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NEWS<br />

from The Cotswold School<br />

JULY 2017<br />

HAPPY<br />

SUMMER<br />

HOLIDAY!<br />







Thank you to<br />

The<br />

Cotswold School<br />

PTA<br />

An enormous thank you to<br />

The Cotswold School PTA<br />

for all their hard work and<br />

wonderful fundraising this<br />

year.<br />

Their efforts with the Quiz, car<br />

parking, Chastleton House and<br />

running several bars at School events<br />

have raised, since 1 st November 2016<br />

(the start of the finance year), gross<br />

£26,000! – a bumper year and the<br />

year is not even finished! THANK YOU!<br />

Please find, right, the breakdown of<br />

spend, excluding the new Catering<br />

Pod which is being funded by The<br />

Auction of Promises monies.<br />

The Cotswold School Development Programme

A Word from HQ<br />

The end of the summer term always heralds summer celebrations and as well as Sports Days<br />

and Enrichment week we were delighted that the weather turned out perfect for our Cadence<br />

Summer Festival. Live music, kites flying, circus skills, hog roast and wonderful choir singing<br />

made for an enjoyable summer’s evening! Thank you to The Cotswold School PTA for running<br />

the bar – a marvellous and much-needed support – thank you and wishing the team a<br />

well-deserved summer break.<br />

I would like to take this opportunity to send thanks to Tanya Robbins of Nosehill Farm and Karen<br />

and Andrew Bullock of Aston Farm for their dedicated support and instigation with The<br />

Cotswold School Farm & Rural Economy Careers Day on the 12 th July. Around 25 agriculture and<br />

Will Morgan<br />

Principal<br />

rural businesses exhibited on the field by The Avenue to highlight and promote careers, further education, technology and<br />

apprenticeships to all pupils – we cannot thank all of them enough for giving up their time and allowing the children a<br />

‘window’ into the opportunities that are available to them in this sector.<br />

This is an opportunity for me to personally thank all staff, parents, Governors and pupils for all your support over the last<br />

academic year. As you will see in the pages to unfold, it has been a busy one! As well as wishing our Year 13s all the best for<br />

their future, I would like to extend my personal thanks to staff who are leaving us for pastures new. Of note, Mr MacMorland<br />

who is travelling the world for a year, Mr Walker who is taking up a new opportunity, Mrs Waters who is to become Head of<br />

Art at Kingham Hill School and Ms Littler who is to become Deputy Head at Tewkesbury School – all worthy next steps.<br />

A special note to Mrs Evans who is retiring after many years (over 25). We wish all our colleagues all the very best and to you<br />

all a good summer break.<br />

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@Cotswold_School<br />

www.cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk/<br />

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The Cotswold School<br />

Alumni Programme<br />

Are you a former pupil?<br />

Do you know a former pupil?<br />

Can you assist with careers and mentoring?<br />

In the autumn of 2018, The Cotswold School will be 30<br />

years old and we want to reach out to as many former<br />

pupils as possible to make it a lovely celebration.<br />

Please sign up at:<br />

www.cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk/alumni/<br />


Fundraising<br />

School Development Plan<br />

Cadence Summer Festival<br />

Farm & Rural Economy Careers Day<br />

Tour of Britain<br />

Sports Day<br />

Sports Results<br />

Sporting <strong>News</strong><br />

Proms in Pictures<br />

Interact Club<br />

Art, D&T and Drama Showcase<br />

#MusicNotes<br />

#LiteracyMatters<br />

Year 12 Reporter, Ellie Watson<br />

Enrichment Week<br />

A Year in Review<br />

A Year of Culture<br />

Rotary Roundup<br />

Sixth Form Centre<br />

Notes for Your Diary

Latest <strong>News</strong><br />

#MusicNotes<br />

This year’s Cadence Summer Festival, held in School on 7th July, was a celebration of all our pupils’ incredible talent. As well as<br />

several performers on the Acoustic and Main stages, including the school choir, there was a chance to make your own kite with<br />

Peter Powell Kites, learn circus skills with School of Larks, take part in children’s entertainment and face painting, and sample<br />

some delicious food and drink. The night was rounded off with a performance from primary school pupils and The Cotswold<br />

School Choir with our very own Back in Black.<br />

Ms Buckley, Head of Music said, “We love celebrating at School and showcasing talent from pupils, both primary and secondary.<br />

Cadence has given us the perfect opportunity to present entertainment from the arts sector and enable us to raise funds to support<br />

our Performing Arts Department and new sound-proof pods.”<br />

Thank you to all who attended, making this such a wonderful event and kick-starting the summer!

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The Cotswold School Farm & Rural Economy Careers Day 2017<br />

The Cotswold School Farm and Rural<br />

Economy Day took place on Wednesday<br />

12 th July for pupils and staff to ascertain<br />

the many opportunities, funding<br />

resources, higher education, job<br />

availability, apprenticeship, enterprise<br />

and evolving technologies within this<br />

sector. The event was a closed event,<br />

open only to the 1300 pupils at The<br />

Cotswold School and the pupils of<br />

Bourton Primary School.<br />

Thanks to Tanya and Tom Robbins and<br />

Karen and Andrew Bullock for their help<br />

with the organisation. It was wonderful<br />

to see pupils from Bourton Primary<br />

School joining us too.<br />

Phil White, Careers Coordinator and<br />

Deputy Principal (pictured right) quoted,<br />

“The day was set to enable pupils to<br />

discover ‘what is actually out there’ in a<br />

sector that needs employers and<br />

employees – there are many job and<br />

career opportunities,<br />

funding support and<br />

high-class higher<br />

education openings, to<br />

support a child’s careers<br />

in the area, right here in<br />

Gloucestershire.”<br />

Over 20 businesses attended and The<br />

Cotswold School extends their thanks to:<br />

Midlands Cooperative<br />

Sandfield Dairy Farm<br />

Love My Cow<br />

Cotteswold Dairy<br />

RAU<br />

Harper Adams<br />

Warwickshire University<br />

Tayler & Fletcher<br />

Mole Valley Farmers<br />

Arboricult<br />

Epic Forestry<br />

Roy Limbrick with his<br />

wonderful<br />

vintage tractor<br />

Shipton Mill<br />

NFU Mutual<br />

NFU<br />

Mrs Hughes and her<br />

collection of Fossils<br />

Bourton Vale<br />

Hackling Transport Toby Phipp Year 9 who<br />

& Distribution won the Hacklings “Guess<br />

Cheltenham Jockey the number of nuts and<br />

Club<br />

bolts” competition!<br />

Happerley<br />

Open Field<br />


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OVO Energy Tour of Britain<br />

To celebrate, The Cotswold School is part of the<br />

community-wide promotions, organised by Cotswold Tourism with the OVO Energy<br />

Tour of Britain. The tour, as part of Stage 7, will be racing through Bourton High<br />

Street on Saturday 9th September—exact timings still to be confirmed but we<br />

believe late morning.<br />

Parents and pupils are invited to enter the ‘Bridging Nations’ Decorated Bike<br />

Competition, with judging on the Green. Please come to the designated area for<br />

The Cotswold School for 11.30am. The Parish Council will judge this event, with a first<br />

prize of £25 book voucher and a second prize of £10 book voucher. Parents and pupils<br />

are then welcome to watch the Tour of Britain cycle through the village.<br />

The Cotswold School was delighted to be part of the pre-promotional events and the<br />

whole of Year 7 was included in the short film "75 days to go" (which you can view on<br />

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8i3nWIAON4&feature=youtu.be).<br />

Additional press opportunities and filming included images of students from The<br />

Cotswold School with professional cyclists James Lowsley Williams, Rob Partridge<br />

and former cyclist Sharon Laws.<br />

More details can be found on the Tour of Britain website:<br />

http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-seven/<br />

Sports Day<br />

The weather was eventually kind as pupils and staff took to the field<br />

for our annual Sports Day. Poseidon was crowned the winner!<br />

We are pleased to welcome next year’s staff House Representatives:<br />

Mr Ellis (Artemis), Miss C Lamb (Zeus), Mrs Joynes (Poseidon) and<br />

Mr Lord (Apollo).

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Sports Day Continued...<br />

Summer Term 2017 Sports Results<br />

Fixture Result Player of the Match<br />

Year 7a Rounders vs Cleeve Won 17.5-8.5 Hannah Friend<br />

Year 7b Rounders vs Cleeve Won 16.5-7.5 Freya Gilbert<br />

Year 7 Rounders vs Winchcombe Won 16.5-11 Keira James and Fern O’Brien<br />

Year 8 Rounders vs Cleeve Won 14-10 Tisa Maunder-Bushell and Poppy Stott<br />

Year 8 Rounders Tournament at Tewkesbury<br />

Placed 11th<br />

Thea Pett<br />

School<br />

Year 9 Rounders vs Cleeve Lost 15-11 Sammy Sargeaunt<br />

Year 9 Rounders Tournament at Pates School Placed 7th Sara Zamir<br />

Year 7 Cricket vs Burford Won by 9 runs Joe Zamir and Misha Lee<br />

Year 10 Cricket vs Balcarras Lost by 6 wickets Sasha Lee<br />

Year 10 Cricket vs Tewkesbury Won by 7 wickets Will Faulkner<br />

U13 Tennis vs Winchcombe Won 7-6 Toby Sellek<br />

U15 Boys Tennis vs St Edwards Lost 12-0 Edward Parker<br />

U13 Girls Tennis vs CLC b Lost 12-0 Rhian Sneath<br />

U15 Girls Tennis vs Cleeve Won 8-4 Albertine Wheeler<br />

U13 Boys Tennis vs Chipping Campden Lost 8-4 Edward Craske<br />

U13 Girls Tennis vs CLC a Lost 12-0 Milly Sargent<br />

U15 Boys Tennis vs Cleeve Won 8-4 Edward Parker<br />

U13 Boys Tennis vs Cleeve Lost 12-0 Oliver Gallagher

Latest <strong>News</strong><br />

Sporting <strong>News</strong><br />

These two aren’t horsing around!<br />

Both Freya Partridge and Sarah Owens have been selected to<br />

represent the South Wales and Central British Eventing U18<br />

team for the upcoming National Championships in July . Such a<br />

massive achievement for the girls selected out of 50 riders!<br />

Super Cycling<br />

Congratulations to Jacques Sauvagnagues, Year 12,<br />

who came 1st in the Stage 2 Spokes Cycles Junior<br />

2-Day cycling event on Sunday 11th June, in Fyfe.<br />

The previous day he achieved 19th place in Stage 1,<br />

coming 6th overall that weekend.<br />

MCC Cricket Review By Eva Shoemark<br />

We lost the toss and the MCC elected to bat first. With a strong Year 10 pair opening the bowling, the MCC<br />

openers made a steady start. Although their comfort zone became clear as the boundaries came quickly.<br />

After 60 overs fielding, we only managed two wickets, leaving the MCC on 260 runs. After generous amounts<br />

of food, Cotswold hit the nets before heading to the crease. Giles Wellman and Cameron Brown opened the<br />

batting but after only a short visit, Wellman departed for 3, starting a collapse. Even after all twelve batters<br />

had faced the MCC’s attack, Cotswold fell for 87. Overall, the experience of playing with top class players and<br />

eating good food, made the day worth while.<br />

Thank you to the MCC for coming.<br />

Ahead of the Competition<br />

Izzy Kiey-Thomas has been running for Cheltenham Harriers since September 2016, but has, since the spring<br />

Term, been entering multi-events competitions which includes heptathlons and pentathlons. In June she<br />

came 3rd in shot put (9.07m) at the Youth Development League’s South West Schools Pentathlon, in<br />

Yeovil.<br />

This season has seen some great results for Alex Scrivener too. In March she competed in the English<br />

Schools Cross-Country Nationals, coming 3rd. Following this success, she then went on to place 1st in the<br />

3 County Championships in May.<br />

Well done to both girls!<br />

Top to bottom: Izzy and Alex<br />

Suki Glockling, Year 9, represented Evesham<br />

Rowing Club at the British Rowing Junior Championships in<br />

Nottingham on Friday 14 th July, where<br />

she rowed Doubles in the 500m.<br />

Glockling and her teammate placed 15 th<br />

out of 75 in the 500m doubles and 41 st<br />

overall out of 75. She aims to continue<br />

with her rowing, with the Olympics in<br />

her sights.<br />

Beth Cate has recently<br />

made it into the National Athletics<br />

competition with medals in 100m<br />

and 200m sprints.<br />

She runs for Warwickshire and is<br />

planning to move up to 400m<br />

sprinting soon.<br />

So, where next for Beth? “I’m in<br />

training now and hope to take<br />

part in the Tokyo Olympics in<br />


Year 11 Prom in Pictures<br />

Year 13 Prom in Pictures

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Governors Corner<br />

Governors have been as busy as ever – more visits to departments have taken place enabling Governors to discuss<br />

with pupils and teachers alike. This is a really important part of a Governor’s role as they are then able to report back to<br />

the Full Governing Body as to how they can best support our teachers in their day-to-day work.<br />

Governors have also had a full agenda in their two major meetings this term including reviewing the School’s Self Evaluation<br />

Plan and how the School did against its targets for last year’s Development Plan. The new Development Plan for 2017 - 2018<br />

has also been approved and will be reviewed twice more in the coming year. They have discussed with our School Council<br />

representatives and analysed the staff survey.<br />

The individual committees have also been busy – Teaching and Learning has heard presentations about SMSC and SEND and<br />

from two Heads of Department. Premises has monitored the Sixth Form build and approved refurbishment of the toilets and<br />

extensive work on the roofs. Finance has been working hard on the budget and Pay and Performance has been monitoring<br />

Performance Management. All committees have reviewed relevant policies for approval by the Full Governing Body. Various<br />

School events have been supported and you will see that it has been a very busy term.<br />

Finally I would like to welcome on board Dr Cullen Reilly who was elected to be a Parent Governor. We are<br />

sorry to say goodbye to Mr Macmorland as one of our Staff Governors, but are pleased to welcome aboard<br />

Kathryn Allison following our recent staff election. Thank you to all our Governors for their hard work and<br />

support on our behalf over the past academic year. It is much appreciated.<br />

If you would like any more information about who our Governors are and what they do please visit the<br />

Governor link on the School website.<br />

-Mrs Hudson, Clerk to Governors<br />

Chinese Visitors<br />

We were delighted to again host<br />

our friends from Dulwich College<br />

Suzhou, China.<br />

Staying with host families and<br />

studying at the School, 15 students spent 10 days in the<br />

Cotswolds. Their main aim was to improve their<br />

language skills and understand more about our culture<br />

and lifestyle.<br />

Many of them wish to attend UK universities in the<br />

future and this was a great chance to do this. They had<br />

time to visit tourist sites such as Stratford, Bath, Oxford<br />

and Cambridge during their time here.<br />

With our students visiting them in October<br />

2018, we very much hope the link<br />

between our schools will continue to<br />

grow.<br />

Please can I thank the host families<br />

Mr Edwards<br />

directly for their willingness to help. Assistant Principal<br />

Farewell and Welcome<br />

Above: Celebrating the start of works<br />

for the new Sixth Form Block are,<br />

l-r: Ben Erasmus (Deputy Head Boy), a<br />

representative from Snape<br />

Construction ,Mr Morgan, Joe Salf<br />

(Head Boy), Rachel Davies (Head Girl),<br />

Lucy Kitching (Deputy Head Boy), Mrs<br />

Tye and Mr White.<br />

We welcome the new Head Boy<br />

and Girl team and wish them luck<br />

for the coming year.<br />

Thank you to the outgoing Heads for<br />

all their wonderful leadership over<br />

the last year and we wish them all<br />

the best for their future<br />

endeavours.<br />

L-R: Nick Key (Deputy Head Boy), Beth<br />

Hill (Deputy Head Girl), Eva Shoemark<br />

(Head Girl) and Sam Blackman (Head<br />

Boy)<br />

Interact Club<br />

Interact Club is a school club open to all year groups that meets one lunchtime on a weekly basis. It is attended by<br />

at least one member of the North Cotswolds Rotary Club every week, usually Andrew Mitchell or David Goodwin.<br />

The club is regularly attended by 15 students, at present all Year 7 to 9.<br />

The aim of the club is to support charities and the community, both locally and<br />

globally. Over the last few years they have organised sponsored walks, cake sales, ran a<br />

stall at the Christmas Night in Bourton, car boot sales, tombolas, and supported<br />

Rotary events such as Easter Egg hunts and walks.<br />

Mrs Gleed,<br />

Geography<br />

They were treated to a trip to Bourton in June, where they enjoyed a picnic with chips<br />

as a reward for all their hard work and enthusiasm.<br />

The club is largely student-led - they decide the events and charities they wish to support. The club has<br />

grown dramatically over the years and the students are really looking forward to new challenges next year. New members are<br />

more than welcome to join.

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An evening of Art, D&T and Drama, showcasing work by<br />

GCSE and A Level students at The Cotswold School

Latest <strong>News</strong><br />

Singing Sensation<br />

Abigail MacKay, Year 9, sang with the Gloucester Youth<br />

Choir at Birmingham Symphony Hall on 5th July, the choir<br />

had qualified for the National Music for Youth Festival.<br />

#MusicNotes<br />

Back in Black performing in Stow<br />

Cotswold Festival, in July.<br />

Abigail is pictured right, performing at the recent Cadence<br />

Summer Festival at The Cotswold School, in July.<br />

Sherborne Concert<br />

The annual concert was held at Sherborne Church in July featuring<br />

talented musicians from The Cotswold School. Thank you to<br />

Ms Buckley and the Music Department for a wonderful evening.<br />

Mad Hatter's Tea Party<br />

As the culmination of their English lessons this year, (in which they have<br />

explored themes such as Love, Loss and Longing, Other People, Other Places and Spooks and<br />

Spirits), Mrs Lamb's English class, 8K, devised a tea party that involved presentations,<br />

performances, raps and demonstrations all displaying the skills they have developed over the<br />

year—not to mention their AMAZING baking skills! Mrs Lamb is VERY proud of all of them and<br />

they produced some incredible performances.<br />

#LiteracyMatters<br />

Dream a Difference—Poetry Week<br />

Poet Lucinda Jarrett’s involvement started in January 2017 when she came in<br />

and introduced herself to 8W. They dealt maturely and sensitively with<br />

topics such as death, war and grief. They work-shopped their own<br />

poems and worked with a visiting musician who helped them put<br />

melody to their lyrics. They heard poems from students in other<br />

countries and responses to these, sharing their own experiences of<br />

illness and loss for example, through poetry. They also got to Skype with<br />

the Palestinian school and share live poetry performances. What was<br />

really wonderful to see over the months of the project was that our<br />

students began to recognise that they were similar in many ways to the students of Palestine and<br />

Zimbabwe, such was the universal nature of the themes they were exploring.<br />

We now have several 8W students published in the first collection, “Dream a Difference”.<br />

Miss Maguire says, “This was a wonderful experience for our pupils and we hope to continue our relationship<br />

with the Girls’ School in Gaza.”<br />

Mrs Williams, School Librarian, explains, “We had a very<br />

successful Scholastic HALF PRICE Book fair (tag line;<br />

Stock up for your summer reading) and we made<br />

£548.00! 10% of this was commission and went towards<br />

new books for the Library. Year 5 and Year 6 visited the<br />

Fair from Bourton Primary School which created a real<br />

buzz of bookish excitement for them at the end of the<br />

school year. The visit from Year 5 was also the<br />

culmination of a series of ‘Why Read?’ workshops that I<br />

led over four weeks from our School Library.”<br />

And the winner is…<br />

Official winner:<br />

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys<br />

Mrs Williams says, "The Cotswold<br />

School CILIP Carnegie Medal Book Award<br />

'shadowing team' also voted for 'Salt to the Sea'.<br />

Thank you to Mrs Smith and members of the<br />

English Department for their support”.”

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Introducing our Year 12 Reporter, Ellie Watson as she experiences work life in the Marketing Department for her<br />

Professional Work Shadowing week.<br />

“As I am in Lower Sixth at The Cotswold School, professional work-shadowing is required during the final week and I applied<br />

for the role in the Marketing, Events and Communications Department at the School. Successfully securing a placement, this<br />

week I have practised my photography skills to embellish the end of School newsletter, created an<br />

advertisement, researched, structured and written a press release and created a social media campaign—this has all enabled<br />

me to gain a wider awareness of communications in the PR and Marketing function as well as being Tweedy’s girlfriend for a<br />

few minutes! Below is my summary of the wonderful week that is Enrichment week!”<br />

Enrichment Week is always a good week at The Cotswold School, providing a multitude of activities to those in the lower<br />

school (Years 7-9) during the last week of the School year. This year’s workshops included tight-rope walking in Circus Skills,<br />

Harry Potter games, slapstick in Drama and a visit from Tweedy the Clown. Not forgetting the<br />

classic Year 7 eight-mile walk, this year around the Northleach-Eastington area, a sponsored<br />

walk in support of the Sue Ryder Hospice in Leckhampton and in aid of the renovation of the<br />

Bourton-on-the-Water Cricket Club. Trips to Cadbury’s World, Harry Potter World and<br />

Drayton’s Manor completed the week-long activities.

Year in Review 2016/2017<br />

And what a fantastic year it has been!<br />

Careers and Futures Event<br />

The Cotswold School Hall was buzzing for<br />

our first annual Careers and Futures Event<br />

in October 2016. It was a great success and<br />

we look forward to the next one on<br />

Wednesday 18 October 2017!<br />

Charity Fashion Show 2016<br />

The 2016 annual Cotswold School Charity Fashion Show boasted another fantastic range of collections from our student<br />

designers. This year, the collections came under the scrutiny of a discerning judging panel that included: Ms Sarah-Hayley<br />

Owen, previously Director of Cheltenham Fashion Week and a highly regarded personal and editorial stylist who has worked<br />

around the globe; Ms Sophie Martin, an alumna of The Cotswold School who is now in her final year at the London College of<br />

Fashion and our own Mrs Wardell, Teacher of Art & Design.<br />

Spirit of Christmas Concert at Gloucester Cathedral<br />

In December, The Cotswold School took part in the magnificent ‘Spirit of Christmas’ concert held in Gloucester Cathedral in support<br />

of Muscular Dystrophy.<br />

Mr Will Morgan commented, “Our choirs and musicians, supported by the school’s wonderful teachers of Music, performed superbly<br />

again this year in the concert that is now billed as the Christmas Concert ‘not to be missed’ in Gloucestershire.”

Year in Review 2016/2017<br />

Celebration of Marvellous Mr Dahl<br />

In November, students across our school Houses - Zeus, Artemis, Poseidon and Apollo -<br />

performed mini-productions in a highly contested inter-house performing arts competition<br />

inspired by Roald Dahl. We also celebrated Roald Dahl's centenary year with a dress-up day<br />

and competition.<br />

Zeus celebrate their win!<br />

Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party<br />

Students from Year 11 stepped up to the plate once again this year when hosting the annual Senior<br />

Citizens Christmas Party.<br />

“Now in its 20 th Year, Year 11 catered, sang, performed, greeted and put on one amazing show for the elderly<br />

residents of our community. The appreciation was shown by a very impromptu ‘Three Cheers to The Cotswold School!’<br />

from our guests, which was very much appreciated!”, said Mr Smith, Design & Technology Department.<br />

So Bourton, Any Questions?<br />

The Cotswold School was delighted to host BBC Radio 4's hugely popular<br />

Friday night topical debate programme Any Questions?<br />

Lead by Jonathan Dimbleby, the guests panellists, providing lively debate,<br />

were Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Diane Abbott MP, Xenia Wickett (Director of<br />

the US Project at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International<br />

Affairs) and Lionel Barber (Editor of the Financial Times).<br />

Right: Sam Jones with<br />

Jonathan Dimbleby<br />

Below L-R: Xenia Wickett, Diane Abbot, Hatty Jackson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Jonathan<br />

Dimbleby, Mr Morgan, Grace Foakes, Lucy Kitching, Lionel Barber, Lucy Ottaway, Joe<br />

Harper, Joe Salf and Sophie Price

Year in Review 2016/2017<br />

Exploring China<br />

Ten full-on days, seven hours of time difference, 3 different locations and 23<br />

hours in a plane. China 2016 for 28 pupils, accompanied by four staff, was an<br />

experience that we will all remember for a long time to come.<br />

Mr B. Edwards enthuses, “The ten days were exhausting but so worthwhile and<br />

we are already looking forward to the next Chinese trip in two years time.”<br />

Celebrating Academia<br />

Chemistry Week<br />

The week, in November, saw Year 7<br />

students invited to take part in<br />

lunchtime practical activities with<br />

Dr Bettington and the Sixth Form<br />

Chemistry subject ambassadors to<br />

celebrate Chemistry Week.<br />

Overall, students thoroughly enjoyed<br />

the sessions and commented on how<br />

‘fun and exciting’ they were.<br />

Year 8s Shine at Mini-EPQ Presentation Evening<br />

Now in its third year, the Year 8<br />

Mini-EPQ goes from strength to<br />

strength with nearly 40 students<br />

producing a fantastic display of<br />

independent learning and<br />

creativity this May.<br />

future studies both here at this<br />

School and beyond."<br />

Mr B Edwards, who organised<br />

the event, says, "I am delighted<br />

by the efforts and sheer scope of<br />

the projects by students this year.<br />

I am sure this will be something<br />

they remember for a long time<br />

and will build strengths that they<br />

can take on and use in their<br />

National Biology Challenge<br />

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to our Triple GCSE Biologists who have come back from this year's<br />

National Biology Challenge Competition with outstanding results: 17 Bronze Awards, 4 Silver<br />

Awards and a coveted Gold Award (top 5% of UK students) for Jake Pugsley, pictured right.<br />

A really great accolade for our students.

A Year of Culture<br />

French Exchange<br />

Year 10 and 12 pupils spent a week in Lannion,<br />

Northern Brittany.<br />

“The French and English pupils mixed beautifully<br />

and they all made great friends. There were a<br />

few tears on departure, but it looks like more<br />

than a few will keep in touch and might visit again soon. It was<br />

wonderful to see them all have such a great time!”<br />

Mme Moss<br />

French Teacher<br />

Miesbach, Bavaria Exchange<br />

In March a group of year 9 and 10 pupils studying German<br />

went to Bavaria on the German Exchange.<br />

“We arrived after travelling by plane and train and it was<br />

great seeing our exchange partners again. We went on<br />

trips every day including a visit to Salzburg in Austria to<br />

see the salt mines, the Olympiapark, Munich and<br />

Tegernsee where we went on a boat trip and had a<br />

traditional lunch where we could try all the<br />

specialities of the region.<br />

We also experienced lessons in a German school which<br />

was fascinating and interesting.<br />

It was a really good opportunity to experience German<br />

culture and enjoy being in another country.”<br />

Right: French exchange students on<br />

their visit to The Cotswold School<br />

By Milo Wills, Year 10<br />

Bon Voyage a Paris!<br />

In May, 40 Year 8 and 9 pupils went on a long weekend to Paris.<br />

Mrs Kelman explains, “After stopping in the pretty town of Arras,<br />

we arrived at the Château de Grande Romaine on the outskirts and<br />

visited the impressive Château de Versailles and picnicked in its beautiful<br />

gardens. After that, we set off for the Tour Montparnasse, where a 360 degree of Paris was<br />

viewed - if you were brave enough to venture onto the terrace!”<br />

On we visi<br />

Sunday was spent sightseeing in Paris, with great views, but this time from the Arc de Triomphe and eating<br />

near the Louvre Museum. She continues, “We saw lots of famous landmarks such as the Notre Dame<br />

cathedral and the Musée d’Orsay whilst we cruised down the River Seine. You can’t leave Paris without eating<br />

in the Bouillon- Chartier restaurant and it was delicious as always. On the last day, we squeezed in the<br />

traditional trip to a French hypermarket to stock up on treats and presents and then visited the Stade de<br />

France; this was a behind the scenes look on and off the pitch and well worth the visit. Thank you to all the<br />

pupils and staff who made this an enjoyable and successful visit.” Please see Mrs Kelman, if you’d like to join<br />

next year’s trip.<br />

Rhineland Trip<br />

In May we visited Boppard in the<br />

Rhineland and travelled on cable car rides<br />

so that we could enjoy the beautiful<br />

scenery.<br />

Travelling down the river Rhine we viewed<br />

and discovered all about the magnificent<br />

castles. We even visited a winery and saw<br />

how they made the wine in a very large<br />

cellar. We visited many nearby towns such<br />

Barcelona Trip<br />

as Cochem and Rudesheim, where we had<br />

time to spend our money and try German<br />

food.<br />

In the evenings we went to try Spagetti Eis<br />

(ice cream that looks like spaghetti) or<br />

play mini golf.<br />

Nearly every day we went to a café to<br />

enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen, a German<br />

tradition. We also spent an afternoon at a<br />

small theme park. The Rhineland trip was<br />

great! All of the places we visited were<br />

amazing and going on this trip will really<br />

improve your knowledge of Germany and<br />

you’ll get to speak some German too!<br />

By Lucas<br />

Blessley-Smart<br />

and Emily<br />

Barber, Year 9<br />

Also in May, 39 Year 8 & 9 students took part in the annual Spanish trip to Barcelona.<br />

Over the five days, students had the chance to visit places such as Las Ramblas,<br />

La Sagrada<br />

Familia, the Nou Camp (where they had the chance to meet former player Eric<br />

Abidal), the Olympic stadium and the gothic quarter of Barcelona itself.<br />

Students were based in the pretty seaside town of Coma Ruga and each day<br />

travelled to places of interest to learn about Spanish culture and practise their<br />

language skills. All students were impeccably behaved and represented the<br />

school well, leading to a very successful trip. The next Barcelona trip is<br />

already organised for May 2018 and there are just a few places left, so please<br />

Miss Tingle,<br />

Head of MFL

Languages Week<br />

The annual MFL Quiz in September 2016<br />

saw two staff teams pitting their wits and<br />

knowledge of languages and different cultures<br />

against one another. In front of a good sized<br />

audience the teams were subjected to rounds<br />

involving blind food tasting, cultural expertise<br />

and vocabulary knowledge.<br />

German Christmas Market<br />

Year 9 pupils visited the Birmingham German Christmas Market in<br />

December, which is the largest authentic German market outside of<br />

German and Austria. A small experience of Germany in England!<br />

Cultural Visit<br />

In February, the School hosted 37 students from<br />

Reitaku Junior High School, Japan. It was a one<br />

day visit as part of a tour organised by inlingua,<br />

based in Cheltenham.<br />

Mr Edwards, Assistant Principal (Teaching and<br />

Learning) and Teaching School Manager says, “We host<br />

them every year so they can experience a UK education<br />

and improve their English. It is great for our students as<br />

they learn first-hand about the Japanese culture and<br />

language. The cultural show, put on in the afternoon,<br />

after the students have experienced lessons, is always<br />

good fun.”<br />

Mr Edwards<br />

Assistant Principal

The Oxbridge Six<br />

We are delighted that six of our students from The Cotswold School<br />

are holding offers from Oxford and Cambridge<br />

Universities.<br />

Mr White, Head of Sixth Form says, “They have all worked<br />

tremendously hard over the years to put themselves in a strong<br />

position from which to apply, backed by great teaching and amazing<br />

support from parents and friends. It is wonderful that their<br />

enthusiasm and talent has been recognised by these prestigious<br />

universities. This continues an enviable record of Oxbridge successes<br />

from Cotswold students in recent years, including last year, when five<br />

of our students began their degrees at Oxford (3) and Cambridge (2).<br />

I am so pleased for these students and for all our Sixth Form<br />

leavers who secure excellent places at universities or in<br />

apprenticeships or employment. With the current debate about<br />

selective education, The Cotswold School shows that students of all<br />

abilities, including the most able students, can gain an outstanding<br />

education at a comprehensive. And we'll continue to strive to<br />

improve on our previous best.”<br />

Henry Yates<br />

Reading Natural Sciences at<br />

Churchill College, Cambridge<br />

Luke Milner<br />

Reading Earth Sciences at<br />

St Anne’s College, Oxford<br />

Kyla Bentinck-Hinton<br />

Reading Bio Chemistry at<br />

St Anne’s College, Oxford<br />

Sophie Taylor<br />

Reading Geography at<br />

Worcester College, Oxford<br />

Joe Salf<br />

Reading Medicine at<br />

Somerville College, Oxford<br />

Theo Godfrey<br />

Reading Engineering at<br />

Brasenose College, Oxford<br />

It would be hard to beat last year’s inaugural Year 13<br />

Mud Run. The first of its kind at The Cotswold<br />

School, the 2015 Mud Run had plenty of mud, a<br />

water feature that challenged even the toughest of<br />

competitors and the, now infamous, dead badger<br />

that had to be removed before the race began...<br />

2016, however, turned out to be bigger, better and a<br />

quite different story...and one that everyone –<br />

competitors, marshals and spectators alike – felt<br />

surpassed the success of the previous year.<br />

Inspiring Young Artists<br />

Year 9 were treated to a visit by artists Louise and Ryan Firchau<br />

who showed the class some of their<br />

exquisite paper cutting, illustrations and digital art work.<br />

Louise and Ryan run the<br />

successful Paperpanda-cuts.com<br />

business and have many<br />

collectors queuing up for their art<br />

work.<br />

Pictured right: Ryan and Louise<br />

with their daughter Poppy Firchau<br />

and Grace Taylor.<br />

Qatar Calling<br />

Charlie Taylor, Year 13, will be taking<br />

up a Scholarship with Qatar Airways in November 2017 as a<br />

trainee pilot.<br />

Charlie, who has instructor status in gliding will be fully<br />

trained through the L3 Airline Academy careers programme<br />

over 17 months starting in Southampton and followed by six<br />

months in New Zealand. His course culminates with three<br />

months training back in the UK and then he’ll be flying off to<br />

DohaQatar to start his career as a First Officer on Airbus<br />

A320s.<br />

Charlie has promised to keep us updated with news and<br />

photos as his course progresses, and we wish him good luck in<br />

his future career.

Rotary Club Young<br />

Photographer of the Year 2016<br />

Above left: images by Rob<br />

Austin - joint Senior winner<br />

Below left: Sam Alvis - joint<br />

Senior winner<br />

Bottom left: Megan McMorris -<br />

Intermediate winner<br />

L-R: Mrs Hannam, Saskia Homes, Rob<br />

Austin, Sam Alvis, Oliver Price and Mike<br />

Boyes. Not pictured: Megan McMorris.<br />

Rotary Club Young Chefs 2016<br />

The District semi-final of the Rotary<br />

Young Chef competition was held at<br />

The Cotswold School this January.<br />

The Rotary judge was very impressed<br />

with the high standards of this year’s<br />

competitors and we are delighted that<br />

two of our Year 10 pupils have gone<br />

through to the District Final at the end<br />

of February—Lucas Butler,<br />

who came first and Grace<br />

Francis, who came second.<br />

Rotary Club Young Writers<br />

Young writers had their talents tested by the Rotary of the<br />

North Cotswolds, in their annual Young Writers competition.<br />

Entrants were set the task of writing a 500 word piece based<br />

on the theme of ‘Reflection’.<br />

Rotarian Mike Boyes said: “Several of the young writers<br />

composed short stories around the idea of a mirror as a<br />

reflection of life. Another highly original approach observed<br />

life through the prism of a drop of water. Then there was a<br />

beautifully descriptive piece about a peaceful meadow, a place<br />

for reflection, a place to consider promises made and promises<br />

broken."<br />

The Senior age group winner was Rosie Bowers. In the<br />

Intermediate age group the winner was Eleanor Plater, with<br />

Mariola Rosser second and Dolly Forrester third.<br />

In addition, Eleanor Plater went on to gain second place in the<br />

Rotary Young Writers District competition in January.

Sixth Form Centre Photo Timeline

AUTUMN 2017<br />


Please see below the timings for the new academic<br />

year: -<br />

8.50am to 9.20am Registration<br />

9.20am to 11.40am Periods 1-4<br />

11.40am to 12.10pm Early Lunch – Key Stage 3<br />

PLEASE NOTE: Key Stage 3 Lunch will be in the Canteen<br />

and Key Stage 4 can have passes if they have a lunch<br />

activity at Late Lunch. Key Stage 4 may use the new<br />

Catering Pod.<br />

12.10pm to 1.20pm Periods 5&6<br />

1.20pm to 2.05pm Late Lunch – Key Stage 4<br />

PLEASE NOTE: Key Stage 4 lunch in Canteen<br />

and Key Stage 3 canopy and Catering Pod.<br />

2.05pm to 3.20pm Afternoon Registration and<br />

Periods 7&8<br />

3.20pm End of School Day<br />



School opens<br />

Wednesday 6 th September<br />

Speech Day<br />

Thursday 14 th September,<br />

pupils leave 1 pm<br />

Open Day<br />

Wednesday 4 th October<br />

pupils leave 2pm<br />

9.00am to 1.00pm<br />

6.00 to 8.30pm<br />

Careers Fayre on<br />

Wednesday 18 th October<br />

5.30 to 8.00pm<br />


Thursday 19 th & Friday 20 th<br />

October<br />

Half term<br />

Friday 20 th October, return<br />

Monday 30 th October<br />

Sixth Form<br />

Information Evening<br />

16 th November<br />

6.30 to 8.00pm<br />

Results Days<br />

A-Level: Thursday 17th August 2017<br />

GCSE: Thursday 24th August 2017<br />

Good luck everyone!<br />


Friday 17 th November<br />

Christmas Holidays<br />

Wednesday 20 th December<br />

at 3.20pm<br />

We would like to wish you all a very happy and restful<br />

Summer Holiday and look forward to seeing you for the start<br />

of another exciting year at The Cotswold School

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