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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/.

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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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Anthony Nolan – Register & Be A Lifesaver Education Programme

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For the second year running representatives from Anthony Nolan held a special assembly  for year 12 students to present the Register & Be A Lifesaver Education Programme. Following on from this the Anthony Nolan Team then visited the sixth form on Friday 11th November to hold a recruitment event, aiming to encourage the students to join the Stem Cell Register. The event proved to be extremely popular, building on the success of last year. When asked why he had joined the register, Cameron Hefter, (age 17) explained “I have joined the register because if I was in that position I would like someone to do this for me.” 

Keith Sudbury of Anthony Nolan sent the following message to the school following the recruitment event:  “Thank you for letting us hold the recruitment event today. As a result there are 59 more potential lifesavers on the stem cell register! This is an outstanding response from your students. Less than 2% of the general population is on the stem cell register which indicates just how well Rushcliffe students have done. Please pass on my sincere thanks to students and staff for their support.

We are already planning the visit for the next academic year and look forward to working with Anthony Nolan for many years to come.

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YOPEY befrienders’

nec yopeyOn October 12th 2016, three year 13 students from Rushcliffe were asked to speak at the NEC in Birmingham as part of the Care and Dementia show. Payam Soleimani-Nouri, as student leader for the YOPEY befrienders’ team from Rushcliffe sixth form, spoke along with Alliah Qadeer and Humaira Ali about the befriending programme which aims to integrate communities. Rushcliffe has enjoyed a productive partnership with YOPEY for over two years.

Many students have not only made a positive difference but benefitted from befriending elderly residents at a local care home who live with dementia. Payam talked powerfully about his own journey in becoming a befriender and the value he clearly places on the experience. The students also spoke to care home owners who are potentially interested in signing up to the programme and accepting local teenagers to volunteer. Well done to all our students involved in this amazing initiative.

RSC Doctor Faustus - Review

dr faustusThe students and teachers of the Rushcliffe Sixth Form A2 English Literature department recently visited Stratford-upon-Avon to see the RSC's recent interpretation of Christopher Marlowe's seventeenth century classic 'Doctor Faustus', in which the protagonist Faustus learns the repercussions of selling his soul to the devil. This was an important visit as the value of the alternative interpretations that different productions of plays can offer is emphasised at A Level, holding a key role in the A2 exam. The RSC's contemporary insight into the play was enjoyed thoroughly as its incomparable originality made it an intriguing, clever and intense viewing experience. Director Maria Aberg's choice to omit the comedic relief of the play's parallel subplot perpetuated the play's already established dark tone whilst the cabaret-esque eroticism served to highlight the bewitchment of the hell, resulting in an overall even more sinister feeling. In addition, her ingenious decision to leave which actor would play Faustus or the devil Mephistopheles to chance, on stage, through the burning of matches, emphasised the duality of the story's most essential characters and their appearance of two sides of the same coin, whilst equally accentuating their connection and companionship, that which was sealed with a kiss in the compelling denouement. Furthermore, the incorporation of musical numbers were an intriguing addition to the play as their use was arguably not entirely befitting of the overarching mood, though they appeared few and far between and fittingly highlighted the mesmerising enchantment of the play's manipulative devils. Whilst left slightly irritated by the pedantic theatre staff, we were nonetheless greatly engaged by the matinee and managed the gauge unusual and original ideas and debates for use in our upcoming exam. A thank you to Miss Allen and other staff for arranging an academically insightful, thought provoking and overall highly entertaining school trip.

Wave Machine

On Tuesday December 1st our visiting undergraduate student from Nottingham University, Mr Aaron Barnes, created a wave machine with a group of year 12 physics pupils. The wave machine is a fun and interesting way to explain some of the more tricky parts of A Level Physics and the pupils really enjoyed the experience.
This week we also received the brilliant news that Rushcliffe School Physics Department is the top physics department in the country for adding value at GSCE. We are very proud of all our pupils

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Cambridge University

Residential Taster Days for Year 12

During the Easter holidays 5 students visited Peterhouse College in Cambridge for a residential experience with the view to study at the University of Cambridge.


On arrival and once settled into accommodation, students attended a presentation on the process of applying to Oxbridge.

This was followed by a tour of Peterhouse, the oldest college in Cambridge, in glorious weather which showcased the 'Deer Park' (no deer unfortunately), with its fantastic array of spring flowers.

The students were then split into two groups. One went to the Fitzwilliam Museum to look at artwork and to deconstruct meaning behind symbolism. The other group went to the Scott Polar Museum where they were tasked with compiling a list of essential items for an expedition based on the many artefacts on display in the museum.

Students then attended lectures in the subjects they were interested in followed by 'supervisions', which are small group sessions with a senior lecturer where they discussed their topics in detail.

After some free time in Cambridge and dinner in the dining hall students and teachers supervising them had the opportunity to go punting on the River Cam where the Chauffeurs pointed out the various colleges which backed on the river and some interesting facts about each of them.


On return to Peterhouse students went to the Junior Common Room where students were given a choice of activities for the evening.

The next day after breakfast students went to the Students' Union where the Debating Society organised some interesting debates. This was followed by free time in the town and visits to other colleges

In the final sessions of the day, students were given advice about how to make a competitive application for Cambridge University followed by exploring the subject they hoped to study with undergrads in small groups.

Peterhouse and the other colleges in Cambridge are amazing places and to study there is a true privilege

Quotes from students

Joel Fraser 'It was a great opportunity to hear and experience a little more of what it would be like to do a degree at Oxbridge. I found the tutorial sessions particularly helpful as the chance to engage with a PhD student about their subject was fascinating!'

Katie Marsden 'I had a really good time on the trip and I learned a lot about the town and the University. Seeing all the things you could do there has made me start revising a lot harder for my AS exams!'