Sixth Form

Nov 19

Envision Update: Students Plan Positive Change with Help from Local Law Firm


Envision Logos


The youth empowerment charity Envision run a 10 month programme called Community Apprentice, which encourages young people to engage in the issues they see in their community and to make a difference to them through their own social action projects, whilst gaining key employability skills at the same time. It’s a competition across Bristol, where teams from 10 schools compete to make the biggest social impact and best develop their skills.


An impressive 28 students from SMRT Sixth Form have decided that they want to make a difference to their communities and are choosing to do so by tackling the issues of mental health and homelessness.

The Sixth Form students have been getting support and encouragement from their team coaches from the law firm Clarke Wilmott who have been helping the students shape their projects and develop their skills whilst also planning for the pitching event in December. This is when all of the teams from across the competition come together to pitch in front of local business people and community leaders for money to help them execute their project.

The team coaching sessions have been a real success, with students and coaches learning a lot about each other, taking part in team building exercises and really honing in on how the students can develop their employability skills.

The teams’ projects are taking an exciting shape and their ideas are really flowing, watch this space for more updates on the teams and their achievements.

To find out more about Envision and Community Apprentice please go to


Sep 11

Exam results - excellent again!

We are really pleased with our students that they have worked hard and achieved such great results. We are particularly proud of those who have achieved against the odds.



We have secured a rise on last year's results of 3% with 73% of students getting five A*-C including English and Maths. An amazing third of the grades achieved were A* or A, with 60% of the grades being B or above. This is our best result in four years despite the bar being raised yet again! We are particularly pleased that many students have done so well in maths with 80% of students getting A*-C grades and 53% getting a B, A or A* grade!


I am delighted for our students that these great grades open the doors to further study in school, college or through apprenticeships. They have had a great attitude to their studies and made good use of all the extra revision sessions and support that generous staff have put on for them, it is a real team effort of students, parents, teachers and support staff and we are really proud of everyone's contribution.



We are delighted with the A level results this year at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School. The A level pass rate is 99.3% with 64% of grades being B and above.  This equals our best ever set of results






Students have followed their passions and studied a wide range of subjects with us. The courses they are going on to at university are as varied as Medieval and Modern Languages at Cambridge, Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Manchester, medicine at Cardiff, Physics at Southampton and Animal Behaviour at Plymouth. We also have two students with places at prestigious American universities, one of them following in Hilary Clinton’s footsteps. What has impressed us is how well students have researched their options and really thought about what they want to study at university or what they want to do when they leave school. They have shown a maturity, thoughtfulness and intelligence in their decision making that reflects them taking full responsibility for their futures. I am inspired by the way our students have made the most of all the learning opportunities on offer to them and by the way the staff have supported them through any difficulties. 

exam results


Kyiah and Nell


The wonderful results are a credit to the hardworking students, the inspirational teachers, caring support staff and nervous parents! For many of the students at Redcliffe sixth form we are building on GCSE results the students achieved in other schools. I am proud of our whole school community and the wider Bristol educational community. Our young people have really made us proud!


Mrs Gilpin




Jan 7

SMRT Envision Team Wins £555 in Dragon’s Den-style Pitch4Change

Envision is a charity that mobilises young people to make ‘people-powered change.’ We are a group of ten SMRT students and through this we have formed ‘Asylum Seeker Action.’ Originally from a wide range of schools in Bristol, we’ve seen the lack of education for teenagers about asylum seekers and refugees. Many asylum seekers will have lost everything due to war, persecution or torture. They often cannot speak English, have no right to work, are faced with gruelling legal challenges, are given housing no one else wants and must live on just £36 a week. But having to stand up to prejudice could be unbearable. We want to combat the negative stereotypes surrounding asylum seekers and refugees.


Our project is to deliver workshops to Year 8 classes across the city. We really want the students to be able to meet real refugees and listen to their stories as well as learning through games. We’ll then distribute resource packs to every school in Bristol so the workshops can be recreated.


We were recently given the opportunity to take part in ‘Pitch4Change.’ Along with Envision groups from seven other schools, we presented our community project to a group of some of Bristol’s most prestigious business men and women in order to win funding. Opened by a speech from Mayor George Ferguson, the day was full of inspirational talks and film challenges!


We watched the other schools’ pitches nervously – all were amazing and unique. However we had nothing to worry about, ours too went very smoothly. We had had three great mentoring sessions with Clarke Wilmott Solicitors beforehand allowing us to practise lots and prepare for difficult questions.


Afterwards we were given a challenge to film a news report on the day. We interviewed the Lord Mayor and a student from another school. SMRT was awarded first place, winning an extra £100 for our project! With much suspense, we were presented our giant cheques! We were given the full amount we had requested - £455! The day ended with speeches, photos and saying goodbye to new friends, all of us inspired to carry out our project and make a real change in our community.

giant cheque

Eleanor Gardner

(Other team members: Rayan Bana, Dylan Brown-Wilkinson, Ruby Dark, Fatin Guled, Indi Hadi, Chloe Harkness, Carlo Hornilla and Grace Tiu)


Nov 4

Inspiring Young People

The Bristol Young People's "Inspirer of the Year Awards" took place on Saturday 19th October and of the eight nominations from across Bristol two were from SMRT 6th Form -

* the "Equal People" Envision group, whose amazing project taking a workshop challenging sexist and homophobic language into schools around Bristol is featured in a previous 6th Form Story on this site, and

* Kwabena Edwards, a year 13 student who came to the UK from Ghana a few years ago and and has completed a physically gruelling National Citizen Service programme. Kwabena has cerebral palsy, which gives him some difficulty with both mobility and speech. The NCS programme takes four weeks through the summer holidays. In the first week students did a rigorous outward bounds programme including climbing and caving. The second week was spent at UWE meeting representatives of different charitable groups and learning about the voluntary sector. The last two weeks were then spent volunteering, in Kwabz's case with the Wild Goose Cafe in Easton, which works with homeless people and recovering addicts etc., talking and befriending the visitors. The cafe has been chosen by this years 6th Form students as one of their two Rag charities. Kwabz so impressed the organisers of the NCS programme that they nominated him to the Inspire Awards as their most impressive volunteer of the year.


In a field of tremendously inspiring young people all round, Kwabena received the overall "Inspirer of the Year Award", and a more surprised and unassuming winner you couldn't hope to meet.

In addition, John Gibby from Year 13 was on the stage selling the work of the Bristol Youth Council, of which he is the chair. In fact Redcliffe had a third nominee in former student Alex Burnett, a young carer who has not only looked after his grandparents but has succeeded in passing his GCSEs, playing for his local rugby club and taking part in a 10-week community programme.


Award winners

Oct 11

Every leader starts somewhere... by Matthew Mills

Every leader starts somewhere...


Take a second to consider this statement. You may not have thought about it before, but all public figures, from Cameron to Obama, are not in any way larger than life; in fact, they are more similar to us than is usually recognised. Their position is the only thing that sets them apart, and these positions can be gained by any one, if they apply themselves appropriately.

On the other hand, when someone considers what it is that makes a leader, the words "young people" or "teenager" do not usually come high on their list. This is perhaps not surprising, due to our lack of experience, but it is wrong to dismiss youth as credible leaders. This is because young people have the most potential to become them. A fact that the people at the Bristol Leadership Programme (BLP) know well. Piloted in 2012 the programme aims to identify capable young people from underprivileged backgrounds and create a platform to help them reach positions of leadership that may otherwise have been unobtainable in their current situations.

I came onto the programme this year after being put forward by my head of year, qualifying for the programme due to my status as a child in care and as a student who had been recognised as talented. I will admit that I was sceptical at first as I had little information and not much interest in leadership, at least not in a political sense. I decided to test the water, attending an interview with programme director Tracie Jolliff. After being offered a place, I took part in the BLP induction in June in an attempt to see what the programme was all about.

The outline was certainly impressive. A two week schedule (this year from the 8th-19th July), the programme boasted seminars and workshops from public figures from all areas, including top university professors, barristers, politicians, entrepreneurs and architects. Amongst some of the most notable were George Ferguson, the mayor of Bristol, and David Berg, professor of psychiatry and lecturer in the department of arts and science at Yale university. As well as this there were personality profiles and other inputs by JCA Global and High Growth Knowledge Company, who specialise in Emotional Intelligence and all aspects of leadership development. It certainly looked intriguing.

With this in mind, I cancelled a trip I had planned with school and jumped aboard. I was certainly not disappointed. From the first day I was drawn in by the engaging schedule and also the social aspect of the programme, joining ten other young people aged sixteen and above. A typical day on the programme, starting at 1:30pm, consisted of three ninety-minute seminars, with a break in between. Each evening from 7pm onwards we would host a different high profile guest, providing the chance for the members of the programme to get advice and support in their fields of interest, with the chance of getting work experience and possible internships. As well as this, we would be joined by members of the Bristol junior chamber, an organisation of entrepreneurs under the age of 40, who also provided advice and stories about their own experiences, which was an extremely beneficial insight which otherwise would not have been available to the young talent in the room.

The most beneficial thing I gained from the programme was opportunity; through the workshops and seminars I have opened doors that would otherwise have remained closed. I met many influential people and now have a larger understanding of what I need to do to put myself out there and make an impression. Coaches and mentors provide a support network which stays with you for at least 12 months and helps you take the steps needed to get where you want to be. On top of this, I met 10 of the most incredible people, all of whom were from different backgrounds and all of whom were inspiring in different ways. I am still in contact with them after the programme. The programme’s emphasis on breaking the class barrier within leadership was also inspiring, with talks from a wide range of people who were not from privileged backgrounds, including black & minority ethnic speakers who had excelled.

A strong message I would pass on is that leadership is not all political and constitutional. The programme has taught me that you can be a leader in any aspect, whether it be in sport, music or amongst your friends. If you put the effort in, then the benefits will be obvious. I myself am excited for my future as an ambassador for the programme, and where it will take me. The programme’s motto is "accidentally gifted, deliberately brilliant", and similarly the BLP was given a chance to transform the lives of those involved, and it has done a deliberately brilliant job.

If anyone would like more information, look to the BLP website:


Group picture


This year's participants, all dressed up!