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Weekly Mailing - Friday 31 January 2020


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

Cotham School Uniform- Correct Footwear

Please can we remind parents and carers that students should be wearing black, leather type shoes only to school (no boots, raised heel, canvas, trainers, logos or brands). No ‘dolly’/ballet type shoes. Shoes must fasten securely with laces or a strap and the foot must be fully enclosed.  Trainers are not allowed. Before buying new school shoes, please check with us if you’re not sure!


Good News

Cotham School proudly welcomed back former student Maya Jama

Please click here to view the press release from Maya’s visit to Cotham on Thursday 30 January. 

Cotham School Sports Team Results 

Football Results vs Bristol Free School
Year 11 won 2-1
Year 10 lost 1-4
Basketball results vs RGS
Senior Boys won 44-32
Junior boys lost 15-37

Student Achievements

Congratulations to Rachael Adams in Year 9 won the girls U14 South West Fencing (Foil) Championship this weekend! What a brilliant achievement.

Cotham students celebrate Chinese New Year

On Thursday 23 January, Cotham students celebrated Chinese New Year sampling a delicious range of dishes created by our catering team. The team decorated the dining hall to compliment the theme of the food and a record number of meals were eaten on another ever popular theme day! Thank you to our catering team for your hard work to make another theme day successful for 2020, the Year of the Rat! Gung Hey Fat Choi! Please see here for a photograph of our kitchen team and some of their great decorations

Omega House Homeless Shelter Collection Update

Thank you very much to everyone for their donations to the Julian’s Trust homeless shelter in St Pauls. We have delayed the delivery of donations until next week, as they informed us that the beginning of February is the time at which their stocks get very low. We still have the last few items coming in, including a box from post 16, however we have a total of 686 items donated so far (please click here for the breakdown of items so far donated). 
Please congratulate all who donated, and a special thank you to the Omega House prefects who did such a great job organising the collection. This is an incredible haul by yourselves and our students. We will welcome any more donations, please bring to Mr Nunn in C203 before next Tuesday.  

Knife Crime Workshop

On Wednesday, Year 9 took part in a workshop on knife crime run by Avon and Somerset Black Police Officers Association. Knife crime has received increasing national and local attention in recent years and this was a great opportunity to educate and inform our students on the issue. Year 9 engaged brilliantly with the session and learned a lot about the law, risks and the impact of knife crime. The visiting police officers were very impressed by our students mature and respectful behaviour and the way they interacted with the questions at the end of the workshop.  Well done Year 9!

Lessons from Auschwitz

Monday 27 January was Holocaust Memorial Day, this is the day each year when we remember the six million Jewish people who were systematically persecuted and murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust. 
This weekend, two of our Post 16 students will be taking part in a project delivered by the Holocaust Educational Trust, starting in Birmingham with a seminar and then visiting the former Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to work with the trust to develop their knowledge of the Holocaust and to work with the trust in furthering Holocaust education in our community. 

Pay it Forward Campaign - Easyfundraising

Thank you to all those that registered with Easyfundraising, I hope that you found the process easy. We did really well with the big push to get as many people registered before the end of last term. 29 people registered and each and every one has raised money for the campaign. Let’s keep registering to hit the 50 mark and beyond as soon as possible.
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 remember anyone can register, friends and family. Help us and register today!
For more information or to sign up please click here

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 to date 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 lessons, science and grant applications; and monetary gifts of £10,800.00. 
It's really easy to donate, to make a single donation, all you need to do is click here.  For those that would like to make a regular donation, please set up a payment with your bank. Our details are: Lloyds Bank plc Sort code: 309483 Account number: 41658468.

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:


Student Wellbeing


Depression in Young People 

Depression affects over 80,000 young people in the UK every year. The Anna Freud Centre have put together a short animation clip which describes what it is like to suffer from depression as a teenager. 
Please click the link here to view the video. 


Important Information for Parents/Carers


There are no cases of Coronavirus reported at Cotham School but two cases have now been confirmed in Britain. The two patients are members of the same family and are receiving specialist NHS care in Newcastle.

Britain has raised its risk level to MODERATE from LOW. People who fly into the UK airports from affected areas are being checked out. Those being repatriated from Wuhan will be isolated on their return on the unlikely risk analysis that they may have the virus but not yet be displaying symptoms.
The advice for others returning from/coming to the UK from China is to self isolate for 14 days upon arrival. This is a highly precautionary measure to limit the potential spread of infection.
If you are or have been in contact with a person coming from China recently with suspected coronavirus and you develop symptoms of a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or difficulty breathing, you should follow the advice above to self isolate and contact a medical practitioner. A poster from Public Health England can be seen here

Attendance and Punctuality

At Cotham School we take student attendance and punctuality very seriously and have high expectations of all our students. There is a proven link between the level of attendance to school and the student’s level of achievement.  This is why we reward students who achieve the school target of 96% with a bi annual reward assembly.
In March 2016 the Department for Education (DfE) published a report on the link between absence and its impact on attainment.  The report found that ‘Pupils with no absence are 2.2 times more likely to achieve 5+ GCSEs 4-9 grade or equivalent 
The report also highlights that 73% of students who have over 95% attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at grades 4-9 and explains that students with persistent absences are less likely to attain at school, and – very importantly in terms of the future of the UK workforce – are unlikely to stay in education after the age of 16 years. 
Cotham School Attendance Target for all students in Years 7-11 is 96%. If a student’s attendance, during one school year is at 95% this is the equivalent of 2 weeks of school missed; 90% is four weeks missed and 80% is 8 weeks of school missed. 
We understand it can be difficult to make medical appointments outside of school times. However, we expect, where possible appointments to be made out of school hours we will not authorise a full day’s absence for medical appointments, unless there are exceptional circumstances. If a student needs to leave school for an appointment they are expected to attend school before and after the appointment, they should sign out and back in at student reception. Please try and use after school hours and school holidays for non-urgent medical and dental appointments.
All absence and any questions you may have about your child's attendance should be directed to the Attendance Office on 0117 919 8019 or via email to

Sign up for the Year 9 and Year 10 Parent Drug Awareness Information Evening - Tuesday 11 February 2020 6-7pm 

We will be holding an event on Tuesday 11 February 2020 for Year 9 and 10 parents and carers looking at the issues of drink, drugs, smoking, self harm that could affect young people and how to keep your child safe. If you would like to attend this event please click here to sign up as places are limited. 

Here are some links to resources which you may find helpful in the meantime, The MixTalk to FrankBristol Drugs ProjectCommon Sense MediaInformation on Self Harm.

National Online Safety- What parents need to know about Facebook

Facebook is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, social media platform on the planet. It’s rare to find people who haven’t heard of it and, even if you aren’t a user, chances are your children are or they want to be. But do parents need to worry about their child’s activity on Facebook? How can it impact them? And what safety measures can be put in place? Find out with this guide from National Online Safety.

Online Safety Newsletter- February Edition 

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. 

Bristol Education Partnership Events 

 Health and Social Sciences Student Symposium, Tuesday 4 February 2020, 9.45am – 2.30pm, UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus
First and second year A-Level/BTEC students (or equivalent) are invited to an engaging and interactive event which brings together the disciplines of Criminology, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology and Psychology to focus on this year’s theme: ‘Who’s afraid of social media? Challenges of the digital age’. Students will have the opportunity to attend an array of talks from a panel of invited speakers who have been doing research on issues surrounding social media and the digital age within the social sciences. Following this there will be a question and answer session with the panel, to spark further discussion and debate.
The day also provides the opportunity to explore UWE’s Frenchay campus as part of a campus tour and talk to current students about life at UWE Bristol.
Places can be booked by following this link: Register here
Inspiring Evenings Lecture Series, Badminton School,  Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3BA

Badminton School is hosting evening events as follows:

  • 6 February 2020 - Women in Cyber, PGI
  • 5 March 2020 - Special ‘Pecha Kucha’ evening

Events take place on a Thursday evening at 5.00pm in the Peace Memorial Hall.
To book tickets please contact:
Sex and Relationships Talk for parents, Monday 10 February 6.30pm, 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Elton Road, BS8 1SJ
Bristol Grammar School will be hosting a talk on sex and relationships and the keynote speaker will be Amy Forbes-Robertson. Amy has worked in education for over 15 years and is a partner in the organisation It Happens, who have been delivering Relationship and Sex Education talks at Bristol Grammar School for more than 4 years now.  During her career, Amy has been closely involved in pastoral care and safeguarding issues, and is familiar with the challenges that face young people as they experiment with their own identity, friendships and relationships. She believes that providing young people with good information is vital and that talking honestly about bodies, relationships, sex and their recreational lives is a key factor in enabling young people to make better choices. Her talks are frank and open, covering everything from puberty to pleasure and consent to pregnancy choices in a very inclusive way. 
The talk will be held in the MacKinnon Theatre at 1532 Performing Arts Centre and will start at 6.30pm. Hot and cold drinks will be available from 6pm. If you would like to attend, please reserve a place using this link
Please be aware of the other talks planned for this year, with more details to follow about each of the talks nearer the date on which they are taking place.

  • Tuesday 10 March: Exams and revision – advice from the BGS team led by Lead Academic Tutor Ben Fellows on supporting your child through revision and exam periods.
  • Wednesday 22 April: ICT – the annual ICT evening led by Matt Nice, BGS Director of ICT.

Astronomy Evening, Wednesday 11 March, 6.00pm - 8.30pm, Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Rd, Bristol BS9 3AW
An evening of moon gazing and astronomical activities for teachers and students.  Please note that any students attending will need to be accompanied by an adult, and that places are limited to 5 students per school (due to the size of the telescope).
Please contact Miss McDonagh to book places.
French Hub for A Level students Wednesday 18 March 2020, 4.15pm-5.30pm, Badminton School, Westbury Rd, BS9 3BA
For students interested in studying French at university and pursuing their interest in languages beyond the classroom, this is an opportunity to meet up with other A Level students from schools in Bristol to enhance their knowledge. There will be a variety of activities such as discussing current affairs, reviewing films, reading short stories, perhaps some poetry. These hub events are not just to tick another box in the UCAS process, but to provide something extra for those who love the subject. Sixth form students are invited to come and spend time with like-minded linguists - with some tea and cake.
For further details please contact Natasha Walton:
Festival of Care, Thursday 19 March 2020, City Hall, College Green, BS1 5TR
This event is being organised to celebrate careers in care across the region. Students are invited to come along and learn about all the career options that are available across the care sector. They will be able to access job vacancies on the day, as well as attend workshops, meet employers from across the region and much more.
2020 Clifton Carnegie Contest - Invitation for entries
Students are invited to choose any book from the 2020 Carnegie shortlist (to be announced on 19 March) and to put together a 5 minute creative presentation (music/drama/dance/art/animation) on why their chosen book deserves to win the 2020 Carnegie Medal. This competition is aimed at students in Year 8 and above. The presentations will be delivered in the Redgrave Theatre, Clifton College, on 22 June. The contest will be judged by Carnegie shortlisted author Anthony McGowan who will also talk about his books. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact Miss McDonagh if your child is interested in taking part.
Easter Family Show - Stella and the Star Shiners, Thursday 9 April 11.00am and 2.00pm 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol Grammar School, Elton Road, BS3 1SJ
1532 is hosting Stella and the Star Shiners during the Easter holidays and is offering a 20% discount for any parents of children at BEP schools.
In a secret place at the top of everything stands the tallest mountain in the world. On the peak of the mountain sits a tiny little village. In the centre of the village leans the tallest ladder in the world. At the bottom of the ladder is Stella. Stella is afraid of heights. With their celebrated brand of puppetry, live music and dazzling storytelling, join Open Attic Company as they make unexpected new friends and reach for the stars at the ‘Greatest Ever Star Shiner Competition… EVER!’. Stella has been ignored for too long and she’s determined to show the other villagers that she can shine a star as well as anyone. All she has to do is climb that ladder…from top to bottom. This is a tale about bravery and overcoming the things that stop us from really looking up. Could this finally be Stella’s time to shine…?
Age Recommendation 4+, under 1's go free. To access the Bristol Education Partnership parents’ discount follow the link below, book the number of tickets required, then log on if you have booked tickets with 1532 before, or set up an account: the next page will have promo code box: type BSPP into this box to gain discount.
To book tickets, follow the link here
Year 12 Higher Ed Evening - 8 June 2020, 18.30pm  Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Rd, Bristol BS9 3AW
An information evening for students in Year 11 and above about higher education options. Students may attend unaccompanied, but names should be advised in advance.
Please book places with Alice England:
IB Diploma Evening, Monday 15 June 2020, 19.00pm Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Rd, Bristol BS9 3AW
An information evening for students in Years 9 and 10 and their parents to find out about the International Baccalaureate. Students may attend unaccompanied, but names to be advised in advance.
Please contact Alice England to book places: 

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)

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 3.
Follow @CothamPE on Twitter for all the latest news and updates from the Cotham School PE department

STEAM- Food Science

Year 11 GCSE Food Class 2019- Street Food
Our Year 11 GCSE Food class of 2019 completed their NEA2 Food Practical Assessment last year but due to examination rules we are not able to show you the final photographs until later in the following academic year. The NEA 2 Food Preparation assessment was based on the theme of Street Food; students visited St Nicholas Market for inspiration, some photographs of the visit can be viewed here and then trialled dishes ahead of their 3 hour practical examination. Photographs of their final dishes can be viewed here. Congratulations to these students who showed a wide range of skills, scored very highly in the assessment and were very creative in the final products produced. For this year's NEA2, students have the option of creating three dishes that could be served as part of a Valentines menu in a local restaurant or develop three dishes for families which are healthily yet economical.  We are keen to organise a restaurant visit for the current Year 11 students, if you know of any restaurant that will be able to offer a dining experience either in the school day or early evening please could you contact school.
The glass ramekins donated to school are always very useful, please if you have any to pass on we are very grateful to have these. Further items of use to us are plastic sweet tins, kitchen equipment (not electrical), spice and herb racks, Valentines cooking utensils or related items, these will also be of use for the current NEA2 Assessment. Thank you.


House News

Please click on the following links to hear more from each house. Please click here to hear from Sigma, click here for Delta’s download, find out about Gamma here and Omega here. 


Key Stage 3 News

Year 7 and Year 9 Homework Club

Mrs Arnold and Ms George are running a Homework club for Year 7 and Year 9 students on a Thursday after school between 2.45pm-3.15pm. Please click here for details. 


Key Stage 4 News

Year 10 Prefect applications

If your child is interested in becoming a House Prefect, please encourage them to complete the application form, which can be found on Google Classroom and linked here
Becoming a prefect is a fantastic opportunity to develop leadership skills, confidence and to be a role model to younger students. Deadline for applications is Friday 7 February.

Year 10 Academic Monitoring Sheets

Parents/ carers should receive a copy of their child’s Academic Monitoring Sheet today. This report shows your son/ daughter’s current grade in each of their subjects as a GCSE grade 9-1. Please do take the time to congratulate your child on their hard work and discuss with them areas for improvement. 

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

Any student wishing to undertake a WEX placement outside of Bristol must return their completed WEX form by Friday 7 February.
All students who intend to take up a WEX placement within Bristol should now be submitting applications to organisations/ businesses. Placements are competitive and we encourage students to do this sooner rather than later. The final deadline to return forms for in-Bristol placements is Friday 3 April.

All Year 10 students are expected to organise a work experience placement.
Any students who require additional support can drop in to see Ms Dutton, Work Experience Coordinator, on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday lunchtimes.
A copy of the work experience letter can be found here.
A copy of the WEX form can be found here. This form must be completed and returned for a placement to go ahead.

GCSE Provisional Examination Timetable Summer 2020

Please find the provisional summer exam timetable here. Please note that all students must be available up to Wednesday 24 June 2020 to complete any GCSE exam that may need to be cancelled as a result of national emergency or disaster.

Year 11 Parent Information Session Thursday 6 February 2020

We will be holding a Year 11 Parent Information Session on Thursday 6 February. This will take place following the January mock exams and before the end of Term 3 on Friday 14 February.  During the meeting we will share advice about how to support your child in advance of the summer exams and also share with you the feedback given to students following their mock exams. It is important that you attend so that you are aware of the advice and feedback given to students and can encourage them to use the February holiday to target their areas of weakness. The session will run from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and take place in Charnwood, our Post 16 Centre on Cotham Park. Parents should enter the building and take the flight of stairs down to the lower floor and make their way to the large conference room G001 (signs will direct you on the night).


Post 16 News

  • It’s been an exciting week here with a visit from former student, Radio One DJ, Maya Jama.  It was lovely to welcome her back to the Post 16 Centre.
  • On Wednesday 5 February between 11.05am - 1:05pm we have a group of women coming in from the University of Bristol. They are from a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and careers and include a wide range of women from under graduates to professors. During the event Year 12 and 13 students will move around the room in small groups and have the opportunity to talk to the women about their careers and how they found their way (or are making their way) there.
  • For more information please see the "This Term at Cotham Post 16" Section of the website:

Year 12
Authentic Biology
Authentic biology is starting again for Year 12 students. The first session back will be on Thursday 6 February.
Work Experience 
Year 12 work experience will take place this year between  29 June - 1 July and is compulsory for all Year 12 students. Please encourage students to start seeking placements as soon as possible. If any student in Year 12 has already completed a work experience placement or is planning to do so prior to the 29 June please let Ms Beaver know so she can see if this can be counted as you compulsory work experience
Year 13 
Year 13 Exam timetable 
A reminder that the Year 13 exam timetable is available on the Post 16 website. Just to highlight that sometimes exam times and dates change so please be aware of this when booking holidays.  Please also be aware that the 24 June is an exam contingency day so this needs to be kept free.
Parents’ Evening- Thursday 13 February 4.00pm to 6.30pm
The Year 13 parents’ evening is on Thursday 13 February between 4.00pm to -6.30pm and will take place at Cotham School.
UCAS Applications
Congratulations to all the Year 13 students who have completed their UCAS applications. Please contact Marie Beaver if anyone requires help in managing their offers or still wishes to apply for university.
Student Wellbeing
We take your child'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 child can study alone should they wish to.  Please see Ms Beaver for more information. There is a also a mindfulness drop in session on a Thursday lunchtime. Ms Beaver 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
child to see Mrs Beaver 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. 

Staff Vacancies

Cotham School are currently recruiting new members of staff to work with us at the school. We are currently looking to hire an Assistant Headteacher and a Maths Teacher.
For more information about school roles please click here


Student Careers Update 

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.


Community News

Bristol City Robins Foundation February Half Term Football Camp

Bristol City Robins Foundation are holding a February Half Term Football Camp at South Bristol Sports Centre during the February Half term for children aged 6-12.  For further information click here, booking onto holiday camps can be made through this link

Advanced Cycle Training- Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 February 2020

Life Cycle Uk supported by Bristol City Council are offering Level 3 Bikeability Courses during the February half term for children aged between 11 - 15 Years old. The course is £35 per child, more information can be found here, bookings can be made online or by calling 0117 353 4580. 

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. 


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/