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Weekly Mailing - Friday 7 June 2019

Dear Parents and 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.
Ms Jo Butler

Good News


Congratulations to students in 7JLL and 7DS who completed fantastic holiday homework in French. The students recorded themselves singing a French song (or French nursery rhyme) for one minute and the quality was very good. A special mention to FE-R in 7JLL who chose a challenging song and excelled at singing it.

Important Information for Parents/Carers

Cyberbullying Guide

An online organisation called HomeGuides has developed guidance to help children, parents and teachers to understand what cyberbullying is and what can be done about it. Download the guide here.

Online Safety Newsletter

Please click here to view this month’s online safety newsletter.

Student Wellbeing

'Yoga Tribe for Teens' is run on a Friday lunchtime in the main hall enabling students to have access to a guided meditation/relaxation session. Students can also collect points on their membership card and get a collectable prize after attending 7 sessions, all year groups welcome.


Subject Area News


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.

Visual Arts

Work of the Week
Here are two very competent Year 8 portrait drawings one from OD H 8BAK please see here and CS M 8KM which can be viewed here.
An interesting photography edit from UR in 10SH here and here is another photography edit by MW in 10JSB both edits are inspired by Tommy Ingburgs work.
End of year show for Visual Arts - 15  - 19 June - 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Come and see an exhibition of Visual Arts from North Bristol Post 16 Students at Centrespace Gallery.  Click here for more details.


Visual Arts and Photography Yr 11 and Yr 13 
Students will be able to collect their examination work between Monday 4 November and Thursday 7 November after school from 2.45p.m. until 3.15p.m..  We will contact parents in advance as a reminder in October.


Bath Spa University - Network for Languages Event, Student Speaking Practice Days - June and July 2019
Bath Spa University are holding these fun and creative activity days which are suitable for MFL students and will encourage them to use their imaginations, broaden their knowledge, vocabulary and find creative solutions to problems. The activities help students to develop skills that will be valuable back in the classroom and in their future examinations. Please see links below for more details, more information can also be obtained from Mr Morton or Mrs Bingham in the MFL office.
June - Speaking Day for Year 8 and 9
French    Spanish    German
June - GCSE Speaking Preparation for Year 10
French    Spanish    German
July - Speaking Day for Year 8 and 9
July - GCSE Speaking Preparation for Year 10

Performing Arts

Free taster lessons in school with Perform For Life - Thursday 13 June
Any budding performers at Cotham School should ensure they sign up for a free taster lesson with Perform For Life, taking place in school on Thursday 13 June.
Lessons are offered in Singing (Pop / Musical Theatre), Acting, Devising Drama, Musical Theatre Performance, Public Speaking, and more.
Students can sign up for a one-to-one or duo lesson during the school day, or a group session after school. They will get a taster of a weekly lesson with Perform For Life, with no obligation to commit to lessons afterwards. Tutors are experienced, qualified and friendly. They are committed to encouraging young people’s interests and developing performance skills they can use on the stage and in everyday life.
Perform For Life is also an experienced provider of tuition for LAMDA, Trinity College London and Rockschool exams, each of whom have international reputations for excellence in the Performing Arts. Perform For Life has a 100% pass rate, with almost half of students gaining High Merits and Distinctions.
Students will be able to sign up for their free taster lesson in the Performing Arts department after half-term.
For more information, see


Extra-Curricular Clubs
Please click here for a list of all of the PE/Sports Extra-Curricular activities available to students in Term 6.
Please click here to view all of our recent results and the upcoming fixtures for next week.
Follow @CothamPE on Twitter for all the latest news and updates from the Cotham School PE department

Key Stage 3 News


Attendance Competition- for all year groups

All students who achieve 100% attendance in term 6 will be guaranteed a prize and then entered to a bigger £25 prize draw. Please encourage your child to maintain 100% attendance throughout the term.

Year 7

Year 7 End of Year Exams take place from Thursday 6 June to Friday 14 June. The End of Year Exams represent an important opportunity for your child to become used to preparing for exams and consolidating their learning of the content studied in Year 7.  
A document detailing the format of each of their exams and suggested preparation and revision activities can be found in the attached link.  
This will allow all of our parents and carers to support their child with their revision.  
A timetable showing the dates and times of each of their exams can be seen here.  

Year 9

Year 9 Science
All year 9 students are sitting a real past GCSE exam paper in July.  This is Physics paper 1 and covers topics P1 - P7.  The dates are as follows:
9YE - JBA - Wed 17 July- period 1
9YI - MAH - Mon 15 July- period 4
9YO - KMA - Mon 15 July -period 5
9YU - GHO - Mon 15 July- period 5
9ZE - MAH - Tues 16 July- period 5
9ZI - SBR - Tues 16 July- period 4
9ZO - KMA - Tues 16 July- period 2
9ZU - GHO - Weds 15 July- period 5
We will run revision sessions after school in the lead up to the exam, between Wednesday 3 - Friday 12 July. We will run separate groups for foundation and higher students, please see below for details.
Weds 3 July - Topic P1
Thurs 4 July - Topic P2
Fri 5 July - Topic P3
Mon 8 July - Topic P4
Tues 9 July - Topic P5
Weds 10 July - INSET, no session
Thurs 11 July - Topic P6
Fri 12 July - Topic P7
Stepping up to Year 10 Information Evening
Parents and Carers of Year 9 students are invited to join Mrs Wood and Ms Quirke for a 'Stepping Up to Year 10 information evening about how best to support their children as they make the transition from Key Stage 3 to 4 on Wednesday 12 June at 5.30p.m. in the Main Hall.

Key Stage 4 News


Attendance Competition- for all year groups

All students who achieve 100% attendance in term 6 will be guaranteed a prize and then entered to a bigger £25 prize draw. Please encourage your child to maintain 100% attendance throughout the term.

Year 10

Year 10 Mock Exams take place from Monday 17 June - Friday 28 June 2019.

Attached is a timetable for the exams.  Some students will have clashes and so all students will be given a copy of their own timetable showing the confirmed times of each of their exams in the next 2 weeks.  Students must carry this with them at all times during the mock exam season.  Please encourage them to check their arrangements the night before each exam.

Information about the content and resources needed for these exams can be found here.

Exam preparation
Students will need to start preparation for the exams now and should organise their time using a revision timetable template can be found here. Students will need a full set of equipment for these exams including calculators, pens, pencils and rulers.  These exams are important for our learners in getting experience in taking exams but are also a good indication of how our students are making progress in their GCSE courses. Please support your child to find quiet revision time.
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:  

  1. Clear pencil case
  2. Black pens x2, pencils x2, eraser, sharpener, ruler, protractor, compass,
    highlighter, working non-programmable scientific calculator (preferably Casio).
  3. Students taking examinations in Design and Technology will also need coloured pencils.
  4. Students should have calculators with them for Maths, Science, DT, Geography, Psychology, and Preparation for Working Life.


Year 11

Well done to all our Year 11 students on another week of GCSE exams completed. Please find some important information about the remaining examinations and the conclusion of students’ time at Cotham below. We wish all students the best of luck for their final week of GCSEs.
Study Leave and Leavers’ Arrangements
A reminder that during the remaining study leave period students should only attend school to:  

  •  Attend an exam
  • Attend an Exam Preparation session
  • Complete independent revision in the library

All students must be in full school uniform whenever they are on school site and for all examinations
Independent Revision in the Library 
A limited number of library passes will be available for independent study each day. These are available on a first come first served basis and need to be collected from Student Reception when students sign in.  
Exam Preparation Sessions
Exam Preparation sessions are ongoing. Parents/ carers have received a letter detailing any classes your child should attend. A timetable showing the dates and times of the sessions can be found here.  Please encourage your child to attend these sessions promptly and in their full school uniform.  Their space will be given to someone else if they do not arrive on time.  Full details of the sessions and the students invited to them can be found on the Year 11 Google Classroom page.  
Exam Day Breakfasts
We would like to invite all Year 11 students to enjoy a free exam day breakfast before their morning exams in English, Maths, Science, History and Geography. Breakfast will be served in the canteen from 8:15am.-8:30am. Your child’s tutor and subject teachers will be present to welcome them, offer last minute advice and provide reassurance. We hope this gives our students the final boost they need to go in and do their absolute best! Poster can be viewed here
Year 11 Textbook Returns
Please ensure that all resources on loan to Year 11 students are returned by Friday 14 June. The school needs to ensure that GCSE textbooks are available for the next year group therefore all books must be returned, even if your child plans to study at the Post-16 Centre.
Failure to return books will result in an invoice from school for payment. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to return all resources directly to the library. Please ask students to ensure they do not give books to teaching staff or leave them in exam rooms.
Please contact me if you have any queries on
Miss Davies, Librarian
Year 11 Locker Key Returns
Please can all Year 11 students return their locker keys to the Facilities Office as soon as possible and no later than Friday 14 June.  We have a limited number of lockers and want to make these available to our new students in September. 
Year 11 Prom
If your child is going to the Year 11 prom on 27 June, then please return the permission form which can be accessed at the back of the letter here. The form also gives details of dietary requirements which cannot be accommodated unless we know about them. Many thanks The Parent Prom Committee
2019 Yearbook
Yearbooks will be available for collection on Friday 14 June, after the physics exam.
Leavers’ Assembly
We will be holding our Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly on Friday 14 June, after the morning’s physics exam. Students will be leaving the school site at approximately 12:30pm.
GCSE Summer Exam Timetables
Individual GCSE Summer Exam Timetables have been issued to students. These show the dates and times of all their summer examinations.  An electronic copy of their timetable can be found on the Year 11 Google Classroom page.  If you’re aware that your child has lost theirs they can find a copy of it there.
Student Well-being
Maintaining a healthy diet, 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.
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 so that they are fully equipped for each of their exams:  

  1. Clear pencil case
  2. Black pens x2, pencils x2, eraser, sharpener, ruler, protractor, compass,
    highlighter, working non-programmable scientific calculator (preferably Casio).
  3. Students taking examinations in Design and Technology will also need coloured pencils.
  4. Students should have calculators with them for Maths, Science, DT, Geography, Psychology, and Preparation for Working Life.

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 26 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.  

Post 16 News

Exam Information
Year 12 re mock exams continue this week - please encourage your son/daughter to see Mrs Potter or Mrs Kempt if they have any concerns or queries
Student Wellbeing
Please encourage your son/daughter to speak to Mrs Kempt if they are worried or concerned about their wellbeing.
A reminder that Off the Record (OTR) are offering weekly Resilience Lab drop in sessions on Perry Road  there is no waiting list and all students are very welcome.
The school counsellor is available in Charnwood every Wednesday, there is also a Post 16 Reflection room and many places that your son/daughter can study alone should they wish to.  Please see Mrs Kempt for more information.  There is a also a mindfulness drop in session on a Thursday lunchtime.

Careers and guidance:
Here is the link to our new Careers Bulletin which is updated weekly:
Our Careers adviser is based at Charnwood every Wednesday  - please contact Ms Paice to make an appointment:
Our Futures 18 event is on 4 and 5 July - more details to follow - all students will be off timetable for these 2 days but must attend.
Year 13 Book Returns
As the exam period approaches, it is vital that students are aware of the importance of returning all textbooks and library books promptly. Students are requested to return all resources as soon as their exams have finished. The latest date for returning books is Friday 28 June 2019.
The £25 library deposits will be refunded once students have returned all of their books and cleared their accounts. Failure to return all books by the Friday 28 June may result in the forfeit of the deposit.
For more information from Post 16 please see the "This Term at Post 16" section of the website here.


Staff Vacancies 


Cotham School are currently recruiting new members of staff to work with us at the school. We are currently looking to hire an Teacher of English, Teacher of Geography, Senior Inclusion Manager and Data Administrator at Cotham School.
For more information about school roles please click here.


Student Careers Update


Last chance for students who would like to apply for an apprenticeship in the following trades: Bricklaying, Bench Joinery, Carpentry, Plastering, Painting and Decorating, Electrical or Plumbing.
Please encourage students to apply online at  
All On Site applications for starting an apprenticeship in September 2019  will close on 1 July 2019. (For September 2020 Construction Apprenticeships the online application will open in December 2019)
Television, Film and Screen Production Opportunities are offering lots of opportunities for young people to find out about how production works and would like to find some Mentors for their programme. Take a look at their exciting newsletter:
Civil Service Careers
Looking for a Civil Service Career?  Take a look at their new website  Everything you need to know, all in one place.
Wessex Water’s Young People’s Panel
Wessex Water have an exciting opportunity for sixth formers and Year 11 students to get involved in the running of one of the largest businesses in our region. This is the fourth year of Wessex Water’s Young People’s Panel which brings the views of young adults into the decision-making they do to plan their future operations. For more information on what is involved and how to apply please click here.
City of Bristol College Apprenticeship Bulletin and South West Apprenticeship Company have apprenticeship vacancies here and here.
BT are looking for IT Service Desk Apprentices, you will need to be predicted to achieve at least 5 x GCSE grades 4-9 and will work towards a Level 3 ICT qualification.  Click here to apply online:
Other apprenticeships can be found through the Gov website hereTarget CareersSuccess at School , Get My First Job and Not Going to Uni.
 Students looking for Saturday jobs can find good advice through this website
Please keep your eyes on the Careers section of the website for updates.


Community News


DigiMakers Free Summer School

The Digimakers Summer School run by the University of Bristol offers students the opportunity to digitally innovate and create a new product, bringing their ideas and designs to life. They would like to invite students aged 10-13 years old who are local to Barton Hill Settlement and are excited about joining us for some Digifun this summer! For more information please click here.

Cotham and Redland Community Sponsorship

Cotham and Redland Community Sponsorship is a new group made up of local people and organisations, including Cotham School. We have been brought together by a shared desire to make a positive difference in the face of the ongoing refugee crisis. With the support of Citizens UK we are working to develop a local Community Sponsorship scheme to welcome a Syrian refugee family. We believe that we are able to offer this support and that we have much to gain.
To read about our first fundraising event  'A Syrian Night in Bristol' on 22 June, and to buy tickets, click here.
To find out more or to offer help please email

16 June is Lets’ Ride Bristol 2019 - for families and school children

On Sunday 16 June an exciting day of cycling returns to Bristol city centre and all school children and their families are invited. Organised by the council and HSBC UK/British Cycling, Let’s Ride is another fun opportunity for young people to get involved in a healthy, weekend biking activity with family, friends and fellow students. To find out more information about the event and how to take part please see 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 4 October 2018 - click here
KS4 Year 10 Parent Information Session 20 November 2018 - click here
KS4 Year 11 Parent Information Session 8 November 2018 - click here
KS4 Year 11 Parent Information Morning Session 7 February 2019 - click here
KS4 Year 11 Parent ‘Post Mock’ Information Session 7 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
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/