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

Year 13 Report Due HOme
Wed 30 Jan 2019
Year 9 Report Due Home
Thu 31 Jan 2019
Year 13 Parents' Consultation Meeting
Thu 31 Jan 2019
Year 12 Report Due Home
Thu 07 Feb 2019
Key Stage 4 Options Evening
Thu 07 Feb 2019
Year 12 Parents' Consultation Meeting
Tue 12 Feb 2019
End of Term 2
Fri 15 Feb 2019

You can view the School Calendar in full here

Latest News

Head Teachers Blog# 16

I am delighted with the determination and work ethic of the students – particularly those in years 11 and 13. I have been in as many classes as possible this week, just popping in and monitoring how things are going. I am really privileged to be able to do this. It is interesting to see the different subjects and the different styles of learning in practice. It is an absolute joy; no matter what my mood – students always cheer me up – intentionally or otherwise. What a great job , I have!

There has been a real focus on learning and total concentration on preparing for the forthcoming examinations. Since Christmas, we have seen a change in the approach of the students; there is a renewed dedication and application. Some of students who were struggling with motivation are trying hard and gaining success. A celebratory mention for Zack Fernandes who worked hard in his Food technology examination this week and then stayed behind to clean up after everyone else. Well done Zack! And this has reminded me of something I read a couple of weeks ago:
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy; not fighting the old but on building the new”. Socrates (not the great Brazilian mid fielder but the great Greek philosopher!).

We all need to build the new (remember the previous blog about New Year’s resolutions?) to improve ourselves and our lives. It is never too late to change (even at my age!); that is why a recent conversation in a supermarket car park was so positive – I bumped into one of Rednock’s parents and we ended up celebrating the Ofsted change to a more holistic educational approach. Our philosophies are to build the new with a broad range of skills, which improve the individual and the community in which they live. Makes sense doesn’t it? We can’t be selfish and focus only on ourselves; we live in communities and we all need people at different times in our lives. Take care!

P.S Have to mention the amazing away win on Saturday! COYR!
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January 21st  ·  

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Headteachers Blog #15

Well, it has been a week already. Gracious that was quick. Sometimes it is as though there was not a break!

Dr Cunningham and I have delivered assemblies to year 11 this week. With only 70 school days before the first exam, we have been celebrating the students’ hard work and supporting those who are in need of it. As the American philosopher, William James once said, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows”. Seems like excellent, practical advice to me.

As human beings, we all procrastinate at times; but if we continue to put things off – they mount up to become almost insurmountable. I always go back to what I was told at school when I was a student (yes when dinosaurs roamed!) which was “How do you eat an elephant? “. The obvious answer is “in small bites”. That means that we break down the task into manageable portions and tackle each one individually.
I suspect that you may be thinking that some of these quotations came out of the crackers, which we pulled on Christmas day! I hope that you had a great Christmas and New Year. My resolutions have held up at the moment – eating healthily and drinking more water. My other resolution is to be more grateful. It improves your perspective on life, helps you manage difficult situations and live longer. Perfect! It is also good advice for our students; to be positive about their learning and the challenges, which that brings. It is also a good time for the students to be setting resolutions to improve. January is an excellent month to start revising for summer exams; for setting new targets for the rest of the academic year. As parents and carers, you can play your part in helping your children set and maintain those resolutions. I met one parent this week who put a desk in her own bedroom to provide a quiet study area for her son. Amazing dedication. Hats off to her and all those parents/carers supporting the students through a stressful time.
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January 15th  ·  

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Head Teacher Blog #14

Christmas is coming. It is a time for families and communities to get together – the glue that makes society work. I am lucky that all my family will be there over Christmas; I sincerely hope that all of yours will be with you to share the special holiday times.

Over the course of the past two terms, we have promoted the importance of community spirit and supporting each other. Those essential intra personal skills make us better people and make the world a better place. As I walk around Rednock School, I am struck by the amount of friendships between the year groups and seeing the best tutor groups, which have those family units working together and enjoying time together. Of course, Christmas does not always go smoothly (I anticipate my sons falling out!) but that is also part of the learning experience: how we deal with adversity and how we overcome it. Resilience has been a critical aspect of the assembly and Life skills programme this year. We have emphasized the growth mind set – failure is not failure – it is a learning experience (just look at my first attempt to paint the lounge!). Not to give up is the key. The aim is to push on through the difficulties; to say, “I have not got there YET”.
Over the holiday period, we will also reflect on’ what went well’ and ‘even better if’? It is a good way of thinking your way forward and how to improve. Our students are adept at this and will help you if you need support! Perhaps you could sit down with your children and ask them what went well and even better if about their learning journey since September; you may well be pleasantly surprised.

I wish you and your families a joyous Christmas and a fabulous New Year. I look forward to seeing the students on 8th January 2019.
As John Lennon once sang: “Another year over, a new one just begun”. Take care.
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December 21st  ·  

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Students of the Month December 2018
Congratulations to all our students of the month.
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December 21st  ·  

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Tutor Group Reward Points Term 2

A great term 2 and end of 2018.
Well done to all but particularly the top 3 groups:
1st H9HYP
2nd J7HCL
3rd D2VW
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December 21st  ·  

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