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Dec 18

Our 2018 Carol Service (With Audio!)

Our school Carol Service was held in St Mary Redcliffe Church on Monday 17th December. Our choir performed a selection of seasonal carols and compositions which were interspersed with readings, prayers and reflections. This year we had our largest ever brass ensemble and a choir made up of over 50 SMRT pupils, sixth formers, staff and a handful of former students who we were pleased to welcome back to sing with us. It was particularly encouraging to have some of our youngest pupils from James House singing in the choir and playing in the brass ensemble.

 

Here are some recordings from the evening; Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ (from Messiah), Mendelssohn’s ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’.

 

Hallelujah Chorus

 

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing

 

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O Come All Ye Faithful

 

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Oct 22

Very Good Exam Results Again

Our examination results are very good 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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An example of the amazing press coverage we received this year

 

 

A Level

The overall pass rate was 99%. 83.3% of grades were C and above.

 

There was a very high take up of university places. We have 5 students awarded places at Oxford and Cambridge; Lauren Carey (Education Cambridge) and Alice Brewer (English Cambridge), and from last year’s Y13, Luke Hatton (Engineering Oxford), Kate Bentley (PPE Oxford) and Jack Underhill (Chemistry Oxford). Other notable successes were Henry Popkin (Maths Warwick), Alison Morgan (Natural Sciences Durham), Emma Bailey (Gap Year), Olivia Cowie (Biomedical Sciences Warwick), Niamh Davies (Gap Year), Lili Harvey (Eng Lit Warwick), Maeve Johnston (Biochemistry Imperial), Jonathan Dobson (Physics Bath), Louisa White (Psychology Bath), Erika Yap (International Relations Nottingham), and Harriet Selway (Biochemistry Imperial). 

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GCSE

In Maths and English, the new number grades were introduced last year. 4 is equivalent to a C. 7 is equivalent to an A. The new grading system has now been introduced for most other subjects. 9 is equivalent to a ‘super’ A*.

 

I am delighted with SMRT students’ achievements. 100% of students got at least one GCSE qualification. 82% of grades were grade 4 or C and above. The results at the top end have been amongst our very best ever with 34% of grades being grades 7, 8 or 9 and A or A*. An excellent 42% of students got three or more grades at 7 or A and above. Despite the new grade 9 being like a super A* with a lot more challenge we had 17 students get 6 or more grade 9s. 2 students gained 9 or more grade 7+/A qualifications. There were only about 700 students nationally who got straight 9s, so this is an impressive achievement. As a church school we are proud to value Religious Education and Creative subjects even though this is not the direction the government has set. An amazing 30 students got a grade 9 equivalent to the very top A* in RE GCSE.
 

Notable successes were Hannah Gardner, Alice Bentley, David Carey-Jones, Gloriana Suri, George Wicks, Joe Speers, Caleb Van Ryneveld, Grace Evans, Ben Underhill, Ellen Harris, Maddie Ball, and Emily Elizabeth Hacker.

 

George Wicks got A* with Distinction for their Further Maths GCSE, the third year we have offered this course. Achieving a distinction puts his result amongst the top scores in the country. 

 

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Mar 23

Pi Day and MathsBombe

 

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Congratulations to George Wicks and Sam Bretton who won the Maths Department Pi competition on 14 March. They were able to recite Pi to a very impressive 314 decimal places!

 

Sam and George, along with Joe Spears, were also part of the Year 11 group who took part in the national MathsBombe competition, which was launched by the University of Manchester. The competition was open to all students up to Year 13. They came 6th place overall, which was an impressive performance competing against over 300 schools. They even won a special prize for one of their solutions. My thanks go particularly to Mr Netto, who has supported the students

 

 

Sep 8

Brilliant Exam Results Again

The examination results are very good 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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Some of the press coverage we received this year

 

A2 (A Level)
The overall pass rate was 99%. 81% of grades were C and above.


There was a very high take up of university places. We have 11 students awarded places at Oxford and Cambridge and 9 are taking them up; Toby Tallis (Natural Sciences Cambridge), Bill Golden (History and Economics Oxford), Edie Turner (Philosophy Cambridge), and Lottie Sellers (History Oxford). Also Adrianna Hunt (English Cambridge), Josh Lanham (Geography Oxford), Stanley Wilshire (Geography Oxford), Lula Innes (Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Studies Cambridge) and Daffyd Alexander (Art Oxford).


Two students off to study medicine are Beranger Igiraneza (Medicine Bristol), who won his place with the support of the Bristol Scholars Scheme, and Kadija Meghrawi (Medicine Bristol), who picked up her results on her birthday!


Other notable successes were Amy Smith (Natural Sciences Durham), Luke Hatton (TBC), Matthew Forth (Aerospace Engineering Bristol), James Gibson (Economics and Economic History LSE), Kate Bentley (Gap Year), Thandi Madula (TBC), Christopher Allen (Ancient History Durham), Emily Brown (Geog/International Development UEA), Amaya Cosgrove (History Leeds), Erin Davies (Chemistry Cardiff), Martha Eustace (Architecture Bath), Abby Harding (TBC), Finn Heath (Physics Lancaster), Adela Mackie (Law Bristol), Emily Mayon-White (Eng Lit Edinburgh), Alex Moore (History Leeds), Maura Rolls (Eng Lit/Creative Writing Newcastle), Maia Tamrakar (Gap Year), and Jack Underhill (Gap Year).

 

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GCSE
In Maths and English, the new number grades were introduced. 4 is equivalent to a C. 7 is equivalent to an A.

 

This year there was a 99.7% pass rate (last year 99.1%) and 83.6% of grades were at C/4 or above (last year 78.4%). 32.3% of grades were at A/7 or above (last year 31.8%)

 

We are really proud of all our students who achieved so well. An impressive 5 students achieved two grade 9s on the new mark systems for English Literature, English Language and Maths, and another 6 got 1 grade 9. Grade 9 is much harder to achieve than the old A* and is the equivalent of an ‘elite super A*’! 17 students gained 9 or more grade A/7+ qualifications. 


High attaining students included Eleanor Heaps, Grace George, Ben Kelly, Adina Gitahi, Beth Nott, Emily Moore, Will Rodliffe, Tim Gibberd, Nadia Vryoni-Dickson, Sophie Greenwood, Louisa Paynter and Ella Khanna.

 

Both Ben Kelly and Beth Nott got A* with Distinction for their Further Maths GCSE, the second year we have offered this course. Achieving a distinction puts their results amongst the top scores in the country.

 

We were very proud of the excellent rise in Maths and English higher grades. Grades C/4 in both English and Maths rose from 75.5% last year to 86.9% this year. The new grade 5 represents a high C or low B and 68.4% of our students got a 5 or above in English and Maths compared to an average of 42.1% for the City. I want to congratulate both staff and students on the way they tackled teaching and revising for the tough new Maths and English exams. 

 

 

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Jul 21

Learning Through Gardening

In July the school achieved a Gold Award in the recent Bristol in Bloom competition.

 

Mrs Clapson, Mrs Molnar and a team of enthusiastic, green fingered students have worked very hard this year transforming the area at the Clarence Road end of the school into a fantastic school garden. Here are some images of the garden in the lead up to the competition's judging day.

 

 

The judges’ feedback was that it was:

 

A wonderful project that provides vocational accreditations for the children taking part. This project has transformed a derelict space into a quiet haven. Extremely well cared for and productive, this also displays innovative ideas for recycling. We hope that this initiative will continue in future years to benefit the school.

 

Congratulations to everyone who made this possible.

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Mrs Clapson receiving the Gold Award from the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Lesley Alexander. 

 

 

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