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Weekly Mailing - Friday 25 October 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. I wish you and your children a very relaxing end of Term 1 break. 
Ms Jo Butler


Good News



Pay it Forward Campaign 

Pay it Forward’ is an international movement which promotes the undertaking of random (or not so random) acts of kindness. Using the ethos of ‘Pay it Forward’, the Governors and I felt that this was exactly the sort of campaign that we wanted to launch.
Thank you so much to our parents, carers, students, staff and supporters who have supported the 'Pay it Forward Campaign' launched in July.  We have got off to a really good start and have received generous donations of pre-loved uniform and equipment, books, GCSE and A Level Revision Guides, pledges from volunteers who want to help with maths, music and science; and monetary gifts of £10,800.00. 
Next term we will begin to put the monetary donations received to good use and will let you know what we buy, using the wishes specified by our donors, to help support our students even more whilst they are here at Cotham School.
However… we still have eight months left of ou 'paying it forward' campaign.  We would be so grateful if you could get behind our campaign and 'Pay it Forward' in whatever way you can.
For those parents and carers who have joined the Cotham School community since September and have not yet heard of our fundraising campaign, please see below.  In particular please see our letter that explains how you can get involved.
For a twelve month period from July 2019 and subsequently through campaign updates and new regular initiatives throughout the year, we will be providing details of how parents, carers, ex-students, our community and alumni can ‘Pay it Forward’ to support Cotham School students. Please find a letter here explaining more about the campaign and how you can take part, your ‘Pay it Forward’ contributions will make a significant difference to our school whether they are financial, helping with resource upcycling or the giving of your time and skills.  
New Initiatives!  
We will be adding to the way that you can 'Pay It Forward' over half term with a link through our website to 'easyfundraising'.  Easyfundraising will assist with your online shopping requirements whilst raising donations for the school without any cost to you. More details about this will follow in the first Weekly Mailing when we are back after half term.  

Photos from Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Practice Expedition!

Last weekend 12 keen and excited Year 12 students ventured to the Brecon Beacons for their Gold Practice expedition. It was a wet, windy and very challenging weekend but all students dug deep, fought hard and braved the elements to have a fantastic weekend away. Team work, enthusiasm and smiles stayed strong throughout!  Well done everyone!  Some photos from the weekend can be found here

Bristol Schools Bouldering League

The Cotham Climbing Club has got off to a great start this year with a majority of the group taking part in the Bristol School Bouldering League this week. This is a fantastic event that runs over four rounds with schools from all over Bristol competing. It was the first involvement in a competition for the majority of the team and they showed excellent determination and enthusiasm. We have just had the results in and the junior boys team have come 1st place in the first round and Senior boys team 3rd place. Well done to all who took part, I look forward to the next round, some photos from the event can be seen here

Year 8 student sends Prime Minister a gift regarding Climate Change. We’re very proud!

Click here to view the news article on Nico McCrimmon, one of our Year 8 students, who sent Prime Minister Boris Johnson a letter, revision guide and a copy of the book “Global Warming for Dummies” to encourage the Prime Minister to do his GCSE “as he does not know about global warming and he needs to be educated on it”.

Congratulations to 9DU

Students in 9DU have been designing posters to promote their tutor group. Three winning designs were selected by a vote, with one chosen to go on the door and the other 2 to be displayed. The 3 winning designs were from Josh, Esther and Amelia. 
Amelia's was chosen to go on the door and the other two were put on the notice board as they worked well together, with Josh’s design being awarded as the overall winner. 
Please see some of the creative designs here including the three winners.

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


NEW!!!: Cotham School Parent Information Booklet

To assist parents/carers find essential school information, we have prepared an Information Booklet (link here) which provides you with a quick reference guide to know where to go/who to contact in school if you have any questions. Hard copies of this booklet are available from both Student and Main Reception. 

NEW!!!: Google Classroom email summaries for parents and carers

During Term 2 we will be launching Google Classroom email summaries for parents and carers.
You will receive an email invitation via the email account that the school holds on record for you.
You have 120 days to accept the invitation before it will expire.
When you accept the invitation, you can select whether you have a daily or weekly summary of all of the work set for your child and the status of all tasks set.
Further information on Google Classroom email summaries can be found here.

Parent Governor Vacancies

Cotham School needs more Parent Governors. Have you ever thought of being a Parent Governor? See linked leaflet here for your consideration.
Further information about Parent Governor Elections will follow next term. Look out for the information in the weekly mailing. We encourage applications from all members of our community, regardless of background,
gender, ethnicity, disability or age (as long as you're over 18).

School Uniform 

How to purchase school uniform 
School uniform can be purchased at any time from Harris Sports, you can call them on 0127 587 4351 order and pay by phone and they will deliver direct to School. You can also purchase uniform from Famous Branches (School Uniform Suppliers) their shop is located at 186-190 Henleaze Road, BS9 4NE, telephone number 0117 962 0011.

Dates for your Diary
Thursday 7 November 2019 – Harris Sports will be in School (Main Reception) from 2.30 – 4.00pm. 

Friday 8 November 2019 – Cotham Parents Support Group will be in School (Main Reception from 2.30 – 4.00pm selling pre-owned school uniform for just £1.00 per item. We also have Year 11 Navy Sweatshirts for sale at 50p each.

The pre-owned school uniform sales are held on the first Friday of every term from 2.30pm - 4.00pm in Main Reception. All money goes to school funds. Donations of good condition uniform can be handed in to Main/Student Reception at any time. If you are interested in volunteering to help for a few hours with the pre-owned uniform sale please contact Ms Ryan on Main Reception.

Design the School Christmas Card Competition - Deadline Friday 8 November!

Every year we run this competition and are always impressed with the standard of entries. The competition is open to all year groups. Further information on the poster attached 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 after half term 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 an updated fixture list for 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.

Performing Arts

Dance Uniform- Year 7 and 8 students
Every student needs a Black School Dance T-shirt for Dance lessons. This is part of the school uniform and equipment policy and a requirement for every dance lesson. Dance T-shirts are available to purchase in the Main School Visitor Reception the first Thursday of every Term 2.30pm - 4.00pm if parent/carers wish to come in and buy or they can be bought online from Harris Sport and delivered to school free of charge for students to collect. Dance T-shirts depending on size cost £5 or £6.50
Any parent/carer, who has ordered a t-shirt and are still awaiting the order, please could evidence of the order be provided to school so that we are aware of this.
The Dance team appreciate your support in ensuring your child is equipped for every lesson.


GCSE Visual Art and Photography examination groups who completed in August 2019 can collect Art/PG work during the week of 11 November to 14 November from 3.00pm to 3:30pm please arrive at student reception. Work is stored in the classroom in which each student had their Art Lessons. 


Key Stage 3 News

Year 9

During October tutor time, Year 9 students have been celebrating Black History Month (1-31 October). We have looked back in history at Dr Martin Luther King, Mary seacole, Rosa Parks and The Windrush. 
On Thursday 24 October Year 9 students have an amazing opportunity to watch a performance by the Malcolm X Elders Theatre Company called 'We Have Overcome' which is a devised piece about the actors own experiences of The windrush scandal. The oldest performer is 85! 


Key Stage 4 News


Year 10 Term 1 Monitoring Sheet

On Thursday, students were given a copy of their Term 1 Monitoring sheet. This report informs you of your child's attitude to learning and completion of homework this term. You should also have received an electronic copy by email. Please congratulate your son/daughter on their success and discuss any areas of concern with them over the break.

Year 10 Parents’ Information Evening Thursday 7 November 2019 

All parents of Year 10 students are warmly invited to attend a Year 10 Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday 7 November. The session will feature presentations from the English, Maths, Science, Languages and Humanities leaders, as well as general information on how best to support your child through their GCSE studies.
The event will take place in our North Bristol Post 16 Charnwood Centre from 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Parents and carers should enter the building, and follow the signs directing them downstairs towards G001. 
We hope you are able to join us. 

Year 10 Work Experience Monday 29 June - Friday 3 July 2020

Year 10 Work Experience week will be 29 June- 3 July 2020 and all students will need to arrange a placement with an employer for this period. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for students to experience a week in the professional world. Every student will have a 1-2-1 meeting with the careers advisor between now and the end of Term 2 to help them explore areas of interest. 
A copy of the work experience letter can be found here
Further details and key dates will be shared via the Weekly Mailing throughout the school year.

Year 11 ‘in class’ Mock Exams Monday 4 November - Friday 16 November

These exams will take place between Monday 4 November - Friday 16 November during students’ lessons.
Attached is a summary of the content that will be tested in these mocks. The final column shows the date and time of these exams (not all of these are complete but they will be complete soon). We hope that student revision is well underway so your children can demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

Essential Examination Equipment

Your child will be more successful in their mocks 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 


Supporting your child’s revision

Some helpful resources to support your child’s final revision preparations:

  •  A template revision schedule can be found here   
  • Recommended revision guides can be found 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’.

Strategies for success in Year 11 GCSE Mathematics

Please click here for important information about strategies to enable students’ success in Mathematics GCSE in Year 11.

Year 11 Parents’ Information Evening Thursday 14 November 

All parents of Year 11 students are warmly invited to attend a Year 11 Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday 14 November. The session will feature presentations from the English, Maths, Science, Languages and Humanities leaders (plus presentations from some of our options subject leaders), as well as general information on how best to support your child through their GCSE studies.
The event will take place in our North Bristol Post 16 Charnwood Centre from 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm. Parents and carers should enter the building, and follow the signs directing them downstairs towards G001. 
We hope you are able to join us. 


Post 16 News



Dates for your diary

  • Post 16 Open Mornings:  07/11/19, 14/11/19 and 21/11/19
  • Year 12 parent consultation day: 20/11/19

Year 12
Core Programme last week was run by the brilliant Black Dog Project at Bristol University and students we able to gain a lot of useful insight into looking after their own mental health, further information can be found here
There is a launch session for any students interested in Oxbridge on Tuesday 19 November at Redland Green School, more details to follow.

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 - the internal deadline for UCAS submissions is the beginning of December 2019.
Students are encouraged to meet with Ms Paice our school careers adviser on a Wednesday - she can be emailed directly to make an appointment and is available every Wednesday registration in the canteen.

Student Wellbeing
We take your child's well being 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. Mrs Kempt also has lots of self help books available - just pop into G206 to borrow some.

Off the Record (OTR) 
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

On Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 November we again welcome careers adviser Jane Catchpole from UWE who will be in G402 and will be able to support personal statement writing and impartial 1:1 Careers guidance and advice - please encourage your son/daughter to sign up.
Here is the link to our Careers Bulletin which is updated weekly. 


Student Careers News


Amazing Apprenticeships October Parents’ Pack
The new Parents’ Pack October edition includes 4 key events to look out for this term, essential information on entry and apprenticeship levels, an Apprentice Perspective from Alexandra Neale, a degree apprentice at Milwall Football Club and much more! Please click here to view the Parents’ pack. 
T Levels updates
A new website has been launched for students and parents, to find out more about T Levels. T Levels are a brand new, 2-year qualification created by government to deliver world class technical education, to find more information please click here
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
Saturday jobs
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 French teacher, an English teacher, a Chemistry teacher and an Assistant Library Coordinator.
For more information about school roles please click here


Community News

HappyMaps Website- Providing resources for Parents and Carers around Children's mental health

HappyMaps is a website providing a one stop shop of resources around children's mental health from babies to young adults and includes websites, videos, books, Apps and links to ways to find counselling and other support. The website was funded by NHS England with input from specialist services (CAMHS) and local charities and is supported by Bristol Mind. Please click here to view the website. 

Fairfield presents Fashion Fizz!

Fairfield High School (FHS) is delighted to announce the launch of its first Fashion Fizz! On Wednesday 6 November between 6-9pm, the community is invited to come along to a fantastic evening showcasing vintage/second-hand clothes and accessories, with a silent auction offering the opportunity to freshen up wardrobes/upcycling by snapping up some bargains. Tickets cost just £5 to include a glass of fizz and canapes.

All proceeds from Fairfield’s Fashion Fizz will be donated to sustainable charities Oxfam & Aid Box Community.

In addition to buying tickets, FHS is on the lookout for a few things to help the event run as smoothly as possible, whilst making as much money for charity as possible. On the list include: good quality clothes (mens in particular), sponsorship plus raffle prizes, goods and experiences. This is also an ideal opportunity for stall holders to sell their craft-related wares... perfectly timed for capturing the Christmas present market.

To buy tickets please click here.  

To offer donations, sponsorship, prizes or if you have any other questions, please email Janice Callow at FHS:


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 
Parents Information Sessions
KS3 Parent Information Session 3 October 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 
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/