school. They have shown a maturity, thoughtfulness and intelligence in their decision making that reflects them taking full responsibility for their futures. I am inspired by the way our students have made the most of all the learning opportunities on offer to them and by the way the staff have supported them through any difficulties. 

exam results


Kyiah and Nell


The wonderful results are a credit to the hardworking students, the inspirational teachers, caring support staff and nervous parents! For many of the students at Redcliffe sixth form we are building on GCSE results the students achieved in other schools. I am proud of our whole school community and the wider Bristol educational community. Our young people have really made us proud!


Mrs Gilpin




Jun 24

Gifted and Talented Experiences

Twenty Year 10 gifted and talented students recently spent a day at Bristol UWE, working with other gifted and talented students from across Bristol schools in a range of workshops that challenged them to consider different aspects of World War I in this, its centenary year. 


Students engaged in a range of projects across the curriculum areas from designing and building aeroplane wings with only materials available in 1914 to intercepting foreign messages and overcoming the difficulties of communicating through the trenches to get messages to the front line. Some students created 3D maps of the trenches while others attempted to feed an army on a ration.  


In one English workshop the morality of trench warfare was debated and students concluded the day by writing their own poems to an unknown soldier. This is the creation of Susanna Paynter, whose poem was chosen to be shared with the entire group of over 200 students and university lecturers during the presentations that brought the day to a close.


To an unknown soldier,

Husband, father, brother, friend,
You gave your tomorrow for
Good to triumph in the end.

You protected the women and children,
You stood for what is right,
For the greater good of your country,
You valiantly joined the fight.

You stood in the face of danger,
You helped to beat the foe,
Now those friends you left behind you
Must face this tale of woe.

And yet we are still thankful
For all that you have done
From your wife, your sister, your friend,
Your daughter and your son.

Susanna Paynter


The Year 8 and 9 Gifted and Talented cohort have also enjoyed a teambuilding and leadership experience. They joined together to perform a number of exciting problem solving tasks that enabled them to explore team dynamics.


Year 8 and 9 teambuilding



As summer approached fifteen Year 10 Gifted and Talented Artists and Photographers headed into the Brecon Beacons with students from Brislington Enterprise College to take part in an outdoor Art and Photography week.  They engaged in a range of workshops themed around their GSCE projects including outdoor sculptor within the landscape, figure sculptor, cyana type printing and light photography.  Below are some examples of the work students produced.


Brecon 1




Brecon 2



Brecon 3



A group of 15 year 9 maths G&T students attended an Economics, Finance and Management Day at the University of Bristol. The students took part in workshops and attended lectures on Accounting & Finance, Economics and Management by leading academics and had an opportunity to experience what a day at university would be like.


In July I went on a Salters Chemistry Camp. Four people from my triple science class were picked out of a hat and we all had to write an application form about why we wanted to go. There were camps all over England but Susanna Paynter and I were lucky enough to get into the Cambridge camp and experience  the facilities they have there! We spent two and a half days taking part in activities such as making glow torches and paint from scratch and having competitions against the other students, and in the evening we explored Cambridge city and met the other 60 students who came from all over the UK. My favourite part was making paints and meeting all the new people - I didn't enjoy the 5 hour car journey quite as much!

Kate Bentley



May 9

Spanish Guitar Ensemble play at the BMG Mandolin Rally

Our Spanish guitar students and their tutor Mr Ben Spender had the pleasure and privilege of performing at  the British Mandolin and Guitar Federation Rally which was held at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in March in the presence of hundreds of guitar enthusiasts, worldwide experts and author Louis de Berniere. Our students performance was very well received by the rally and our students performed at a very high standard.


Thanks to: 

A Schuman
R Lewis
A Temple
M Tilsey
J Muir
S Cadell
M Tekane
D Turner
M Butters (former pupil)
J Hartley

And Y Ji who was sound engineer for the day.


- Mr Hare, Music Teacher.



Jan 23

Young Chef Competition success

Great news from the district semi- final of the Young Chef Competition on 21 January. James (year 9) and Miss Millar headed over to St Katherine’s School in Pill where he gained first prize for his cooking!!


James completed a three course meal over 2 hours consisting of a duck breast salad, porcini risotto and a lemon tart for dessert. The judges made comments that he was calm, organised and the flavours from his dishes were brilliant.


James and his dishes


James will now be competing in the district final of the competition on the 1st of February and moving into the regional final if he is successful.


Oct 11

Young school journalists get published

Bristol24-7 Logo

A joint project between the website Bristol24-7 and a team of student reporters at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School has produced a series of features offering a ‘kids-eye view’ of Bristol attractions, written by students themselves. These places, events and activities are all Bristol highlights aimed at entertaining whole families and our cub reporters followed a strict brief: to hold the fun they offer up to serious teenage scrutiny.

The project aims both to build both top-notch writing skills and instil confidence in students. Each of those taking part has had advice on writing for websites, coaching on how to conduct phone interviews, as well as assistance with editing to a tight brief and producing copy to a deadline.

Chris Brown, Bristol24-7 editor, said: “I am delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to young people interested in what can be an exhilarating profession. Huge credit is due to everyone on the editorial team whose hard work is, I hope, appreciated by all who read their work over the next few weeks.


Our student reporters on the web


The articles, which run weekly until the end of this month, can be viewed on the Bristol24-7 website.


Here are the direct links to the first two:


Rowena's piece on the Gromit Unleashed trail


Lucy's view on the Bristol Aquarium