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Cotham School

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Weekly Mailing - Friday 12 October 2018

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




StreetEnvy Dance Academy

Alex Craig in tutor group 7RA performed in his dance academy’s autumn show on Sunday 7 October. Alex performed with both his streetdance crew and breakdance crew to an audience of around 200 people. This was Alex’s 9th consecutive show with StreetEnvy dance academy.  Alex is in his element when he’s dancing! He did his first show at the age of 6 and has grown in ability and confidence with every performance. Well done Alex!


Important Information for Parents/Carers


Safeguarding your children: Changes of parents/carers address, phone numbers or email address

Please let the school know as soon as possible if you have a change of address, or if your contact telephone numbers or email addresses change.

You can:
Email the school using, or Contact your Learning Coordinator for your student’s year group, or Write us a message with all the details for your child to bring in, or Send us an email using the Enquiry Form on the Contact Us page of our school website (

If possible, please could you ensure that the school holds at least two emergency contacts and telephone numbers.  We rely on these numbers to contact you in an emergency.

Many thanks

Data Team

GWR Student Rail Ticketing Scheme

We are very pleased to announce that the Severnside Community Rail Partnership have confirmed that they continuing the Student Rail Ticketing Scheme. This partnership offers our students and families a huge saving on rail travel to and from the school on the Severnside Community Rail. An annual ticket costs £40.00 or families can buy their ticket in instalments. All the details are contained in the letter and application form here.


Please be advised that we have two receptions at Cotham; one being a Visitor Reception on Cotham Lawn Road and the other being a Student Reception on Cotham Road.

We would like to remind parents and carers that the Student Reception is for both students and parents / carers and the Visitor reception is for visitors who have appointments to visit the school. If you need to come to Cotham school then please make sure that you visit the Student Reception.

School Uniform Shop

Harris’s will be in School at the Main Reception (Cotham Lawn Road) on the following dates: 

Thursday 25 October from 2.30pm - 4.00pm 
Thursday 8 November from 2.30pm – 4.00pm

School uniforms can also be ordered by ringing Harris’s on the following contact number 01275 874351. If you do decide to place an order over the phone then orders will be delivered to school for collection. Alternatively, you can visit Famous Brands on 186-190 Henleaze Road, BS9 4NE.

Lost Property Clear out

We have a large number of coats in Lost Property and now that the weather is on the turn it would be great to return as many as possible to their owners!  We will have a rail of coats on display in Student Reception on Friday 19 October from 8.30am - 1.30pm. Any coats that remain unclaimed after this will be donated to a local Charity.

Design the school Christmas card competition 2018

This competition is open to all year groups to design the school Christmas card. This is a House Competition with the winner receiving a £20 Amazon voucher and £10 for the runner up. The winning design will be used for the school Christmas card. House points will also be awarded for runners up. Hand in your entries to the Visual Arts Office by the deadline of Friday 9 November 2018. For more information click here

Advance Notice of Early School Closures - 2018/2019

Please be advised that the school will close early and students dismissed at 12:00 on the following dates:
Thursday 20 December 2018 (Last day of Term 2)
Tuesday 23 July 2019 (Last day of Term 6)

A Halloween message from the catering team

We are doing a Halloween Theme day on Thursday 25 October. On the menu for the day will include:
Pumpkin soup with Spider Legs Croutons, Witches Brew Pasta, Devils dogs with Bat juice, Freaky Fries, Bloody Beans, RIP Cupcakes and Hocus Pocus Chicken Sandwich or Baguette!

Word of the week

Each week at Cotham we promote a Word of the Week. This is to help students expand the range of vocabulary they use. Please find the word for the week ahead by clicking here.


Key Stage 3 News


Year 7

Calling Year 7 dancers

We have been very impressed with the quality of dancers in Year 7 so far this year and would like to invite students to partake in the Year 7 Dance Company which is open to all.  This runs on Wednesday lunchtime at 1.20pm and finishes at 2pm. We will be working towards a performance piece for a show in December, and it would be great to have you join us. Please keep an eye out for further details.

Year 7 Activities Week

You will have recently received an email regarding the Year 7 Activities week which takes place in Term 6 2019.  We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties uploading the payment schedule for this event to Wisepay.  We will email Year 7 parents to advise again once the problem has been resolved, at which point you will be able to log and pay the first installment to secure a place for your child.

Key Stage 3 Information Evening

Thank you to those that attended the KS3 Information evening. Please find attached here the slides  that were shared with parents/carers on the night.

We will offer a further session for those unable to attend in Term 3 with more notice.


Key Stage 4 News


Year 10

In preparation for Work Experience Week for our year 10 students, we would like to share with you some organisations that students can approach for their work experience.

Engineering work experience week

Students who attend will be allocated into teams and will be given an Engineering project to work on over the course of the week, during the week students will also have the opportunity to meet real Engineers, have a tour of Renishaw and find out a lot more about our career opportunities for young people.

This will be run twice, weeks commencing 8 and 15 July 2019

There will be 48 places each week

Software work experience week

Students who attend this experience will be working in teams on a Software project and will also have the opportunity to find out more about Renishaw, have a tour and find out more about our early career opportunities.
This will be run week commencing 8 July 2019
There will be 20 places

Please find attached our work experience flyer which contains further details, this year we have decided to open our work experience applications earlier than usual as we appreciate that schools like their students to secure places with employers prior to the Christmas break.  All of our applications are online, please see below for the link.

The University of Bristol School of Earth Sciences

The University of Bristol School of Earth Sciences will be running a week of work experience from Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July, 2019.

We are now inviting applications for the 12 places on the 2019 programme and would like to encourage applications from Schools in the area.

We would be very grateful if you could disseminate this information to any Year 10 and 11 students that have an interest in Earth Sciences in order that they may apply and not miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

Full details and the application process can be found on the website.

Airbus in the UK, 2019 Work Experience

Airbus is offering a fantastic opportunity for students to gain work experience and help them stand out from the crowd. This will run over 4 days from 1 July to 4 July 2018, at their sites in Filton and Broughton.
The applications open on Friday 1 March 2019, the selection will be based on the application and successful applications will be notified after the closing dates. If students would like to apply, then they will need to email a CV with a covering letter to Students will need to include their preferred dates as 1 July to 4 July for the work experience and include ‘Airbus WEX Broughton or Airbus WEX Filton to the subject line’.

National Composites Centre

The National Composites Centre is offering an exciting week long work experience to inspire you as a student to become an engineer of the future. The aim of the work experience is to help you to make the right career decisions. During the week you will get an insight into the NCC’s 5 capabilities: Design and Simulation, Materials, Process Engineering, Automated Processing and Manufacturing.

The dates for work experience will be confirmed in January but it is likely to be in June or July 2019. The application process will be open from Thursday 4 October –until Monday 31 December. Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and we aim to respond to you by Friday 15 February 2019.

If you have any questions, please email, or click here for more information.

Year 11

Year 11 Parents Information Evening

We have a Parent Information session on Thursday 8  November for Year 11 only.

The session is intended to give parents advice on how to support their child with revision in English, Maths, Science, Geography, History and MFL in preparation for mock exams and summer exams.  Staff will be on hand during the evening to answer questions.

The session will run from 5.30p.m. to 6.30p.m. .  Parents should arrive and enter the Main Reception on Cotham Lawn Road.  Directions to the main hall will be visible on the day.

Please click here to register your attendance to enable us to gauge numbers in advance.

Year 11 Parent/Carer Questionnaire

Thank you to all parents/carers who attended our Year 11 Parents’ Evening on Thursday evening.  We strive to ensure that the educational experience of all students at Cotham School is outstanding and we really value your feedback in helping us to achieve this.  If you have not already done so, please can we ask you to take a moment to complete the questionnaire here to help inform our planning. 

GCSE Mathematics

Key strategies are being put in place to ensure that students are successful in their GCSE Mathematics in Year 11.  More information can be found here.

Science mock exams- Revision Guides available on Wisepay

Students will be sitting 3 science mock exams in lessons during Term 2. It is expected that students will revise thoroughly for these exams and we highly recommend that all students buy revision guides and workbooks from wisepay. Results will be put together with the January mock exams so that students can put their predicted grades on their sixth form applications. Timetables for the Combined Science exams can be found here and for Separate Sciences  here.  


Post-16 News


Calling all Computer Programmers and Software Engineers

Our Year 13 A-Level Computer Science students are now into the early stages of their Year 13 programming projects. We are looking for mentors to support students with the programming and development of these projects.

The students are doing a range of projects from programming NXT robots to pathfinding to app programming. Being a mentor would involve visiting students after school at Cotham to assist them with their projects. These meeting could happen monthly or less frequently depending on the needs of the student.

Students have benefited in previous years from mentors so please get in contact with Terry Watts on  if you would be interested in helping out.

Open Evenings

NBP16 Open Evenings are on 18 and 25 October .We would be so grateful to have as many students to be Student Ambassadors for these evenings as possible - please encourage your son/daughter to see Mrs Kempt to sign up.


Subject Area News


PE/Sports Update


Just a reminder for all parents/carers that all students need to remove all jewellery in their PE lessons.

Cross Country

Students in years 7 to 11 who wish to compete and represent Cotham at the Bristol Schools Cross Country Competition need to sign up at the PE office by Friday 12 October.

Please click here to view all of our recent results and the upcoming fixtures for the week ahead.
Please click here for a list of all of the PE/Sports Extra-Curricular activities available to students in Term 1
Follow @CothamPE on Twitter for all the latest news and updates from the Cotham School PE department

Visual Arts

Year 7 students have been developing their direct observation skills in art lessons recently. The following students: Parish Singh, Catalina George-Morales and Anne-Marie Feather have created some lovely designs of shoes which can be seen in an online gallery here.

Performing Arts

This term year 7 are looking at the language of drama and learning about the key skills in creating a piece of theatre.

Congratulations to Imogen in 7RBI for an inspired piece of Drama homework, which is has become the Performing Arts Work of the Week. Please take a look at the Work of the Work here

Mental Health and Well Being

Yoga Tribe for Teens

Friday lunchtimes in the main hall with Ms Gallien.
Tuesdays after school in the main hall with Ms Gallien.

Careers News

Bristol Post-16 Directory 2019

The Bristol Post-16 Directory lists subjects and courses on offer at all of Bristol’s sixth-forms, colleges and training providers for Sept. 2019 entry, is available here.

It also lists Post-16 Open Evenings that are being held this Autumn:

  • City of Bristol College (All sites): Saturday 13 October, 10.00am-1.00pm
  • St Brendan’s 6th Form College: Saturday 13 October, 10.00am-2.30pm   
  • North Bristol Post-16 Centre (Cotham Site): Thursday 18 October, 6.30-9.00pm
  • North Bristol Post-16 Centre (Redland Green Site): Thursday 25 October, 6.30-9.00pm
  • Bristol Technology & Engineering Academy: Thursday 18 October, 6.00pm (please book online)
  • Access Creative College: Tuesday 30 October, 3.00pm, 4.30pm, 6.00pm (please book online)  

There is also a useful careers section on the Cotham School website which has links to the world of work, University, apprenticeships alongside many other post-16 choices.

Ambitions 2018

Ambitions is the largest and most comprehensive careers event in the South-West for school students. This year the event is being run on Tuesday 16 October, 4.30-7.30pm, at SGS College’s WISE Campus( BS348LP) and City of Bristol College’s adjacent site (BS34 8SF). Students and parents can get first-hand information directly from more than 120 different employers, universities, colleges and apprenticeship training providers. See here for more information.

Wessex Water

Wessex Water is holding its annual Apprenticeship Open Day on Saturday 20 October at their Operations Centre in Bath from 10-3pm.This event provides a chance for students to find out about their opportunities for young people, talk with existing apprentices, learn about the wide range of career opportunities and what apprenticeship training involves. Students need to register here.


Community News


Friends of Redland Library

The Friends of Redland Library are running the event ‘Researching Your Family History’ on Tuesday 23 October at 7pm. The event will be ran at Redland Library, Bristol.

Friends of Redland Library are a voluntary group set up to support Redland Library, helping to sustain and improve its service, and also connecting it with the local and wider community.  The event will comprise a brief introduction into the basics of family history research followed by hands on computer time using Bristol Library’s copy of the Ancestry software.
A number of experienced genealogists will be on hand including Stephen Williams ( former Bristol West MP ) and members of the Bristol and Avon Family History Society. Family history research is not all about people.  You can research the social history of a house or a street. This would make an interesting classroom project.

Please could you print and display a poster in your staff room. You might also consider mentioning our events to your PTA.
There will be an admission fee of £3 and places are limited and therefore booking is essential. Further information can be found here. To book, please email

Creative Futures

The next round of the Creative Futures project is now open!

We are looking for 5 young people aged 16-25 to take part in this paid 6 month opportunity to set themselves up as a freelancer, make and show their own work and get mentoring.

Please see attached for more information about the project and details on how to apply as well as a printable flyer. We welcome applications from care leavers, those receiving income support and NEET young people.
We are holding drop in days every Friday morning in May for young people to come into The Station(Bristol, BS1 2AG) and meet with us to find out more about the project.

Deadline for applications: Friday 30 November 2018,5.00p.m.
Interview day: Tuesday 11 December 2018,11.00a.m. – 3.00p.m.,
Project start: Monday 7 January 2019
End of project: Friday 28 June 2019

If you have any queries or would like further information the get in touch on  0117 947 7948 or

Bristol Womens Voice

Do you like drawing, writing stories, recording silly sounds, playing games and sharing ideas? Bristol Womens Voice are running workshops based on amazing women from history. These workshops are running on 13, 20 and 27 October, from 1-3pm at Acta Community Theatre. For more information click here.

Epilepsy Action

The charity Epilepsy Action will be running an event in Bristol on Saturday 17 November from 10.00a.m. until 4.00p.m. at We The Curious, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol. If your child has epilepsy then this event will provide them with the chance to take part in a range of workshops led by the education team at We The Curious. At the same time consultants from the Bristol hospitals will talk to parents and carers, whilst also providing information about epilepsy surgery for children and the impact of epilepsy on children's memory, learning and thinking.

You will also have the opportunity to meet other families and share experiences on living with epilepsy, talk to experts and asks questions and gain further information about local support groups, services and volunteering activities.

Booking is essential as the venue only has capacity for 30 families.To book visit: or contact local services on 0113 210 8781. A £5 booking fee applies. More information can also be found here.

Exchange Bordeaux Bristol

If your child is interested in learning new languages and having adventures and you want them to enjoy an outstanding experience, then the French exchange could be just the thing. Your child will get the opportunity to go to visit France and stay with a French student and their family, and you will get the change to host a French student.

Students aged 14 to 18 from Bristol and the surrounding areas can apply to the programme and are welcome to take part in the exchange.

Students are paired according to their age, family, hobbies and character.

In 2019, the exchange will take place at Easter from Wednesday 10 to Wednesday 24 April and from Wednesday 17 to Wednesday 31 July in Summer for the second leg. The price this year will be EUR550 to cover flights, insurance and administrative costs.

You can visit the Association Bordeaux website under section “Exchanges” for more information.You can also contact or Nell Dand, who is the coordinator at Bristol at
Fore more information please click here. Applications can be made until 16 November 2018.

Rail Week 2018

As part of Rail Week 2018, the Western committee of the Young Rail Professionals have organised a series of evening ‘behind the scenes’ tours of a few not-often-seen places across our network. The aim of the evenings is to encourage budding young rail professionals to join the industry and to also give the opportunity for existing young professionals to expand their knowledge and experience of different functions across the industry.

The tours are expected to start at 6pm and finish at approximately 8pm and where possible there will be the chance for a bit of networking afterwards. There will be a tour at Temple Meads Station, Bristol on Friday 12 October.

If you want to book or for more information please click here. Alternatively, you can book directly through the following link.


SENDaWelcome are a charity who support children with Special Educational Needs aged 11- 16 years old. They are running 6 music workshops across October and November. For more information and to book a place please click here.

Young Bristol

Young Bristol work in partnership with a range of community based youth groups to ensure that all young people have access to opportunities and experiences so they can realise their capabilities and needs. Find out what the Summer held in store for Young Bristol and what they will get up to in the Autumn by clicking here.


Useful quick links


Keep us posted

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

Key Dates

Please click here to view the Key Dates by year group for the 2018-19 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 admin team by email to or tel: 0117 919 8000

Assessment Calendars for KS3

We are in the process of compiling the Assessment Calendars for 2018/19 and will publish them via the Weekly Mailing and School Website as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you have any questions please email

Homework and Independent Learning timetables

Year 10
Year 11


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.


Click here to access GCSEpod which contains lots of revision resources for most GCSEs. Students self register through the website using their name and school details.

SAM Learning

Click here to access SAM learning which contains revision exercises and self marking quizzes with automatic progress tracking and reporting. Please use the Centre ID: BS6CS. Student usernames and passwords are their birthday formatted as DDMMYY, followed by their Initials.

Diagnostic Questions

Click here to access. This site contains self marking quizzes with lots of templates including some from a range of exam boards. It’s easy to make your own questions in Microsoft PowerPoint too. Students sign up with their school Google account using the G+ button to automatically create a school account


Edmodo is an application that can be used on both mobile devices and in the web environment to create an online community of practice. Edmodo is a free social learning platform that allows students to access the course content uploaded by their teachers.


The Language Learning Platform

Free School Meals to check if your child is eligible for Free School Meals or to apply.
Click here to Contact U