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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.



Sixth Form Open Evening Presentation

If you would like to view the presentation shown at the Sixth Form open evening, please click HERE.

Year 12 September information evening

Thank you to everyone that attending our information evening. The presentation can be viewed through the link below:

Year 12 information evening

Rushcliffe does 'Question Time'


On Thursday 15th March Rushcliffe Sixth Form hosted our very own Question Time event, organised by y13 students Ben Watts and Harry Gardener. It was a great opportunity for sixth form students to engage in debate, express their political opinions and learn more about the policies of the UK’s main political parties.

The guest panel included Cllr Kay Cutts MBE (the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council), Cllr Rod Jones (Lib Dem Councillor for Musters Ward in West Bridgford, Vice – chair of the local party), Umaar Kazmi (Communications Officer for Chris Williamson and Labour Member of Parliament for Derby North) and Allan Hale (Green party press officer) and we are grateful to them all for giving their time and speaking so passionately. A contrasting range of opinions did not take long to emerge and the debate was extremely informative with all the speakers contributing fully to the questions asked by sixth form students and some excellent responses from the floor.

Many of the sixth form students are of voting age with others fast approaching this milestone and Question Time provided an extremely interesting afternoon that allowed us to mature our opinions and reflect on some of the key issues facing British society.

“The talking points were relevant to today and the issue of tuition fees particularly spiked my interest.” Charlie Bell Y13 Student

“… it was incredibly interesting and made me think more of politics.” Carla Jones Y12 Student

“I found the experience really eye opening and made me realise that our vote really matters.” Stephen Ross Y13 Student

Nihal Goindi features at Inspiring Leaders conference

On Friday 23rd November yr. 13 student Nihal Goindi had the fantastic opportunity to be part of the annual ‘Inspiring Leaders’ conference held at the East Midlands Conference Centre.

After participating in Rushcliffe sixth form’s first ever ‘Creative Confidence & Design Thinking’ course delivered by Sarah King, MD of ‘We Are Unstuck’, Sarah asked Nihal to deliver a short talk about his story, educational experience and how essential creativity is in education to a workshop of 30 of school leaders at the conference. Nihal was eager to rise to the challenge as public and motivational speaking is a career path he would love to pursue.

After the workshop, a number of the teachers and school leaders present commented on Nihal’s confidence, how insightful his presentation was and that it should have featured as a keynote speech! We are extremely proud of Nihal, who is not only making great progress in his A-level studies, but also developing skills for ‘life beyond Rushcliffe’ and the world of work. All the sixth form students involved in the Creative Confidence and Design Thinking programme have benefitted tremendously form Sarah King’s expertise and the sixth form would like to thank Sarah for her time and commitment to working with our students.


Inspiring leaders Conf

Year 12 Student Shortlisted For National Education Award

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Haider Aslam, one of our prominent students in Year 12, has been shortlisted for one of the British Education Awards. This is the first year that the awards have gone ahead, and it is a huge achievement for Haider to get this far. His fantastic GCSE results, his dedication to charity work and his national sporting commitments make him an ideal candidate to win the award. He has consistently set high expectations for himself and continues to strive to achieve.

Watch the interview here: https://nottstv.com/programme/notts-tv-news-nottinghamshire-sixth-form-student-nominated-top-national-education-award-30-01-17/.

Haider Aslam

If you wish to find out any more information about the BEA, have a look at the following website: http://britisheducationawards.co.uk/about/bea/.

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