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Cotham School

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Weekly Mailing - Friday 20 September 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. Wishing you a relaxing weekend. 
Ms Jo Butler

Good News


GWR Student Rail Ticketing Scheme

We are very pleased to announce that the Severnside Community Rail Partnership have confirmed that they are willing to continue with 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.

Open Evening 

On Wednesday evening we welcomed approximately 1500 visitors to Cotham School for our Year 6 Open Evening. Nearly 200 Cotham students were on hand to serve either as guides, faculty helpers or musicians and speakers in the main presentations. Year 6 students and their families were given the opportunity to tour the school; experience taster lessons and activities across all the faculties; taste samples of Cotham School lunches as well as hear from our amazing student speakers and musicians. It was a wonderful evening that was enjoyed by staff, students and visitors alike. Our students were repeatedly praised by visiting parents and carers for their enthusiasm, professionalism and pride in their school. We would like to express our thanks to all the staff and students who made this evening such a celebrated success.

Keep us posted

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


Important Information for Parents/Carers



The School Day 

Our school day commences at 8.30am and we expect all students to be in school for 8.25am. 
Please ensure that your child leaves enough time for them to make their journey to school so that they arrive on time.  
Poor punctuality will have an impact on the progress that your child makes in their studies and is incredibly disruptive to the school community.
Please support us by encouraging your child to get to school on time.  


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 that the Student Reception is for both students and parents or carers of students, and the Visitor reception is for guests 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.

KS3 Parent Information Session 

We have a Parent Information Session for the parents and carers of students in Years 7, 8 and 9 on Thursday 3 October. The session will be led by our Leadership Team and there will be presentations from our Faculty Leaders in English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages and Humanities (Geography and History).  The session will offer advice and tips about how to support your child in their studies.  
The session will take place in our North Bristol Post 16 Charnwood Centre from 5pm to 6pm. Parents and carers should enter the building, and follow the signs directing them downstairs towards G001. We hope to see lots of you there.

Extra-Curricular Activities

A current list of extra-curricular activities available can be found here

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.

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. 
Please click here to view an online Safety booklet which includes an overview of key parental controls. 

Subject Area News

Physical Education (PE)

Extra-Curricular Clubs
Please click here for a list of all of the PE/Sports Extra-Curricular activities available to students in Term 1.
Please click here to view all upcoming fixtures for Terms 1 & 2.
Follow @CothamPE on Twitter for all the latest news and updates from the Cotham School PE department
Parental Consent for Sports Fixtures 2019- 2020
Please complete the parental consent form which can be found here and return to school as soon as possible if your child is taking part in school fixtures this year. Once on file we can then select your child for these fixtures and we will confirm by email or text the details nearer the date that these are taking place.

STEAM: Food Science

Year 8 have been learning about the function of Fibre and food sources of both insoluble and soluble fibre. This was delivered by conducting an experiment by using scissors and a potato masher to represent our teeth, water to represent saliva and coke as stomach acid. The tights are used to represent our intestines. Yr 8 thoroughly enjoyed this and photos can be seen here. More importantly they have learnt that Fibre helps prevent a range of health issues. 
This weeks photos can be viewed here.
Food Practical Lessons KS3 
The following learning groups have Food first as part of the Design and Technology curriculum; 7AV, 7CCY, 7WN, 8YA, 8YO, 8ZE, 9YO, 9ZW. All ingredients and recipe instructions are on each Google Classroom page. Students are able to drop off their ingredients at the beginning of the day and collect their completed dishes at the end of the school day to take home. Thank you to all students who have labelled their containers and ensured that they have their ingredients ready the night before.
You can follow us on twitter @Cothamfood

Modern Foreign Languages

KS3 European Day of languages Thursday 26 September 2019
At Cotham we are proud to offer German, French and Spanish and value all community languages and language learning in our school. To help us mark European Day of Languages, there is a quiz to complete and a £10 Amazon voucher to be won! Download the quiz here and answer as many questions as you can. (Do not ask google). Hand in your answers by Friday 27 September to the MFL Faculty Office. There will be a prize draw for all correct completed quizzes.

Please see Mrs Bingham A118/MFL Office if you cannot download the quiz.
Danke, merci, gracias


Post 16 News

Many thanks to our brilliant Student Ambassadors who did an excellent job at helping out at Cotham School's Open Evening. We will need their help again on Thursday 17 and 24 October for our North Bristol Post 16 Open Evenings.

Access to Bristol - Bristol University came in to speak to students about the brilliant Access to Bristol programme. Please encourage your son/daughter to apply. More information can be found here, the deadline is this Friday 27 September.
Year 12  
Subject change week Monday 23 - Friday 27 September
Students had an assembly about this last Wednesday. They must collect an orange form from either Ms Quirke or Mrs Kempt and this form must be signed by a parent or carer before they can submit their forms.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis but students must also have signatures from relevant teachers, please ask your son/daughter to speak to one of the team for more information.

Core Programme Wednesday 25 September in G001 at 11.05am
This week we have a visitor called Leah Newton who is coming in to talk to our Year 12 students about Body image / body dysmorphia and about the pressures of social media and how best to look after their mental health. Students will be emailed about the session next week but if you feel that your son/daughter would find the content too difficult please do let us know.

External Student Mixer, we are holding our second external student (non ex-Cotham School students) social mixer straight after Core Programme in G001 at 12.05pm on Wednesday 25 September, all are very welcome.
A reminder that lanyards must be worn by all Post 16 students at all times, you will be notified if your son/daughter is regularly without their lanyard
Year 13
Students must ensure that they have contacted their form tutor to make an appointment for their 1:1 meeting.  They should be emailing drafts of their personal statement to their form tutor in the first instance.

Oxbridge applicants, there is a drop in application support session on Wednesday 25 September at 1.05pm in G103, all are welcome

Students are encouraged to meet with Ms Paice our school careers adviser on a Wednesday, she can be emailed directly to make an appointment on and is available every Wednesday registration in the canteen.
Student Wellbeing
We take your son/daughter's wellbeing very seriously, we have many avenues of support available.  A reminder that there is a school counsellor, a Post 16 Reflection room which is available for all students 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.

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. More information can be found here
Careers and guidance
Here is the link to our  Careers Bulletin which is updated weekly. 

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


Student Careers Update

Careers in Cotham and NBP16 center got off to a flying start!
Students in year 13 are busy getting help with personal statements and visiting University Open days.

Year 12 are going on trips to business' (e.g. Osborne Clarke) to find out about apprenticeships and careers in Law and related occupations and will be invited to take part in live webinars to talk with "Pwc" about the exciting opportunities on offer for motivated and talented school leavers.  

NBP16 Bulletin drops into students email boxes each Thursday morning and contains all the latest opportunities. (Also attached to the website and this weekly bulletin.)

Year 11 are continuing to have their Individual Personal Guidance meetings. On Tuesday this week SGS College, St.Brendan's Sixth Form College and "Boomsatsuma" delivered "Pop up shops" in Cotham HUB  at lunchtime, where learning providers can set up a stand and talk informally to students about post 16 courses.  The next one will be on Monday 7 October. 
A schedule of Open Events for Year 11 has been created to help you to plan your visits, please click here to view. 

13 students in Year 10 are taking part in a charity project with (watch this space for developments). Mrs Dutton will tell students about the support they can access for year 10 work experience in Assembly on Thursday 3 October.  

Plans for Careers interventions for Years 7,8 & 9 are being drafted and students will find out more about all of this later in the year. Including Enterprise activities to build their skills ready for the workplace, activities to help students understand their progression and be successful and for mapping their progress.

Please introduce yourself to Miss Paice (Careers Adviser) at Parent/Carer(s) evenings to discuss Careers and options for your son/daughter.    

City of Bristol College Apprenticeship Bulletin and South West Apprenticeship Company have apprenticeship vacancies here and here
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.


Staff Vacancies 

Cotham School are currently recruiting new members of staff to work with us at the school. We are currently looking to hire a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Literacy and EAL), Lead Exam Invigilator, Learning Support Assistant and Cover Supervisor and Tutor/Link Tutor.  
For more information about school roles please click here


Community News


Casting call- BBC Drama 

Julie Harkin Casting are looking to cast for a BBC 2 drama, more information can be found here

This is Classical Bristol

After a well-deserved break, the great and the good of the classical world are descending on Bristol for another season of extraordinary music. Colston Hall will satisfy your contemporary classical appetite with performances from David Allred, the elusive Lambert, and Sebastian Plano. Meanwhile, St George's Bristol will be welcoming the Tallis Scholars, along with classical guitarist Craig Ogden - and the ever-charismatic Joanna MacGregor. No matter what musical experience you're looking for this autumn, Bristol has a concert just for you. For more information from St George’s Bristol click here, for the Colston Hall click here

Useful Quick Links

Key Dates
Please click here to view the Key Dates by year group for the 2019-20 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 2019/20. 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 
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 
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
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.
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/