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   

 

Upcoming Events

6th Form Open Evening
Thu 21 Nov 2019
Year 11 Drama Exam - Blood Brothers - Evening Performan
Thu 28 Nov 2019
Year 9 Left Population Parents' Consultation Meeting
Tue 03 Dec 2019
Spirit of Christmas Concert at Gloucester Cathedral
Thu 05 Dec 2019
Location: Gloucester Cathedral, 12 College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX, UK
Ticket are available from the Music Department
Christmas Carol Concert at St James' Church, Dursley
Wed 11 Dec 2019
Year 9 Right Population Parents' Consultation Meeting
Thu 12 Dec 2019
End of Term 2
Fri 20 Dec 2019

You can view the School Calendar in full here

Latest News

Head Teacher Blog #8

I was taken to task on the first of my blogs way back in September 2018 because I did not write about individual achievement. The writer said that parents did not want to read generic stuff but rather hear about their children’s achievements. As a parent myself, I understand the importance of your own children to parents/carers. However, I believe that the blog is not the place for the celebration about individuals; that is the job of the newsletter, the website, the Facebook page. I believe that the blog is about what is important to us as a community and the ethos which brings us together. I am also altruistic enough to think that we succeed individually by working with others. Individuality is important; we are all unique beings. But collectively we are stronger, more powerful, more balanced. That is why we explicitly teach the importance of teamwork in SBC, in PE, in Lifeskills and all of the other subjects which comprise our curriculum.

One example for me; this week one of my senior leadership team took me to task for talking about the strength of Rednock being its supportive mechanisms. He was pushing for a big emphasis on academic success. He is right – we need both. As part of the community of senior leaders, he played his part in shaping the thinking. Being part of a community doesn’t mean always agreeing; disagreement can be a good thing. I can’t think of anyone who has been successful on their own without a community working with them or supporting them. Communities are essential to our well-being; everything I read talks about social interaction, volunteering to help others being part of a group. Of course, there needs to be time for oneself but isolation is not good for human beings. Our brains are wired to be part of a group.

We are part of a learning community as well; some of my learning has come from working with governors and seeing the school from their perspective. They have an insight into the working of the school but also its impact on the wider community. My Chairs of Governors have been significant. It’s a thankless task – being a volunteer but carrying considerable responsibility on their shoulders. Each of them has demonstrated different capabilities and worked in a different way to the others, but they all have the same passion to improve children’s lives in this community. That passion is wonderful to see and is so powerful – it is the life blood of any educational establishment.

One final thought: often staff do not see the impact of their dedication – students take different paths and mature at different times. Talking to a parent on the phone one evening, she said “of course X was not good in school but now he has a home and his own business……..” I thought to myself that is why we do it. School may not have been a success then but some of the skills and the learning came into play to help that young man’s first steps. That is all you can ask as an educator.

Please check out the powerful video when the ex-footballer Ian Wright meets his primary school teacher. It will give you goosebumps!

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November 10th  ·  

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Dear Parents / Carers

Social media is a real concern for us as a school; students are often upset by the posts which other students make. We do issue sanctions to those who do this as we will not tolerate cyber bullying in any form.

Unfortunately, from time to time, we do get posts from adults which are unpleasant and unacceptable. Sometimes those posts are directed at staff working at the school. If this is the case, then the school will take action in the strongest way possible, potentially taking legal action. We cannot allow defamatory or rude comments to be posted in a public forum.

We accept that sometimes parents / carers may not agree with the decisions made by the school. There is a clear process for this by means of our Complaints Policy. Posting comments is not the correct way. Please do use the appropriate channels when registering your point of view.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Rednock School
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October 30th  ·  

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Year 11 Revision Tip of the week

Year 11 will be sitting their Mock exams after the Autumn half term break. We recently had the Fix up team come and visit us, check out their revision tip for this week.

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THE FIXUP TEAM on Twitter
“Make sure you have a cut off time with social media. There are apps that can help you reduce the amount of time you spend on there by keeping track and also limiting your usage to a time set by you. Also be purposeful and follow people in the industry you want to get in to. t.co/EaR9Du7is...
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October 24th  ·  

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French Trip 2019

At about 4:45 in the morning, on Thursday the 10th of October, a group of around 130 of us - year 8, 9 and 10 - set off on our way to France. Whilst in the Channel Tunnel, we even managed to do a minute of mindfulness! We then arrived at the Château du Molay, in Normandy, at about 7pm for dinner and karaoke after visiting the village of Honfleur.

French Trip consisted of many different activities and outings to many well known locations around France! Friday involved visiting the Mont St Michel and then travelling to Arromanches - a seaside town with many war ships lying on its sandy shores.

Saturday meant the market challenge (or, for those who would rather, seeing the Bayeux Tapestry). The market challenge is where students form groups of varying numbers and are given €3 per person to try to create the best 2 course lunch for their group - the competition was judged by the château’s French chef. We then finished the day by going to see the American War Cemetery and then returning to the château for the disco.

Sunday was Paris! We started by going up the Montparnasse tower to get a 360° view of the city, including an astounding sight of the Eiffel Tower! We then went to have lunch at Monte Carlo, followed and completed by a boat trip down the river Seine to see many famous Paris monuments such as the Notre Dame . It was then time for the journey back home and time to say goodbye to France!

Hettie Hudson
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October 24th  ·  

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Head Teacher Blog #7

One of the delights of my role is seeing young people develop and grow. That doesn’t always mean the students; the age profile of the staff is balanced with a definite leaning towards youth. We are seeing a cohort of young ambitious and exciting practitioners in the school complementing the older wisdom of established staff.

Looking at the staffing structure and the long-term plans for the school, I am confident that the blend is a positive one for Rednock School. We want to be the school of choice where everyone flourishes and achieves. One small example; I was able to send nine members of my young staff on an aspiring middle leaders’ course over four days. Other schools are sending one or maybe two; we are well placed to develop our staff to ensure that they grow the necessary skills to lead and inspire students and other staff. Exciting times!

Over 200 people came through the doors for our third Open Day event; that is remarkable when it’s the third event and other schools’ open days have not been so well attended. There is a groundswell of parental opinion selecting Rednock School as the school where their child will succeed. We were oversubscribed last year and look to be again, which is very positive. Our relentless focus on doing the right thing for individuals is resonating with the local community; we want everyone to succeed. I saw that on our year 11 revision evening attended by over 150 parents and students. Dr Cunningham and Mrs Cole ran a workshop style event demonstrating how to revise and how to support the students in their revision. Check out the website for further details or contact reception. It was a great night; even the students said so! (not something that I would have imagined writing about how to revise but there we are!). It truly was partnership in action.

On Thursday we host the ‘ meet the tutor’ parents meeting for years 7 and 12. This is an important evening; after nearly eight weeks it is time to see how the new students are settling in and if there are any concerns. I have to say that year 7 seem to have found their feet; that isn’t always easy in a school of over 1400, many of our students coming from primaries of less than 100. It is testament to the support structure of Rednock School – staff and older students who act as mentors/buddies that the year 7 and 12 students find their way around and settle in. The resilience which they – themselves- are showing is lovely to see and is something which we teach early on.

When I look at the year that our year 7 students were born, I blanch. I have taught many of their parents and even – gulp – some of their grandparents! Which brings me to my original starting point in this blog; youth takes over. Its our job to develop them so that they can take over. Partnership – but perhaps different to the one envisaged.
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October 23rd  ·  

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