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Weekly Mailing - Friday 29 November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers
As Cotham’s Headteacher I have signed up to the ‘Stop School Cuts Campaign’ as have many of my colleagues across the country.  You may also want to add your voice to the campaign as a parent or carer.  If you’d like to read more please see the communication sent to me this week from Kevin Courtney on behalf of the Campaign below.  
Please also 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


The ‘Stop School Cuts’ Campaign

In this election, every candidate has a choice: to fix the school funding crisis once and for all – or compromise on children’s education.
Every concerned parent, headteacher, teacher or staff member is also a voter.
We all have the power to hold our politicians to account at elections by showing them that we will only elect people who guarantee to protect our schools.
Let’s find out where they really stand on school funding - by asking every candidate running for election to pledge to stop school cuts.
Ask your candidates to pledge
Our pledge tool is easy to use. All you need to do is fill in your details and hit send.
You’ll be asking your candidates for a straight-forward promise for schools based on six tests:

  1. Reverse cuts to per-pupil funding suffered since 2015 for every school
  2. Guarantee new money from the Treasury to reverse the cuts
  3. Restore funding to all ages and all needs, including early years, SEND and post-16
  4. Provide a ten-year funding plan so schools can plan for the long term
  5. Address historic underfunding by levelling up all areas of the country
  6. Fully fund new commitments such as pay rises and other new costs

These six tests are crucial to giving every school the funding they need and to stop politicians getting away with fudging the figures.
Over the course of the election, we’ll list every candidate on so everyone can see who has committed to adequate school funding. Or who continues to ignore the crisis.
The more people that use our tool, the more pressure candidates will feel.  
There’s no time to lose — email your candidates now and ask them to pledge to give every school in your area the funding it needs.
Our schools can’t go on like this. There are so many issues at this election, but properly funding our children’s education has to be at the top of the list.
No matter the results, we will hold every candidate to account on their promises if they are elected.
Let’s see who takes the pledge.
Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union”


Good News


North Bristol Post 16 voting and Hustings

We held a brilliant Hustings at Charnwood House lead by student ambassadors and chaired by Marianne Cross one of our year 13 students.  This was in preparation for the General Election on 12 December.  Students this week have had a visit from Thangam Debbonaire encouraging students to register to vote and answering questions and a joint assembly for both year 12 and 13. 

On Thursday lunchtime the room was full of students and staff who watched as the 5 parliamentary candidates James Cox (Lib dem), Thanham Debbonaire (Labour), Neil Hipkiss (Brexit), Suria Aujla (Conservative) and Carla Denya (Green) were questioned about topics that were particularly relevant to our students:  Brexit, Immigration, Education and the Environment.  The students were fantastic and had some excellent questions to ask the panel.  Particular thanks goes to Penny Beeston and Corinne Kempt for organising the event and to all the student ambassadors who ran it so efficiently. A couple of photos from the event can be seen here. 

NEW!!! Pay it Forward Campaign - Easyfundraising

We are now into the 10s with the number of people who have signed up since we launched easyfundraising. It's really easy to register, let's make it into the 50s before the end of term.  Help us and register today!
What is 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.  

Results of the Design the School Christmas Card

Thank you to all the students who entered the Christmas card competition.  We had a record number of entries and the standard was very high - making choosing a winner difficult!
As this was a House competition it is good that we received an entry from each House so all Houses will receive some points.
The winning entry was Jaele in Year 10, Runners up Liang and Prerana in Year 10.  Other students highly commended, Theodore, Daisy, Esme, Adrianna and Martha in Year 8 and Anna in Year 10 
Congratulations to everyone who took part and in particular Jaele on winning.  
Jaele, Liang and Prerana will receive Amazon vouchers and a small supply of their design made into a Christmas card.  Click here to see all the entries.

Praise Indeed for one of our teachers!

Bristol Learning Education Partnership sent the following feedback following the recent BEP Debate Day.
“A huge thank you to Cotham School and to Amy Clement for organising and hosting the first BEP Debate Day which was a great success. According to one visiting member of staff “the students were buzzing about the day and have come back full of confidence in themselves and the ways the day prompted them to think further around topics. They thrived in a friendly but competitive discussion with students from other partner schools.”
Well done to Amy.

ModeShift STARS Regional Awards 2019 on 27 November- Bronze Accreditation Award!

Cotham School were contacted by Modeshift STARS in September to be informed that we had been nominated for the Modeshift STARS National School Travel Awards. This follows our previous work in achieving Modeshift STARS accreditation for the work that we had completed to promote walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel for the journey to school.
Of the 3,500 schools that are signed up to Modeshift STARS, we were one of just over 100 schools across the country that had been nominated for the 2019/20 National Awards. 
Mr Carpenter and Mrs Quirke attended the awards ceremony Wednesday 27 November at the Everyman Cinema on Whiteladies Road with two students from Sigma House, Polly and Iuliana. Polly and Iuliana were nominated to attend by Mrs Arnold (Head of Sigma house) for their brilliant work relating to the ‘environment’. 
Cotham School joined the ModeShift STARS programme in January 2019 and has been working with students, staff, parents and the local authority to promote sustainable travel to and from school. 
Prior to the summer break a number of initiatives were run including Dr Bike sessions, where students could bring their bikes into school to be serviced for free, as well as "Free your Feet week" where students who do not normally walk to school were encouraged to do so and the student who did the most steps at the end of the week won a reward. 
Today we have been awarded our Bronze Accreditation for all of our work in sustainable travel and we will be continuing our work throughout the remainder of this academic year and into the future with the aim of improving our accreditation further. Please click here for some photos from the event. 

Inter-house ‘Cotham Can Collection’

It was with great pleasure that Muna and Isaac were able to help Dan, a volunteer from East Bristol Food Bank load up his car with the kind donations made towards the 'Cotham Can' collection. 
East Bristol Food Bank are grateful for the donations received and were taken back by the volume that was donated by students and staff in our community. 
A huge heartfelt thank you to everybody who made a donation and a special shout out has to go to all of our fantastic house prefects as they were the driving force behind such a successful initiative that will make a difference to people in our community.

Sporting Success

Well done to Misha (Year 9) for finishing 4th in a recent Bristol Schools Cross Country Junior event and his selection to represent Bristol Schools at the Avon Championships. It would be great to see more Cotham pupils competing in cross country and other athletics. Misha trains with Bristol & West athletics club at Whitehall. The club runs junior coaching in all athletics disciplines. See more information here
Well done to Reuben (Year 11), Oscar (Year 7) and Emily (Year 7) for qualifying for the Bristol Schools Swimming Finals on Thursday 5 December at Easton Leisure Centre. 
Well done to the Year 7 girls sportshall athletics team who have qualified for the Bristol Schools Final on Tuesday 17 December at Redland Green School. 
Good luck to all students. 

Netball Match Report

On Wednesday 20 November, Mrs Ferris took the Year 7 netball team to the Clifton College sports grounds to play in an indoor netball tournament. Cotham put a great team together of eight players, Inez, Connie, Martha, Emily, Isobel, Lucia, Fran and Sofia. 
We put a great effort into playing 5, 10 minute matches winning 3 of them and losing 2 of them as follows, our first game was against Fairfield winning 1-0, then we beat Cathedral 3 to 1, after that win we unfortunately lost to Bristol Free school 4-1, next (due to a bit of bad luck) we lost to RGS 3 to 1 finally we regained our play winning three nil to Trinity. 
We all played our best but there were some who really stood-out. Inez was voted by her team for the best player and Mrs Ferris chose Martha and Emily for her players. 
Written by Inez, Team Captain 
Year 8 Netball Festival Wednesday 13 November at Clifton College Dome
In our first match we played Oasis, the score was 5-3 to us. Especially well done to Grace who was player of the match! Next we played RGS and the final score was 8-1 to them. Good effort from Martha who was the player of the match! Then we played St. Bedes and they won 5-1. Well done to Rachel who got picked as player of the match!
Lastly, we played BBA and won 8-1! Particularly well done to Daisy who was player of the match!
Players Player: Rachel & Daisy, Teachers/ managers player: Martha
Congratulations to everyone who played.
Written by Esme 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

Nominations are in!  
We have received 4 nominations for the 2 parent Governor vacancies therefore we will be running an election.  Information on the candidates will be shared when we run the election at the start of next term.  You will receive information on how to vote by e-mail.

GWR Trains- Timetable change from Sunday 15 December 

Please note that from Sunday 15 December there will be a Timetable Change on the Severn Beach train line.

Monday 16 December trains from Bristol Temple Meads to Redland/Clifton Down will have a timetable change along with trains from Avonmouth to Clifton Down/Redland.

Please go to the GWR website here to view the changes. 


Google Classroom email summaries for parents and carers

We have now launched Google Classroom email summaries for parents and carers. Most parents have signed up without an issue however we are aware that a small number of parents are having teething issues.
To outline, the parental aspect of Google Classroom is an email summary - This will be sent you on either a daily or weekly basis depending on the option that you selected when you signed up. You can check and amend the frequency of your emails by visiting If no work has been set for your child since your last email, you will not receive an email until the next piece of homework is set.
Google has written a comprehensive user guide which can be found here. There are also answers to the most common parent and carer queries below. 
I have downloaded the Google Classroom app and am being asked for a class code - What does this mean?
Unfortunately, the Google Classroom app can only be used by Students at this time. The parental aspect of Google Classroom is an email summary of the work set. Google are proactively developing Classroom and the app may be available for parental use in the future.
The set work in my email summary refers to some attachments but I cannot see them, what do I need to do?
The parental aspect of Google Classroom is currently an email summary - This will not include attachments which have been uploaded to your child’s assignments. This is normal behaviour. If your child logs into Google Classroom they will be able to see all of the attachments that are needed to complete the task.
I have lost my invitation link and have not signed up - Please can you invite me again?
If you have misplaced the invitation link, please email us on with the name of your child and their tutor group and we will resend the invitation to you.

Year 9 Meningococcal ACWY  and Diphtheria/Polio/Tetanus Vaccinations 

Vaccinations will take place for ALL Year 9 students on Wednesday 18 December 2019. 
Your child should have brought home their consent form regarding these vaccinations.
The consent form allows for permission to be given OR permission to be refused. 
We must have the form completed and returned by all students even if they are not having the vaccination.
Please return completed form to Student Reception by Friday 6 December 2019.

Student Christmas Lunch - Wednesday 18 December 

This years Christmas lunch will be held on Wednesday 18 December for students and will be £2.35 or £1.70 without pudding. Please see the menu below. 

Roast Turkey with Apricot & Thyme Stuffing or Moroccan Spiced Vegetarian Pie
Served with Pigs in Blankets, Roast Potatoes, Carrots & Peas and Brussel Sprouts

Chocolate & Orange Iced Muffin or Ice Cream Cake

We will also be selling pasta, soup, jackets, sandwiches and baguettes

Adventure trip to Thailand Summer 2021

This year we are setting up an adventure trip to Thailand for the summer of 2021. This is open to current Year 10 and Year 11 students. Students will be working as a team to fundraise for the trip and will spend the time out there doing activities from Hiking, rafting, living in remote villages, caving, visiting elephant sanctuaries and many more things over the 14 days they are out there. There will be an information evening for parents to attend on Tuesday 3 December at 6pm in The main hall. There is no commitment if you attend just a chance to share information and answer any questions you might have.

Please click here for the letter and here for the leaflet which has been given to students in assemblies. Please come along to the information evening if you have any questions or contact Mr Barber by email,

Wellbeing Wednesday 

Guided meditation for students in the library between 2.50pm - 3.10pm. Students receive a house point for attending and after 5 house points receive a prize.

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)

Fixtures Week Commencing 2 December 
Thursday 5 December - Bristol Schools Swimming Gala @ Easton
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.
PE Kit
Just a reminder to all parents/carers that all students must have the correct PE kit for PE lessons (see the school website and planners for kit information). A number of students are arriving to lessons without trainers and a change of socks, and the wrong coloured tracksuit bottoms. 
Also, as it is now getting colder and wetter, all students should have a black PE jumper to keep them warm, especially if they are outside and football boots for when they are at Stoke Lodge. The playing fields are getting very wet and muddy therefore trainers are not adequate for lessons. 
Please can you make sure your child comes to PE with the correct and appropriate kit for lessons. 
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

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

On Wednesday 13 November, 20 Year 9 students had the unique opportunity to take part in a university event held by Bristol University. The students were brilliant throughout the day, a real credit to Cotham School. Thank you to Mrs Arnold and Miss Gallien for coming along. A couple of photos from the day can be seen here.
The Conference was a good opportunity to have tasters of university lessons/ seminars. I now have a clear understanding of the options and know what a university is after the Q and A with the student ambassadors. Overall, I enjoyed the experience and I liked seeing the university with more detail and learning about its history.” Written by Eleanor Year 9

“I loved going to the university because they showed us around lots of it. It also showed us its range of subjects for example the subjects that Cotham did were Portuguese and Philosophy.  I think the best bit was getting a tour around the university because we got to see a lot of the site.” Written by Esme Year 9


Key Stage 4 News

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 North Bristol Post 16 Interviews

We are providing all our Year 11 students with the opportunity to have an interview for our Post 16 Centre.  These are due to take place on Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December.  Whether or not your child intends to stay on with us, we feel this is a useful experience and are keen for them to have the chance to discuss the options available to them at NBP16. 
Students have been notified by email and via their tutors and we strongly encourage them to attend this appointment.  Please encourage their attendance, however, you as a parent are not required.

Year 11 January Mock Examinations

Please find attached here the exam timetable for the January mock exams.  These take place between Monday 20 January and Friday 31 January 2020. Individual student timetables will provided to students nearer the time.
It is important that your child gets into good routines with revision early and a revision timetable can help them to organise their time effectively. Students need a quiet place to work, away from distractions, so it may be necessary to limit mobile phone time when revision is taking place.
A template revision timetable can be found here
Information on revision resources can be found here.
There are also a number of online revision resources including the Cotham VLE as well as Kerboodle, GCSE Pod and BBC Bitesize. 

Examination rules

I would like to draw your attention to the examination rules we adhere to at school.  We legally have to comply to the JCQ’s guidelines and rules which can be found here.  We also have our own set of standards which it is necessary our students comply with which can be found here.  It is important that your child is familiar with and understands these expectations for both their January mock exams as well as their actual GCSEs.  These will be shared with our students in tutor time and a version will appear on the reverse of their individual exam timetable.

Year 11 Prom 

Last year, a number of our parents got together and organised the Year 11 Prom to celebrate the end of our students' Key Stage 4 education. The Prom, which was held at the Mercure Bristol Grand (near St Nicholas’ Market) was a real success and was well attended by both our students and our Parent Prom group. 
If you are interested in working with a group of parents to organise a Prom for Year 11 students next summer then we would be more than happy to share each of your names and contact details with each other so that you can achieve this.
Last year, the school was able to provide advice and support with communications to students and parents, suggesting possible venues, as well as organising payment for tickets using our wisepay system.
Please get in touch with us if you would like to be involved in organising the prom by contacting Ms Allender the Learning Coordinator for Year 11 by email at

Upcoming House Events


KS3 House Christmas Disco is on Friday 13 December 5-7pm. Tickets are £3 and are available from WisePay to purchase, they are also available from house prefects.
Sigma Charity Christmas Raffle, lots of prizes tickets 20p on sale in the HUB from Monday 2 December. 
Sigma Charity Bake sale Friday 13 December in the Hub- 50p
Omega  Santa Dash taking place at lunchtime on Thursday 19 December - 50p
Omega - Cotham Charity Christmas Collection.We are looking for donations for the Julian Trust. A night shelter located close to us in St Pauls. The items we are looking for are the following: 
• Non-perishable foods. E.g. canned food/jars/pasta/rice 
• Toothbrushes/Dental hygiene 
• Toiletries- Deodorants/soap/ shower gels 
• Sanitary products 
Over the next 4 weeks, we are looking to collect any donations. Donation boxes will be by student reception, in tutor bases and in room C203.


Post-16 News

  • Last Thursday 28 November we hosted a fantastic HUSTINGS with 5 parliamentary candidates at the North Bristol Post 16 Centre, for more information please check the NBP16 Centre and Cotham websites soon.  
  • We welcome Marie Beaver to the NBP16 Centre as our new Student Services Leader as Corinne Kempt is leaving at Christmas. Corinne is returning to her SENCO roots to be Head of Learning Support at Bristol Grammar School. Marie will be working closely with Corinne for the next 3 weeks to ensure a smooth transition.
  • We are collecting for the Help Bristol's Homeless Project, please encourage your child to bring in cans of food/toiletries/warm clothing etc.
  • For more information please see the "This Term at Cotham Post 16" Section of the website here

Year 12
Core Programme last week was run by the inspiring "We are Donors"  from Bristol University who came to talk about the importance of organ and blood donation.

There is no assembly for Year 12 students this Wednesday as they had an important voting assembly last week.
Year 13
UCAS internal deadline for all applications is Monday 2 December - please ensure that your child has submitted their application if they are applying for Sept 2020 entry or for deferring for 2021.

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. This is especially important if they are not applying to university for Sept 2020 entry.
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


Cotham Careers team would like to share with you a copy of e-book:  
"Global Village Publishing is proud to present an exclusive preview of Innovate Bristol at this year’s Bristol Technology Showcase.  Innovate Bristol highlights and celebrates those companies and individuals that are actively working at building a better tomorrow for all".  

The Cotham careers team will be contacting these companies to invite them to Cotham school and inspire students through opportunities to meet employers in their classrooms, at Careers events and via their subject teachers.If you are inspired by this and would like to get involved please email
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 Chemistry teacher and a Catering Assistant.
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. 

Bristol SEND drop in event- Friday 13 December 2019

This is an open invitation for young people, parents, carers and interested members of the community to come along and stay for as long or as little time as they wish to give views on how Bristol City Council can improve its SEND service, share ideas for a new assessment process and help us create a process that works for you. More information on the event can be found here

Colston Hall Bristol’s Home of Music- What’s New?

There are lots of things happening at the Colston Hall, click here to find out more. Announced and on sale  this week- Pictish Trail Scottish musician and Lost Map record label founder Johnny Lynch has been making music in his Pictish Trail guise since the early noughties. 

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
Year 11 Parent Information Session 14 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/