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Healthy Eating and Diabetes awareness week
Next week is Healthy Eating and Diabetes awareness week in school
We will be learning about how we can improve the way we eat to enjoy a positive healthier lifestyle.
See here the links to videos from the British Nutrition Foundation which have some great suggestions
Summer 2021 Half Term Update
27th May 2021
Thankfully, the roadmap set out by the Government appears to be progressing as planned. We are keeping a close eye on the new ‘Indian’ variant and we are tracking this via local and national data provided by Buckinghamshire Council.
We are beginning to offer a wider range of opportunities through school with some clubs, extra-curricular activities and trips beginning to resume. This is a welcome return towards the offer we strive to provide for our students, and one that we are all looking forward to resuming. Students have missed out on so many opportunities and we are endeavouring to bring back as many things as we can as time and guidelines permit.
Part of our ongoing control measures includes requiring all staff and students to regularly test using Lateral Flow Testing Devices (LFTD). As society continues to open up this is increasingly important and we must remain vigilant and proactive in maintaining the progress we have all benefited from. Staff and students are expected to continue testing until further notice.
Holiday periods always bring the opportunity to visit friends and family, many of whom we may not have seen for some time. I would urge that all families take extra care during the upcoming half term break.
Students have, and will continue to be issued with additional LFTD before the end of this week, and I would urge you to continue testing regularly during the holiday period and before returning to school. Please let us know if you need additional supplies.
Where students or staff test positive, having developed symptoms within 2 days of being in school or college, as a school we have a duty to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school or college. Please contact email@example.com if this situation occurs so we can begin contact tracing during the early part of the holiday.
Foreign travel is still a little uncertain and we would urge parents to follow the government guidance around overseas travel. Please be mindful that countries can quickly move from green, amber and red and this can impact students' attendance at school should you travel abroad.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Stay safe and enjoy the predicted and much needed sunshine during half term!
Mr S Jones
Launch of New PE Kit
25th May 2021
We are excited to announce that from June 2021, The Cottesloe School will have a new Physical Education (PE) kit.
Following feedback from students, the new kit has a more modern style with a variety of cuts to choose from. It is made from a breathable, quick drying fabric, it is more sympathetic to all weather types, and we have embraced our district colours of black and gold.
As well as updating our original items, we are introducing some additional garments to the range of kit available. Students can now select a skort instead of shorts, and for colder days leggings, slim fit bottoms, and/or a three quarter zip games top. Our shorts and polo shirts now come in two different cuts; unisex and female, allowing greater choice for students.
We completely understand that some parents/guardians may not have been planning to buy new kit this year, therefore it is acceptable for the students to still wear their old kit for as long as it fits. As students outgrow their existing kit, it will be expected that the new kit will be purchased. We hope the new kit will ensure students have more variety and comfort, ensuring all students have a positive experience within PE.
01st April 2021
Before we break for Easter I wanted to take the opportunity to update you on how the return to school has gone. It has been so refreshing to see face to face teaching and support being given to our students over the last few weeks. The students have brought a real energy with them and school has been a thriving environment. I have spoken to many students and they have almost without exception, spoken positively about the return to school. They have clearly missed their friends and their teachers and the day to day interactions of the classroom.
Testing at Home
Thank you to everyone for their engagement with regular home testing with Lateral Flow Devices. Students will be bringing home kits to be used over the holiday and we would encourage them to continue to test twice a week and record the results. This will be particularly important on our return and we ask that you test your child(ren) either the night before or the morning of their return.
It is really important that we all still take responsibility for keeping the virus under control, especially as society begins to open up and students start to socialise outdoors during the holiday period. We want to ensure that everybody returns healthy and safely after the holiday period.
There has been a recent change in guidance from the Government on positive Lateral Flow test results and confirmatory PCR results. The key change is in bold below.
Students and staff who conduct a lateral flow test at home or receive a supervised school/college-based lateral flow test as part of the rapid asymptomatic testing programme, and receive a positive result, should isolate immediately along with close contacts and other household members, in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance.
All positive results from rapid tests, whether conducted at home or at a school or college need to be confirmed with a PCR test within two days of the positive lateral flow test. Following a positive lateral flow test, a confirmatory PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, pupils, students and staff and close contacts should continue to self-isolate. If the PCR test is negative, provided it was taken within two days of the positive LFT, it overrides the lateral flow test and pupils, students and staff can return to school or college, and close contacts and other household members can stop self-isolating.
The Department for Education has reviewed the use of masks in schools and currently there will be no change after Easter. Students and staff should continue to wear masks at all times indoors, including in classrooms. The students have been amazing at this and the level of compliance has had a positive impact on making everyone feel safe. We appreciate that it is not an ideal situation, but it is a necessity.
Teacher Assessed Grading update for Year 11 and 13 (and a small number of Year 12)
Further detailed guidance has been released this week by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). We have digested this and will be sharing some key documentation with you shortly after Easter that outlines our Centre Policy. There is still a considerable amount of work to do regarding Teacher Assessed Grading and the SLT, teaching and support staff have a clear plan of action which we are very confident will deliver accurate, fair and robust teacher assessments.
As has been previously communicated, students in Year 11, 13 and a small number of Year 12 who are taking AS Levels or some resit GCSE will be sitting assessments in May to help with the grading process. We have also clearly communicated the content that has been taught, will be assessed and the range of evidence we will be using for every subject.
Students have been asked to inform either Mr Peel or Mr Youngs if they have any concerns over the above in order that nobody is disadvantaged before the point at which we submit the final teacher assessed grades.
After Easter we will be sharing with you the final timetable for the May assessments and the timeline for the remainder of Year 11 and 13 and how we plan to support students transitioning into their next steps.
Uniform and Piercings
As non essential shops and hair and beauty industries begin to open up over Easter, I wanted to remind all parents of the expectations we have around uniform and piercings. After the holiday we expect any uniform infringements or irregularities to be rectified. If there is a problem with purchasing items please contact your child’s form tutor to seek support to get this resolved. New piercings should be completed in the extended summer holiday so they can be removed for school. Can I remind all parents that cartilage and facial piercings are not permitted. Please consult our School Uniform Policy on our website for clarification.
Despite a further period of school closure, the SLT have continued to move the school forward. This week a further group of Year 7 students have received their new Chromebooks. This is an exciting time for staff and students as we continue our journey, building upon the successful switch to Google Classroom during last year's school closure. The remainder of this year will see Year 7 leading the way in the development of the use of technology to support teaching and learning.
We have now re-opened the portal for the last few remaining students in Year 7 to join our purchasing scheme before we widen the option to other year groups. I would like to thank the students and parents for their patience with the delays we faced. Nobody could have foreseen the global impact on demand for devices triggered by the COVID pandemic. It is our long term vision that every student at The Cottesloe School will own a Chromebook and use it both in school and at home to support their learning.
Mr S Jones
29th March 2021
I am delighted to inform you that the final batch of Chromebooks for Year 7 have arrived at school. These will be introduced to Year 7 during next week to enable us to have full coverage after Easter. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and support over the last few months. The global pandemic has created many barriers to our lives; nobody could have foreseen that the supply of devices across the world would have been so widely disrupted.
This is an exciting phase in our strategic development. The improvements we have seen in the use of technology to support learning created by periods of school closure and remote learning will be a springboard that will shape education for years to come. I am delighted that the current Year 7 are going to be leading the way in this cultural change at The Cottesloe School.
Now to practical matters. In order to support the range of circumstances that students have received or had access to their Chromebooks we have planned a number of events next week. Our ICT technical team and teaching staff will be leading a range of support opportunities to ensure that everyone can get online promptly after Easter.
Students with their own Chromebook purchased outside of the Cottesloe FreedomTech scheme
On our initial survey, a number of parents indicated that they had already purchased a Chromebook and you would like to use that in school.
We are asking students to bring these devices to school on Tuesday 30th March so they can be configured by our ICT technical team. Students will be allocated a time on Tuesday morning to attend an appointment to enable them to use their Chromebook at school. Any devices not configured may not be able to access the school internet and platforms at a later date. The school will take no responsibility for any loss or accidental damage that occurs to any Chromebook not purchased through The Cottesloe School. Please check that you have the necessary insurance cover for using or transporting these devices outside of the home.
Please note that The Cottesloe School only supports the use of Chromebooks and not personal laptops.
Students who are awaiting delivery of their Chromebooks purchased through the Cottesloe FreedomTech scheme
We will be running a Masterclass for these students on Tuesday 30th March during period 4 at 12.55pm in the main assembly hall. Devices will be issued at this time and Mr Clawson, Head of ICT and Computing will walk the students through how to login, navigate the Google platform and get to grips with their new device. Our ICT technical team will also be in attendance to resolve any technical problems such as password.
Students who already have their Chromebooks purchased through he Cottesloe FreedomTech scheme
Those students who received their device a few weeks ago will be invited to Masterclass on Thursday 1st April during period 2 at 10.20am in the main assembly hall. Please bring your Cottesloe Chromebook with you to the session so we can check that you can login, navigate the Google platform and get to grips with using the device at school.
Students who do not fall into these categories will receive further communication shortly. There may still be an opportunity to join the scheme this academic year and purchase your own device. Moving forward it is our vision that all students across the school will use a Chromebook during their day-to-day learning both in school and at home.
I look forward to seeing this culture flourish over the coming months and years.
Mr S Jones
Teacher Assessed Grading
25th March 2021
Teacher Assessed Grading (TAG)
As you know, this year examinations are not going ahead and schools are being asked to work closely with exam boards to ensure that grades are awarded consistently and fairly. This is a complex and holistic process that ensures that a range of evidence is used for every student in every subject. We have made considerable progress in this process already and I wanted to share the key principles that will underpin our work.
Students will only be assessed on the work they have been taught. They cannot be assessed on things they have not studied. We have already identified the key aspects of the curriculum that have been delivered in all subject areas. This has been shared with all parents and students.
We have also identified the key evidence that will be used by each subject area to assess each student's performance. This has also been shared with all parents and students.
This evidence, where available, ranges from:
Student work produced in response to assessment materials provided by the exam board, including groups of questions, past papers or similar materials such as practice or sample papers.
Non-exam assessment (NEA) work (often referred to as coursework), even if this has not been fully completed.
Student work produced in centre-devised tasks that reflect the specification, that follow the same format as exam board materials and have been marked in a way that reflects exam board mark schemes. This can include substantial class or homework (including those that took place during remote learning), internal tests taken by pupils and mock exams taken over the course of study.
Records of a student’s capability and performance over the course of study in performance-based subjects such as music, drama and PE.
Records of each student’s progress and performance over the course of study.
Evidence must be of high quality and relates directly to the specification and the assessment.
The disruption to education over the last two academic years has meant that many students have had vastly different experiences both in school and during periods of remote learning. For this very reason exam boards have not prescribed how schools will use evidence. The range and amount of evidence will vary between students and across subjects. No two cases will be the same so we have the flexibility to exercise our professional judgement in awarding TAG based on the evidence we have available for every student in every subject. We will be using a range of records from across the duration of the courses students have studied to support our judgements.
Our process has been externally validated by our School Improvement Officer, Ralph Batten. Further scrutiny has been applied by the Governing Body to ensure that we are following due process so that every student gets the grades that reflects the work they have completed during the period of disruption caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and the course of their studies.
Please be assured that this process will be robust and fair and will have the students at its centre. We are working as quickly as we can with tight timeframes in which to complete this process. Whilst I appreciate that you may naturally have some questions around grading, I would ask that at this time you allow the school to complete this process without undue interruption from queries. We aim to provide you with all the information you need and may not be able to respond to individual requests.
Mr S Jones
COVID-19 Transition to Home Testing
16th March 2021
The lateral flow test
Students will be able to collect home test kits from their Form Tutor from Monday 15th March.
- Students will receive 2 boxes of 3 tests, with a leaflet on how to carry out the test and report the results to NHS.
- We recommend that the tests are taken before school on Monday and Thursday.
- Make sure you have enough time to do the test before going to school. Preferably, this would be in the morning before going into school. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging, therefore, tests may be carried out the evening before school if necessary.
What should you do after the test?
You will need to tell the school and NHS the results of each test
- Report your results to school: https://forms.gle/zqoiaHK6R57oGLLL8.
- Report your results to the NHS: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
- If anyone tests positive you, your household, any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.
- You should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at School).
If the result of the test is unclear (void) you need to carry out another test. Negative and void results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and School. A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.
If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.
There is no need to keep used test equipment after the result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste). This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate with immediate effect, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
Why take part
Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We can do this by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart. The Government has recently announced that all secondary and college aged students will be offered tests to make the return to school safer for everyone. Taking part is voluntary and all students will be able to attend school whether they take part in testing or not, however, I am strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend school as safely as possible.
Please contact Mrs Hulland our COVID Coordinator, (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.
Thank you for your support.
Mr S Jones
25th February 2021
The return to school after a holiday always brings with it a renewed sense of optimism and the Government announcement of a roadmap out of lockdown was a further boost.
School will soon be open to all students and we can continue our core purpose of face to face teaching. The announcement that schools will reopen from the 8th March for students was accompanied with new guidance for school leaders. Amongst the detail was some changes to our expected reopening plans around testing. Testing of students and staff is central to reopening and we want to ensure we play our part in organising an effective and efficient testing process. This will go a long way to keeping the current local infection rates low and help suppress the spread of the virus.
I will be writing to you with further details as soon as we have processed the announcement and created a detailed plan to deliver an effective testing programme. The link below provides a summary of the key points set out in the newly released guidance.
All students to return to school and college from 8th March - What you need to know.
We are designating Monday 8th March as a preparation day for staff to organise their resources, classrooms, planning and to undertake training to familiarise themselves with our new procedures. No live remote learning will be set on this day. All in school support for key workers and vulnerable students will cease on Friday 5th March as we begin preparations for student testing and return to face to face teaching.
I would again ask for your patience and understanding on the complexity of reopening a school with mass testing in place.
Mr S Jones
Summer 2021 Exams
07th January 2021
The Government announced yesterday that most examinations will be cancelled this summer, with results instead being formulated by teacher assessments. We are currently awaiting further guidance as to what the logistics of this will be and I will of course update you as soon as I possibly can with further details of this, as they emerge.
In the meantime, we have made the decision to delay the Parents’ Evening on 20th January, in order that we can more appropriately advise students on how best to focus their studies over the forthcoming weeks and to provide more effective feedback on the work completed during the current home learning period. We also hope at that point to be able to provide more clarity about the exams and teacher assessments in each subject area.
We will also advise you, as soon as we can, when we will be holding this year’s progression evening. This will be a great opportunity to meet with a senior member of staff who will be providing guidance and support with preparation for the next steps. This meeting will specifically focus on post 16 options, applications to our sixth form and other institutions. This meeting very much feeds into the school’s aim of Prepare, Aspire, Succeed.
We understand that these are difficult times for everyone, not least the students themselves. The key message is that students must continue to engage fully in order that they will be in the best position to succeed, no matter what the arrangements turn out to be. It is essential that we focus on the knowledge and skills needed to equip the students to progress to the next stage, whether that be college, apprenticeships, university or employment.
If you do have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school, and once again, can I thank you for your support during these difficult times.
Mr R Peel
Assistant Headteacher – Attainment & Progress
Christmas Message from Mr Jones
17th December 2020Read More
14th December 2020
No doubt you are aware of the announcement by the Department for Education a few days ago regarding proposed changes to the last day of term for schools before the Christmas holidays.
As a school and wider community we have been extremely diligent and respectful of the national restrictions placed on us. The duty of care we have all shown to one another has helped to keep us all as safe as possible over the last few months. Compared to some schools local and nationally we have had fewer cases of Covid 19 resulting in less disruption to learning.
This term is always the longest, busiest and most tiring period of the school year. The constant changes to government guidance and national restrictions have exacerbated this. I am immensely proud of how the school community has stood together during this challenging time.
Spending time with family and friends is so important, none more so than at celebrations such as Christmas. This is especially important this year when these opportunities have been so limited in recent months.
The latest local data indicates that after the second lockdown, there has been a continual sharp rise in the number of cases amongst the 11 to 15 year old age group. The few cases we have had fit this age profile.
With that in mind, I have decided to take the option strongly suggested by the DfE to change our end of term plans. Buckinghamshire Council yesterday outlined that we could use Friday 18th December as a Remote Learning Day for all year groups. Consequently, the school will close for face to face lessons at 3.00pm on Thursday 17th December 2020.
The primary purpose of this is to reduce the likelihood of a positive case impacting on the Christmas period for staff, students and their families. The Governing Body have given their consent for this decision.
Students should be reminded that they are to treat this like a normal school day and attend online lessons as outlined in their school timetable. Students should obey the current national and local Tier 2 restrictions that apply, including social distancing and contact restrictions both at home and outdoors.
These can be found on the following link: Government Guidance Tier 2 Restrictions.
The school has been asked to assist with contact tracing during the initial holiday period. For the first 6 days after teaching ends, if your child tests positive for COVID 19, having developed symptoms within the first 48 hours of being in school, then please contact the school via the following email address: email@example.com
This email address will be checked daily during this period in order to help with contact tracing for any positive cases. Our last day for contact tracing will be Wednesday 23rd December 2020.
We will re-open for students as planned on Tuesday 5th January 2021. Monday 4th January 2021 will remain an INSET day as per the published calendar. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff, students and their families for their ongoing support and I wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas.
Mr S Jones
Chromebooks for Learning
20th October 2020
We have now launched our Chromebooks for Learning scheme to Year 7 students. Here you will find all the information you need to choose and order your chromebook. There are two Lenovo devices available, more detailed information including technical specifications is available on the information leaflet available to view in the important documents area of this page. A parents' handbook with answers to many frequently asked questions is also available.
Please note the portal will close on November 10th.Read More
Year 7 Character Camp
30th September 2020
Despite the current restrictions, over the next few days all of Year 7 will be taking part in our 'Character Camp' to help them settle into life at Cottesloe and understand what it takes to be successful at the school.
Led by Outspark, students will be completing a range of activities including a hike, archery, team building games, feast preparation and eating around a campfire. This will help to embed our ethos of Healthy Relationships and our 6Cs - challenge, cooperation, collaboration, coaching, creative and critical thinking.
Slightly different this year in that it's taking place at school and there's no camping involved, but just as much fun and wonderful to see the students forming friendships and challenging themselves.
We had a fantastic first 2 days, but the weather has deteriorated, therefore, we have taken the decision to postpone Day 3 until Friday 16th October.Read More
20th August 2020
Today we welcomed Year 11 into school to receive their results. It was so great to be able to see them all and pass on their achievements in person. I would like to take this opportunity to praise them for their resilience during the last few months.
The much anticipated results are as we expected and show strong improvements across the board.
A stunning 89% of our students achieved a standard pass in English and 79% achieved this in maths. As a result, 76% of our students obtained a standard pass in English and maths.
There were many outstanding performances, but a special mention has to go to the following students; Jessica Lavallin achieved six grade 9's and three grade 8's. Similarly, Jonah Faulks achieved two grade 9's and six grade 8's. These are phenomenal achievements.
Congratulations to everyone on their results today and good luck with your onward journey.
Simon Jones, Headteacher
Year 13 Exam Results
13th August 2020
We were delighted to see so many Year 13 students in school this morning to receive their A level and BTEC results. As expected, our students have produced some fantastic results and we are extremely proud of their achievements. The challenging process of awarding grades has gone extremely well and this saw fewer of our students having their grades altered than on the national scale. They have taken the whole process in their stride and have been able to secure their next steps towards university or apprenticeships.
Results have risen from last year and some notable achievements included Stanley Stokes who achieved two A* and an A and is hoping to go to Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. Amelia Fogden achieved two A* and two A grades and is hoping to take a gap year to pursue her equestrian ambitions.
Simon Jones, HeadteacherRead More
Scarlett Awarded Commissioner's Commendation
13th July 2020
Scarlett Mercer was very quick to put her first aid training into practice recently as she attended to an injured pedestrian who was the victim of a road accident. The woman’s injuries included a broken jaw and nose, and she had lost a significant number of teeth. Thanks to her immediate action and quick thinking, Scarlett was able to help stem the blood flow, and identified that the woman was going into shock as well as showing signs of concussion.
The Year 11 Cottesloe student remained calm, gently reassuring the lady that an ambulance was on the way, and kept talking to her so that she remained conscious.
For her actions Scarlett was nominated by passer-by Mr Tutton, a scout leader from Aylesbury District, to receive a County Commissioner's Commendation Award.
Yesterday Scarlett attended the socially distanced award ceremony. Her father Mr Mercer, Section Leader, Phoenix South ESU, said “I'm doubly proud as both her leader and father, that she's attained this great honour.”
Transition to Higher Education Support
07th July 2020
The Cottesloe School is offering Sixth-Form Transition to Higher Education Support for students and parents/carers. Working in collaboration with @BucksMind Mind UK, we are delighted to be able to deliver wellbeing support to students and parents, focusing on the transition to University. All Year 13 students and parents will have full access to this course.
We know that starting university can be an exciting period of life with lots of fantastic opportunities ahead, but it can also come with some challenges. This course is designed to support our students with this transition.
Public Health is funding this valuable project, so we welcome your feedback. We hope you find this course valuable, especially at this time.
Sixth Form Students Transition to University video for parents and school staff (opens in YouTube)Read More
Welcome to the Summer Term
20th April 2020
Please see the new video message from Mr Jones.Read More
Video message from the Headteacher
30th March 2020
Please see the video in the link below for a personal message from our Headteacher, Mr Jones. As time goes by we will continue to use a range of media to engage and keep in touch with our community.
https://youtu.be/GIp-zjBaBHI (opens in YouTube)
KS3 Year 9 Choices Evening
16th March 2020
The KS3 Year 9 Choices evening, held on Wednesday 11th March, was very well attended by Year 8 students and their families. Below is a copy of the presentation to help with the decision making.Read More
Year 9 Curriculum
26th February 2020
Following a comprehensive review of the Key Stage 3 (KS3) and Key Stage 4 (KS4) sections of The Cottesloe School’s Curriculum, we are making some changes that will impact on your child’s learning from Year 9 onwards... Please read full letterRead More
Parent Survey Feedback
05th February 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you very much to the 170 families that completed the parent survey sent out before Christmas. We appreciate you taking the time to feedback your thoughts about the school, what you think we do well and the areas you feel we could improve.
Overwhelmingly the feedback was positive. Please find below a link to the survey results and our response to the areas you felt could be made even better. We have analysed the data and have put in place a number of different strategies and actions to reflect the areas you feel we could improve upon.
Thank you again for contributing to help improve the opportunities for our young people.
Parent Survey Feedback
Student Council: Your questions answered
21st January 2020
Following a meeting between school leaders and the student council, we have compiled the following Q&A:Read More
19th December 2019
Last night we celebrated the achievements of students who sat public examinations in Summer 2019, in addition acknowledging students for their outstanding contribution to the school. It was a privilege to welcome back so many young people who have achieved so much whilst at The Cottesloe School. All had used many of the qualities and behaviours within the 6'C's to achieve their goals, challenging themselves to succeed. We were treated to performances from the Performing Arts students, and refreshments provided by the Catering students. A great evening was had by all and made us proud to be part of The Cottesloe School.Read More
Computing Competitions with McAfee
16th December 2019
We are always excited when companies want to meet with our amazing students, and would welcome any chance to show them how real world businesses work with technology. The ICT & Computing department have been working with McAfee for two years, now, inviting Dave Oxley and his colleagues into lessons with Year 13 students, advising them on best practices for developing security systems for their BTEC coursework. This year we’re really pleased to have Dave and several McAfee interns working with us to support competitions that Year 12 and Year 8 students are entering.
Year 12 are being mentored as they work to produce a platform computer game. These games will be pitted against teams from the Aylesbury UTC in March. Their mentors are both studying Computer Science at Brunel University, so this will also be a great opportunity to meet HE students and talk about courses with people taking them. The interns will be available to meet with them regularly to check their progress and support their projects. The students will gain invaluable experience of working in teams towards a project plan.
Some great game ideas are already taking shape and the competition looks like it will be hotly contested.
Year 8 girls are preparing to enter the National Centre for Cyber Security’s CyberFirst for Girls competition this January. Interns spent a lesson training them for the challenge ahead. We were really amazed by how quickly there were able to tackle some really tricky puzzles, making us hopeful that we will have some incredible cyber security experts in the near future. All the girls were really keen to solve as many puzzles as they could in the session, so we’re confident that they will take the challenges presented in the real event in their stride. As with the Year 12’s, the McAfee interns, both studying Computer Science at Manchester University, will be available to mentor the teams on puzzle solving skills as we enter the competition for real. I know that they all have their eye on the final later in the year.
Massive thanks must go to Dave Oxley and his fantastic team of interns for their support in both these programs. Lots more opportunities to tackle tech competitions will be available in the New Year, so watch this space.
Mr Clawson and the Computing & ICT TeamRead More
12th December 2019
Jake Almosawi (10ASA) has been competing in professional Karting with a view to building a career in Motorsport. The 14 year old Cottesloe student raced at club level for the first time and, in this his first year of professional karting, finished 8th place out of 42 competitors (https://results.alphatiming.co.uk/skrc/2019/champ/39/).
Next year Jake has been invited to join a racing team and compete in the National British Karting Championships. The National Championship is more demanding and is run over a 4-day period from Thursday to Sunday. It is held at tracks all over the UK from North West Wales to Cumbria to Dorset. Good luck Jake – keep us posted on your progress!Read More
GCSE and A Level Exam Certificates
29th November 2019
GCSE and A Level Exam Certificates 2019
From Monday 2nd December 2019, Exam Certificates for all students who completed GCSE's, BTEC's and A Level's in the summer are available for collection from the Exams Office from 8.00am - 2.30pm, Monday to Friday. These certificates have to be collected in person and cannot be posted out. If you wish for someone else to collect your certificates please ensure that they bring both identification and a permission letter from yourself.Read More
Teddy our Well-Being Dog. Coming Soon
28th November 2019
What we are going to offer
Mrs. West (Student Support Officer in TEAM Hub) has a registered Therapy dog called Teddy who is a Golden Retriever.
Obviously, bringing any animal into school is not something to be approached lightly, both for the animal’s sake and for the sake of the students and adults in the school. I have visited and taken advice from other schools in the area, who have school dogs. We have discussed the practicalities, including everything from risk assessments and insurance to dealing with training, doggy toileting and student’s allergies.
Teddy will be based in TEAM Hub with Mrs West as she is the person that the dog is registered with through Pets as therapy.
Students will never be left alone with Teddy and they will be taught about how to be around a dog; for example, if Teddy is on his bed, then we leave him alone to rest.
We are hoping that Teddy will eventually join our school on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but this will be built up over time.
What is Teddy like?
Teddy is a Golden Retriever. The breed is renowned for their calm, gentle temperament and love of children. Belonging to Mrs. West and her family, Teddy has undergone strict training and assessment in order to prepare him for working with children. Teddy is certified as a ‘Pets As Therapy’ dog, meaning that he has been assessed as being healthy and of the right temperament to work within the local community, including children. Pets as Therapy dogs are recognised by the Royal College of Nursing and welcomed by medical authorities in many areas.
Mrs. West takes Teddy to the ‘Campbell Centre’ in Milton Keynes on a regular basis to help patients with their Mental Health.
What will Teddy do all day in school?
Teddy’s role in school will be varied. He might ‘chill out’ in TEAM Hub whilst students are attending their lessons. For those students who access TEAM Hub, arrangements can be made to spend time with Teddy.
Research studies in both Britain and America have concluded that having a dog in a school environment can have many positive benefits – these include helping to calm children down, improve academic achievement, motivate those children who are often not that attentive, teach responsibility and encourage children to respect all life. Also, it has been shown that when children share the affection and care of a ‘school’ dog, a bond forms among them and strengthens their team ethics.
Teddy can also be used to hear students read. Dogs give unconditional acceptance, as they are non-judgmental, which is especially crucial to students who struggle to read. He will provide confidence to students as he will not make fun of them when they read, but above all he will make an amazing listener, providing the students with a sense of comfort and love.Read More
A Christmas Carol
21st November 2019
On Tuesday Year 7 students enjoyed a fabulous performance of 'A Christmas Carol' by three very talented actors from Quantum Theatre. The trio played all the parts from Dickens's famous story, with so much zest and energy, and at the end of the show they kindly answered a number of questions put to them by students. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all! Thank you to everyone involved and a special thanks to Mrs Rawlins for organising the event.Read More
Visit to Stewartby Power Station
11th November 2019
On Wednesday 6th November, four of our Year 13 students visited the Stewartby Power Station, one of the biggest power stations powered by landfill gas. When we arrived we were greeted by Jason who escorted us onto the site, we then had an introduction to the Power Station and a health and safety talk: we wore hard hats, ear defenders, eye protection and overalls. The tour of the Stewartby Power Station was important as it is preparation for our unit 3 exam.
The tour began outside where the gas is extracted from the landfill that was buried in the 1980’s, landfill was stopped in 2008 due to the increase in recycling and the use of incineration, because of this, the use of landfill as an energy source will one day run out. We were shown where the landfill had been buried and the pipes that extract the gas from beneath the ground. The pipes then connected to the generators where gas is turned into electricity. We looked round the generators, this is where we had to wear the ear defenders due to the mass amount of noise, each generator produced 120 decibels each, if the ear defenders were not worn it could have caused permanent hearing damage.
After the tour of the Power Station we went on a walk around Stewartby Lake to see the wind turbine. The walk allowed us to reflect on what we had learned. We took advantage of the walk for our mental health as it allowed us to have some fresh air and a clear our minds.
We are grateful to Stewartby Power Station for donating some of their overalls to the science department to use for future scientific events at the school.
Year 9 Core Evening PPT
25th October 2019
Year 9 Core Evening Presentation
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23rd October 2019
On September 24th Art Students from Years 11, 12 and 13 visited the Tate Britain in London to experience art first-hand. It was a successful visit as the following comments from students illustrate:
“I enjoyed looking and understanding the development of British Art through time and it gave me lots of new ideas”. Verity
“The trip to the museum was very inspiring and allowed me to discover new artists. It has helped a lot with coursework”. Robson
“I thoroughly enjoyed it and it really inspired me”. Elliot
“I enjoyed the Sixty Years room in particular, but it was also really interesting to see Art from different periods of time”. Tia
“Interesting, but some pieces were strange to me”. Ollie
“I liked the museum visit; it gave me lots of ideas for my sketch book”. Chloe
07th October 2019
A group of Year 7 Cottesloe students; Emily, Chloe, Sanchia & Sinead, have formed a small task force designated to clearing up litter around Stewkley, the village they live in.
It all started with them being disgusted by the littering they saw at the village Rec. They agreed to work together to clear the rubbish, which in addition to being an eyesore, can pose a danger to wildlife. In their quest they have collected and filled bags with; plastic bottles, cans, packets, discarded toys and other general waste.
They are taking so much pride in the work they have done and hope to inspire others to take more care of the beautiful village that they love and respect. Well done for making a difference and making Stewkley a better environment to live in.
It’s important that we all take responsibility to look after our local environment and ensure litter is disposed of correctly; either use bins provided, or take your rubbish home with you.Read More
Core evening presentation
30th September 2019
Following on from the Year 11 Core Evening, please find below a link to the presentation.
Year 7 Residential Trip
25th September 2019
The Camp at Outspark
On the first day, all the students who were going on the camping trip came into school with their bags, excited about the two days that were ahead of them. We entered the sports hall and sat down in our form groups, we talked amongst each other until we were introduced to the Outspark crew. We were then put into groups before getting on the coach. After around 15 minutes we arrived at Woburn Abbey, then we started our 3-mile hike!
Some of us had snacks for the long walk, which was a smart idea, and we had things we had to find on the way like deer and stables. Walking through the beautiful deer park in Woburn was fun, but it was also very tiring.
We finally arrived at the campsite, exhausted and keen to get into our tents, although it took us around twenty minutes to build them before we could achieve that. My group did a good job, however, our tent had a tear in it and we ended up with a muddy puddle during the night! Looking back at it now, it’s quite funny.
We all got to do a number of activities over the two days. My favourites were Archery, Rock Climbing and Pioneering. We had to work together to build a catapult and shoot tennis balls from it. It was great to see some classmates overcome their fear of heights during the rock climbing.
For dinner we had a healthy stuffed pepper with sweet potato which we helped to prepare. For dessert we had cooked banana with chocolate inside. Most groups then had a campfire and hot chocolate, but due to bad weather my group were unable to do this.
Overall I loved the Outspark trip, and definitely recommend going. One of the highlights for me was hearing the tip-tap of the rain against the tent. It might have kept me up at night but it was strangely soothing.
Thank you to the teachers for the hard work and preparation.
By Ben Wilson Year 7
The Cottesloe School celebrates 'excellent' GCSE results in Wing
23rd August 2019
Staff and students of The Cottesloe School, Wing, are celebrating "some excellent GCSE results".
This year 83 per cent of students passed English (21 per cent above national average) and 78 per cent achieved a pass in Maths (18 per cent above national average).
Simon Jones, headteacher, said: "As headteacher, I would like to pass on my praise to the staff and students who have worked so hard to achieve these results.
"A particular mention goes to the following students: Henry Dorrance- 2 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 1 grade A* and 1 grade A;
Cameron Powell - 2 grade 9s, 5 grade 8s, 2 grade As;
Isabelle Walford - 1 grade 9, 4 grade 8s, 2 grade As;
Charlotte Targell - 5 grade 8s, 1 grade A, 1 grade B."Read More
World challenge -Nepal
23rd July 2019
Nepal, Summer 2019Read More
Speaker in school today
18th July 2019
Harry Davison and
@annielawrencee from Facebook are inspiring some of our Year 9 students during today's Maths lesson. Talking about how stats are used in business, Harry told them "the Maths and Statistics you are learning today is what I use on a daily basis"
English Literature Ambassadors
15th July 2019
My name is Rebecca Putt, I am in Year 11 and currently taking my GCSEs. Along with a group of fellow students I took my GCSE in English Literature when I was in Year 10, so Mrs Webber asked if we would get involved in mentoring our peers, as we had exam experience and were able to advise them on revision techniques that helped us, and how to deal with stress as the exam approached. We had one-to-one and small group sessions, and I had to learn different books to the ones I had studied, going over the plots and giving unique ideas for answers, using tips I had learned from Mr Matcham. I found it interesting and enjoyed the experience, and I was pleased to have the opportunity to help as I would like to go into teaching. Mrs Webber added, "These Year 11 students have been amazing in the Intervention sessions. They have really helped other Year 11 students because they have recently been through the examination process themselves and know what works. They were also so focused in these sessions and shared their excellent notes to great effect."Read More