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from The Cotswold School



ZEUS: 12,461

APOLLO: 12,454

POSEIDON: 12,134

ARTEMIS: 11,769










the other entrants—they were all fantastic and

all will receive book vouchers, merits and time

with the architects in the new year.



A special thanks to Rachel Godfrey, as

she stands down, who has spent a vast

amount of time working for the PTA

and we thank all the committee for

their work over this year. A wonderful

£19,000 raised—AMAZING!


Where does the money go? Spotlight on D&T

The machinery we use to prepare a high percentage of materials for the pupils is being

replaced. It was manufactured in the 1970's and has been in need of replacement for some time. The

PTA has kindly given the department £10,000 to replace the most desperately needed machines. On Friday

8th December the old machine was turned off and decommissioned, with the new one being commissioned

in the last week of term, ready to go, in the new spring term!

Thank you!

Christmas is a time to reflect, but also a time to say an additional thank

you -thank you to all staff, students, parents, Governors and our

wonderful PTA committee for working so hard and making The Cotswold

School outstanding.

Will Morgan, Principal

It still astounds me how much we can get done in a term, and this term fir

example with the Fashion Show, Into the Woods, the Upper School production, the wonderful event at

Gloucester Cathedral, Rotary competitions, events, trips, 10 Oxbridge interviews and so much, much

more which unfold in the following pages. I am overwhelmed at the talent, dedication and sheer hard

work that goes in to so many curricular and extra curricular activities.

As this year draws to a close, the year 2018 will begin—our 30th anniversary year! It may not be as

significant as 25 years or 50 years, but a marked celebratory year is a time to reflect on what has been

and what still needs to be done. We want to ensure that the School is fit for another 30 years and we

will be working hard to continue our recent efforts in upgrading the School premises, security,

facilities—all of which will focus on supporting and enhancing teaching and learning. May I wish you all

a peaceful Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year—in fact ‘For the Next 30 years’!

The Cotswold School

Alumni Programme

Are you a former pupil?

Do you know a former pupil?

Can you assist with careers and mentoring?

In the autumn of 2018, The Cotswold School will be

30 years old and we want to reach out to as many

former pupils as possible to make it a lovely celebration.

Please sign up at:


‘Into the Woods’ Production

Careers Fayre

House Debating Competition

Fashion Show

Trip to Othello Workshop

New Sixth Form Centre Opens

Chemistry Week

Christmas News

Spectacular STEM Show

Sport Updates

Battlefields Trip

French & German Exchanges

The Cotswold School Chamber Choir

Geography News

Other News

Into the Woods


Narrator: Alex Skliros

Baker: Hal Pett

Baker’s Wife: Beth Hill

Witch: Annie Wilcox

Cinderella: Georgia Lock

Rapunzel: Charlotte Taylor

Cinderella’s Prince: Elizabeth Joyce

Rapunzel’s Prince: Alice Triff

Jack: Zoe Sanders

Jack’s Mother: Eleanor Plater

Wolf: Poppy Wilcox

Little Red Riding Hood: Lucy Pomeroy

Steward: Robert Dobson

Cinderella’s Mother: Ellie Watson

Cinderella’s Father/mysterious man: Rosie Bowers

Florinda: Jess Gainford

Lucinda: Immy Sneath

Cinderella’s Stepmother/Granny: Dolly Forrester

“The opportunity to direct your own school musical is one which does not come often. So, when I

found out that this was something I could do in my last year, of course I was over the moon. For years

my interest in theatre was something I expressed outside of school, but now being able to express this

in such an incredible musical was such a huge achievement for me. Into the Woods is the 1980s musical

written by lyrical genius Stephen Sondheim, best known for musical horror Sweeney Todd. The musical

is full of puns and comedy and was a challenge to direct but hugely rewarding. Approaching my

university years, this was the perfect experience and I couldn’t have asked for any better. With such a

fantastic crew and patient cast, what we’ve achieved in this short time, is something I am immensely

proud of and will take with me to the future. ” Lewis White, Director

The cast also included: CHORUS: Amara Bochmann, Bronwyn Close, Carlotta Dunn,

Guss ffrench-Constant, Flora Hamilton Jones, Daisy Hamilton Jones, Ophelia Houlston, Nadine Jones,

Amelia Lewis, Megan McMorris, Heidi Mundinano, Henry Norden, Thea Pett, Sophia Robinson, Harry

Smith. PRODUCTION TEAM: Kate-Marie Williams, Alex Roberts, Ella Closa Cervera, Conor

Biddington, Sam Jones, Grace Clare, Sam Mustoe, Grace Jacovides, Aidan McNiffe, Frankie Bastable,

Maria Bates, Kate-Marie William, Beth Rigby, Hattie Price, Tom Skelton, Sorcha Lee, Ella Blessly-

Smart, Henry Cobert, Courtney Vowels, Beth Rigby, Will Ballinger, Georgia Welch

MUSIC: Conor Biddington, Ellen Walkingshaw, Laura Harrison, Simon Cripps, Andy Farrington, Anna

Roberts, Zoe Jenkins

Thanks to Staff: Sarah Dowie, Suzie Buckley, Catherine Thomas, Stephen Hillier, Julie Powell, Site

Team and to The Cotswold School PTA for running the bar and the raffle.

Over 45 businesses and further education establishments gave up their time on

the evening of Wednesday 18th October 2017 to discuss their particular sectors

of business and education to Year 9s and above.

Businesses ranged from architecture, engineering, building

construction, banking, accountancy, hairdressing, retail,

armed forces, hospitality, languages, sport, leisure,


We cannot thank everyone involved enough and for all

those who attended—’there was such a buzz in the room’

Mr White, Head of Sixth Form and Careers.

The date is set for next year, 17 October 2018, and if you

are able to give up time and come along and

exhibit and promote your sector, please contact


We held our first all House Debating Competitions which were won by:

Key Stage 5: Zeus for ‘This House would ban religious symbols in public’

Key Stage 5: Artemis for ‘This House would deny public platforms to individuals holding extreme


Key Stage 4: Poseidon for ‘This House would ban fast food chains from advertising in relation to

sport or sports people’

Key Stage 4: Zeus for ‘This House would legalise cannabis in the UK’

Key Stage 3: Apollo for ‘This House would ban the use of animal testing for medical purposes’

Kay Stage 3: Poseidon for ‘This house would reverse the ban on fox hunting’


by Hattie Price, Year 10

Thursday 2 nd November was filled with “Flowers”, “Postcards from Faraway” and “Eco Vogue” as

The Cotswold School held their annual Charity Fashion Show. The “D-Day” poppy dress worn by

Sophie Thompson was truly outstanding as each flower was individually stitched on and stood out

well against the white dress.

Beatrice Tweedy won best model wearing a silver dress in the Great Gatsby collection. The “Best

of British” designed by Lucy Major won the Best in Show award for their award winning

performance, with dresses inspired by the Union Jack.

Overall Alice Cannon wowed the judges with her breath taking “Castaway” collection modelled by

Alice, Indi Frampton and Charlie Bowles. Alice Cannon said, “I chose my theme as I wanted to put

across the message of pollution in the sea. Having watched the Fashion Show last year, I was

inspired to have a go


Thank you to the external judges, Mr George Davis and Mr David Courtney, for giving up their time

and to teachers Miss Franklin and Miss Lamb.

Over £1,500 was raised for Midlands Air Ambulance—Well Done!

Charity Fashion Show 2017

Supporting Midlands Air Ambulance


Best Collection: Alice Cannon - Castaway

Best Show: Lucy Major - Best of British

Best Model: Beatrice Tweedie

Best outfit: Stella Kanfer Clarke and

Flo Sumner - Bohemian

Special award, use of buttons within design:

Lottie Oliver - D-Day

This award was given by David Courtney,

who kindly donated buttons to 4 collections

to use to enhance these designs.



Forty-one students from Year 12 and Year 13 attended four lectures at the Othello workshop in

Birmingham and some even performed! These were Ellen Walkingshaw, Hal Pett, Sam Blackman,

Lewis White, Alex Skliros.


Mr White, Head of Sixth Form comments, “I'm delighted with our new Sixth Form centre. It gives

our sixth formers double the space they had previously and this is already making a real

difference in terms of their independent study and their ability to relax and enjoy the social side

of school life. The spacious new first floor study room, with 60 new PCs and plenty of extra desk

space, has lots of natural light - it has the feel of a university study room. Feedback from the

students is very positive - they love the atmosphere, which is really helping them with their

research and their learning. And of course, the common room on the ground floor is providing

them with space to meet and the fitted kitchen is proving to be very popular: more posh coffee

than microwaveable burgers at the moment thankfully! All in all, it's great to see this new facility

open - I'm sure it will help the Sixth Form here at The Cotswold School continue to go from

strength to strength and help our students to secure great results and develop their wider skills in

preparation for their next steps into higher education and employment.”

The success of the Sixth Form in recent years has seen a steady growth of pupils attending with

200 in 2007, rising to over 260 in 2016/2017. In the last three years, fifteen students have

received Oxford and Cambridge offers and a high number of students go onto study at Russell

Group universities—even this term we’ve had ten Oxbridge interviews. With this in mind and

with monies from S106 funding, this new bespoke Sixth Form facility is now open!


Chromatography of sweets


Mixing and measuring bath bombs


A 'demo off' with teachers and sixth

formers—along the lines of ‘Science is

Fun’ evenings


Made bouncy balls


Tested bath bombs!


In a rare opportunity, The Cotswold School Chamber Choir was

invited to join an evening with the Wychwood Chorale and Eight in

a Bar at St Mary’s Church on Saturday 2nd December. The Voyage

was written by the British Choral Composer Bob Chilcott and the

poet Charles Bennet, in a response to a request from Age UK

Oxfordshire to imagine a piece that might support their ongoing

campaign to end loneliness.

Mr Bob Chilcott commented, “I wanted to say thank you to you,

your colleagues and your terrific choir for the contribution that you

all made to the performance of my piece on Saturday night. I think

it was incredibly impressive to have such a large choir from the

school and one that not only sang so well but also presented itself

in such a professional and committed way.”


The annual decorating of one of

the Christmas trees in Stow-on-the

-Wold Church took place by

children of the School Council.

Each year, displays of Christmas

trees are individually decorated by

schools/businesses and the ‘Best

Tree’ is voted for by the public.


The first House ‘Bake Off’ took place

on Friday 15th December and what a

Bake Off Show it was! Here are the

Star Bakers from each year with four

winners from each House going

forward to the technical challenge in

the new year.

The annual Gloucester Cathedral Spirt of

Christmas event was an evening of

music and talent, all set to candlelight.

Monies were raised in aid of Muscular

Dystrophy UK. Well done to all those

who took part—it is an event that

always marks the start of the festive




Santa’s Magical Grotto at Clapton is the vision of

Jim and Helen Adams to provide a beautiful Santa experience within a stunning setting at Clapton-onthe-Hill

in Gloucestershire. Their aim is to ensure families have as much time as possible to enjoy the

Grotto and their visit with Santa, taking pictures and enjoying tea & cake without feeling rushed at

this busy time of year. They are kindly donating proceeds to The Cotswold School for improving

mental health support.

At The Cotswold School, we are committed to consistently raising standards. Good teaching is all

about creating a purposeful classroom and a learning environment that is industrious and focused.

We have recently introduced ‘The Hub’ - a designated learning space with specialist personnel,

located within the School - which can be used if a student requires some one-to-one time or is

struggling with confidence in lessons, to take time out and receive expert support in this area.

“We cannot thank the committee team of Santa’s Magical Grotto enough for raising funds and

working with The Cotswold School in developing and improving mental health support for local

children – a cause that really needs championing. It’s about helping children, NOW.”

Mr Morgan, Principal

Thank you for all the wonderful shoeboxes - 290

in total! http://teams4u.com/collected them all

and they will be delivered #InTimeForChristmas.


On Monday 4 December 2017, Year 8s attended the Gloucestershire Schools’ Christmas Lecture at the

Bacon Theatre in Cheltenham. This annual spectacular show is organised in a bid to inspire and engage

inquisitive young minds. As well as enjoying science and maths at its most amazing, pupils learnt more

about the benefits of studying maths, technology, engineering and science at GCSE.

The Cotswold School Cross Country Team to the District Cross Country met at St Edward’s

Cheltenham to run the tough, hilly course for what may be the last time at this venue. We turned

out some great results in all age groups most notably the Inter Girls (Years 10 and 11) winning their

group with Alex Scrivener winning individually, Bethan Powell in equal 5 th and Charlotte Warren in

13 th place. In our Minor Girls group (Year 7) Olivia McMorris came 17 th, helping the team to finish in

a very respectable 3 rd . In the junior girls (Years 8/9) Fern O’Brien came in 6 th place with Lauren

Farley and Elsa Thwaites not far behind in 9 th and 10 th place respectively. These individual efforts,

along with their team, also gave the girls 3 rd place in their category. In the Senior Girls (Years

12/13) Niamh Powell took 1 st place with Rosie Mutsaars not far behind in 8 th . In the boys

competition we had some equally good results. The Minor boys (Year 7) came 2 nd overall with 5

runners placing in the top 20: Lysander Tarrant in 6 th ; Cameron Tyler in 8 th; and Sam Cotton, Will

Puddy and Finley Davies coming in together in 18 th , 19 th and 20 th positions. The junior boys came

3 rd overall, with strong performances from Max Nicholls in 8 th place and Archie MacIntyre in 10 th .

Jack Wilkins was our top performer in the Inter boys finishing 12 th with Rhys Manktelow in 19 th and

Dalton Cooper just behind him in 20 th . In the

Senior boys we finished in 3 rd overall with Tom

Pawley finishing 6 th , Jack Mundinano in 10 th ,

Robbie Hughes and Henry Triff coming in

together in 12 th and 13 th place respectively

and Alex Skliros hot on their heels in 15 th . Well

done to all of our runners.

“At the end of November, eight students were invited to

Northleach Church of England Primary School to referee at their

Winter Games.

Eleonore Gilbert and Izzy Honour took charge of the Hockey;

Charlotte Coulton and Izzy Lovat the Netball; Angus Sparling and JJ

Gee were in charge of the Tag Rugby and Jake Maudsley and Max

Shepherd the Football. We started by setting up the areas for the

suitable sports, even making a Netball court with masking tape

after the children had eaten their lunch. The Netballers definitely got the best end of the deal because

they were inside on a cold windy afternoon. Once all of the pitches were in order, the kids could start

their activities - many playing these sports for the first time. They took everything on board and

learned new things about their sport as well as having fun. Overall it was a very enjoyable afternoon

for all. “ By Izzy Lovat, Year 10

We have a very talented Year 7 gymnast called Shannon Townsend. “I train for 21 hours a week,

over 5 days, and have been doing gymnastics since I was 4. I am a member of Wade Gymnastics Club

just outside Banbury. I train and compete at the National Development Plan Grade 2 and will move

to Grade 1 next year. I have also moved to Challenge cup level this year and competed in my first

friendly international last month against girls from England, Scotland and France. I have competed in

the British National finals for NDP Grade 2 and have been a member of and competed for both the

Northamptonshire and East Midlands Squads.”

Results 2017: NDP Grade 2 (in age) - Silver All Around,

British NDP Grade 2 finals (in age) - ranked 36th in Great

Britain. County Levels Championship - County Beam

Champion and gold on vault. Regional Levels - Regional

Beam Champion, Level 2, Silver on vault. Robin Hood

Invitational - Gold AA, Gold (floor, bars and vault), Silver

Beam - Level 2 Champion. Sandra Clarke Cup

(international) - Team Bronze medal Regional County

Team Championships - Team Gold.

Ted skis for Gloucester on the dry ski circuit, but also represents Wales for an Alpine team called Dragons

who are affiliated with Gloucester. This year he has been asked to represent Dragons and has also

been invited to join the British Ski Academy. He will be partaking in the Anglo Scottish in Pila from 30th

December to 7th January and the Welsh Alpine Championships in Champery - 18th-26th January and the

English Alpine Championships in Bormio - 8th-16th February. He also trains on the Glacier in Tignes.

On Saturday 14 th October, the team of

twelve (past and present) staff from The

Cotswold School braved the chilly waters

of Sanford Parks Lido, to raise

money for Macmillan. They were raising

funds to help families like Mr & Mrs

Smith come to terms with childhood

Leukemia. Each teacher swam 25 lengths

of the 23 degree pool to reach 15km. It

was an emotional morning with an incredible

amount of support from friends

and family. Benjamin (Mr & Mrs Smith’s

son) was there to cheer on his Mummy

and her 12 friends. They would like to

take this opportunity to thank everybody

who donated and supported the

team, raising over £6,650—not including

Gift Aid!

There is still time to donate by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/suzanne-smith76

The Sports Awards 2017 took place at

School on Friday 10th November with all

sports included from gymnastics,

basketball, netball, football, tennis,

rugby, hockey, equestrian, cricket,

rounders, to athletics. Winners were

announced in every Key Stage.

As there is so much talent, we don’t have

room to print every name, but the overall

Team of the Year was announced as the

Boys Indoor Cricket - Years 9 and 10.

Year 7 Rugby Team Triumphant at

Cokethorpe Tournament!

Our very own Business Studies Teacher, Mr Langworthy has been

named as England Manager for the newly-formed Over-60s

Walking Football team. Mr Langworthy is an active player in the

local Gloucestershire Walking Football league and plays for

Abbeymead Rovers.

Mr Langworthy commented, “I am thrilled to be offered the role

of Manager for the England Over-60s Walking Football team.

Having seen the impact the game has had on so many people, it is

an absolute honour and privilege to be involved in the game at the

national level and I hope that the squad we select will become

ambassadors for the sport.”

For full results and star players of the term, please visit: https://cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk/fixtures-and-results/

“The Cotswold School PE department’s motto ‘teamwork makes the dream work’ was most certainly

true in the match against Kingham Hill. The Year 10 Hockey Team worked together to achieve a 3-0

win. Sara Zamir and Betsy Clarke, the dynamic duo on the right wing gave Eleonore Gilbert and Izzy

Honour super passes, which resulted in the girls hitting the back of the goal. We must give special

credit to Izzy Honour for that one of a kind penalty flick. Moving on to the mid-fielders, Sammy

Sargeaunt and Izzy Lovat did a great job on the left, constantly creating spaces and ensuring good

width on the ball. Bethan Powell (player of the match) was a fab support player in centre mid position.

Megan Gibson, goalie extraordinaire, saved everything in her path, a great attribute to the Year 10

Hockey Team. Last but definitely not least, the defenders, who were led by Laura Hemming and

Emily Barber, both very experienced players in this part of the pitch. Two players who made their debut

in the team were Freya Partridge and Ella Jackson. Wow, you absolutely nailed it! This result wouldn’t

have been possible without the terrific coaching by Debbie Honour. This dynamo team hopes to

continue the season in this positive way, working together to ensure victory. “ By Bethan Powell

On Friday 13 th October, Ollie Hanks attended a rowing event in London.

As he is under 16 and had never rowed on the Tideway (Thames) before,

he needed to be tested by a coach from Tideway Scullers School on the

Friday morning to ascertain that he and his crew mate, James, were

sufficiently prepared to race on the Saturday, as this was such a large race

with over 500 entries!

The Saturday proved to be a good day, both result and weather-wise. Ollie

and his partner James came 110 th overall, out of 510 small boats, pretty

good when the first 70+ boats over the finish line consisted of GB rowers.

They were also 2 nd in their age event—Junior 16. The race consisted of all

ages over 16 years, genders and abilities! All the coaches were very

pleased with their efforts, as this was also the first time they had

competed in such a prestigious and large race. Well done!


Tisa Maunder-Bushell, Year 9 reports: October 2017 saw a group

of approximately 40 pupils from Year 9 embark on the annual

Cotswold School Battlefields trip. This 3-day trip is perhaps the

most significant in the School trips calendar from an educational

and personal perspective. The packed 3-day itinerary saw us go to

Tyne Cot, the biggest World War One war cemetery, to Beaumont-

Hamel Battlefield and to the Canadian trenches. Not only was this

an amazing opportunity for us to expand our knowledge about

World War One, but also really bring it to life in a very personal

way, and I know I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon. I would

really recommend this trip to anyone, whether or not you are

looking to do History GCSE, because you can’t explain the emotions

you feel looking and learning about the thousands of soldiers who

died fighting for their country.

Callum Woolley, Year 9 reports: We started the trip off by travelling through the Eurotunnel into

France before driving up into Belgium. During the trip we visited many:

-Cemeteries such as Tyne Cot

-Battlegrounds such as Newfoundland

-Large memorials like the Menin Gate, Thiepval and Vimy Ridge

-Trenches such as Vimy Memorial Park

We also went to many other fascinating yet saddening places. For example, in Poperinge we visited

a building taken over by the British. It was used to hold British soldiers who disobeyed orders or

broke the law. Some soldiers were held there for extremely petty crimes like stealing bread. We saw

the post they could see from their cell windows – the post to which they would be strapped prior to

being shot the next morning. In the cells, the soldiers scratched graffiti into the walls – pictures that

reminded them of home, things they found calming and messages to their loved ones.

The next morning, they would be tied to a post and 8 men (most of whom would have known the

soldier) would aim their rifles and shoot at the white cloth place around the position of the soldier’s

heart. 1 rifle contained blanks – so the soldiers could live in hope that they had the blanks and did

not, in fact, shoot. This made us all realise the true horror and inhumanity the First World War

brought on and showed us the overwhelming amount of fear and awful conditions soldiers had to

endure. We also visited a kind of medical dugout near a battlefield where soldier John McCrae wrote

the famous poem ‘In Flanders Field’. The conditions were horrifying, the mud cement ceilings hanging

no higher than 5 foot. Soldiers would have lain there with life threatening injuries and little medical

attention, thinking of their impending death and their family back home. This was also incredibly

saddening and really made us all think of how the soldier’s poems represent all the emotions they

felt. Every fear and hope squashed into a single page of writing.

When we visited Lochnagar Crater we were even more shocked. At the start of the battle of the

Somme the British set up hundreds of mines along the German trenches. After they were set off – the

British would walk across No man’s land and gun down any Germans left. The British soldiers were

told that after the mines had exploded not so much as a rat would be left. When the bombs went off,

the vast crater was created. Yet, the strongly-built German trenches were barely affected and the

thousands of British soldiers walking across the flat No man’s land were gunned down by German

artillery. We were in awe, the huge crater seemed the size of two football pitches.

The thought of the thousands of young men walking across the field in front of us being massacred

was terrifying and provoked deep thought and a silence befell us all as we contemplated the amount

of horrific death that happened where we stood. In fact, only several years ago a school group came

to Lochnagar crater and found a boot sticking out of the ground, only to find it was a soldier who

fought and died in the Somme. It was a great experience and taught us masses about World War 1 as

well as showing us the conditions that the soldiers, on both the sides, of the Allies and Central Powers,

had to live through. Additionally, the trip was full of fascinating places to visit and we visited

around 5 places a day.

At the end of November, twenty excited Year 10 and Year 12 students welcomed their French

partners from the College Charles le Goffic, Brittany for the first leg of their annual French


Thanks to the INSET day on the Friday, The Cotswold School students were able to join the French

students for the Pantomime trip to Chipping Norton. They all thoroughly enjoyed the show!

At the weekend, families arranged various activities and visits of their own choice, but they all met

up for a get together on the Saturday evening, where they shared a lovely variety of food and took

part in the 'pub quiz' that Mme Moss organised. Mrs Joynson also drew a raffle and £75 was raised

and donated to the MS Society.

At the start of the School week, the exchange students were given a tour of the School and were

amazed at the facilities and think our pupils are very fortunate and hope they appreciate it all! They

then headed to Bourton-on-the-Water, where they enjoyed a cream tea. They also visited Burford

Wildlife Park, Warwick Castle and Bath.

The joint trip was to London, where they enjoyed the view from the top of the London Eye,

splashed in the 4D cinema, enjoyed a fact-finding London river cruise and coach tour of the capital

and finished with a visit to the Natural History Museum.

Goodbyes were emotional as always, but The Cotswold School students are very much looking

forward to going over to Lannion in Brittany at the end of March to see our friends again and

improving their linguistic skills and living the French life!

These exchanges are trips that Mme Moss particularly value as it shows open mindedness and an

interest in other cultures.

Twenty-one German pupils and two teachers from

Gunetzrhainer-Schule, Miesbach Bavaria visited the

School in October to stay with Year 9 and Year 10


During the week they attended lessons with their partner

students and underwent a number of trips. The first was

to Oxford—touring two Oxford University colleges - Balliol and Christ Church. A sightseeing open

top bus tour of the City completed the day. They then visited Stratford, Warwick, Tewkesbury, and

Cheltenham and walked into Bourton-on-the-Water for a cream tea, which always goes down well!

Our students will be travelling to Germany in March 2018.

Emma Say, Year 7 reports: On the 27th to 29th November, Year 7 visited

Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. Cheddar Gorge is home to the famous cheese

known as Cheddar cheese. Our supervisor/teacher very generously bought us

some Cheddar to taste. It was very scrumptious and although I do not usually

enjoy eating cheese, I enjoyed this cheese! However, we went to Cheddar Gorge

to learn about limestone landscape (the caves, stalactites and stalagmites) and

also people through history who has lived in the caves.

Cheddar’s most famous cave is Gough’s cave. It is also the biggest of the caves

there that we saw. The reason it is famed for is because of an ancient skeleton

found in it. Cheddar man was discovered in 1903, 20 meters

inside the cave. Ninety-four years later the staff at Cheddar Gorge matched up

the DNA of the Cheddar Man….to a 42 year-old History teacher. This discovered

ancestor was on his mother’s side and lived in 71500BC. That was 9,000 years

ago! It is thought that he would have been a hunter-gatherer in the Stone Age.

Also the cave has stalagmites and stalactites in the small pools in the walls, the

floor and the ceiling of the cave. A stalactite is an icicle shape and most of them

have pointed tips. Stalactites hang from the ceiling like tights on a washing line!

A stalagmite is an upward growing mound of mineral leftovers and most of

them have rounded or flattened tips. Stalagmites grow up from the ground.

My most enjoyable moment was when we were in Gough’s cave and we had to

be silent because there were bats above us. We stood in the wet and dark for

approximately two minutes and listened to them flutter around gently and

almost silently in their small house caves. It was amazing!

Part of the Geography A-Level course with our Year 12s, Is to study

coastal formations.

Our Geographers hit the road at 6.30am on 10 th November for our

first location of Chesil Beach in Dorset. We were joined by the Leeson

House Field Studies Centre, who were able to show us the coastal

landforms and processes which are being created along the Jurassic

Coastline. While at Chesil Beach, the students completed beachprofiles

and put their fieldwork skills into action. We even got a

personalised weather forecast from the @MetOffice on Twitter (it

stayed dry)!

We continued further East along the coastline towards Durdle Door

and Lulworth Cove. After watching a stunning sunset across the

coastline, we headed back to School by 8.30pm.

We were invited by Interclimate, an

environmental education charity, to participate

for the fourth year running in their mock United

Nations Convention on Climate Change which

was held in Cheltenham Council Chambers.

Summer Wyatt-Buchan, Ethan Hadad and Fin

McDonald were part of the delegation from

Cuba and Ben and Ralph Sharp

represented Australia. Both teams hotly

debated the contentious targets that were

being discussed and eloquently presented the

views and challenges experienced by their

respective countries with regard to Climate

Change. Mrs Johnstone was very impressed

with the standard of debate and the research

that had been carried out by all involved!

The School Council has enjoyed a very busy start to the year.

Having settled into their roles, the students have gone on to

discuss the role of assessment and IT in school, as well as

planning and delivering this year’s entry for Stow Church’s

Christmas Tree Competition. The School Council also found

time to meet with the new Chair of Governors, Andrew Parker.

In addition the Council are currently considering changes to the

school tie to reflect the House system more effectively, and will

look towards the New Year with plans afoot to make their

presence felt even more keenly in the local community.

Well done to our catering team who had an

unannounced visit by the Food Hygiene Standards Board and

of course the team passed with flying colours. In fact they

would have been awarded six stars if there was such a rating!


A first round of the Rotary Young Chef Competition took place at The

Cotswold School on Saturday 11th November. Six students - Alice

Cannon, Henry Cannon, Peter Hoole-Jackson, Ed Parker, Hattie Price

and Florence Sumner - took part, and they served up some excellent

dishes for the judges - Rotarians Peter Boxall and Bob Hadley, with

Amanda Everitt and Caroline Wrightson - to taste. Picking a winner was

not easy, but in the end the judges chose Hattie Price—her panna cotta

was delicious— and in second place was Ed Parker.

The Cotswold Festival of Motoring will take place on 12th August 2018,

organised by the North Cotswolds Rotary Club. The event will take place at The

Cotswold School and a Sixth Form team, including Frankie Deverell-Jones and Carla

Terroba-Taylor are working with Rotary on the event. They spoke at a recent

Bourton Primary School assembly to ask the children to imagine what the day

would be like and create an illustration. Over 100 children entered and the overall

winner was Sam Redding with his brother Ben as one of the runners up. Here is

Sam and the winning row! Well done to them all! For more information please

visit http://cotswoldfestivalofmotoring.org.

The Year 7s held a cake sale in aid of @Lepra,

who commented on Twitter, “Some amazing

cake-baking skills from The Cotswold School.

Thank you for your fundraising efforts.”

Led by the Business Studies Subject Ambassadors , Faye Conisbee, Siobhan

Danks and Leah Clarke the Year 7 groups have commenced the £10 Enterprise

Challenge: Enterprising ideas range from wooden reindeer/snowmen , cupcakes,

sweets, bouncy ball, and slime and fidget spinners! Good luck to all the groups!

Many meetings in October were heavily focused on discussing exam results and approving the final

school development plan which is always amended at this time of year post results. As ever some

of our policies were reviewed – each policy has a shelf life of between 1 and 3 years and so there is

a carousel of policy reviews throughout the year which keeps them up to date and legal.

The most recent meeting in December was the annual opportunity for governors to see the school

accounts prepared by Mrs Tye, our Chief Financial Officer and audited by external accountants. The

accounts will be on the website if you would like to take a look yourselves. Governors have also

been busy attending the recent staff INSET day, the Careers Fayre and various school events as well

as all the regular committee meetings.

Governors, especially those on the Premises and Finance committees, have been heavily involved in

supporting and monitoring the new sixth form build and we thank them for the part they played in

its planning and construction.

It is important for the Governing Body to have as wide a range of specialist knowledge as possible

so we do a skills audit every couple of years and we hope to complete the said skill set with two

new governors after Christmas. We are currently looking into adopting a new co-opted governor to

take over from Ms Laurie Baker who resigned earlier this term. As Dr Warren has taken over the

Local Authority Governor role from Mrs Everitt there will be another parent election in January and

we will send out details in due course.

We will use our online method of voting this year which links into the priority mail we have on our

records. The second parent still had to use a traditional ballot paper as sometimes families use

grandparents or neighbours who are not entitled to vote as their second priority contact. The paper

option will of course still be there for anyone who prefers to use it though.

On behalf of the governors can I send you all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Fran Hudson, Clerk to Governors


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