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Weekly Mailing - Monday 18 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

Playing Fields at Stoke Lodge update

It was absolutely brilliant to see our students returning to our playing fields this week and there was an all-round 'thumbs- up' from them at the quality of the provision they are now able to access in the same as other students in the City are through their school playing fields.

Disappointingly, it would seem that not everyone feels the same way and certain members of the public, not associated with the school, have displayed behaviour which can only be intended to make our students and staff feel at the very least, uncomfortable, and at the worst,  intimidated.

I take the conduct of these individuals extremely seriously and have reported it to the Bristol Safeguarding Board and to the police who I fully trust will take appropriate action against any member of the public behaving in a manner in which they would not behave outside a school gate or a playing field attached to a school site.

For added reassurance we currently have an extra staff presence at the playing fields to ensure that our students and PE staff feel safe and secure whilst they are taking part in lessons.  However, we also trust that swift police action will put an immediate stop to any more irresponsible and strange behaviour from the individuals who have caused us, and you, such concern.

I will, as ever, keep you fully informed of any further developments in my weekly mailings home but in the interim if you have any further concerns please do contact us at the school.

My sincere thanks for your ongoing support and tireless campaigning on behalf of our students and school.

Please click here to view the updated FAQ document about our playing fields at Stoke Lodge.  FAQ 30 has been added and FAQ 1,2,4,1,17,22 and 26 have been amended in order to provide further clarity

These questions have been put together to provide information concerning the future use of Stoke Lodge Playing Fields. This is not intended to be a definitive list, nor a legal document, but rather a place to share information. We hope you will find this helpful.  We will add to these as our projects develop further.

Please also find below my usual updates on events that have taken place in school, information, letters etc.

Best wishes for the week ahead,

Ms Jo Butler

Good News

Year 12 - Young Enterprise

We are immensely proud of the Young Enterprise team in Year 12.  The students have created a brilliant recipe book ‘The Cooking Atlas’ filled with personal family recipes that are from all around the world, representing their diverse group. ‘The Cooking Atlas’ did brilliantly at the regional trade fair on Saturday 9 March, selling 20 copies and winning 3 out of the 5 awards available. Best trade stand, best social media and best customer service.

Their book is made from 100% recycled paper and has a mixture of sweet and savoury recipes, with a selling price of £5.99.  If you would like to get your hands on a copy of ‘The Cooking Atlas’ please email or (They are hoping to be able to take online orders in the near future)

They are aiming to win and hope you can help them on their journey there!

Raising Aspirations Day

Last Term, Year 9 attended a Raising Aspirations Day at UWE which gave students an opportunity to explore the worlds of work and study. The team representing the Civil Service at the event were so impressed by two of our students - Gideon Wilson and Tom Gilbert, both of 9ID, that they wrote to the boys personally to congratulate them on their engagement and intelligence. Well done both on making such a positive impression.

Important Information for Parents/Carers


A reminder that the remaining school INSET days for this year are as follows:

Friday 5 April
Wednesday 10 July

The School will be closed to students for staff training on these dates.

Important- Our Mobile Phone Policy

We are finding an increasing number of mobile phones being held at the Student Reception as a minority of students are breaking school rules and are using their mobile phones during school hours. We operate a very reasonable mobile phone policy at Cotham for students in Years 7-11 of which all of our students are aware:

From the sound of first bell at 8.35a.m. until last bell at 3.05p.m. phones must be switched off (not on silent mode) and kept in students' school bags (not pockets)

Phones must not be used for any purpose (e.g. phoning, texting, surfing the internet, taking photos, taking films, listening to music) during the school day

Phones must not be taken into examinations.

If a student breaches these rules and they are seen by a member of staff:

The phone will be confiscated and placed in a safe at Student Reception.

The phone will be returned to the student’s parents or carers the following day.  It will need to be collected from Student Reception, no earlier than the end of the school day.

If a student persistently has a phone confiscated, the period for which it is retained will be extended, at the discretion of a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

We can make no exceptions to these rules.

The school accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever, for theft, loss or damage to mobile phones. It is the responsibility of parents, carers and students to ensure mobile phones are properly insured.

Sigma House Disco  -  Friday 22 March at 5-7pm.

Year 7 and 8 Disco tickets are now on sale for £3 and are available on Wise Pay or from Mrs Arnold.  

All money raised will be split between the four house charities.

GWR Student Rail Ticketing Scheme

We would like to remind parents/carers that Severnside Community Rail Partnership are continuing the Student Rail Ticketing Scheme in 2019. 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.

Online Safety Newsletter: March 2019

Click here to view March’s Newsletter.

World Book Day

There are a range of books going for free at the school library! Click here for more information.  

Catering - Easter Theme Day on Wednesday 3 April

Three Bean Spring Minestrone Soup

Jacket Potatoes with Herby Fruit Coleslaw

Minted Lamb & Pea Casserole served with New Potatoes & Steamed Cabbage

Spring Vegetable Tagliatelle with Lemon & Chive Sauce

Easter Biscuits or Hot Cross Bun.

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.


Cotham School are currently recruiting new members of staff to work with us at the school. We are currently looking to hire an Admin Support Officer and a Senior Administrative Officer to join us in our main school office. We are also looking to recruit a Teacher of Maths and an English Faculty Leader.

For more information about the roles please click here.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Off the Record

Off The Record have a new and exciting therapeutic group for people aged 11-18 called ‘Shameless’ which is about body image and self-esteem. The group runs for 6 weeks and the first session began in the evening on Tuesday 12 March. The event will be held at Off The Record, 2 Horfield Road, Bristol, BS2 8EA (Just around the corner from the BRI).

Students can find out more information on how to sign up by clicking here.

Key Stage 3 News

Year 9

Year 9 Exams: weeks commencing Monday 18 and 25 March

Year 9 exams take place in the weeks commencing Monday 18 March and 25 March.  Click here to view the Exam Timetable.

Details of the style and content of each exam, as well as details of revision are given in the document here.

A useful Revision Timetable template can be found here.

The exams represent a good opportunity for students to get used to the demands of reformed (ie. much more challenging...) GCSEs.  Please encourage your child to complete revision in advance of their exams.

Science revision - Year 9

Science revision will run after school in the lead up to the Year 9 Science exam.  Come up to the Science office and you will be shown which room to go to.

Wednesday 20 March - B1
Thursday 21 March - B2 and B3
Friday 22 March - C1
Monday 25 March - C2
Tuesday 26 March - P1
Wednesday 27 March - P2 and P3

Key Stage 4 News

Year 10

Year 10 Science mock:  Chemistry Paper 1 (units C1 - C7) on Thursday 21 March

A reminder that revision guides and workbooks are available on wisepay for students yet to buy them.

The next Year 10 Science mock is the Chemistry paper 1 (units C1 - C7) on Thursday 21 March.  Students should now start preparing for this.

Mock Exam Entry Tiers

All students who achieved a Grade 5 or higher on the physics mock exam will sit a Higher paper.  

All students who achieved up to grade 4 will sit a Foundation paper.  

NB: Guidance from the exam board AQA is that students must show that they are working at a strong Grade 5 before they should sit a Higher paper.  

Final GCSE entries will not be made until this time next year so there is time for students to gain confidence,  exam technique etc before a final decision is made on exam entry tier in Year 11.

Science revision - Year 10

Science revision will run after school in the lead up to the next y10 science mock exam (21 March).  Come up to the science office and you will be shown which room to go to.

Tuesday 19 March - C5
Wednesday 20 March - C6 and C7

Work Experience

Civil Service Work Experience Programme

  • A one week long work placement within a local Civil Service department, this might include for example; the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions or HMRC depending on your location.
  • The chance to learn broad employability skills including team working, communication skills, time keeping and taking part in tasks.
  • Valuable networking opportunities.
  • An insight into the role of government, the work of Civil Servants and how it affects people on a daily basis.
  • Increased confidence and raised aspirations.
  • Information about Civil Service entry routes and Talent Programmes i.e. Apprenticeship Scheme and Civil Service Fast Stream.

The roles which we have in your area are in the Ministry of Defence however each role will be in a different department.

MOD Engineering

The roles will allow individuals to gain an understanding of what is involved in technological problem-solving capability of engineering (including science and technology) and the organisational, administrative, and planning abilities of management in order to oversee complex enterprises from conception to completion.

MOD Strategic Supplier Management Team

The role forms part of the Strategic Supplier Management (SSM) Team, whose primary objective is to influence the behaviours of MOD suppliers and commercial staff, to develop a robust, competitive, innovative and capable supply chain for defence. The post holder will support the delivery of these policy objectives.

MOD  Defence Statistics

Defence Statistics provide a range of statistical, economic, analytical, planning and consultancy services for the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The areas covered include military and civilian personnel, finance, logistics, equipment procurement, health of the Armed Forces, health and safety incidents, surveys of MOD personnel, and all National and Official Statistics on Defence.

Please make sure you fill in the School WEX week in the availability section 1-5 July 2019. Please fill in the attached application form. Return completed applications to Mrs Arnold

We also have the following placements available, please see Mrs Arnold if you are interested:

Salvation Army Charity Shop
Brandon trust Charity Shop
St Peters Hospice Charity Shop
Selection of Nursery and Primary Schools


Year 11

GCSE Food Exam

Well done to all our GCSE Food Technology students, who spent Wednesday and Thursday completing their practical exam. The talent and skill of our young cooks was on full display and some truly impressive final menus were produced. Well done to all those involved.

GCSE Summer Exam Timetables

Individual GCSE Summer Exam Timetables have now been issued to students. These show the dates and times of all their summer examinations. A further timetable will follow in April with their final tiers of entry and seating information.

The final GCSE exam is due to take place on Wednesday 19 June. However, the Joint Council for Qualifications have stipulated that all students must be available to sit exams until Wednesday 26th June.  This is to ensure that any GCSE exams which may have to be cancelled as a result of a national emergency or disaster can be rescheduled.  Please bear this date in mind if you are planning on booking a holiday for your child or your family.  

Essential Examination Equipment

Your child will be more successful in their summer exams if they have the correct equipment. Please support them by purchasing any missing items over the next month:  
Clear pencil case, black
Pens x2, pencils x2, eraser, sharpener, ruler, protractor, compass,
highlighter, working non-programmable scientific calculator (preferably Casio).

Students taking examinations in Design and Technology will also need colour pencils.
Students should have calculators with them for Maths, Science, DT, Geography, Psychology, and Preparation for Working Life.


Following the mock exams, teachers have revised their Upgrade revision session offers to provide support to those who would benefit most during the summer exam preparation process.

Students have now received new timetables that show which sessions they should attend. Please ask your child to show you their timetable and support our staff by reminding them to attend.

More information about Upgrade can be found here

Supporting your child’s revision

With just a few weeks left until final GCSE examinations begin, students’ revision preparations should be well underway.

If you are worried that your child is not revising enough at home then the following may be helpful resources:

  • Support your child in preparing a summer exam preparation schedule so that they complete revision tasks - a template revision schedule can be found here   
  • Ensure that all homework assignments are completed
  • Ensure your child has revision guides that can help to support their learning - a list of these is enclosed and attached here along with details of useful revision websites for each subject
  • Read and discuss the Examination Command Words document attached here with your child
  • See the Top Tips for Parents sheet attached here which contains useful reminders about ‘what to do’ and ‘what not to do’
  • The End of Year 10 Mock exams and Year 11 November mock exams can be accessed here.  There is value in students re-completing these and demonstrating that they can recall knowledge previously assessed, and act on feedback already given to them to improve their original raw mark.  Our school challenge is for all students to increase their recent mock exam result by 10 or 15 or 20 marks over the February Revision week break. 
  • Use the Subject ‘to do’ sheets which highlight the type of acts that students should be completing as part of their revision

Student Well-being

Maintaining a healthy diet, staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, taking regular exercise and making time for relaxation will all help your child manage the demands of GCSE revision and the exam season. See some top tips on how to help your child ‘prepare to perform’ here

Off the record

Off the Record will be back in school on Monday 18 March too see the A side tutor groups for more ‘Resilience Lab’ workshops. Students will be learning how to identify negative thinking traps, build resilience and when to reach out for support. We hope our students will find these sessions beneficial.

Study Leave and Leavers Arrangements

The final day of school for Year 11 students will be Friday 17 May. Lessons will continue as normal up until this date, after which students will only attend school to sit their remaining exams and attend subject
revision sessions (details of which will be communicated in May). Students must continue to wear full school uniform, including their lanyard, whenever they are on the school site.
Our Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly will be held on Friday 14 June, following the morning’s physics exam.  The assembly will finish before 1pm and all Year 11 will leave the school by that time. We ask that students return
all textbooks to the library prior to the Leavers’ Assembly.

Year 11 Prom

Tickets are selling out fast, has you child got their ticket yet? Payment can be made by Wisepay under General Payments or by cash at the office. Please click here  for the letter that must be be signed in order for your child to attend. Paper copies are available at Student reception.

Post-16 News

The UCAS Convention

The UCAS convention for the year 12s was a great success, students were able to talk to representatives from a number of Universities and Apprenticeship Placements to gather information to help when planning their futures.

Year 12 and 13 Resilience Workshop

Resilience Workshop run by Off the Record on Wednesday 20 March 11.05am - 12.30pm.  This will be a brilliant session and has already been very well received in main school.  Please ask your son/daughter to see Mrs Kempt for more info.

Year 12 Oxbridge trip

The Oxbridge trip is on Tuesday 19 March.  If your son/daughter would like to attend please ask them to see Mrs Kempt.  If you have paid on WISEPAY please ensure that you have submitted the consent form by Monday 18 March.

Year 12 Parents Evening (PEG)

Year 12 Parents Evening is at RGS on 28 March 4.30 - 7pm.  Please ensure that your son/daughter has made appointments with their teachers.  The Academic Mentors, Careers Advisers and Student Services Leaders will also be present all evening should you wish to see them.

School Counsellor

A reminder that there is a school counsellor available along with a Post 16 Reflection Room and many self help books available - please see Mrs Kempt.

For more information from Post 16 please see the "This Term at Post 16" section of the website

House News

Sigma Roundup

Our House assembly focused on National Careers Week. We were very lucky to have Correll Johnson, Production Technician Assistant and Darrel Lambert, Junior Production Coordinator from Icon Films who are an award-winning production company.

From Animal Planet US’ highest-ever rating series, River Monsters, to Emmy-nominated actor (Charles Dance) narrated Savage Kingdom, for National Geographic, they deliver high-end factual content for the UK and international market.

We were shown a short film of what they worked on and then we had a Q&A from the Prefects, Louis, Aineias and Paulo.

Questions varied from what skills and qualifications they needed, what they enjoyed about their job and what advice would you give to young people who do not know what they want to do when they finish their education. A huge thank you to Correll and Darrel for giving up their time to come in and share their experiences with Sigma. The students really enjoyed it.

Sigma celebrates

We celebrated the success of our Charity Swimathon. Team Cotham Oscar de Havilland, Max West, Rufus Buchan, Jonathan Roche, Harry Giles, Liang Hu and Zuheib Said Obsi swam an incredible 462 lengths between them and raised an amazing £280 for The Rainbow Centre for Children. Well done team Cotham you were amazing!

Thank you to everyone who supported this event. We have received a  lovely thank you letter from the Rainbow Centre for Children can be read here.

We had our very first Head of House award, this award was proudly presented to Moneeb Khalil 8BAK for Diligence and for being a fantastic Sigma Student. Great listening skills, working on task, polite, supporting others in his team.

We celebrated all things Sigma and awarded our first Environmental Friendly Student award. This was awarded to Kushal Vijay 8BSA. Kushal has really taken the Sigma house role of recycling seriously and with great passion. He is supporting the Walkers Crisps campaign and the Sigma clothing drive.

Sigma Recycling to raise money for our House Charity

Sigma have signed up with Walkers to recycle any brand of crisp packet. We have a recycling box for your empty crisp packets. Please bring them to Mrs Arnold in the Food Office. Once we have 400 we will send them back to Walkers to be recycled.

We are continuing with our Clothing Drive. We are collecting clothes, shoes and bags to recycle. Please drop them in to school. We will then sort them and arrange for a collection from Bristol Textile Recycling.

Sigma Year 7 Robot

We are pleased to announce that the winning Sigma Robot is now on display in the canteen. It looks amazing all sprayed in the house colour Green! To see the Sigma Robot, please click here.

Airbus Community Award

Please show your support for  Cotham School Sigma House Charity, The Rainbow Centre for Children, by collecting “Airbus Community Award” tokens which are featured daily in the Bristol Post Newspaper until 18 March.

We are collecting votes for The Rainbow Centre for Children, a local bereavement Charity that supports children, young people and their families suffering from the loss of a parent or sibling. They are one of 30 charities hoping to gain a share of the £20,000 prize.The charity who receives the most votes will win £7,000.

Please collect up your token votes and at the end of the voting period on 18 March, take them into the registered group, The Rainbow Centre, 27 Lilymead Avenue, Bristol, BS4 2BY or post them in one package along with one completed voting form to Bristol Post. (The form and address can be found in the paper with the token.) We are also collecting them into our school collection box at the Reception. Click here for more information.

Votes need to be in by March 18, thank you for your support.

House Events

House Disco Friday 22 March 5-7pm

Tickets are now on sale £3 from Wisepay and Mrs Arnold. All money raised will be split between the four houses. Click here to see the poster.

Sigma Easter raffle

Tickets will be on sale Monday 25 March in the hub. Draw to take place on Wednesday 3 April. Lots of Easter treats to win, tickets cost 20p.

Sigma Easter Bake Sale Thursday 4 April

All cakes and cookies go on sale for 50p. All money raised for the Easter events will go to our House Charity The Rainbow Centre for Children.


Delta Download

House Assembly

With this week being National Careers Week, our house assembly celebrated all things careers. We were lucky enough to have two guest speakers come into school and be grilled by the prefects on their roles, experiences and stories as to how they have got to where they are today. A huge thank you to Katie Stevens - Founder & Director, Greyhound Accountancy and  Siriol Leach - Policy Adviser, Wildlife, International, Climate and Forestry Policy, Defra for giving up their time to come and share their career journey with us. The prefects did a great job in interviewing them!

As part of National Careers Week, Delta House took the lead in organising two whole school activities. The first of which has proven to be very popular! The 'Teen Job' quiz was sent to all tutor groups to go head-to-head to see who could reign supreme in attempting to identify the jobs that members of staff had when they were teenagers. The range of experiences our staff have had is mightily impressive! At the time of writing, 10KBO are currently in the lead but this could all change! The second activity included a 'Teen Job' trail around the school site. This was a competition for individuals to enter to a) locate the 23 posters around the school site and b) correctly identify the member of staff from the clues given. To make things a little easier, posters were put up in the relevant faculty area where the member of staff is usually found. It is not too late to enter!

House Heroes

This week the following students were praised by their tutors for consistently demonstrating the Delta house value of "being your best". Tutors were tasked with what might seem to be an impossible feat in selecting just one student who day in, day out brings their best selves to school. A huge well done to the following students:

Morgan Penny (7RBI), Reuben Myers Insole (8CX) ,Selah Shaw (8KM) ,Ahmad Kabi (9DD), Jan Mahler (10TS) and Rana El Sharkawy (11CCY)

*New* Members of the Delta 100 Club

This week saw a flurry of new members joining the prestigious Delta 100 Club. A huge well done to the following students for reaching this impressive milestone ; Amber Ashman-Rampuri, Josie Charlesworth, Louie Chittenden, Sumaya Mohamed, Morgan Penny, Abdullah Siddique Shaon, Aisha Guled ,Harry Harvey, Gagan Kaur, Safia Abdulkaliq, Eva Bamber Payne,Mohamed Ahmed, Suad Halane, Marcos Pospori ,Adam Naseem, Ismail Hussein and Savannah Terry.


Gamma House

We can't believe that it's already March in Gamma House, our House pride and student engagement is thriving and this was seen no more clearly then in our last House assembly.

It was Careers last week and the wonderful Ms Chester invited 2 brilliant speakers into Gamma assembly to share with students their stories of how they got into their line of work. Our brilliant Gamma leadership- Soha, Rhys, Hannah and Sophie all asked probing questions to Emily Kent who is a  Director at One Big Circle and Azir Razzak, Managing Director of A2ZTech.

Technology is a leading industry within our city, particularly around the new and developing Temple Meads area and we therefore thought this would appeal to our Gamma students best who might not know their planned career path. Please see the other House pages on our school website to check their careers speakers.

The house assembly also saw us reward our Gamma House Champion of the month. Miss Madge was especially pleased to award Esme Pykett in 9ABI. Esme is an outstanding student who is passionate about her studies and works hard in every single lesson. She is an inspiration to her peers and sets an incredible example to others.

We also wanted to showcase students who have shown significant advancements in their behavior data. The following students have particularly excelled in exhibiting Cotham manners and have all received more than 5 since the start of term.

A massive thank you to everyone who took part in our Valentines Day Charity Raffle. Angela Lin was especially pleased to receive the giant teddy bear! We hope everyone enjoyed their prices.

Finally we would like to encourage our Year 7 and 8 students to attend our School disco on Friday 22 March 5-7pm. Tickets £3 on sale now. On wise pay or from Mrs Arnold

Omega Update

First of all, I would like to announce our Omega Legend for this week, Jimmy Byrne (7KBK). Since the beginning of the year, Jimmy has demonstrated many qualities we are proud to promote in Omega House. He is a hard worker, and competitive in everything he does. His work ethic and effort in lessons is very telling as he does not have any behavior points and a huge variety of achievement points. Jimmy is polite and always willing to demonstrate positive relationships with students and staff around the school. Congratulations Jimmy! He has won a £10 gift voucher, an Omega Water Bottle, and an Omega Legend lanyard badge to wear.

We recently had the opportunity to raise awareness of Careers Week by inviting some guest speakers into our Omega House Assembly. We were fortunate to have Charlene Richardson and Marlene McAllister visit from Bristol City Council. Charlene is a Senior Manager for Youth, Serious Violence and Child Exploitation and Marlene is a Youth Community Worker. Our prefects interviewed our guests about their line of work, how they got involved with the work they do and also their transition from school to work. This was an invaluable experience for our pupils to understand a little more about the world of work and how to go about deciding what they may want to do in the future.

Our Omega Community initiative “Cotham Manners Golden Tickets” have provided us with our most recent golden ticket winner; Ayham Kabi (8KM). Over the past two weeks, students were instructed by their tutors to demonstrate “Humility” as the Cotham Manner. Ayham was entered into the prize draw for taking the time to  help , and work with,  other students in science. Ayham recognises the importance of others’ achievements and uses his knowledge without asking for anything in return.

A huge well done to our Omega tutees; Bronte Carmichael-Sturrock, Elia Gerolemou, AJ Hardy and Sylvie Rose-Horne who entertained many over the past few nights with their stellar performances in The Little Shop of Horrors.

I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight that next Friday, we are hosting a year 7 and year 8 disco. Tickets are £3 from Wisepay or Ms Arnold. For more information, students should speak to a Head of House or check out the posters around the school.

Well done Omega!

Mr Nunn


BBC Bitesize

A useful careers resource can be found through BBC Bitesize here

Boomsatsuma "Ask me Anything" event

On Monday 25 March at 6pm, this free event will focus on the Sports and Media industry and is suitable for students in Y10-13. Location: Ashton Gate Stadium (BS3 2EJ). Email for further information; click here

"Become a Paramedic" Taster Day   

On Saturday 30 March, a taster day to ‘become a paramedic’ will be run by NHS South Western Ambulance Service at UWE Exhibition & Conference Centre (BS34 8QZ). The event costs £25. For more details and to book: click here

Students looking for Saturday jobs can find good advice through this website

Subject Area News


Science Week

This week was Science week. In the Science department Cotham teachers diverged slightly from the curriculum and took the opportunity to explore some of the fun and unusual aspects of the natural world.

Year 7 students  were using chemicals and capillary action to grow crystals as well as exploring non-Newtonian fluids by making slime. Year 8 students were exploring volcanoes, imitating a volcanic eruption in the lab as well as making fireworks. Year 9 and 10 students were working with methane rockets and Year 11 students got to put their Chemistry skills to work by making the alloy brass.

Hopefully the students enjoyed science week as much as their teachers did!


Visual Arts

Work of the week

This week’s work of the week features four beautifully designed Day of the Dead skulls. Click here to have a look at the artwork.



Food Technology

Congratulations to all the Year 11 students who completed their three hour practical exam for GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition unfortunately due to exam board regulations I cannot show any pictures until November 2019.

The brief is based on street food hence our previous visit to St Nicholas Market:

Diego Lovatt Garcia prepared squid and portioned a chicken to make battered calamari with brioche rolls, a crepe with a chicken and leek roux sauce, caramel profiteroles with vanilla cream.

Esme Davies made samosa with home made pastry, chicken flatbreads served with pickled cabbage, again homemade bread, lemon meringue cupcakes with fresh lemon curd.

Khadeejah Biggs made a fruit tart with creme patisserie, a haricot bean tart, aubergine pakora with fresh chutneys.

Shahanaz Akhter made Chicken Biryani using her family’s recipe, she portioned chicken and used it also for her chicken shawarma, Shahanaz also made Bangladeshi egg pudding.  

Tegan Harris made pretzels with a chive dip, lasagne with homemade pasta, strawberry sponge cake.

A further mention to the follow students,  Simane Idris, Dexter Oyefeso, Ishraq Abdi, Avea Archer, Ilham Mohamed, Libby Lynn Griffiths the list of dishes made is endless. The final group are cooking today.  

Congratulations to all Year 11 GCSE Food students.



Colstons Park Rangers Need You!

Colstons Park Rangers (CPR) is a competitive but fun and community based football team based in the BS6 postcode area. We currently play one u12s team in Bristol Saturday Youth League. Click here for more information.

CPR are keen to expand the two teams ready for our u13s 2019/20 football season, when they'll be playing 11-a-side football. They train at Henbury School from 6-7 on Monday evenings and occasionally on The Downs.

If you're child will be 11 or 12 years old by 31 August 2019 and are interested in training with an eye to joining their club, please get in touch at

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Please click here for a list of all of the PE/Sports Extra-Curricular activities available to students in Term 4.
Please click here to view all of our recent results and the upcoming fixtures for the week ahead.
Follow @CothamPE on Twitter for all the latest news and updates from the Cotham School PE department


Community News


In light of the rising tide of youth violence, we need to make sure that members of our community report someone carrying a knife before it’s too late.To read about the case of Bailey Gwyne click here

Please visit for more information; and for further facts and statistics click here. Information from Scottish organisations for knife crime campaigns can be found on this website.

Schools can contact Karen for more information

BAME Recruitment

There is a BAME recruitment Event happening on Thursday 28 March at CLF Institute and City Academy. For more information please click here.  

Lifecycle Uk - Transforming lives through cycling

Click here to find out about Advanced Cycle training lessons available during the February Half Term.

Families in Focus

Families in Focus are running courses in Bristol during Term 4. For more information click here.

Bristol Plays Music

Find out what Bristol Plays Music are up to over March and April 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 have created Assessment Calendars for 2018/19. Each Assessment Calendar contains details of the class assessments that will take place in their subjects. The final column contains a link which gives information about each of the assessments.

To see the Year 7 Assessment Calendar click here
To see the Year 8 Assessment Calendar click here
To see the Year 9 Assessment Calendar click here
To see the Year 10 Assessment Calendar click here
To see the Year 11 Assessment Calendar click here

Parents Information Sessions

KS3 Parent Information Session 4th October 2018 - click here
KS4 Year 10 Parent Information Session 20th November 2018 - click here
KS4 Year 11 Parent Information Session 8th November 2018 - click here
KS4 Year 11 Parent Information Morning Session 7th February 2019 - click here
KS4 Year 11 Parent ‘Post Mock’ Information Session 7th February 2019 - click here

Homework and Independent Learning timetables

Please see the attached link describing our Homework Guidelines for students in the school.

In KS3 we do not have homework timetables.

Homework and Independent Learning Timetable for Year 10
Homework and Independent Learning Timetable for 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.

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.


All students and teachers now have free access to Seneca - a revision and homework platform making studying more fun. Seneca is an interactive way to learn official course content. Their web app covers 150+ exam board specific courses condensing what students need to know for their exams. The software is able to identify gaps in learning. For instance, when you get a question wrong, the platform will repeat the topic in different formats and their smart algorithm has proven to make students remember topics 2x faster. Seneca is totally free for students, teacher and parents. You can sign up via

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

Contact Details

Please note the following contact numbers and email addresses if you need to contact the school:

Main Reception - 0117 919 8000/
Student Reception - 0117 919 8013 /
Absence - 0117 919 8019/
NBP16C - 0117 919 8100/
Finance - 0117 919 8016/
Exams - 0117 919 8024/
Admin Office - 01179198053/