Sixth Form

Nov 27

National Shakespeare Schools' Festival

Twenty three Year 9 and Year 10 students from our School performed Much Ado About Nothing at The Tobacco Factory on the 20 November, as part of the national Shakespeare Schools' Festival. They have been working hard towards their performance for past 5 months, helped by student director Ella Khanna (Year 12). Ms Doyle said:


The festival co-ordinators praised the cast for their energetic performance that featured live music, brilliant comic moments and physical theatre. For many students, it was their first experience of performing in a professional theatre, and I was so impressed by the way they encouraged and inspired each other throughout the whole process. It was a pleasure to support these dedicated and talented students in creating such an engaging piece of theatre. We were also very lucky this year to have a student technician who designed and controlled all of the sound and lighting for the show.

Our team of actors at the Shakespeare Festival v2


Thank you to Ms Doyle who was the teacher director, to Mrs Edwards (Maths), for giving up her time to support the cast with their workshops and on their performance day, to Aileen Wilson, an ex-student who chaperoned the cast, and to all of the families and friends who came to the performance to support our students.


Nov 27

Business mentors help students tackle real-life problems

On Tuesday 7 November a group of twenty-one Year 12 students from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School took part in their first business mentoring session of Envision’s Community-Apprentice competition with their partner business; legal firm Clarke Willmott.

The mentors generously agreed to support the students at key points in the ten-month programme, which, like the TV series The Apprentice, requires students to demonstrate personal qualities whilst working in teams to manage their own projects. In this case, however, the students will be competing to see who can make the biggest positive impact on their community, rather than the most profit.


Envision Workshop 1

Tackling real-life problems
The programme, which has recently been recognised by the Department of Education as an effective model for employer engagement, inspires students to develop their employability skills while tackling real-life problems.

Students can tackle whatever issues matter most to them, but they have to reach consensus within their team about what that is. Team X have decided to tackle discrimination in its many forms and Team HomeLESSness want to address increasing levels of homelessness within Bristol.  Business Mentor Orla Thompson, said


It was really enjoyable, interesting and rewarding being a part of this. I was amazed at how many ideas the Year 12s came up with and I can’t wait to get involved at the next session and see how much they’ve progressed.

 Envision Workshop 2


Developing employability skills
The competition requires students to develop, and crucially evidence, three key skills; creativity, teamwork, and communication. In the first mentoring session, mentors supported students to develop their creative thinking skills by adapting ideas from existing adverts and campaigns.

Throughout the Community-Apprentice competition, teams take part in inter-school challenges. The first of these, the Film Challenge, develops team-working and communication skills by challenging teams to produce a film of no more than two minutes explaining why their issue matters in a single take!  This is a demanding challenge for individuals who are still coming together as a team.


Here are our two teams’ entries: 

Team X and HomeLESSness




Jul 6

Students evidence they have qualities Mayor looks for in city leaders

As previously reported we have had two teams of students taking part in Bristol’s Community-Apprentice this year. This inter-school competition is a bit like The Apprentice on television.  Young people have to develop, and crucially demonstrate, skills and personal qualities whilst managing their own projects. In this case, however, young people compete to benefit the community, rather than make the most profit.

Our teams have worked really hard since September researching problems, identifying an issue, planning what to do about it and overcoming a range of problems to make it happen. On Thursday 29 June the Mayor invited all 21 teams taking part across Bristol to City Hall to celebrate their graduation from the programme. Collectively this year the teams have volunteered over 7,000 hours to help their communities. Addressing the students in our Boardroom Final film Mayor Marvin Rees said (watch the full video here:


“The good news is that you have all achieved… You have all demonstrated the kinds of qualities I look for in city leaders, the kind of people I want working alongside me”


Envision team photos


Taking action to benefit others
Team The Future reached over 600 students with their interactive quiz on money management and Team X + Y delivered a campaign using posters, merchandise and social media to raise awareness of sexual harassment. You can watch a short three minute film about their projects here and here

Due to their outstanding skills development on the programme The Future beat four other nominees to win the award for Communication at the Graduation event. Team X + Y were nominated for the Resilience and Problem Solving Award.


Evidencing employability skills
The teams have been supported by mentors from Clarke Willmott and their Envision Co-ordinator to develop the confidence and competencies they need to succeed in life over the course of the programme. Envision asked all the young Community-Apprentices on the programme to tell them how they felt they had develop, these were the results:


* 98% feel more confident as a result of being on the programme  

* 96% feel that they are better communicators  

* 95% feel that they have become better at team working  

* 94% say that they feel able to demonstrate the skills that employers are looking for  

* 96% intend to put Envision on their CV or UCAS form  

* 97% now believe that their actions can make a difference

Each student who graduated received a personalised reference written by their business mentors detailing the skills they had developed on the programme. Kate Gould from Clarke Willmott said:


The students really benefitted from the programme, they grew in confidence and having this experience to talk about at interviews/ application will be a definite advantage for them in the future.


Here is a set of images from the Graduation event:




Feb 6

Students' experience volunteering at Fareshare


FareShare Logo


Part of the Sixth Form experience at Redcliffe is to be encouraged to take up volunteer roles which will provide an enriching experience as well as being able to give something to our local communities. We currently have students volunteering at Fareshare in Bristol. Here are two short perspectives of their time so far at Fareshare from our students:

Niall in Year 12:


At Fareshare, we re-box and repackage surplus food stock from supermarkets in a large warehouse near the back of Cabot Circus. This food is sorted into orders from different community centres and establishments around Bristol. The sorted orders are then redistributed back out to these community centres daily. It helps people because it is using food and drink produce that would usually just be thrown away or left to rot.  It helps people that cannot get or afford enough food and also means that schools and community centres don’t have to spend as much money on food, which can then be used to pay for other necessities.
When I volunteer at Fareshare, I’m gaining invaluable experience working for a good cause. It gives a better understanding of how the local community can be helped so easily and how giving back is a satisfying feeling.


Charlie in Year 12:


Fareshare makes a huge difference as it gives out food that would otherwise be wasted and gives it to the people that need it most. Huge amounts of food and drink arrive and leave the Fareshare warehouse every day, and not only does it highlight the amount of food waste from supermarkets, but it also helps thousands of people out in the process. From volunteering at Fareshare I have gained invaluable work-environment experience helping me to be more independent. It has also boosted my confidence in terms of getting a job in the future.

For more information about Fareshare have a look at their website.

For more information about our enrichment opportunities please have a look at our dedicated page.


Dec 14

Students earn praise from business leaders and Mayor in the Dragons' Den

Our students earned praise from Bristol’s business leaders at the Community-Apprentice Pitching Challenge. As previously reported in our news pages on November 2 we have two teams taking part in the Community-Apprentice competition this year, which is running in ten schools across the city. Loosely based on the popular TV series, The Apprentice, Community-Apprentice is an inter-school competition which requires young people to develop and, crucially, demonstrate the competencies most valued by employers whilst managing their own projects. In this case students compete not to see who can make the most money, but who can make the biggest positive impact on their community.

Turning ideas into action

Over the past few weeks the teams have been coming up with ideas and developing them into a practical plan for their social action projects. They have set a clear goal, identified relevant activities, allocated responsibilities, set deadlines, identified resources, and produced a budget.

Team X + Y are planning to tackle the stigma around sexual harassment by delivering workshops on the issue and running poster and social media campaigns. The Future are planning to raise the aspirations of and develop life skills in young people through peer education.  

Pitch perfect


On Wednesday 7th December our teams pitched their ideas to a panel of ‘Dragons’ - made up of local business leaders -  for funding to help implement their plans and feedback to improve the impact of their projects.


Tom Prince, a ‘Dragon’ and the Widening Participation and Undergraduate Recruitment Officer team at the University of Bristol said,


I thoroughly enjoyed my role as a ‘Dragon’, the students were brilliant - it's clear that they and the mentors have worked incredibly hard and it was genuinely impressive to see them all present with such confidence and professionalism.


The event was held in the impressive surroundings of The Bristol Hotel and kindly sponsored by Great Western Railway. Twenty teams from schools across the city pitched in front of each other as well as the panel, giving students the opportunity to watch others to learn what makes a successful pitch, whilst gaining experience and confidence to develop their own communication skills.


Community-Apprentice has recently been recognised by the Department of Education as an effective model for employer engagement, students are mentored by volunteers from local businesses throughout the programme to support their development. Our teams were mentored by volunteers from Clarke Willmott in preparation for the pitch and on the day itself. One of the students at the event said,


today I have learnt to be more confident whilst doing public speeches and I’d like to thank our business mentors for giving us helpful advice and supporting us throughout our project so far.

The event was opened by a message from Mayor Marvin Rees who acts as the kinder version of Lord Sugar for the programme. Addressing  the students the Mayor thanked them for,


tackling issues close to my heart and absolutely critical for the city’s future” and pledged his support for their participation in the programme saying “I and other people in Bristol are determined to offer you the platform you need to grow into the fullness of your potential.


Envision team photo 1


Envision team photo 2


Eleanor Lloyd


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