from The Cotswold School
HOUSE POINTS TO DATE
‘INTO THE WOODS’
UPPER SCHOOL PRODUCTION
NEW SIXTH FORM OPENS
DESIGN COMPETITION: A NEW SPORTS,
EVENTS & WELLBEING PAVILION
WELL DONE TO HARRY SMITH, YEAR 9, and to all
the other entrants—they were all fantastic and
all will receive book vouchers, merits and time
with the architects in the new year.
THANK YOU TO
THE COTSWOLD SCHOOL PTA
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
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!
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
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
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
House Debating Competition
Trip to Othello Workshop
New Sixth Form Centre Opens
Spectacular STEM Show
French & German Exchanges
The Cotswold School Chamber Choir
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’
THE ANNUAL FASHION SHOW
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.
SIXTH FORM TRIP TO BIRMINGHAM—
WORKSHOP ON OTHELLO
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.
NEW SIXTH FORM CENTRE OPENS
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
Made bouncy balls
Tested bath bombs!
THE VOYAGE & THE COTSWOLD SCHOOL CHAMBER CHOIR
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.”
STOW CHRISTMAS TREE
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.
HOUSE BAKE OFF!
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
FUNDRAISER FOR MENTAL
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.
SPECTACULAR STEM SHOW
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
5th January 2018
8th January 2018
MOCK EXAMS COMMENCE
8th January 2018
YEAR 9 PARENTS’ MEETING (Y)
25th January 2018
YEAR 9 PARENTS’ MEETING (X)
1st February 2018
HALF TERM FROM
9th February at 3.20 pm
BACK TO SCHOOL
19th February 2018