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News from the Primary School

Wow! What an amazingly busy term we have had already; our Year 6 pupils have been particularly busy with their residential. In November, the Year 6 pupils went on a fantastic adventure to France and Belgium. There were many highlights of this trip, the chocolate factory and theme park being just some of them.

On Sunday 4th November we were honoured to be invited to the commemoration of Major General Dudley Johnson VC, at the Sambre Canal. We arrived at the village of Rejet-de-Beaaulieu early in the morning and were greeted by many members of the friendly community. After croissants and juice, we joined a procession made up of people from France, England, Australia and New Zealand to follow in the footsteps of Major Dudley Johnson’s battalion (exactly 100 years to the day). We walked.We walked to the Sambre Canal and took part in a small ceremony in which we sang the national anthem and met local dignitaries. It was a beautiful day and an even more beautiful place. The children were then invited to show their respect to fallen soldiers at the graveyard in Rejet-de-Beaulieu. Each pupil joined hands with a pupil from the local primary and they placed crosses and poppy- painted stones on the graves of the 53 soldiers.

Our children’s behaviour was absolutely exceptional and was commented on by many of the congregation. We then went on to walk back to the village and sang a beautiful version of, ‘Where have all the flowers gone’, directed by our music teacher, Mrs Cartwright. The children sang phenomenally and brought a tear to many eyes. We are so eternally proud of each and every pupil; they were a credit to us, their parents and our community.

Following on from this, it was lovely to see many familiar faces at the special commemoration event held on Saturday 10th November in the village. Thank you to all of the parents and children who showed up to show their respect. What a wonderful community we belong to.

Miss Salmon

Senior Citizens Christmas Party

The Cotswold School

Everything was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! It was three evenings of excellent singing, costumes and acting! Well done to all of the cast and staff of this year’s Mary Poppins, who put on a fantastic show and to the PTA who organised the bar and the raffle.

It’s now December! These last few weeks of the winter term are always so busy and filled with cheer and good tidings! We have plenty to celebrate:

  • The School Choir has been integral to the daily life of pupils from when the School first opened its doors back in 1988 as The Cotswold School. Year 7 to Year 13 perform in the School Choir and rehearse every Monday and Thursday with a busy schedule of concerts and performances running. They sang beautifully in the annual Carol Service at Gloucester Cathedral on 27th November, (in aid of Muscular Dystrophy). This event is the pinnacle of the Choir calendar and cements a longstanding relationship with the charity and the Cathedral
  • We welcome our Spanish and French students to school with lots of day trips and in-school activities
  • The annual Carol Concert is on Thursday 13th December to be held this year at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Northleach
  • Calling all Senior Citizens! Year 11s are hosting a party on Monday 17th December, 12.30 to 2.30 with afternoon tea, entertainment and raffle! Please call 01451 860 554 or email if you would like to come along!
  • Year 7 will be heading to the pantomime to see Peter Pan
  • Year 7 and Year 8 will take part in the Cheltenham Science Christmas Lectures
  • The School participated in the Christmas Shoebox scheme, and there were many festive boxes sent off to those less fortunate than ourselves, to arrive in time for Christmas Day
  • The Sixth Form will enjoy the annual Winter Ball organised by the Student Head team

Thanking and wishing all the students, staff, parents, PTA, Governors, and our community all the very best of the season and onwards to 2019!

Merry Christmas

Will Morgan, Principal

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Help Nature This Christmas

Untrimmed Hedgerows a Vital Source of Winter Food

As we wake up to the season’s first frosts and start the count down to Christmas, there’s no doubt that winter is fast upon us.

Animals that hibernate, such as the hedgehog have hopefully found themselves a snug winter home, which leaves our overwintering species of birds and mammals, as well as millions of birds that seek refuge here from overseas, to tough it out in our countryside and gardens.

As some sources of food get harder to find, birds and other creatures turn to the seeds and berries of our trees and hedgerows to help them through.

Where hedges are left untrimmed, they provide a vital source of food to help sustain our wildlife through the tough, leaner months ahead.

Those farmers, landowners and homeowners who leave at least some of their non-road-facing hedges untrimmed until well after Xmas (February) – when the birds and small mammals would have had the benefit of the berries they produce, are giving nature the very best possible Xmas present – a source of food.

We can also all do our bit to help in our gardens, as many kind people already do, by putting out supplementary food in bird feeders.

One of the best all round foods is sunflower hearts or sunflower chips, many types of bird species enjoy the seeds (goldfinches, greenfinches, great tits, blue tits etc) and they provide a great source of high value nutrition.

Another helpful food to put out in feeders is high quality suet fat balls (best without nets so no beaks or legs get caught in them). As the name suggests, the ‘fat’ in the fat balls provide an important source of ‘quick’ energy for birds in the colder months. Plus, they are loved by many species such as great tit, blue tit and, if you’re lucky you may also get nuthatches and woodpecker.

In really hard weather we may also see larger, farmland birds come closer to our gardens. Redwing (looks like a small Thrush) and Fieldfare (about the size of a wood pigeon) both love apple chopped into small rings – and in conditions like last year’s snows, putting out food like this can be a life saver.

For more information on best supplementary foods for birds or wildlife friendly hedgerows, try the RSPB links below:


Our first evening of professional storytelling in the roundhouse was a great success, with visitors of all ages enthralled by the tales told. On 14 December and 18 January, Bryony Holden from Tinkerscuss will lead evenings of music and stories, performing tales of folklore and mythology. People of all ages are very welcome, as well as children from the age of 7 years. At these cosy sessions, the roundhouse fire will be lit and luxurious hot chocolate will be served.

Shy wildlife spotted

We’re lucky to have a trail camera at the nature reserve at Greystones which allows us to view some of our more secretive wildlife. In the past week, the camera has recorded otters, water voles and stoats, while we also have barn owls nesting here. At this time of year you’re very likely to see bullfinches, redwings, snipe, greylag geese and fieldfares.

Nature Tots
Our events for children will be continuing in the winter, encouraging them to love being outdoors and to learn about the wildlife around them. Our Nature Tots sessions for pre-school children are very popular, so do book your place in advance via our website The next one takes place on 14 December.

Warm up in the café
The café is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am until 4pm and provides a peaceful retreat close to the village centre. We are serving freshly made snacks along with good-quality tea, coffee and hot chocolate. As well as a classic cream tea we also offer savoury afternoon teas: two scones, ham, local cheese and a drink for £5.

How to find us
We are at the end of Greystones Lane – there is a large sign on Station Road and a smaller sign on the lane, less than a 10 minute walk from the village centre. Please note that there is no public parking at Greystones, but if you are a Blue Badge holder do contact us on 01452 383333 and we will reserve a space for you.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Continuing Success for Bourton Gymnasts

After a recent bout of success, gymnasts from The Gym Centre/Cheltenham School of Gymnastics and its local satellite club, run by Kerwen and Martin Collett, held at The Cotswold School, have achieved yet more uplifting results over the last few months.

On 16th September 2018 gymnasts attended the Gloucestershire Level 5 and above competition at Fromeside Gymnastics club.  The gymnasts achieved some positive and encouraging results. 

Level 5 – 9 years

Sophie Havill – 2nd vault, 3rd bars – Third Place Overall

Jessica Havill – 2nd vault – Fifth Place Overall

Level 5 – 11 years

Hannah Rowe – 3rd beam  – Sixth Place Overall

Level 4 – 13+ years

Emily Franks – 1st vault, 1st floor, 2nd bars, 3rd beam – Second Place Overall

Emily Rowe – 2nd vault 3rd bars, 3rd floor – Fourth Place Overall

On 7th October 2018 girls from the Bourton classes also competed in Round 2 of the West Country League alongside their teammates. Hannah Rowe competed with her team who placed 6th in Division 4. Jessica Havill competed with her team placing a fantastic fourth place within Division 2.

Most recently, Katie Rowe took part in the Gloucestershire Level 6 competition on the 14th October. Katie came 1st on bars and placed overall in Fourth Position.

The gymnast’s hard work and support from their coaches has led to their continuing development and success.  We would like to invite anyone who would be interested in joining a club with a positive nurturing approach to get in contact via 01451 820015 or 07870624180.

The Cotswold School

The Cotswold School – Bourton Browser – November 2018 edition

By Will Morgan, Principal

Everything is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious….the songs, the costumes and the chimney sweep props for this classic musical are popping up everywhere, from backstage to lunchtimes, to drama and music lessons. We are looking forward to this event, taking place over three days, 6th, 7th, and 8th November at The Cotswold School. Ticket information as below.

At The Cotswold School, we pride ourselves on the multitude of trips, excursions and expeditions. We believe the amount pupils learn away from the classroom and in real-life situations is significant, and this way of maximising teaching now permeates each subject: –

  • Year 7 have enjoyed their residential, English trips to the Cheltenham Literary Festival and History trips to Goodrich Castle.
  • Year 9 travelled to the Battlefields in France. This trip always proves to be a thought provoking trip, and more notably this year, as we look to mark the centenary of the end of World War I.
  • Our English students have watched plays including The Lovely Bones, The Unreturning, Othello and An Inspector Calls – the beauty of having Cheltenham, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham all in easy reach.
  • Our first-ever Sports trip to Sri Lanka was hailed a success with teams in Rugby, Netball, Football, Hockey and Cricket travelling to this island.
  • Year 12 visited Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester where they had a tour of the campus followed by different sessions. A Level Design and Textiles students travelled to London to visit the V&A museum and Art visited galleries in London and Oxford.
  • Over half-term students visited China – a trip that takes place every two years – this is now the fourth visit. Students from across the years spend time in Beijing and Shanghai and in Suzhou with our partner school.
  • We welcomed students from Miesbach, Bavaria for the week-long annual German exchange.



  • Mary Poppins will be flying in on 6th, 7th, 8th November and tickets are now on sale, please visit for further information.
  • The Sixth Form Open Evening is on Thursday 15th November, 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm in the new Sixth Form

For more information, please visit

Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre

Over the Summer the stables offered a HEAVILY subsidised riding club to new participants for only £5 a session! Thanks to its success we will be running a similar club again next year, but in the meantime will be offering shorter subsidised courses to new riders aged 12 – 25 years. The course will start on Saturday 10th November 2pm – 4pm and run for 6 weeks. As well as riding, participants will also learn the “on the ground” skills and will be expected to “Muck in and muck out”- Places are strictly limited and at only £30 for the course, we expect to fill up fast!

This time we are also opening up a separate riding course for juniors that will run alongside our existing “Free Fridays” that run 4pm – 5pm term time. Priority will be given to our Saddle Club members and will be a 6 week starter course from Friday 9th November for 7 – 12 year olds

We no longer get any funding for these sessions so they run purely on the goodwill of the stables and some volunteers.

To ensure the ongoing continuity for the club, sponsorship is very welcome!

Tel 07910 138465 Email

News from the Primary School

At Bourton on the Water Primary School we CARE and our pupils have outdone themselves already this term.


We are so proud of all of our pu  pils but we are particularly proud of our new reception intake, who have settled in so quickly. The pupils in Reception have taken to full time education with ease and are already amazing us with their manners, hard work and attitude.


On Thursday 21st September we finally revealed our new hall and entrance area to the community and parents. We were lucky enough to be joined by Adam Henson, who formally opened the building, alongside head teacher, John Jones and Chair of Governors, Giles Hyland. Parents then spent the morning exploring the work that had been going on in classes, as well as the beautiful new building.


We have had an amazing start to the term with a whole school topic titled, ‘The Armistice’, in which we have covered many different aspects of World War 1. Some particular highlights were the Year 5 and Year 6 projects on the soldiers of WW1 who lived and grew up in Bourton on the Water. The children made sculptures to represent the 27 soldiers and researched their lives. They then went on to make documentaries about Dudley Graham Johnson, who grew up in Bourton on the Water, and went on to be awarded a Victoria Cross for his brave actions. The Year 6 pupils are also lucky enough to be going to Belgium in November for a special commemoration ceremony for him.

Year 1 and 2 focused on the different roles men and women had during the war.


The pupils have also been lucky enough to have had a visit from a string quartet, which played a variety of classical and jazz style music; this was a fantastic opportunity to listen to such talented musicians and hopefully inspire some future Beethovens. The school is now looking forward to putting on the Harvest festival in the local church, which is always a fun packed musical event 

Cotswold School News by Will Morgan, Principal

Following on from the A level results in the September edition, we are delighted to announce that the GCSE results were equally as outstanding. Well done to all pupils, parents and staff, and all those destined for the new sixth form have been welcomed and inducted – the work starts now!

The academic year always begins with our Speech evening to celebrate pupil success from the last academic year. An inspirational story about resilience was given by our guest speaker, Melanie Waters OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Help for Heroes.

Jake Skelton won the Gaynor Didcote Prize for his incredible A level results of 4A*. He is about to start his degree at University of Cambridge to study Natural Sciences.




Sabrina Torris was awarded the Ann Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement at GCSE, with 9 grades in nine subjects and an A in Russian as well as gaining the Additional Mathematics Qualification. In 2017, she sat her GCSE Italian and French as part of her Year 10 and gained A* in both.

As the School celebrates 30 years, we were also delighted at Speech evening, to celebrate and thank Mavis, Lady Dunrossil with an Exceptional Contribution Award for her drive, dedication and commitment to both the School and education in Gloucestershire. To read the full story, please visit

Will Morgan and Lady Dunrossil

Our Year 7s have enjoyed their first time away on residential to Whitemoor Lakes and Year 11s had time away at Dawlish Warren on their GCSE Geography field trip. We also welcomed a group of students from Japan for a week to experience life at The Cotswold School.


  • Our annual Open Day will take place on Wednesday 3rd October, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm.
  • Mary Poppins will be flying in on 6th, 7th, 8th November and tickets are now on sale, please visit for further information.
  • The Sixth Form Information Evening is on Thursday 15th November, 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm in the new Sixth Form.

For more information, please visit

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