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Rushcliffe Sixth Form Win Community Champions Award

Rushcliffe School Sixth Form were proud to be named “Community Champions” at the Nottinghamshire Live Education Awards. Taking place on Wednesday 11th December at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham, Mrs Frost & Mrs Desai were accompanied to the ceremony by two of our current Y12 YOPEY Befrienders. The award recognises and celebrates all of the students’ volunteering work in partnership with the YOPEY befriender programme. The YOPEY scheme trains students to befriend residents of a local care home who are living with dementia and, through weekly visits, to forge friendships, having a huge impact on the lives of all involved.

Tony Gearing MBE Founder & Chief Executive of YOPEY commented: “Well deserved, Rushcliffe 6th form! Our longest-running YOPEY Dementia Befriender scheme. 200 young people have eased loneliness & anxiety for about 500 care home residents over 6 years”.

Register and Be a Lifesaver Education Programme (R&BE)

In November the sixth form team and students were delighted to welcome Keith and Kay Sudbury and the team from ASSET (Adrian Sudbury Schools’ Education Trust) back for the 9th year running.

The Register and Be a Lifesaver Education Programme (R&BE) aims to teach 16 to 18 year olds how they can save lives by becoming blood, organ and bone marrow donors.

Following the presentation 58 Year 12 students successfully joined the Stem Cell register by completing the simple process of taking a swab from inside of the mouth with  the full process taking no more than 20 minutes. 

Following the session Keith commented “What a response. 58 of your Year 12 Students came along to join the Stem Cell register. As only 1% of the general population is on the register, this is a tremendous response. Please pass on our sincere thanks.”

We are already looking forward to welcoming the ASSET Team back in 2020.

Register and Be a Life Saver

MMI Evening: Preparing for Medical School Interviews

On Tuesday 12th November Rushcliffe sixth form hosted an MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) evening to prepare our Year 13 students for the selection process they will face in applying to study Medicine or Veterinary science. MMIs are often considered to be the 'final hurdle' in achieving offers for medical school.

Local healthcare professionals including GPs, a Pharmacist, Paediatric Consultants and a Physiotherapist, very kindly gave up their evening to help us in providing this invaluable experience to our students.  

Ten stations were set up and the students spent a demanding 2 hours making their way around the timed circuit, taking on the various tasks. Subjects covered included: topical issues, decision making under pressure, ethical issues, situational judgement & prioritisation and safeguarding & patient confidentiality. 

At the end of the evening each student was given personal written feedback on their performance at each station followed by a 15 minute “open feedback” conversation between the students and professionals. Students who attended the evening were extremely positive after the event:

It gave me a chance to get rid of any nerves I had of not being used to the style of the interviews. It also gave me a flavour of how I come across when under pressure so I can work on what didn’t go quite so well.”  Raeesa Shah y13

“I found the MMI evening invaluably useful. Getting a feel for what the real MMIs will be like was a great experience. It gave me confidence that I will be able to perform well and also areas to focus on before I have a real interview. The staff were knowledgeable in the content of their stations and gave encouraging and helpful written and verbal feedback. I did in fact really enjoy taking part as I found the situations and problems fascinating and I was able to prove to myself that I am definitely applying to the right course for me.

Thank you very much for the experience and I hope it will help me succeed in getting a place to study Veterinary Medicine.” Abigail Snow

The students certainly rose to the challenge and should be proud of how they performed with the ‘interviewers’ commenting on their knowledge, confidence and communication skills – especially under pressure. We would like to thank all the professionals who gave up their time to support our students and, of course, we wish all of our aspiring Medics Good Luck with their upcoming interviews.

Sixth Form Open Evening Presentation

If you would like to view the presentation shown at the Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 10 October 2019, please click HERE.

Year 12 Information Evening for Parents 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended our information evening on Thursday 12 September. The booklet can be viewed through the link below:

Year 12 Information Evening Booklet

A Level Product Design

Subject ambassadors: Katie Page and Chloe Donkin y13

As subject ambassadors, our teacher Ms Fothergill had challenged us to draw on topics that look at inclusive design and to consider social, moral and ethical issues to solve a problem or respond to specific user needs. We thought that it would be a good idea to develop a product that could be used to improve day to day life for some of the elderly residents at Epperstone Court and so we decided to create ‘memory boards’ to help people with dementia or memory loss. Once we had finalised the ideas and created our own prototypes we set about recruiting a small group of year 8 students to help us manufacture them in a batch. In order to create the boards efficiently we ran a lunch time club allowing the year 8 students to come and help out. We made 12 memory boards and once we had finished making them a trip to Epperstone Court was organised. The home was delighted with the boards and have asked for more. They also requested a craft session where the residents could make their own so we are working hard to modify the designs and materials to make this happen.