Category: The Cotswold School

A year of support from our community

By Will Morgan, Principal

Although we have not been able to hold events for the last year, which bring people together and raise funds for our school, I have often been reminded of the generous and considerate nature of our local community.

Before Christmas, over £600 was raised by our PTA and Cotswold Radio during a quiz, which has helped to fund a new canopy for a social and dining space at our school. Students will see this when they return after the lockdown. People also donated laptops to ensure that every child has had the technology to access home learning.

In January, we asked parents and carers if they would like to contribute to a fund to support NHS workers. Within a fortnight, donations from our school parents and carers reached an incredible £1,240.

The idea came from one of our school families, who wanted to give NHS staff a treat to show that people appreciate them, during some of the most critical weeks of the pandemic. The money provided bags of treats (as displayed by Cotswold School student Poppy, pictured) and lots of healthy ready-meals, made by The Long Table, a social-enterprise in Stroud.

Our latest fund-raising project is an Easter Marathon Challenge. This is an optional goal to help staff and students focus on their wellbeing by getting exercise and fresh air. Participants are aiming to clock up the 26.2 miles of a marathon by walking or running over the Easter fortnight.

One way to support us is to visit our website – www.cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk – and click on the ‘donate’ button on our homepage. Money raised helps to support the positive mental health of our students, working closely with local youth charity Headspace.

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A SUMMER BREAK!

By Will Morgan, Principal

I hope you are all enjoying a rest and the chance to get away from your desks over the summer holidays.

The end of our school year looked quite different from usual, but we recognised the effort and achievements of our whole school community, nevertheless.

During ‘enrichment fortnight’, we conducted a virtual House sports day. Poseidon was the top scoring House with 1067 points. Notable effort came from Leandros (Year 7), Cally (Year 8), Toby (Year 9) and Jacob in Year 10, who clocked up 98, 80, 109 and 72 points respectively for their Houses.

Students from all year groups took part in our virtual Cadence festival, organised by Miss Thomas. This year, unable to hold this popular event live, we shared a video medley of student performances, which shows how strong our students’ focus and sense of community has remained.

Musical output was complemented by virtual exhibitions by Years 7, 8 and 9, who responded to events during the lockdown crisis with thoughtful and expressive works of art.

If you’re keen on exercise, why not join The Cotswold School Cycling Club? It’s an online group, which you can find on the free app ‘Love to Ride’ and log your miles each time you go for a bike ride.

A reminder that our new Year 7s only start on 2nd September; the whole school returns on 3rd September. More information is on our website in our ‘Welcome’ section. Do check our website for news and updates https://cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk/.

Finally, I wish you a happy and relaxed summer. I’m looking forward to seeing all of our students next term at The Cotswold School.

Outstanding learning for current and future pupils

By Will Morgan, Principal

When you receive this magazine at the beginning of June, we will be entering the final half term of this academic year.

At The Cotswold School, dates and milestones have passed but we have been unable to mark them in the usual way. Not least of these significant events is the public examinations. Our Year 11 students, for example, would now be taking their GCSEs. Our Year 13s would have completed their A Levels.

At this point in the school calendar, a variety of trips and excursions, sports matches and open days would normally be under way.

Year 6 children, who are taking up a place at The Cotswold School in September as our new Year 7s, are very much in our minds. Their last months of primary school have been subject to much upheaval and they have spent many weeks separated from their friends.

We are adapting our transition and induction activities so that we can still provide an open and warm welcome for them to our school and will be in touch with their families over the coming weeks.

In these unusual times, there are currently a few spaces available at The Cotswold School for Year 7 entry. We have been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in our last four inspections, so if any family is still considering school places, I would be delighted to have a conversation with them. Please get in touch by emailing admin@thecotswoldschool.co.uk or visit our website https://cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk/ for more information

Words of encouragement to students from Will Morgan, Principal

At the time of writing, we are planning for eventualities due to the evolving coronavirus situation and following government-issued advice. This we continue to do to protect the work and health of our students and staff.

It’s not long since our Year 11 students completed their mock exams in core subjects. They worked hard and applied themselves with dedication and maturity. Those in Years 11, 12 and 13 are all focused on doing their absolute best in their upcoming GCSE and A Level examinations.

It’s a stressful time, made more concerning by high levels of uncertainty. We support all our students in every way we can, reminding them to balance revision with their wellbeing. Get plenty of rest; eat well; take exercise and let us know if you have any major concerns.

Calling all cyclists! Sharon Laws Sportive – Saturday 4th July

Looking ahead, once again we are hosting the cycling event that celebrates the life of former pupil, Sharon Laws; raises money for Kate’s Home Nursing; and takes cyclists of all ages and experience across the beautiful landscape of the Cotswolds.

Born in 1974, Sharon was a professional cyclist. She was part of the 2008 Beijing Olympics cycling team and won the British National Time Trial Championships. Sadly, after a cancer diagnosis, Sharon died in 2017.

Families and friends; members of cycling groups; visitors to the area – all are welcome to this enjoyable event, starting and finishing at our school. Find out more and register here: https://cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk/sharonlawssportive/

Enriching lives at The Cotswold School

Working with innovative people, who are experts in their fields, helps our students aim high

Forging links with members of our business community, and with Higher Education, encourages our students to reach for the skies. We offer a rich programme of careers talks and visits, including in business, journalism, aviation and many other sectors. We have hosted volunteer interviewers to sit face-to-face with our Year 11 students, so they begin to get used to the format of an interview.

Interview situations are challenging on many fronts, which is why I am so proud of the achievements of all our Year 13s who applied to Oxbridge. To the five students who received offers – Emma Ramsay (Geography, Oxford), Milo Wills (French & German, Oxford), Anna Hall (Biochemistry, Oxford), Beth Jones (History, Oxford) and Freddie O’Sullivan (French & History, Cambridge) – our congratulations. We are grateful to all who worked so hard to support them, including preparing them for their challenging Oxbridge interviews.

Recently we welcomed back the engaging Dr Guy Sutton of the University of Nottingham, to deliver his excellent neuroscience tutorial to Year 13 students, entitled ‘Brain Day’. It was a day full of questions and opportunities to make discoveries. Creative people also inspire our school and our students. Our talented music and drama students met Pete Woollard, who works as Assistant Musical Director at the hit West End show, Wicked. Pete spent two days with us, coaching many of our singers and performers at the school. Engaging performer Spoz the Poet worked with our Year 8 students, helping them create and perform some marvellous raps and rhymes. The winning poets from the day will

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