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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Click on image to download PPT
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