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Mar 23

Pi Day and MathsBombe




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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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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Jun 13

Dr Eric Albone MBE awarded honour by the Japanese Ambassador

Mr Youmans, our Head of Chemistry, was invited to represent the school at a very exciting ceremony in London in June. Dr Eric Albone MBE, a long-time supporter of our school, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, by Ambassador Tsuruoka of Japan in recognition of the work done through the UK-Japan Young Scientists Workshops initiative. This scheme brings together both countries through the collaboration of young scientists (17-18 year old students) where they share in each other’s cultures as well as working on cutting edge projects in workshops at Universities in both the UK and in Japan. 


SMRT has been involved in this project for 5 years, with significant funding coming from the Bristol based charity Clifton Scientific Trust (CST). Eight students from St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School in Bristol will be going to the 2017 workshops in Cambridge University and to Kyoto University in Japan during Activities Week this July.


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Dr Eric Albone MBE (right) receives the honour from the Japanese Ambassador.

Photos courtesy of the Japanese Embassy, London.

May 15

Fudge and Flowers for HOPE

Friday 12 May saw our first "Plant and Fudge" sale in aid of our Year 7 charity, the HOPE International Development Agency and our partner school, in Ikoba.  The forecast was a bit unsettled but that didn't stop the amazing members of Eco Club setting up their stall and doing their bit to help others in the sunshine and the rain!

Mrs Julie Coles joined us as a representative of the charity and the caretakers helped with tables etc.  The canteen staff had provided the containers and Year 7 then covered them in attractive designs.  10Q had helped with the planting up of the petunias, carnations, peas and beans and then all we needed were some customers!  Never fear...the fudge sold in ten minutes flat with lots of interest from all years.  We had to restrict some of the requests just to make sure there was enough for everyone but it all went... hearts large and small, squares, chunks and finally the crumbs!


Then the plants started going with students telling us all about their gardens at home and some buying presents for their family.  Then teachers and staff arrived snapping up a bargain or three!  The ladies from the canteen were our best customers and we have some requests for repeat orders.  It really was an event which brought all aspects of the school together. 


Huge thanks to the fabulous kids in Eco Club and to all our supportive customers.  We raised over £120.00 in one lunch hour!

Mrs Clapson and Mrs Molnar


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