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Weekly Mailing

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  • Weekly Mailing - Friday 11 January 2019

    Published 11/01/19, by Mark Shutter

    Dear Parents and Carers
     
    Thank you for all your continued efforts to support us on our fight to ensure that current this and future generations of Cotham School students have safe and secure access to our dedicated school playing fields at Stoke Lodge.  For your reference please click here to view the proposed plan for fencing, including gates and (indicative) pitches.
     
    It is with some disappointment that I have to tell you that a body called the Commons Registration Authority has decided that a second application by Emma Burgess of the We Love Stoke Lodge group to register our school playing fields as a Town and Village Green (TVG) has been 'duly made'.  This does not mean that the land has been registered as a TVG.  Bristol City Council and Cotham  both opposed this application on the same or very similar grounds and now have the opportunity to submit objections which the applicant must respond to.  We'll be submitting objections and fully expect that Bristol City Council will also continue to object to the registration of this land and support our school.   I will keep you updated on our progress on this matter. 
     
    None of this affects our mobilisation plans to get back onto our playing fields and we'll continue to roll these out as planned.
     
    We still need your support, so if you haven't already,  please sign our petition and view,  'like' and share the accompanying film made by friends and supporters of the School.
     
    This campaign means a lot to our school and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:
     
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/justice-for-cotham-school
     
    Watch our film "Justice for Cotham School here:
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqaKY5ELNhQ&feature=youtu.be
     
    Lots of lively discussion about Stoke Lodge can be found on the 'Cotham Parent Discussion Group - all years’ Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/128780160913396/
    Topics include how to support the school ensuring safe and secure access to our playing fields. The group is open to all parents and carers with children at the school. Please note that the page is run by parents and is not an official school Facebook Page.
     
    Please also find below my usual updates on events that have taken place this week, information, letters etc.
     
    Best wishes for the weekend.
     
    Ms Jo Butler
    Headteacher

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  • Weekly Mailing - Friday 21 December 2018

    Published 21/12/18, by Mark Shutter

    Dear Parents and Carers
     
    Please find below my usual updates on events that have taken place this week, information, letters etc.
     
    I am sure you will join with me in thanking all Cotham staff for their hard work during Term 2 but I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you and your children too.  I wish all our families a restful seasonal break and a Happy New Year.
     
    Ms Jo Butler
    Headteacher

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  • Weekly Mailing - Friday 14 December 2018

    Published 14/12/18, by Mark Shutter

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Please find below my usual updates on events that have taken place this week, information, letters etc.

    Best wishes for the weekend.

    Ms Jo Butler
    Headteacher

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  • Weekly Mailing - Friday 7 December 2018

    Published 07/12/18, by Mark Shutter

    Dear Parents and Carers
     
    Please find below my usual updates on events that have taken place this week, information, letters etc.
     
    Best wishes for the weekend.
     
    Ms Jo Butler
    Headteacher

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  • Weekly Mailing - Friday 30 November 2018

    Published 30/11/18, by Mark Shutter

    Dear Parents and Carers

    I have some brilliant news regarding our school playing fields at Stoke Lodge; I am delighted to announce that students will be returning to the fields very soon! Please see our press release below

    30 November 2018 - Press Release Cotham School Playing Fields at Stoke Lodge

    The Headteacher and Governors at Cotham School are pleased to release this statement to advise Bristol City residents of the facts and up to date information regarding Stoke Lodge Playing fields.

    We are delighted to announce that students will be returning to the school playing fields at Stoke Lodge very soon. Students have not been able to use the sports fields since 2014.

    Having previously used the playing fields, in 2011 Cotham School entered into a long lease with Bristol City Council for the playing fields as part of the schools academisation requirements. This means the school is entitled to exercise control over its playing fields and their use for education and other sports activities. Our responsibilities include the maintenance of the land and ensuring that it is fit for purpose.

    As an academy, the school is solely responsible for the steps that it deems necessary to protect the health and safety of students and staff. The school will now therefore erect a perimeter fence and replace the worn out sports pavilion.

    We have worked with Bristol City Council on this and they have confirmed the following:

    ‘The sports fields DO NOT fall within the curtilage of the listed Stoke Lodge building. As a result any enclosure would benefit from normal permitted development rights.’

    And

    ‘The school does not require the council’s consent as landlord should the school wish to proceed with its proposals to erect a fence at Stoke Lodge playing fields’

    The school will now begin its planned improvements to the site. The first phase of these improvements will include the remarking of the sports pitches and the erection of the perimeter fence. We then hope to build a new pavilion; this is currently the subject of a planning appeal. The pavilion will enhance the enjoyment and participation in sports lessons and extra-curricular activities for Cotham students and also for grass roots sports clubs who will now return to the sports fields.

    The school has secured financial support in the form of a grant from the Education Skills Funding Agency to assist with the cost of the fence and new pavilion. Moving forward, we would welcome enquiries from clubs who may wish to lease these facilities in the near future

    Should any member of the public have an enquiry regarding our Playing Fields at Stoke Lodge this should be directed only to Cotham School to answer.

    Ms Jo Butler
    Headteacher

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  • Weekly Mailing - Friday 23 November 2018

    Published 23/11/18, by Mark Shutter

    Dear Parents / Carers

    Please find below my usual updates on events that have taken place this week, information, letters etc.

    Best wishes for the weekend.

    Ms Jo Butler
    Headteacher

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  • Weekly Mailing - Friday 16 November 2018

    Published 16/11/18, by Mark Shutter

    Dear Parents / Carers
     
    Please find below my usual updates on events that have taken place this week, information, letters etc.
     
    Best wishes for the weekend.
     
    Ms Jo Butler
    Headteacher

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  • Weekly Mailing - Friday 9 November 2018

    Published 09/11/18, by Mark Shutter

    Dear Parents / Carers

    Please find below my usual updates on events that have taken place this week, information, letters etc.

    Best wishes for the weekend.

    Ms Jo Butler
    Headteacher

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  • Weekly Mailing- 26 October 2018

    Published 26/10/18, by Mark Shutter

    Dear Parents / Carers

    Please find below my usual updates on events that have taken place this week, information, letters etc.

    Best wishes for the weekend and for the half term break.

    Ms Jo Butler
    Headteacher

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