Sixth Form

Sep 6

Exam results - another great year!

The examination results this year were excellent again. We are very proud of all our students and of their hard work and talents. Congratulations also to all staff on their hard work, inspirational support for learning and attention to detail, and sheer determination in supporting our students to achieve so well. Congratulations to all our parents/carers on their care and guidance and support during the stress of examinations.

 

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GCSE

This year, the 5 A* - C pass rate increased by 6% to 88%. The 5 A* - C pass rate including English and Maths also increased by 4% to 72.4%. (The average for Bristol was 52%). 99.5% of students achieved 5 or more A*- G grades.

 

An amazing 50% of students (up from 38.5%) achieved 3 or more A* and A grades. We are really proud of all our students who achieved so well. An impressive 23 students gained 5 or more A* grades! Notable successes were Matthew Chapman, Richard Betts and Jonathan Catt, all of whom achieved at least 8 A* and 2 A grades. Also of note were Barnaby Lewis (8A* 1A 1B), Matthew Palmer (7A* 3A), Dorothy Hislop (7A* 2A 1B), Sarah Tomlinson (6A* 4A 1B), Florence Hislop (6A* 4A), Marcus Hook (6A* 4A), Harry Johnson (6A* 4A), and James Moseley (6A* 4A). We had six sets of twins who did really well indeed. Between them they got 87 A and A* grades (43 A* and 44 A grades)! There are also significant success stories for many other students as we had a number of students tackling personally challenging situations and triumphing over adversity. We are very proud indeed of them.

 

You may have seen that our students featured in the national media – you can still read about them on the following websites;

http://www.itv.com/news/story/2013-08-22/pupils-gcse-exam-results/ (picture),

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/08/22/gcse-results-day-six-twins-top-grades_n_3793900.html (article).

 

 

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A2 (A Level)

The overall pass rate was 99.3%. 60% of grades were A*, A and B grades.

 

Outstanding achievements were Jeremy Budd with 4A* who will be studying Maths at Cambridge and Krystyna Smolinkski with 4A* who will be studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge.

 

Jeremy is an inspiration to those over coming challenges as he has Aspergers Syndrome and Sensory Neuropathy and is an example of how resilience and love of learning can triumph over obstacles. His success was covered extensively in the local and national media. You can still read about him and some of our other success stories (and see some lovely photographs) on the following websites;

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/08/16/a-level-results-day-2013-pictures_n_3766247.html#slide=2805598,

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/into-university/clearing/cancer-what-cancer-six-fabulous-feelgood-stories-from-alevel-results-day-8763497.html.

 

We have 3 additional students going off to start courses at Oxford and Cambridge (Gareth Bromley – History at Oxford, James Hilton – English at Cambridge, and Alice Thomson - Biological Sciences at Oxford). 6 students are off to study Medicine (Ben Alba, Zoe Barber, Henry Atkinson, Dominic Dee, Joe Healy, Mike Masih). Other notable successes were Karis Godbeer (3 A*), Rossy Barnett, Stephen Fulham, Susanna Harvey and Anna Skinner (2A* 1A), David Moseley (1A*, 2A, 1B), and Will Bryan-Smith, Tiffany Irwin, Hannah Wyatt and Anthony Sefia (1A* 2A).

AS

The pass rate was 91.9%, with A and B grades at 46.1%. Of the 15 students in Year 13 who took the Extended Project AS qualification, where students have to undertake their own piece of independent research, 11 got an A* or A grade.

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May 23

Envision Projects 2013

The Envision project at St Mary Redcliffe is a fantastic opportunity for students to make a real impact in their local community, developing skills of team work, resilience, creativity and social action. For the past two years, students working in partnership with Envision have shown incredible initiative and tenacity and proven a true inspiration for change in the community. This year's groups focused on the issues of homophobic and sexist language, homelessness, and sexism.

Team 'Equal People' surpassed all expectations with the lasting impact of their project, aimed at confronting homophobic and sexist language used by young people in Bristol. After deciding the most effective way of challenging this sensitive topic was through drama, they developed an hour long educational workshop to present to local schools. Their work made a huge impact on their various audiences and won admiration and critical acclaim from teachers, students and community leaders alike. Their work was so insightful and thought provoking that local charity EACH have had the piece professionally filmed to be used as a teaching resource in schools nationally.

Team 'Vision:Rucksack' focused on homelessness, aiming their project at directly helping the homeless people of Bristol. Their target was to provide backpacks with essential equipment and provisions to make life more bearable for those living on the streets. They successfully applied for funding and were granted £300 from the O2 Think Big programme. Working in partnership with local charity Wild Goose, the group gave away 15 stocked rucksacks to those most in need.

 

Team Vision: RucksackTeam 'Vision:Rucksack' with local charity Wild Goose

 

The Viewfinders group took an alternative approach to the problem of homelessness. Their aim was to challenge the negative attitudes of people towards the homeless and the issue of homelessness. Working in conjunction with local charity Independent People they researched what it was actually like to be homeless and produced a short film which innovatively confronts people's negative views on homelessness and encourages viewers to put themselves in the shoes of those living on the streets.


The Equality Team wanted to highlight how sexist attitudes still exist in society and aimed to educate teenagers on how to avoid reproducing these attitudes. They gave a presentation to year 10 students, highlighting the historic struggle for equality between the sexes, outlined the continuing lack of representation by women in more powerful, high status jobs and discussed with students on how changing their behaviour can have an impact on this important issue.

The Envision co-ordinator working with St Mary Redcliffe was so impressed by the achievements of the Envision projects at the school, that she invited the regional stakeholders of the project to an assembly at the school showcasing the achievements of the four groups. The audience were blown away by the accomplishments of each group, vividly illustrating how individuals can make a difference through community action. The first two teams mentioned have also been invited to present their projects at a special event on the 28th May to an audience including Mayor George Ferguson.

May 23

Champions of Bristol and Champions of Gloucestershire!

The 6th Form Football Team recently became Bristol Champions for the first time ever, beating Bradley Stoke 2-1 in the final on Wednesday 8th May at Fry Club, Keynsham. They followed it up 7 days later by becoming the first ever SMRT u18 team to win the Gloucestershire County Cup, beating Katherine Lady Berkeley School 1-0 in the County Final to complete an unbeaten season.

Having progressed through the group and knockout stages of the Bristol cup unbeaten, the team put in a very solid performance from start to finish in the final and thoroughly deserved their victory. Despite creating plenty of opportunities, a lack of composure in front of goal meant that the first half ended goalless. However, a low left footed strike from just inside the area to finish off a flowing move from Ollie Norman and a delightful lob from Chris Sefia gave SMRT a comfortable lead midway through the second half. Bradley Stoke upped their efforts and clawed a goal back, but with time running out SMRT defended resolutely and held out for a memorable win to delight the band of hardy supporters who had suffered an absolute soaking in dreadful weather, but still remained in good voice. The trophy was presented to captain Ollie Haynes by Tim Shears, Secretary of the Bristol Schools FA, and the Man of the Match Award went to Frank Tobin

There was slightly better weather for the Gloucestershire County Cup, and the team again continued the form that had seen them go through the entire competition with a 100% record of 7 wins out of 7 games. SMRT started the game brightly, absorbing the initial pressure from a talented KLB team and then playing quickly in the counter attack. As the game progressed, and with a significant wind behind them, SMRT began to exert significant pressure on the KLB goal with chances becoming more and more frequent, but with too many near misses and a shot hitting the post it looked as if it wasn't going to be their day. However SMRT continued to dominate the midfield, with Frank Tobin and Ollie Haynes outstanding. Further chances were to come and go, with their keeper saving from point blank range from Ollie Norman, and Ollie Haynes' well-flighted free kick almost creeping in after slipping through the keeper's hands but going just the wrong side of the post. KLB looked dangerous on the counter attack, but did not threaten Mitchell's goal very often.

The second half began with KLB determined to get back into the game and the roles began to reverse, with SMRT finding it difficult to keep possession effectively playing into a now very strong wind. The SMRT defence was very well organised and showed real resilience in keeping the KLB attack at bay, with Billy Devoy in particular playing superbly well in containing the threat from wide positions, whilst offering an attacking outlet down the left. Some last ditch tackles from Anthony Sefia and Dexter Doling Baker ensured that the game remained goalless entering the final stages of the game, although SMRT were consistently offering a threat on the counter attack. With the game looking as if it was certain to go to extra time and possibly the dreaded penalties, SMRT gained possession in their own half and played their way into the attacking third, where Chris Sefia played an incisive through ball into the path of Tanzil Gibbons, who showed great composure to slide the ball past the onrushing KLB keeper with just over a minute left on the clock. SMRT then ran down the remainder of the time (with Frank and Billy playing keep ball in the corner!) to the great delight of the travelling SMRT faithful to become Gloucestershire Schools u18 Champions! The Man of the Match was named as Billy Devoy.

 

6th Form Bristol Schools Cup web
Bristol Cup Squad: Back Row, Left to Right; George Bassett, Jack Ewing, Anthony Sefia, Dexter Doling Baker, Mitchell Hill, Chris Sefia, Frank Tobin, Tom Booth, Tom Williamson. Front Row, Left to Right; Billy Devoy, Ollie Haynes (c), Ollie Norman, Josh Jassal


6th form glos schools cup web
Gloucestershire Squad: Back Row, Left to Right; James Ellis (Assistant Manager/Physio/Cone Boy/Water Boy/Kit Man), Tom Williamson, George Bassett, Dexter Doling Baker, Anthony Sefia, Mitchell Hill, Chris Sefia, Jack Ewing, Tanzil Gibbons, Mr. Murphy. Front Row, Left to Right; Billy Devoy, Ollie Haynes (c), Frank Tobin, Ollie Norman, Josh Jassal

May 1

Next Stop NASA

Designing a space settlement under time constrictions and stress may not be everyone's idea of fun but a team from Redcliffe 6th Form have just triumphed in the UK Space Design Competition doing just that, and are on their way to NASA in Houston this summer to compete at an international level. Year 12 student Camilla Lee was the catalyst for our participation in the competition. Having got the initial idea, all she needed was a team ...


Camilla writes: "The idea of starting the competition by myself seemed very daunting. I realized that the the team would need exactly the right balance of skills and needed to be really dedicated to win. I made posters advertising the competition and stuck them around the Sixth form, but my fear of not gathering a team on time made me resort to social networking. Within an evening, I had a full team of 12 enthusiastic year 12s so I happily took posters down the day after I put them up!"

The competition website (www.uksdc.org) gave the team their 'brief'. They had to imagine that it was the year 2083, and an organisation called 'The Foundation Society' had requested the creation of a video advertisement for their new 'Bastia' settlement. The Earth had run out of resources, and it was necessary to mine nickel from an asteroid called '4660 Nereus' (a real asteroid). The settlement had to house 1000 workers on a 4-year contract, and the advert had to attract all of these necessary personnel.

After studying the brief, we started work. We divided ourselves into small groups to do research on specific elements of the brief, such as the specified asteroid, the processes of mining asteroids and the dangers humans face in space. Once we collected sufficient research, several members of the group compiled that information into a script. Media skills also played a huge role in presenting our design. Several members of the group created artwork, James Lansdowne created an outstanding animation and we sourced music from a royalty free content site. Filming was complete over two days, and the final video took just under a week to edit. We submitted our final video in November with only days to spare from the deadline. Here is a link to our submitted video,

 

After weeks of anticipation and waiting for the result of our entry to approach, January the 7th finally came around. The brilliant news came towards the end of a long day, and led to lots of very excited texts and Facebooking.

The UK national competition took place on a weekend at the end of March at Imperial College London. After enduring a 2-hour minibus journey, kindly driven by Mr. Gregson, we arrived at Imperial at around half past nine.  Here we were going to have to work as a much larger team with students from other schools, pitched against three other equally large teams. The introduction was given to us by the co-founder, Anita Gale and by NASA representatives, who explained the weekend's structure and the new challenge. We would be designing a space settlement that was to orbit the moon, acting as a port for cargo and humans. We then headed off to our company head quarters and started creating.

After some brief mingling with the rest of our new team (now 48 people) the group was then divided into 4 smaller sub teams that would handle the Structure, Operations, Human resources and Computing/robotics of our design, and we began to work on the presentation. Initially we focused on researching the lunar atmosphere and fact-finding, and began to gather ideas for the very basic version of our design. Slowly and steadily, we started to piece together this space station. Communication was key at this stage, and there were people constantly running between groups, sharing ideas and exchanging figures! We decided to use a Google Drive to allow the groups to share work quickly and easily, and to put together preliminary slides for our presentation.

We were thrown out of Imperial at 10pm, when we began to make our way to the hotel. There we continued work! We had our final dry run at four in the morning, and at that point, we were panicking about who was speaking and how. Morning dawned and, running on a lacklustre breakfast and somewhat sub-optimal amount of sleep, we proceeded from the accommodation back to 'Vulture HQ', with some people continuing preparations for the pitch even on the tube. The company managed to cram in a dry run of sorts (leaving a considerable amount to be desired) before we were eventually told we couldn't push the time any further and had to make our way to the lecture theatre.

The first two teams presented, competently but suffering some 'technical difficulties', and then the judges really laid into them. One team was enlightened to the fact that their main structural material was a flexible, cloth like fabric, and the other raised eyebrows with regards to the plan to take 10,000 chickens into space with them. We were next up.

The pitch was limited to 35 minutes exactly and we were the only team so far to hit that pretty tightly. It was a good effort overall, with some good individual delivery. Then, of course, our interrogation... The 10 minutes it took was long, a sea of hundreds of faces looking down on you, watching you squirm. We had, I think it's fair to say, the biggest grilling there was. All the other questioning slots were met with respectful silence from the audience. We got sharp intakes of breath and 'oooh's, plus the odd roar of laughter. With hindsight, they were the most trivial of issues, and perhaps an indication that we had done very well. But having it pointed out that, not only was your hairdressers bigger than your grocery store, but you employed more hairdressers than computer scientists, felt like a public humiliation.

The fourth presentation was the most slick. It was also painfully cheesy, featuring mnemonics and catch phrases and, if I recall correctly, almost an entire recital of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

We waited for what seemed like hours of agonising torment before the judging Panel finally reappeared.  They prolonged the torture. All four team names were on the screen for four of the longest minutes anyone had ever endured, before finally our team, Vulture Aviation, was circled. After seconds of processing this the team leapt up screaming, and all 48 of us went down congratulating each other.

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The drama was not over, however. We now had to choose 12 people from the 48 in our team to go on and represent the UK in the international finals in Houston, Texas at the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Centre. This was a long and difficult process because none of the adults were allowed to influence our decision and we had to choose all 12 between ourselves. After lots of bickering, six out of the 12 people that managed to get selected were Redcliffe students. That's half of the UK team!

The international final will take place over four days, starting from the 1st of August until the 5th. The setup for the international competition will be exactly the same, but we will be given four whole days to get our presentation done and we will also be competing with, and against, representatives of other countries from all over the world. It is definitely going to be challenging as there will be many different cultures and linguistic barriers that we'll have to work around, but we are all very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to compete in a competition of such a high calibre.

Written By, The Redcliffe UKSDC Team
Camilla Lee, Cai Burton, James Lansdowne, Matt Price, Nancy Ley, Joanna Dombek, Elenya Knops, Hani Salih, Sam Cheek, Matt Gilpin, Matt Lexton and Nathan Thomas

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May 1

Redcliffe Student wins Management Undergraduate of the Year

 The Undergraduate of the Year Awards were set up to identify and celebrate the UK's best undergraduates in specific areas such as particular degree subjects (law, engineering etc), year group (first years) or other categories (future leaders, women, commercial excellence). 4000 students nationally applied for the awards, and to win one required a combination of academic excellence, the ability to pass a series of difficult online assessments, good written communication and finally the interpersonal skills necessary to compete with other students in assessments run by the sponsoring organisation.

Recent Redcliffe student George Fisher-Wilson is currently studying management studies at the University of Leicester, and applied for the 'Management' category of the awards. George is also the Vice President of the Leicester University Traders and Investors society and runs a small import business in his spare time. He is also employed by Vodafone as a sales advisor.

George writes "My award was sponsored by Enterprise Rent-a-car and I won a paid summer internship and a week in America with them. I first had to apply with some basic biographical information, then answer three questions which were basically sales and customer service based. After this I had a logical reasoning test, and scenario based tests. This lead to a phone interview, and then an assessment day in which I got to show off my debating skills which Redcliffe had definitely nurtured. We had to discuss different charity proposals that we were each assigned and then do a mock morning brief for staff. We were finally whittled down to 10 and invited to Canary Wharf for an awards dinner at which Trevor Mcdonald presented our awards."

None of George's teachers are remotely surprised.

Follow this link for more information in the awards :
http://undergraduateoftheyear.com/2013-event

 

Undergraduates of the Year