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Weekly Mailing - Friday 15 November 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 a very relaxing weekend. 
Ms Jo Butler


Good News



NEW!!! Pay it Forward Campaign - Easyfundraising

We have added to the campaign this week with an easy, no cost way where all can contribute and Cotham can ‘Pay it Forward’
We have now joined ‘Easyfundraising’. When you shop with the 4,000 retailers registered with Easyfundraising, each retailer pays the school a small donation to say ‘thank you’.  The donation is sent to the school with no cost or deduction.
This is a simple and free way to help us with our campaign! Please register with easyfundraising today! 
For more information or to sign up please click here
Thank you to the parent who contacted me to tell us about this organisation; it's much appreciated. If you have any other fundraising ideas we’d love to hear about them.  Please email with ‘Fundraising Idea’ in the subject heading.

Pay it Forward Campaign- What is it?

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. 
This 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 our '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.  

Agents of Change

Two of our Year 9 Sigma House students, Ilhaan and Mohamed, have today represented the school as 'Agents of Change' chairing a mini-conference of students and staff from seven local primary schools to share good practice already conducted by each school, and brainstorm new ideas, on making our schools more environmentally conscious. Ilhaan and Mohamed were an absolute credit to the school and have harnessed a lot of great ideas for us to take forward. The Agents of Change project continues over the year so watch this space for further updates.

Netball Match Reports

Well done to the Year 8 team who played against Bristol Free School on Tuesday 5 November. Overall, the final score was 24 – 16 to Bristol Free. However these are only practice matches so we are still learning  what to improve on. In our case that would be footwork and slowing the match down – remembering we have 3 seconds on the ball. Congratulations Daisy and Honor who were selected as the players players’ and Martha who was the managers player. Especially well done to Grace, Bristol Free School’s selected best player!  But,  overall well done to everyone who attended the match – a great team.

Written by Martha Year 8

The Cotham Year 8 girls played against Oasis (OAB) on Tuesday 12 November. Oasis won 6-2 and picked Hawa as their player of the match, the Cotham Year 8 girls picked Alina as their player of the match for Cotham. 

On the team was: Hawa (GK, GS), Alina (C, WD), Mawa (GA), Kimberly (WA, C, GK), Bronte (WD, WA), Alma (GS, WD), Rachel (GD) and Ella (WA, C).

Written by Ella, Year 8

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


Parent Governor Vacancies

You will by now have received a communication from the school about the two Parent Governor Vacancies on the Governing Body.  The letter linked here explains the process for selection and appointment of Parent Governors.  The nomination form is here.  Completed nomination forms need to be returned to the Headteacher by Wednesday 27 November 2019.  
We encourage applications from all members of our community, regardless of background, gender, ethnicity, disability or age (as long as you're over 18).

Off the Record- Young Persons’ Survey

Off the Record would like to ask a few questions about young people’s experiences with them, good and bad! They are dedicated to being guided by young people in how they design and improve services, so answers and comments will help them make positive changes. If your child has used their services and would like to complete their survey you can find it here
Every completed survey is entered into a prize draw to win some OTR merch and a £50 Amazon voucher!.

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 for next week 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)

Fixtures Week Commencing 18 November
Monday 18 November - Year 7 and 8 boys and girls Sportshall Athletics at St Bedes (6.00pm return)
Wednesday 20 November- Year 7 Netball Festival at Clifton College Sports Centre (5.30pm return)
Fixtures Week Commencing 25 November
Monday 25 November - Year 9 and 10 boys and girls Sportshall Athletics at St Bedes (6pm return)
Tuesday 26 November - Junior Basketball vs St Bedes (h)
Wednesday 28 November - Senior Basketball vs St Bedes (h)
All students must have a Parent/Carer Consent form completed to allow them to take part in all fixtures.
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.
Extra-Curricular Clubs
Please click here for a list of all of the PE/Sports Extra-Curricular activities available to students in Term 2.
Please click here to view a fixture list for all upcoming fixtures for Term 2.
Follow @CothamPE on Twitter for all the latest news and updates from the Cotham School PE department


Key Stage 4 News

Year 10 Parents’ Evening-  Thursday 28 November 4.30pm - 6.00pm         

Year 10 Parents’ evening will take place on Thursday 28 November 4.30pm - 6.00pm. This is an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s subject teachers to review their progress and discuss their GCSE learning. Please click here to access the online appointment booking system. If you encounter any difficulties with booking your appointments please contact the admin team by email at or tel: 0117 919 8000

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 10 Parents’ Information Session

Many thanks to all the parents and carers who attended our recent Parents’ Information Session. The slides from the presentation can be found here.


Post 16 News


Dates for your diary

  • Oxbridge Support day at RGS for Year 12 and 13 -  19 November
  • Year 12 Family Consultation Day at Charnwood House: 20 November
  • Final Post 16 Open Morning:  21 November at 9.00am at Charnwood House
  • STRIDE Lunch: 21 November- Students are encouraged to come to G102 and G103 on Thursday with their folders to give valuable feedback to teachers regarding their teaching and support at NBP16 centre - there will be lunch provided - students just need to bring their folders

Year 12

Core Programme last week was run by the excellent 1625 Independent People who discussed the issues around housing for young people in Bristol.

Family Consultation Day is on Wednesday 20 November, your child must arrange an appointment with their form tutor as soon as possible. There are no timetabled Year 12 lessons on this day at Cotham, Mrs Kempt (Student Services Leader) and Ms Quirke (Assistant Head and Head of Sixth Form) will also be available to meet. Please email them to make an appointment on and

For any student interested in Oxbridge, there is a launch session on Tuesday 19 November at 11.05am (lesson 3) at RGS, students have been emailed details with a sign up sheet.
Year 13

UCAS internal deadline for all applications is Monday 2 December.

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 and once ready they should pay, send and upload their personal statement.

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.

Oxbridge session lessons 1 and 2 on Tuesday 19 November at RGS.

Year 13 mock exams and BTEC External exams 
Please find the Year 13 mock and BTEC External exam timetable here.

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 child 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.

Creative Youth Network
Creative Youth Network also offer a lot of support and one to one therapy - please ask your son/daughter to see Mrs Kempt for more information a link to their website can be found here.

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

A reminder that Ms Paice is available every Wednesday in G402 at Charnwood to meet students and all Year 12 students should have signed up to SpringPod which is a work experience platform.
Here is the link to our Careers Bulletin which is updated weekly. 


Student Careers Update


Careers magazine for parents/carers of school leavers
Please click here to view the careers magazine. 
Invitation to The Changing Face of Career Pathways Event at Clifton College
Please see letter here regarding this event being held on Friday 17 January 2020 between 5.15pm – 7.00pm
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 full and a part time Maths teacher.
For more information about school roles please click here


Community News


Stapleton Road Station Survey

Funding has been secured to deliver an improvement package between Stapleton Road and St Marks Road.  Severnside Community Rail Partnership are collating data around what the community feel about the environment now and will conduct a further survey once the work is completed to gauge the success of the project. 
They are keen to hear the views of people using the Stapleton Road station and in particular the views of young people who may use this station. 
Link to survey here

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. 

Charade Amatueur Dramatics presents Murder on Cue 21 - 23 November 2019

Charade Amatueur Dramatics presents Murder on Cue 21 - 23 November 2019. Click here to view flyer and how to obtain tickets

Colston Hall Bristol’s Home of Music- What’s going on?

#MerryBristmas is coming! Colston Hall are proud to reveal that the front of their building will be the unique canvas for Visit Bristol’s #MerryBristmas campaign. The finishing touches were applied to the installation showcasing work from eight local street artists. A selection of Colston Hall’s own Bristmas highlights can be found here including the Made in Bristol Gift Fair, Bristol Centre for Musicians Winter concert and the Bristol Youth Choir Christmas Concert. 


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
Year 10 Parent Information Session 7 November 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, teachers 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/