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Weekly Mailing - Friday 1 December 2017  

Dear Parents / Carers

Please find below this week’s important information for Parents/Carers and Students as well as updates on School events, activities and opportunities for your reference.  

With best wishes for the weekend

Ms Jo Butler

Next week (Week commencing Monday 4 December) is a Week A




2017 Authentic Biology Symposium

On Tuesday 21 November, twelve students from Cotham School made their way to Euston Road, London to present their research at the 2017 Authentic Biology Symposium.  Over the past year our students have been working with the University of Bristol’s  Biochemistry Department researching the expression of genes which are associated with Heart Disease.  Click here for more.


Important Information for Parents/Carers


Stoke Lodge Playing Fields Update

A Judicial Review was held last Wednesday and Thursday into the council's Public Rights Of Way and Greens Committee decision to ignore an independent inspector's findings that our playing fields should not be given Town and Village Green Status.  The Judge undertaking the review has indicated that he will not make his ruling before February 2018.  We will keep you updated as to the outcome as soon as we have it.

Somali Parents Coffee Morning - Monday 4 December 2017 at 9.30am

We look forward to welcoming our Somali Parents to a coffee morning on Monday 4 December 2017.  Our EAL Co-Ordinator will talk about the excellent group she is leading, in raising the achievement of Somali students through a number of initiatives including targeted mentoring, homework club and a reward system for all students involved in the project.  We will have an interpreter on hand too.  Please arrive at the main reception by 9.30am.

Essential Staff Training - Early School closure on Friday 8 December 2017

School will close for students at 2.05pm on Friday 8 December 2017.  This is to allow staff to undertake essential training.

Parent Governor Election

The Parent Governor Election is now in process.  You will have received either an electronic or hard copy voting slip.  Please register your vote before Monday 11 December 2017.

Candidates are:- Nye Harries and Lucy Hunt and their profiles are here.

Last Day of Term on Friday 15 December

This will be a non-school uniform day for students, who should bring their £1 to school in the morning to be collected for charity.

There will be a whole-school House assembly for Years 7 to 11 where House Trophies will be presented.

Students will then be dismissed from school at 12.30pm.

Uniform Supplier info

Please note that Harris’s will not be available in school for uniform sales on Thursday 7 or Thursday 15 December.  

Preowned uniform

Sales will take place on the first Friday of every term from 2.30 - 4.00pm, in the meeting room in Main Reception.  All items are £1 and all proceeds will go to the school.  We welcome any donations of uniform,  particularly larger sizes.  Donations can be dropped into Reception at any time.


Key Stage 3 News


Year 10

Thank you to all the those Parents/Carers who attended appointments with subject teachers on Thursday 30 November. Many thanks to everyone who also took a moment to complete our Parent/Carer questionnaire.  This is a valuable opportunity for you to provide feedback to the school.  It is still possible for you to complete the questionnaire online by clicking here.  


Subject Area News



Artwork of the Week

Artwork of the week this week  goes to Isla Brand 8ABI with her incredibly detailed skull drawing as part of the Year 8 Day of the Dead project. Click here to view.

Printmaking workshop

Last Friday the Year 12 Art students were treated to a workshop with Bristol based printmaker, Simon Tozer. Simon talked about his work and also taught the students the basic screen printing techniques which they then used to produce their own prints. Thanks again to Simon for the fantastic workshop!. Click here to view the student’s work.



Please click here to view all of our recent results and the upcoming fixtures for the week ahead.  

Please click here for information about the Extra-Curricular Activities available to students in Term 2.

Follow @CothamPE on Twitter for all the latest news and updates from the Cotham School PE department

Keep us posted..

It would be great if parents/carers could let the school/PE department know of any students achievements outside of school please. It is sometimes only at subject evenings that we find out what students are doing in their own time. Email us:



Winter Dance Evening 2017 - Thursday 7 December 7pm.

Tickets are selling fast (via wisepay) for this year's Winter Dance Evening!  Book your tickets now so you don't miss the opportunity to come along and see GCSE Dances and extra-curricular performances from students across the school. Click here to view the poster.




Bake off

HUGE thanks to Mrs Arnold, Head of Sigma House for taking the lead on the Inter House Bake Off Challenge. It was a huge success and the students loved it.  Click here to view the video.

Santa Dash Friday 8 December

This is a fun house event for students and staff.  Please wear full Santa suits! Prizes and House points will be awarded.  Click here for more info.

SIGMA Fundraising events.

Sigma held their Charity Cake sale today. We raised an amazing £303.15 for our charity The Rainbow Centre for Children.  Thank you to all the students and staff who supported us and bought the festive cupcakes and brownies. Special thanks to PC Hatter, Mrs Willcocks, Mr Ellis and Daniella Raymond who kindly made and  donated cakes and to Ishba Mahmood, Mathilda Edmunds, Jasmin Heyer and Kastota Thomas who baked over 300 cakes yesterday for the sale.  

We would like to thank Summit Services who sponsored the ingredients and to Bristol Ladies Rugby who made cakes for Sigma House.  Well done to the brilliant team of Prefects and tutor reps for organising and supervising the fantastic event.

Upcoming events

Sigma will soon be selling Christmas Hats priced at £1 each.  There will be a Sigma raffle with tickets on sale at 20p.  All proceeds will again go to their charity The Rainbow Centre for Children.  There will be a Sigma raffle, tickets are 20p.  Prefects will come round to tutor groups next week.


Community News


Bristol City Council “Your Neighbourhoods” consultation

The Cabinet will be meeting to consider proposals following the consultation on Monday 4 December.  Papers for the meeting will be available on the council website here from this evening.

People needed to become specially trained foster carers

Bristol City Council is looking for candidates to join the TFCO (Treatment Foster Care Oregon) team as full time foster carers.  This is a paid role.  TFCO is an intensive foster care programme which works with children aged 7 - 11, over a 9 - 12 month period. The children which the Council works with have challenging behaviours, which means the team approach is really important to us. The Council supports carers working with these children in every aspect of the child’s life.  In the team there is an education worker, skills coaches, a social worker, a birth family worker, respite carers and a team leader.  But foster carers are needed to make the team complete!

Could this be you? Many teams nationally include those from the education sector. They have experience helping children manage difficult feelings, and can work to a structure but be adaptable when needed.  If you have experience of working with challenging behaviour, the Council would like to hear from you.  Full training is provided along with ongoing support from the team around the child. Please email the Council at: for an information pack or feel free to ask any questions.

Recruiting Governors from the business community

In December, Bristol Learning City will be launching a campaign to encourage members of the business community to apply for school governor and trustee roles. There are many vacancies across Bristol.

Schools will benefit from skills that employees can bring to boards of governors and trustees – skills ranging from project management to legal and HR experience.

Likewise, businesses will benefit from the skills and learning that board members can bring back to the workplace.  Businesses will also demonstrate good Corporate Social Responsibility by encouraging employees to be involved.

A new process, which is in place through Inspiring Governance, matches potential governors to Bristol schools. The Governor Development Service has been in touch with schools about this – please register so that your school can benefit.  Bristol Learning City have produced an introduction to governorship for businesses, explaining the easy application process and what to expect:

Bristol Learning City are working in partnership with Business West and Skills West to deliver this campaign.  They are well placed to bring the governance message to companies.

Launch of distrACT App

Click here to read about the Bristol Health Partners laund of the new distrACT app which provides easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm.

Bristol Young Heroes Awards 2018 - Nominations Open!

Bristol Young Heroes Awards is an award ceremony that recognises the valuable contribution that Bristol’s young people make to the City.  Click here to read more and how to nominate.

Useful quick links

Key Dates

Please click here to view the Key Dates by year group for the 2017-18 academic year.  You will be notified of any significant changes/additions, but please can we ask that you check the dates for your year group regularly as they are subject to change.

Parents’ Evening Booking System (PES)

Please click here to access the online appointment booking system for Parents Evenings/Family Consultation Day.  Please note this is only available if an event is due. We will email you to let you know when booking opens. If you encounter any difficulties with booking your appointments please contact the Leadership PAs by email to or tel: 01179198053

Assessment Calendars for KS3

  • Click here to see Year 7
  • Click here to see Year 8
  • Click here to see Year 9


WisePay is the Online Payment Service at Cotham School which allows you to pay for trips and visits as well as to add credit to your child’s Cashless Catering account.  Click here to access your account now.   If you have any queries about your account please contact the support team by email to

School Uniform

Please click here to view the compulsory uniform requirements of Cotham School, along with visual examples of uniform and details of our uniform suppliers.

Cotham School Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - Weebly

Click here to access the Cotham School VLE.  On this VLE you will find links to the sites for each department at Cotham School. These contain useful information and documents for the subject area

Free School Meals to check if your child is eligible for Free School Meals or to apply.


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