You may be aware that “Fortnite” is currently a very popular online game, which is available on most gaming platforms. Many of our students tell me that they play Fortnite regularly, including the Battle Royale mode, which involves playing against other people and is free to play. There is a useful guide for parents and carers published by the National Online Safety organisation which may be of interest if, like me, you have children who play this particular game (or indeed others like it). I found it useful as the basis for a discussion with my children about playing Fortnite safely and the appropriateness of the content.

The guide can be found at


Mr Taylor




There is a Commonwealth Celebratory Evensong, on Sunday 22 April, at the Bristol Cathedral, from 15.30. The Evensong will celebrate the common links and values as well as future opportunities across the Commonwealth family. The service of worship takes place a few days after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in London, probably the last one HM will attend.


I (Peaches Golding, Lord Lieutenant) am keen to encourage as wide a congregation as possible and one where people wear national dress or costume.

Some SMRT students and families are already going but the invitation is to all.


The School welcomes back the internationally acclaimed Ligeti Quartet (including our former student Richard Jones on Viola) for a free concert on Friday 20 April 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the main school hall. This is an event for anyone who is curious about new developments in art and music. The Ligeti specialise in contemporary music and this concert will feature electronics used to expand their acoustic string instruments in pieces by Jonathan Harvey and Sofia Gubaidulina. As well as having an ongoing association with SMRT, Ligeti Quartet are Ensemble in Residence at both Sheffield and Cambridge Universities. You can hear the Ligeti Quartet on the soundtracks to the new Alien and Assassins Creed films, on You Tube in recital at Carnegie Hall in New York. Watch the video below for a taster of a recent collaboration:


The March edition of the Newsletter is available to view here.

Parents and Carers who wish to stay up to date with the subject boosters that staff are running can receive details on Twitter by following @smrtrevision.


Details are also available on our revision blog which also gives guidance on what parents and carers might be expecting in terms of revision from students at different points over the exams process.

Mr Taylor

Assistant Head (Achievement Interventions)

The February edition of the Newsletter is now available to view here.

On Monday 12 March we will be holding our Revision Evening for the parents and carers of Year 11 students. All of the Year 11 students have been given a copy of the letter below.


We look forward to seeing you if you are able to attend. If you have returned the letter via a student but have not received a confirmation email by Friday or you have any other queries about this event, please contact Mrs Bullock on 0117 3772100, extension 271.


Mr Taylor

Assistant Head (Achievement Interventions)


Please find attached a PDF document launching a consultation over the identities of our Main School Houses.  Reactions and ideas are welcomed from all members of the SMRT community via the email on the leaflet.


The January edition of the Newsletter is now available here.
The December edition of the Newsletter is available here.

The November Newsletter is now available here.