Welcome to Rednock School

“Welcome to the Rednock School website.  I hope that you find the details about the school informative and helpful.

We are a fully comprehensive school where every child matters.  I am passionate about this philosophy; we do not select by ability or income – we want to improve children’s lives so that they are equipped for their next steps in a global society.

Rednock School is an ambitious and aspirational place; every student should achieve their potential whatever their starting point.  Exam outcomes are critical for today’s students to make positive steps in their lives.  In order to deliver the excellent education that every student deserves we provide a supportive and caring environment.  All of our staff are committed to taking care of students’ needs – both academically and pastorally.  In my experience of over 37 years in education, I believe that Rednock provides the best care and attention, second to none.

I am proud of the students, staff and the school.  We want to engage all of our community in this vision of excellence and the desire to achieve it.  I hope that the website will interest you in looking at the school and joining us.  I look forward to meeting you.”

David Alexander, Head Teacher   

 

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Head Teachers Blog # 6

On Saturday, I went with my daughter to a university open day. It was excellent; open days have become a big part of marketing the educational establishment. Whatever you think of this, it has sharpened up the profession up and made us all demonstrate what is good/unique about our own organisations. You already know what it is for Rednock School: “everyone matters”. Please don’t misinterpret that for only being caring (although we do care!). It is about working hard to ensure that everyone – students and staff get the best opportunities. It also means that Rednock School has to give the students the tools to make their chosen next step. The tools are the skills, but they are also the qualifications. Students need the GCSE levels, the A levels and BTec grades in order to make something for themselves. On Saturday, this was brought home to me by a lecturer who specified that post 16 qualifications were not enough to get onto the course. The Admissions tutor was very clear that GCSE levels and A level grades were also needed; if you didn’t have the GCSE levels, you didn’t get in.

I have found this to be the case with some apprenticeships and with companies taking students from School, into the world of work. No matter what the next step is chosen, students need the highest qualifications possible. In a world where the students will be competing against students across the globe and a world where jobs will be short term project led, qualifications (and skills) are critical. I have the following quotation from Aristotle on my email:
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not then an act but a habit ".

I want us all to live this; to be excellent out of habit rather than it be a one-off. Its better to have lofty goals than ones which are too easily reached. (I said that!).
I just wanted to acknowledge the breaking of the 2-hour mark for the marathon; you don’t have to like running to realise that this is an incredible feat. As I plodded along in the rain today, it was inspirational. That’s why we all need role models and dreams. My heroes growing up (apart from the entire Swindon Town team) were Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. Their writing brought down a president – for all of the right moral reasons. I always wanted to be them. Didn’t make it but it really inspired me to work hard – along with my mum, whose work ethic as a single parent was amazing. If we can all aspire to be role models, we make significant differences to students’ lives, whether we make history and make our children’s lives better.

Which brings me back to university open days; in supporting my daughter’s chosen next step, I am doing my little bit. What can you do to be a role model?
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October 14th  ·  

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Cheltenham Literature Festival

Fourteen Y8 and Y9 students went to Cheltenham Literature Festival, having successfully submitted a piece of Dystopian Fiction into a school competition. While we were there, we listened to two internationally acclaimed authors talk about the frightening aspects of the world we currently live in and how this has shaped their own writing. Rednock students had the opportunity to browse the pop up Waterstones bookshop and many of them opted to buy the brand new dystopian novel, 'I am not a number' by Lisa Heathfield. We were privileged to be able to talk to her directly about her experiences and all of our students came away with signed books.

It was a fantastic experience for everyone!
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October 12th  ·  

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Mindful Minutes

Yesterday was World Mental Health Awareness Day. During the day our whole school took a mindful minute in each lesson.1400 all breathed together ! The students on the French trip even managed a mindful minute in the Channel Tunnel, Brilliant !

Check out the media coverage of this event on BBC Radio Gloucestershire. Click on thew link and listen from 09.20.

www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07nmq55?fbclid=IwAR0V5kvqSmERLbW3XHYVKdCD5qO3NzxN5srv4cKsw2URGzkk-yGNM...

students given mental health breaks during lessons
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October 11th  ·  

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Incredible work displayed for Tyndale Arts Week

We are delighted to have been invited and very proud to see our students work on display in the local community as part of the Tyndale Arts week.

Well done to Rednock School A Level Photography student Rebecca Jones with her 'Diamonds in the Rough' photograph as well as Tilda Cornwall and Tilly Hurrell with their art works at Kingshill House for Tyndale Arts Week.

www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/17952523.pictures-incredible-work-displayed-tyndale-arts-week/

www.tyndaleartsweek.co.uk

A big thank you to the art department for encouraging and supporting this opportunity for the students to exhibit their work.

If you would like to see more of our fantastic students work please pop into our reception area. Further work will be displayed at our up coming Key Stage 3 celebration evening.
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October 9th  ·  

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Head Teacher Blog # 5

Conkers, mistakes and carpe diem.

This weekend, on my run I passed past a huge horse chestnut tree. Many of the conkers had fallen and most had been taken but there were still a few beautiful shiny conkers on the ground. I picked one up as a memento of my run in the sunshine. As a child, I competed in the school playground smashing conkers against my opponents. I have to say that some of my peers had pickled or baked their conkers so that they were rock solid. My mum would never let me do that; even then she was my moral compass! I have a lot to thank her for in guiding me. Up until I was 18, I lived in an….. ‘interesting’ area of Swindon and many of my friends were drawn to wasting their time and some got into crime. Neither of those two options were available to me because of the strength of my mum. I wasn’t always as grateful as I should have been, but she was right. My peers made some bad choices and that led to serious consequences for some of them. They made mistakes.

Last week I made a mistake; I had to hold my hand up and acknowledge it. It made me realise that we all make mistakes; the important thing is that we learn from them and improve. I have a poster which has the following statements on it:

“Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.” - Nikki Giovanni

“Mistakes grow your brain.” - Jo Boaler.

Education is about learning from your mistakes, be they academic or otherwise. I made mine and needed to improve; that I will do. We all make mistakes, its how we tackle the next part which counts.

On my run this weekend, I completed the same route as I had run last week. Struggling up a hill, my eyes were cast to the ground. I saw – in the mud – my footprint was still there one week later. It made me smile and then think that it was highly unlikely that the footprint would be there a third week. (I will look!) Things do not stay the same for very long. One of the worst mistakes is not to take the opportunities which come our way. Take a peek at the scene in the film, “The Dead Poets’ society” where Robin Williams shows the students an old photo of previous students. Paste the following into your browser and press play:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi0Lbjs5ECI

Its all about making the most of our opportunities; one day soon my footprint will disappear. Education is about making the most of life. Make sure that you do!
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October 8th  ·  

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