Jan 10

Oxford Success Stories

Oxford Success Stories


The current Year 13 have done astoundingly well and broken all records in getting offers from Oxford University this year after a demanding testing and interview procedure. 12 students have offers, which from a year-group of 200 is a pretty stunning percentage. It includes 3 from Fairfield and students who joined us from St Katherines, Ashton Park, QEH and Downend as well as SMRT students. Now they just need to get the grades! This trumps our previous high of 11 Oxbridge successes two years ago and sets the bar very high for future years. As always, there were equally outstanding students who Oxford and Cambridge managed to miss, but who will be carrying on to other top Universities that can consider themselves lucky to get their hands on them. A further group of very able students have applied directly to Medical Schools and Russell Group Universities around the country.

This has been a very interesting year for University applications, with the increased tuition fees due to come in next year. Although we do our best to make clear that University isn't for everybody, and to support students in preparing for work or other forms of study if that is their choice, it has been striking that the significant majority of our students have not been deterred from applying, and can see the value in working hard to get into the best possible course and university that they can in order to ensure value for money.


If you want to know more about the new system, and to think through the pros and cons of Higher Education carefully, then there are some useful links in the 6th form area of the website.
Dec 16

SMRT Science goes Nano in Europe


SMRT Science goes Nano in

We are pleased to announce that Dr Hill from our Science and ICT department has been awarded a position on the European Union funded Nanochannels project.  Working with 20 other teachers in 8 European countries, Dr Hill and his students will explore the science of nanotechnology and the ethical, social and legal questions this technology poses.

As well as working with the Nanochannels team in Brussels and teachers across Europe, our students will be working with academic researchers from Bristol University's 'Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials'.

As part of this project our students will be writing articles on nanotechnology; the best of which may be published on The Guardian newspaper's nanotechnology web site. A select few students will attend a high profile round table event on nanotechnology organised by The Guardian. Students will attend lectures and a tour of the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials.  They will engage with academics and other students through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  The project will climax with a Live Debate on 20th March in which students and academics will debate the benefits and risks of nanosensors for medical diagnosis.

We will be sharing more about this project in the future, but first suggest you let Stephen Fry explain what nanotechnology is all about.