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St Mary Redcliffe & Temple CE VA Secondary School
Somerset Square, Redcliffe, BS1 6RT, UK Bristol
+44 (0)117 377 2100


Dear Parents and carers,

Welcome to St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School; a school with over 430 years of distinguished history. We are the only Church of England Voluntary Aided Secondary School in the city and diocese, and students are admitted following the application of the Governors' policy on admissions, details of which are included with this prospectus.

Our success was recognised by our last government inspection that described us as "an outstanding Church of England School" where "the quality of Christian concern for staff and students is remarkable". This leads to "a very good education" in which "pupils make good progress and attain high standards". More than 75% of our students regularly attain five or more A* to C grades at GCSE.

Our past, present and future success is rooted firmly in our Christian ethos. Each member of our school community is created by God and our aim is to achieve our full potential. All we do is rooted in this Hope of who we are as people and who we can become. The factors that help young people be fully themselves are


Safe Boundaries include good order, security and accountability and consistency.

Good Relationships
include a sense of belonging to God and each other, positive feedback and ways back when things go wrong.

Empowered Learning is active, reflects our values, beliefs and aspirations. It leads to high achievement. We have high expectations and give and receive realistic feedback.

Since our last inspection we have received two School Achievement awards that recognise our high standards. We have also become one of the first Humanities Schools in the country, and we share our good practice, especially in Values and in learning and teaching, with a range of primary and secondary schools in Bristol. Our commitment to valuing all in our community is recognised by the award of Investor In People status. Our PE and Sports programme has also been nationally recognised by the Sportsmark Award.

Mrs Elisabeth Gilpin - Headteacher and Mr Andrew Lucas - Chair of Governors

2006 School Prospectus - pdf format download (approx 15.6Mb)

2007 Statistical Appendix - pdf format download


Open Evenings Autumn 2007

Admissions 2008

Admissions Policy for 2006/07

Documents are provided in Adobe Acrobat Reader format. If you do not have this on your machine it may be download from here.

Parents' Area

As we start the second term of the new year it is good to hear from the ‘blog site’ that Bishop Mike and his wife, Anthea, are on their long road to recovery after their dreadful car accident.

Parent Handbook 2006-07 (Acobat pdf format)

Absence & Lateness letter 20/07/06

Parents' Gateway

The 'Parent's Gateway' will soon provide the opportunity for parents to have internet access to some of the data St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School keeps on their child. Attendance data, student timetables and reports will all be available in the near future.

More details to follow in the near future.

Home-School Agreement

In order to ensure a meaningful partnership that gives every child the best possible chance of success, the partners need to be clear about what each can reasonably expect of the others. We each have our roles to play and we are entitled to expect certain things of one another. If each of the partners, parents, staff, and students - commit themselves to these expectations then the school experience will be a very positive one and students will achieve their potential.

The school will:

Provide a safe and secure working environment.
Ensure that every child is well known and that both parents and child know who is the appropriate Tutor and Head of House to contact in the school to discuss progress and other issues.
Provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum as set out in the School
Ensure that each student is aware of the Schools expectations regarding work and behaviour.
Monitor and inform parents regularly of their child's progress through reports, parents’ evenings, records, newsletters and other means as may be appropriate.
Ensure provision of guidance and counseling.
Encourage progress through a system of rewards and sanctions.
Ensure that the work expected of each student is appropriate, well taught and regularly marked.
Provide a range of extra curricular activities.

Schools will expect that, parents will support their child's work in school by:

Showing by their own example that they support the school in setting the highest standards in all it tries to do.
Ensuring that their children come to school regularly, on time, refreshed, alert, correctly dressed and prepared for work.
Informing the school if the child is absent for any reason.
Taking an active and supportive interest in their child's work and progress.
Ensuring that the teacher/tutor is fully informed of anything which may affect the child's behaviour and progress in school.
Attending parents’ evenings and other occasions when it is necessary to meet the teachers at school.
Making available a quiet place for homework to be done - knowing when homework is set and contacting the school promptly if there is a concern.
Supporting the authority and discipline of the school in helping their children to achieve maturity, self-discipline and self-control.
Helping their child maintain a balance between their school work and their leisure time activities.

Schools expect that students will:
Attend school regularly, on time, equipped, suitably dressed and ready to learn and take part in opportunities on offer.

Aim for the highest standard in all aspects of school life
Co-operate with all staff and behave in accordance with the Code of Conduct of the school, and expectations regarding conduct both in school and in the wider community.
Respect the rights of others to work without interference.
Always give of their best in all aspects of school life, including' homework.
Keep the school and its environment clean and tidy.
Tell a member of staff if anything is a cause of concern likely to interrupt their education.
Take part in some of the extra curricular activities on offer.


A Christian Community Committed To Excellence

Mission Statement: (a statement of beliefs and values which guides how we achieve our vision)

‘Steadfast in faith’ we aim to rise above the ordinary by developing education which can transform lives and communities. Inspired by our faith in Christ and together with our parents, churches and communities, we aim for each person to reach their full potential in body, mind, heart and soul.

Our teaching will foster an understanding of human society and the worth and dignity of human beings, so that everyone in our community will be cared for unconditionally and valued equally.

Our students will be characterised by their personal understanding of faith, love of learning and striving to fulfil their own potential.

We expect every member of our community to engage with and practise behaviours consistent with the School’s core Values.

• Understanding and exploring our CHRISTIAN FAITH

VALUING OURSELVES AND VALUING OTHERS: being committed to learning and respecting others, including their right to learn

• Being TRUSTWORTHY and being a good friend

• Offering FORGIVENESS and letting go of anger

UNDERSTANDING JUSTICE, respecting rules and taking care of the disadvantaged

• Good STEWARDSHIP for our environment and belongings

• Both telling the TRUTH and trying to find out what is really true

FULFILLING OUR POTENTIAL by doing our best and learning how to learn


One of the distinctive aspects of a church school should be its worship and we are proud that the most recent inspections of St. Mary Redcliffe & Temple have reinforced our view that our worship is appropriate and varied. The school is delighted that two of its mottoes are ‘Steadfast in Faith’ and ‘A Christian Community Committed to Excellence’.

We have students from all types of church backgrounds and we would not want to make anyone uncomfortable with our worship, but then again we would not want anyone to be too comfortable!

The R.E. department is separate from school worship, but we hope that the study of Christian and other traditions enrich students in their worship of God and in their service to their neighbour.

We have two part-time Chaplains, both of whom offer listening and counselling services to students, staff and parents and who help with school worship. They are Revd. Robin Dodge of St. Mary Redcliffe Church and Mrs Lisa Nolland.

There are thriving Christian Union groups for Years 7-9 and for Years 10-13, led by students and supported by staff and church youth workers.

We have a Worship Committee, which meets regularly, with staff, governor and clergy membership, along with students from all years in the school.

Compulsory Occasions

The whole school begins each term in the splendid setting of St. Mary Redcliffe Church, often with a guest preacher. We also have a whole-school Eucharist on Ascension Day, a Community Carol Service and an End of Year Service. Students sing, play music, read and lead intercessions at such occasions. The Enabling Fund has just bought a PA system to help make the worship loud enough!

Daily worship is also taken seriously. Each day starts with an act of collective worship, either in an assembly or in the tutor-group. The assemblies are taken by members of staff or students or guest speakers. There is a weekly worship theme. Our speakers are drawn from many Christian traditions and include both clergy and lay people. We are pleased to have special links with St Mary Redcliffe Church, the Bristol Diocesan Board of Education, Open Air Campaigners, and the Anglican (Trinity), Methodist and Baptist Colleges. It is good that many of the churches which send us students also provide speakers and that some students even allow their parents to come in and lead worship!

Some of our most special acts of worship are the House Eucharists. These are held in school and in church at regular intervals and each House creates its own atmosphere. The Eucharists (Church of England in form) are led by an Anglican priest, often with a guest speaker and, again, we appreciate those parents who can help us in this area.

Voluntary Worship

For most people worship is a voluntary activity and so it is important that there are plenty of opportunities for voluntary worship. There are the Christian Unions (mentioned above). There is a Eucharist each Ash Wednesday and regular Lent Eucharists, early on Tuesday mornings, open to students, staff, governors and parents. We can also arrange extra prayer-groups as a response to national or international events. Recently, students have led three prayer-days for the school. We have links with Christian schools elsewhere in the world, especially in Africa.

We are pleased to celebrate our association with St. Mary Redcliffe Church through Education Sunday, Colston Day, Rush Sunday and other special services. Our choir is experienced in leading all types of worship.

Giving to charity is also part of our voluntary worship. We have a Harvest focus each year: we have raised money for Bosnia and Africa through a sponsored read of the New Testament in the school foyer and recycled mobile phones! We have a home-produced prayer-booklet. We always have a school Christmas charity, usually alternating between a local one and an international one. It is usual for us to raise over £5000 a year for our different charities. Students can apply for small amounts of money to support their favourite charities.

Lent is a special time for the Houses. Each House has a 'Lent Charity', decided upon by the House and the focus is on both awareness- and fund-raising. Recently Houses have supported, for example, the Julian Trust, the Mission to Seafarers, Send A Cow and CLIC.

We do not ignore staff, governors or parents. Each school year starts with a Eucharist for staff and governors. Staff pray regularly together. We have a beginning of year service for parents and there is a thriving prayer support group organised by parents.

Simon Stevens - Assistant Headteacher.


Times Of The School Day

Monday to Thursday  
School grounds open to students
School breakfast available
Main school building open to students
BELL 08.28

Warning bell

BELL 08.30 - 08.55
Registration / Tutor Time/ Assembly
BELL 08.55 - 09.55
Period 1
BELL 09.55 - 10.15
BELL 10.13
Warning Bell
BELL 10.15 - 11.15
Period 2
11.15 - 12.15
Period 3
BELL 12.15 - 13.10
BELL 13.08
Warning Bell
BELL 13.10 - 13.15
13.20 - 14.20
Period 4
14.20 - 15.20
Period 5
As above until:
08.55 - 09.45
Period 1
09.45 - 10.35
Period 2
10.35 - 10.55
BELL 10.53
Warning Bell
BELL 10.55 - 11.45
Period 3
11.45 - 12.35
Period 4
12.35 - 13.30
BELL 13.28
Warning Bell
BELL 13.30 - 13.40
13.40 - 14.30
Period 5
End of School


Uniform Purchase

Uniform can be purchased from our School Supplier sited near the front office

Tuesday afternoons between 3.00pm and 4.30pm

In Addition, this facility will be available at extra times in the summer ready for the new school year :

Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday - 23, 24 and 25 July between 11am and 3pm

Tuesday - 4 September between 11am and 3pm

Thursday - 6 September between 11am and 3pm

The standard grey V-neck school sweatshirt embroidered with the school crest is worn by all the girls and may be worn by the boys. It is available only from the School Supplier. No other form of pullover or sweater is permitted. Parents of Year 7 boys should be aware that most boys do not wear the sweatshirt as the blazer keeps them warm.

Full details of the uniform are given below, of which school specific items are available from our School Supplier at the times stated above.

Girls Uniform
Skirt - Plain black (3 styles), knee length
Blouse - White, long-sleeved poplin, plain with open neck
Sweatshirt - V-neck grey with School crest
Shoes - Black, sensible style (not boots or trainers) heels less than 1" high
Socks - Knee or ankle, plain white, grey, blue or black (not navy) or black tights
Trousers - Plain black, one style only is approved by the Governors, available from the School Supplier
Blouse - Plain short-sleeve white in polyester or cotton, ready-made or from approved pattern
Skirt - Colston blue
Blouse - White polo shirt with logo
Shorts - Colston blue Lycra (worn under skirt) and Baggy Colston Blue self stripe
Socks - White ankle (please keep a separate pair for PE)
Hockey socks - black and red hoops
Swimsuit - Black regulation, towel, swimming cap
Shoes - White gym shoes or training shoes. These must have a suitable grip for sporting activities and not be casual shoes

Boys Uniform
Trousers - Straight black, straight crease
Shirt - Plain white
School Tie - Standard throughout Years 7-11. Templar Cross motif
Sweatshirt - V-neck, grey with School crest (optional)
Blazer - Black with School Badge (all years) separate blazer badges are available
Shoes - Black, sensible style (not boots or trainers)
Socks - Plain dark colour or white
Shorts - Blue PE and black rugby
Shirt - White polo shirt with logo
Socks - White PE ankle, red and black hooped rugby socks
Shoes - White gym shoes or training shoes and football boots
Trunks - Black regulation swimming trunks, towel and swimming cap
Rugby Jersey - Red rugby jersey with reversible black band

Optional PE Items
Track Suit - A black school track suit, with school crest, can be purchased separately
Hockey Stick - Available from sports stockists or School Shop
Football Boots - Available from sports stockists


Sixth Form General Information

Click on the links below for course details in pdf format.

Classical Civilisation
Design Technology
English Language
English Language \ Literature
English Literature
Food Technology
Further Maths
Health and Social Care
Media Studies
Music Technology
Theatre Studies
Travel and Tourism
World Development

Sixth Form Prospectus

The Sixth Form Prospectus is available for download below in Adobe Acrobat format. Due to a large number of photographs the file size is rather large and may take a long time to download if you do not have a broadband Internet connection. Alternatively, email or call 0117 377 2100 and we'll be able to send you a copy in the post.

Sixth Form Prospectus pdf format download (approx 3.4mb)

Sixth Form Application Form

2007 Application Form (Acrobat pdf)

Sixth Form Handbook


Welcome to the Sixth Form at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School. We have no doubts that you have made a wise choice and will not regret it!

You have chosen to come to an institution which we believe does far more than simply filling your head with as much knowledge as possible before putting you through yet another series of tests and exams and then releasing you into an unsuspecting world. There is so much more on offer in the Sixth Form than that!

We hope to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning, to think about what it is you are doing with us and where it will lead you, to extend yourself, to explore all sorts of new knowledge and discover skills that you didn’t even know were there. Our aim is to help you to develop as a person in your own right, to enable you to take with you when you leave high moral and spiritual values which will serve both you and others well in later life, as well as some excellent academic qualifications which will open many doors.

Things will be very different from what you will have experienced at school so far. You will have far more freedom, but at the same time you will have more responsibility and much more will be expected of you in many ways. You will need to manage your time at home and in school very carefully to keep up with the workload. You will be treated more like adults and, in return, we expect you to respond like adults. Believe it or not, you will be the role models for the younger pupils in school, so the example you set is important.

Remember too that there is always someone to help you - your tutor will be the first point of contact for guidance and behind the tutors are others with more specialist advice. I have no doubt at all that you will enjoy your time in the 6th Form and those of you who approach it positively, work hard and really push yourselves will benefit tremendously from the experience.

The Sixth Form years should be exciting and challenging - I hope that you really will take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to mature, develop and then move on to the next phase of your life with confidence.

I wish you well with your efforts.

Adrian Champion
Director of Sixth Form


The Sixth Form Team  
The School Day  
Student Contract  
Study in the Sixth Form - You and your Tutor
- Choice of Course
- Changing Subject
- Dropping a subject
- Coursework
Private Study  
Study Skills  
Homework in the Sixth form  
Time Management  
Monitoring, Reporting and Assessment  
Careers Guidance  
Higher Education  
Activities Week/Visits/Work Experience  
Senior Students  
Social Committee/Sixth Form Council  
Sport/Extra-Curricular Activities  
Voluntary Work  
Common Room  
The European Driving Licence (ECDL)  
The Core Programme  
Other Information - Alcohol, etc
- Absence procedures
- Financial Assistance/Grants
- Lunch
- Mobile Phones
- School Nurse/Chaplain
- Valuables
- Worship
Appendix - Code of Conduct
  - Community Service
  - Standard Sixth Form Contract

Sixth Form Contract

Click here to see the standard contract as appears in the Sixth Form Handbook

European Computer Driving License

All students are required to attend one lesson per fortnight developing their ICT skills. This year we have moved away from the Key Skills qualification and to provide a Business and Industry standard training experience and qualification.

The European Computer Driving license (and the related International Computer Driving License) is used around the world in companies, universities and public services including the Army, the NHS, national & local government, the Learning and Skills Council, and many more.

The course provides 7 separate modules which you can do in any order, depending on the areas of skill which you particularly want to develop. We have bought interactive training materials for all lessons, which can be accessed from any network machine at any time, meaning that students who wish to progress further and faster through the course can spend more than the allocated one hour per fortnight doing so. Testing is also on-screen, automated and self-marking so that they can be done as soon as you have finished the training for a particular module and with instant feed-back. You can resit as many times as you like but at your own cost.

The ECDL modules are –
1. Basic Concepts of IT
2. Using the Computer and Managing Files
3. Word-processing
4. Spreadsheets (i.e. EXCEL)
5. Databases (i.e. ACCESS)
6. Making Presentations (i.e. POWERPOINT)
7. Information and Communications (i.e. Internet & e-mail)

The amount of time spent using the training software and progress through the modules is recorded on the course-tracking software administered by the ICT department. It is also recorded in your official ECDL Log-book, provided by the British Computer Society, which can be taken with you to any future employer or university/college to complete the qualification.

In addition to the cost of the training software, the school is paying for your ECDL log-book and for up to 7 module’s testing fees – about £70 per person if you manage this. We do not expect all students to complete 7 modules in the time allocated but everybody should manage at least two.

Key Skills


There are Six Key Skills which have been identified by Universities and Employers as the most valuable transferable skills for their recruits to have. These are –

Communication IT Application of Number
Working with others Problem Solving Improving your own performance

All Key Skills can be assessed and certified at 5 levels, level 3 being the most appropriate for Advanced level students but level 2 being appropriate for a good number.

At St Mary Redcliffe we deliver IT through the European Computer Driving License, which is a compulsory programme for all students and enables basic and advanced level modules.

We do not assess application of number but require any Advanced level student without a GCSE grade C in Maths to resit the subject.

We actively develop all students Communication skills through subject lessons and the core programme, assessing progress at three levels and recommending that students attempt to gain the Communication Key Skills certificate if their AS subjects are predominantly scientific / technical or they would benefit from the additional UCAS points. This is achieved by the collection of a portfolio of evidence and by sitting an externally set Test after the AS exams in the summer.

We actively develop the “wider” Key Skill of Improving Your Own Learning through a programme of personal tutorials and action-planning. The other wider key skills of Working With Others and Problem Solving are developed through compulsory involvement in our enrichment programme and can optionally be assessed through the ASDAN Universities Award, which generates an additional 60 UCAS points for those who pass it.

Key Skills - contribute to your achievement, motivation, progression, employability.
are an important part of many employers selection and training procedures.
are being explicitly built in to many University programmes.
now attract additional UCAS points to assist University application.

Key Skills help you to :
1. Reflect on the quality of your work and improve your learning.
2. Transfer your abilities into other contexts in life, work or further learning.
3. Become better communicators and work effectively with computers.
4. Develop team-working and decision-making skills.
5. Enhance applications to HE, further training & employment.

Downloadable Adobe Acrobat Reader resources for documenting key skills

Communication 3.1a cover sheet.pdf
Communication 3.1b cover sheet.pdf
Communication 3.2 cover sheet.pdf
Communication 3.3 cover sheet.pdf
Discussion observation grid.pdf
How to get KS portfolio.pdf
IT key skills cover sheet.pdf
KS planning sheet.pdf
Portfolio contents com only.pdf
Portfolio contents IT only.pdf
Portfolio contents.pdf
Presentation observation grid.pdf

Enrichment / Community Service Opportunities

The Go Make a Difference scheme enables us to monitor your progress in some kind of community work. We are not asking you to commit to a whole year of an activity merely a terms worth. You will have 10 hours ticked off on the passport on the following page (which could be once a week for 10 weeks or a smaller number of longer sessions).

All of you will receive a Go MAD reference at the end of your service from your supervisor, which will be signed off by your tutor.
This reference will go into your UCAS Tutor statement, making your reference from us even better.

Not only does the Go MAD scheme help your progression but also at the same time we will be giving something back to the community.

Those of you who do not achieve your passport will have to carry on and complete it in Year 13. We want everybody to be involved at some point during his or her SMRT sixth form experience.

Those of you who complete it can progress to the higher levels of commitment and responsibility which can gain you the ASDAN Universities Award, and 60 extra UCAS points.

Possible areas to gain your passport:
Nursery Helper
Primary School In-class Support
OAP home visits and Zoo Trip
Millennium Volunteers
General Hospital – Music, Art, Visits, Working with Chaplaincy
Methodist Church OAP Lunch Club
Planning and running a Christmas Party for local OAPs
Year 7 Learning Mentor
Year 8 Classroom helper
Year 8 or 10 Mentor
Day Care Centre help
Leading Youth Group
Leading Church group / Sunday school
Church-based volunteering
Local charity work
Sea Cadets

Or indeed anything else which involves working with and for others

Some of these you will be doing already, that is ok. All you need to do is take the passport with you and get it signed off by whomever is your supervisor after 10 weeks!!!! Please note that some of these areas require a commitment of more than 10 weeks – contact Ms Hatton for advice.


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