News from Summer 2016
Inspiring Lead Verifiers meet Awarding Bodies to choose Courses for Future Vocational Wealth Creators
At the recent Vocational Lead Verifiers meeting, guest speakers were invited from Pearson’s and OCR. Representing Pearson’s were Pam Baker, Curriculum Development Manager and two of her colleagues Carol Barnes, Curriculum Support Consultant and Joyce Marriott, Field Sales, along with Clare Hickey, Regional Account Manager: East represented OCR. David Jones, Regional Representative for WJEC / Eduqas came into school a couple of weeks previously to explain about the new Level 3 Medical Science qualification which the school will be introducing in September 2017 into the sixth form curriculum which is an exciting development particular for students who often choose BTEC Level 3 in Biology to go alongside other vocational courses such as BTEC CPLD and Sport courses in the sixth form.
The focus of attention was investigating which qualifications should be in the school’s portfolio of vocational qualifications for years 10 to 13 including appropriate qualifications for the full range of abilities to enable students to pursue their careers in their chosen vocational field. Lead Verifiers choose the course rather than the Awarding Body so that in one department Lead Verifiers such as Mrs Hartley offer OCR Cambridge Nationals and Technicals in Health and Social Care as well as a BTEC CPLD Course because they are the ‘best fit courses’ for student’s future career prospects. Also Lead Verifiers for Food and Work skills were interested in future changes as students have done well on these courses which embed life skills and preparation for the work environment alongside the intrinsic development of literacy and numeracy within a realistic context.
One key question focussed on the introduction of external assessments into vocational qualifications and the format of those examinations which vary from being based on pre-released case studies to those taken in an examination room. Lead verifiers asked questions about the availability or resources to ensure that students will be fully prepared for the examinations.
Another key questions was about for the Vocational Technical Awards, which differ from the Vocational Applied General Awards, in that with the Technical Awards request that there are strong links with industrial contacts and the most important and robust links will be through former students who have done well in their chosen field such as in Biological Science, Business, Child Care and Development; Fashion and Clothing, ICT and the Sport.
The introduction of the new vocational qualifications will have its challenges and at the Lead Verifiers at Redborne are being very proactive and attending external training events as well as this is the second time that outside speakers have been in school so that Lead Verifiers can compare and contrast the qualifications from a variety of awarding bodies to choose what is best for their students and which will prepare them for a career in that vocational field.
Sheila Wilson: Quality Nominee and Vocational Coordinator.
Summer Concert 2016
With such a hectic schedule for the Music department this term, the Ampthill Proms and the trip to Austria, the summer concert and the Jazz Cafe were combined into a musical extravaganza this year. What an evening! It was filled to the brim with truly outstanding music from all aspects of the musical spectrum that Redborne has to offer. There were sections from the brass, strings, full orchestra, the choir and the Jazz Band. The crowd were fully entertained and it was the perfect way to celebrate all the hard work of the students and staff at the end of a long year. Well done to all and best wishes for the upcoming tour to Austria. For pictures of the evening, please click here.
House Festival 2016
There was a new event on the calendar this year for the students at Redborne. A House Festival which included a variety of events from American football to samba, from maggot racing to chess and from tough mudder to mindfulness occured over a two hour period. Students chose to take part in two events with participation points going towards their house totals. It was a lively afternoon, helped by some favourable weather, which owes a great deal to the organisation of Mr A Jones and his team. For pictures of the afternoon, please click here. Students can see more by visiting lesson store.
It is time for another photographic competition and the theme this year is Geo-Selfies. For more information, please click here.
Gifted and Talented PE Visitor
Elliot Fleet (Y9) Finished 3rd in the Powerboat GT15 British Championships May 2016.
Joe Turney (y10) Seeded 5th in the UK, Rotax Minimax class Karting and is taking part in a European invitational competition.
Thomas Bryant (Y10) Has been selected for the British Youth Sailing Team.
Izzy Goode (y11) is ranked British U19 Wakeboarding Champion and will be taking part in this year's European Championships.
Benjamin Davies (Y12) finished 3rd in English National Cross Country Championships at Castle Donington and currently ranked 19th in the UK U20's 1500m category, competing against many much older athletes.
Ryan Owens (former student) Has been selected for Team GB's Men's track cycling squad for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Ben Chilwell (former student) Award Leicester City 2015/2016 U21 club player of the year and was a part of the Leicester City team to lift the Premier League trophy.
Redborne Jazz Band Sway the Proms
For the fifth year in a row, Redborne Jazz played the Ampthill Proms and showed what a polished act they are. From their first note, the crowd moved forward and swayed to the sounds of the popular tracks that they played with the Redborne twist. The crowd were entertained with some classic soul and jazz and even shouted for an encore, a first for the Proms. A massive well done to all the staff and student involved in putting on a wonderful show. Remember, they play again on Thursday as part of the summer concert, so get your tickets from the school shop for an enjoyable evening of talented Redborne musicians.
'Save the Dates' - important drama productions
Redborne Retain Trophy
Redborne managed to retain the High Handicap County Golf Championships in some challenging conditions. The lads overcame a 90 minute rain delay before putting together three solid rounds of golf. Hayden Black also finished third in the individual event. Well done to Alex Barke, Lewis Vereecque and Hayden Black for their patience and excellent golf play.
Izzy Makes Waves
Izzy Goode has been announced as a 'Backing the Best' athlete from Sport England. She is the only athlete from Bedfordshire and has been used in their poster campaign and media launch with an interview on Sky Sports. Izzy is a member of the GB wakeboarding squad and is aiming to be selected for the Great Britain team to compete in the European Championships later on in the year. Well done Izzy.
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GCE Applied Business Master Class on Managing and Developing Self by a Deloitte
Once again, Redborne plays host to the Fibre East event. It is on 30th and 31st July and more details can be found here.
Leicester City raised the Premier League trophy on Saturday and it was a very proud moment for Redborne and one of its former students. Ben Chilwell (circled in the picture) has continued to achieve success in his chosen career, playing for his country at various levels and now lifting the title as a part of the amazing story that has been Leicester City this year. We congratulate him on his achievements and look forward to seeing him playing in Europe next season in the Champions League.
Year 11 Celebration Evening 2016
Last night saw the celebration of all Redborne Students receiving the top grades in English and maths. It was a chance for the students, their parents and teachers to celebrate their excellent achievements. For pictures of the evening, please click here.
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh
Over the 16th, 17th and 30th of April and the 1st of May Redborne Upper School had 67 students over two groups successfully completed the Bronze DofE training camps. DofE students faced challenging weather conditions on the first weekend culminating in a brief snowball fight. Although the second weekend held much nicer weather during the day, conditions in the evening proved a bit chilly. Despite this all of the students were mentally and physically stretched, tears were shed, new bonds of friendship forged and memories created. No doubt these experiences will prove vital to their successful completion of the upcoming assessed DofE Expeditions in June. June 20th - 21st will be the assessed expedition of Camp A DofE students while Camp B will complete their assessed walks on the 22nd and 23rd of June. A special thanks to all of the volunteer staff members whom gave their time to help and train the next generation of future leaders and the staff that briefly stopped in to support and encourage the students.
Bedfordshire Golf Championships 2016
On Wednesday 27th May, Redborne sent its largest number of entrants to the Golf Championships held at the Millbrook Golf Course. On an excellent course with true greens and some sunshine on their backs, every member of the field had some ups and downs around the course. Redborne Team 1 managed to secure the runner up spot with George Skinner finishing second in the individual event to a very strong round of a student from Sharnbrook. Once again, Redborne students were a credit to themselves and their school.
Teachers for Tomorrow
On Wednesday 20th April, a group of successful 6th formers attended a lunch to celebrate completing the Teachers for Tomorrow programme. Year 12 and 13 students have spent the last 9 months working with teachers and classes in a range of subjects from dance to physics, supporting, and even leading learning in the classroom. Mr Gray presented the students with their certificates and gave an inspirational speech about the rewards of being a teacher. We look forward to seeing them running their own classrooms in the future!
Young Bond author, Steve Cole, visited Redborne on Tuesday 19th of April to talk about his spy novels. Over seventy year 9 students were involved in this exciting experience where he shared his ideas and the process behind writing a novel.
The school has received a copy of the 'Poetry Trials' South Eastern Anthology, which features poetry submitted to a national Young Writers competition by several of our Year 9 students. This is a fantastic achievement, and the English Department is very proud of our long list of contributors in this anthology. A second set of entries for a new competition 'Spine Chillers' was sent off before Easter, and we look forward to similar success for our students. The anthology will be in the South School Library from 20th April, and we encourage aspiring writers to have a look and consider entering the next competition as well. For more information, please see Miss Borritt or Mrs Graves in the English Office.
Former Student makes Inspirational Visit
Former student, GB cyclist and future Olympian Ryan Owens visited Redborne on the last day of term to give an inspirational presentation to the year 12 and 13 PE students. He provided an in depth practical case study of his life as an elite sportsman and tailored this around subject specific contemporary issues they have learnt about in their studies. British cycling is training and developing Ryan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and we are extremely grateful to him for giving up his time for Redborne students to benefit from his experience. We wish him the best of luck for the future.
Year 9 Visitor
Year 9 had the privilege of meeting Zigi Shipper on Wednesday 16th March as he returned to Redborne for his 4th visit to tell students about his experience of surviving the Holocaust. Zigi left students with his perennial message of 'don't hate' and was gracious enough to pose for hundreds of 'selfies' at the end of the session. We look forward to seeing him again next year.
Duke of Edinburgh
Year 9 student, George Tobin enjoys a fantastic opportunity as a part of his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. George got to go to see how watches are made. For more information, please click here.
Spanish Immersion Trip 2016
The Spanish Immersion Trip was a huge success. Many thanks to all the students that attended and thanks to Mrs Shaw, Mrs Crespi and Mr Knightley. Students in years 9, 10 and 12 stayed with Spanish families for a week and enjoyed a range of cultural activities including days trips to Ronda and Marbella. For photos of the trip, please click here.
Spring Community Concert
The latest community concert was another huge success and showcased the talent of Redborne music students playing alongside other local musicians. Everyone should be congratulated for their hard work and highly polished performances. For photos of the evening, please click here.
Hospitality Students Serve up a Treat
Year 11 hospitality students had to prepare and serve a three course meal to twenty WI ladies as part of their course. They have spent weeks researching and planning the event to come up with the menu.
The day was excellent; the students were faultless, working as a team and delivering a very smooth event for the guests. The whole meal was made from scratch including pasta, sauces, decorations - you name it! It is rather impressive considering there were over fifteen different dishes to prepare in a few hours and present to such a high standard.
Ben Receives Bronze Medal at National Cross Country Championships
Redborne student, Ben Davies ran in the National Cross-country Championships at Castle Donnington over the weekend and managed to come away with both individual and team bronze medals in his age group. He was very pleased with his performance, having had to pull out of the regional event. He enjoyed a very close race and used his track training to overtake a number of athletes in the final few hundred metres. We congratulate him and look forward to hearing of more success in the future.
Move over Sir Chris Hoy!
Redborne Students' Charity Challenge
Year 9 student Kelci Vickors has taken the £5 challenge to raise money for the Rotary Club's campaign to end Polio. She baked cakes and cookies and sold them during a single form time, managing to raise £35 pounds profit. She was helped by other members of her form, including Ella Gray and Maisie Broome. This is Kelci's second successful charity fundraiser this year, as she and Jade Vickers also raised £25 for Macmillan in September. Congratulations, Kelci.
Christmas Jumper Appeal
Staff and students have just received a certificate and a letter thanking them for their support of the Text Santa Christmas jumper appeal. Redborne raised over £300 by wearing festive jumpers. Thanks should go to all that supported the appeal.
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Battle of the Bands
Once again the cream of Redborne Rock put on a fantastic show. It was the first time in the Connoly Hall and the show was as polished and professional as ever. For pictures of the event, please click here.
Dr Sutton makes the News again
Dr Sutton is once again in the news. He is currently writing a book about Ifield Mill, Crawley. For more information, please click here.
News and Information for February
We have started to send out a monthly information sheet for upcoming events by email. Please click here for the information. Please note there is a change to the non-uniform day from Thursday 4th February to Friday 5th February.
Fashion and Textiles
Following a trip the the National Academy to see the 'Wanderlust' exhibition by Joseph Cornell, Jack Lynch has produced some exceptional work. Mrs Blackwell, Head of Art, has commented that it is some of the best work that she has seen for a boy his age. Well done Jack and we look forward to seeing more from you in the future.
Promote industry and opportunities to tomorrow’s workforce and
Inform young people of the skills and qualities valued in recruitment and the development of staff.
Former Student Shines at Spurs
Former student, Ben Chilwell, played for Leicester City at Spurs in the FA cup on Sunday and impressed with his performance. Ben is doing incredibly well and we wish him continued success. For more news on Ben, please click here.
On Thursday 10th December, five students between Years 10-13 competed in the regional selection round for a national poetry recital competition, 'Poetry By Heart.' Students recited one pre-1914 and one post-1914 poem to a collection of staff, parents and peers and were judged using competition standards by Mr Gray, Mrs Cook and Mr Knightley. Congratulations to Eleanor Burridge, Y13, who goes on to represent Redborne at the regional finals at the Quarry Theatre, Bedford on 28th January.
Visits Abroad with Redborne School
Visits Abroad with Redborne School and the Recent Terror Attacks in Europe
In the coming months a number of visits abroad are due to go ahead that involve students and staff from Redborne. We are mindful of the concerns that this may raise with parents and we would like to reassure you that staff at Redborne are reviewing the situation regularly, taking advice on travel abroad from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office as well as the tour operators who have organised the visits. Currently all of the visits abroad that are planned will go ahead as scheduled.