New to Cottesloe Information
Frequently asked questions
I live or am planning to move to one of the new-build estates, is The Cottesloe School my catchment school?
Please use the Bucks Council school postcode checker to find your catchment school.
What happens if I need to drop my child off before the start of the school day/ collect later than 3 pm?
Registration starts at 8:40 in the morning and the school day finishes at 3pm. Please see our wider curriculum offer for after-school activities | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/curriculum/wider-curriculum-opportunities
Will there be an opportunity to tour the school with my child?
Yes, please book via Eventbrite
What is available from the canteen for lunch?
More information about food availability can be found here.
Can my child bring a mobile phone to school?
While we encourage students to leave their mobile phones at home, students may bring them to school, so long as they are switched off and in their bags before they enter the school site at the start of the day and remain there unless they are needed for an emergency and they have the express permission of a member of staff. Should you need to contact your child during the school day please contact the school office.
Will students be in the same groups for all lessons?
No, students are set for the majority of their lessons. Students will be placed in different sets for different subjects. In both KS3 and KS4 we place students in ability-based sets in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science so that learning can be effectively tailored. This setting is flexible and reviewed regularly to ensure that students are most appropriately placed.
What after school clubs are there?
We run a range of lunchtime and after school clubs to cater for a variety of interests. More information can be found here.
What are the term dates for next year?
Our term dates are published here and all school events can be found here https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/parent/calendar
What will my child's timetable look like?
We operate a two week, a fifty-period timetable for all year groups. A student's Week 1 timetable is likely to be slightly different to their Week 2 timetable; as pictured below. You will find this near the bottom of the homepage.
To find out which week they are on please see this page
Can I purchase a Chromebook?
We are proud to be able to offer the opportunity for new Year 7 students to purchase Chromebooks through Tech for Schools. We will contact you with further details about when the portal opens in June. Chromebooks will need to be ordered by the 10th July to allow for delivery in September.
All information can be found here | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/students/chromebooks-for-learning
Financial support is available for those eligible for free school meals; please contact us for more information.
Starting secondary school can be particularly daunting if your child is the only one coming from their primary school. They will not be alone; we typically have around fifteen students in the same position who join us each year.
My child has SEND, what is in place for them?
We have a specific SEND Transition Pathway for students with additional learning needs or SEND may require further support, which typically begins earlier in the school year. Support is individualised depending on the student’s needs. This could include visits to the student in their primary setting by our SENDCo or Teaching Assistants, who would also liaise with the primary school SENDCos and Teaching Assistants regarding the child’s specific needs.
The school SEND team will maintain contact with the student and parents, providing additional resources and visits to The Cottesloe School depending on the needs of the child. Teachers of students are made aware of the child’s needs and strategies to support them in lessons before teaching begins in Year 7.
Does the school have lockers?
Yes, we do, Independent Locker Solutions Limited provides lockers for The Cottesloe School students.
The lockers are owned by Independent Locker Solutions Limited and are available for students to rent on an annual basis. Rental costs are £32 per year allowing use from September through to July. More details can be found here | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/parent/lockers
My child is allergic to dogs/scared of dogs
We have a wellbeing therapy dog called Teddy in school so we need to make sure your child has no interactions with him. If your child is allergic to dogs there is an opt-out form (PDF) please return this form to us.
Please our dedicated page | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/parent/transition-support
Please see our dedicated uniform page | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/parent/uniform-and-equipment
Please see the dedicated page | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/parent/transport
Parental Pick-up and Drop-off
The school operates a system for parents to drop off and collect by car during peak times. We ask all staff and Sixth Form students to not leave the site until after 3:10 pm and then only via the rear of the school (coach park gate) to reduce congestion. To remove the need for parents to park at the front of the school we have implemented the following procedure and ask all parents to abide by the guidelines set out below.
Dropping off students: This will be done at the rear of the school, coming off the roundabout on the A418. School buses use this entrance but drop off on the far side of the coach park in the bays. Cars should take the same route as the buses and drop students near the bus shelter outside the Sports Hall. It is a busy area and buses will need to reverse so the speed will be restricted to 10mph. Please be patient and only drop students off in the designated area. This is not an area for parents to park and then come into the school.
Collecting students: There will be no access to the coach park until after 3:15 pm due to the number of buses leaving the site. There is no parking by the roundabout and buses swing wide at the gate so please plan to arrive after 3:15 pm so that congestion is kept to a minimum. After 3:10 pm you will be able to drive in and collect your child(ren) from the bus shelter outside the Sports Hall. Once again, we would be grateful if cars do not travel at more than 10mph as students may be making their way to sports practice on the field.
Staff will supervise students whilst they are being dropped off and collected.
The coach park gates are locked during the school day and therefore parents collecting students or attending meetings during the school day should use the front school gate and use the intercom system to gain access.
Parents are requested not to park in or near Carey Lodge or to pull up onto the pavement in the immediate surrounding areas as this causes severe congestion and is potentially dangerous.
Curriculum and Wider Curriculum Opportunities
At The Cottesloe School, the focus of ‘Prepare, Aspire, Succeed’ is to support all our students through their ‘Cottesloe Journey’, combining learning about and from, the world in which we live. The journey does not expect each student to follow the same path but empowers them to develop aspirations to become an excellent version of themselves, whatever their ability or background. Students gain a sense of fulfilment and success through educational and personal achievement; they aspire to achieve their best through the opportunities we offer, as preparation for becoming informed, well-educated, active citizens.
To achieve this, The Cottesloe School has a progressive, deep and knowledge-rich curriculum that is well planned, sequenced and imaginative, encompassing the widest range of disciplines; Arts, Sciences, Humanities, Technologies, Maths, Literacy, Languages and Sports. With clear milestones and high expectations for all students, our curriculum allows character to develop. This is promoted through healthy relationships and the 6Cs; inspiring curiosity and developing independent thinking. These skills help create well-rounded, resilient, confident young people.
Curriculum Intent | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/curriculum/curriculum-intent
Curriculum Overview | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/curriculum/curriculum-overview
Subject Info | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/curriculum/subjects
Wider Curriculum Opportunities | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/curriculum/wider-curriculum-opportunities
Starting secondary school can be particularly daunting if your child is the only one coming from their primary school. They will not be alone; we typically have around fifteen students in the same position who join us each year. Solo students will be invited to a separate event to meet other students in the same situation. They will also be buddied with at least one other solo student in their form group.
Term Dates and Inset Days
Our term dates are published here and all school events can be found here https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/parent/calendar
Student Progress and Attainment
Students who are happy and feel safe and secure in their school setting are more motivated and therefore make more progress. My role at The Cottesloe School is to ensure that every child makes good progress in each subject that they are studying. I regularly visit lessons to evaluate. The progress that is being made daily, as well as meeting with a range of students to discuss their academic progress and any further support that they feel would be appropriate. This is vital in empowering students to take responsibility for their learning. In working closely with the Senior Leadership Team, SENDCo, Heads of Year, Heads of Department and parents, I regularly review the data on each cohort to identify the key issues in the school and to ensure that the right academic support and interventions are in place to give every student the right opportunities to excel. Additionally, each Head of Year audits the performance of their Year Group, as does each curriculum area, to identify these individual students that are underperforming. We then intervene as necessary to ensure that students remain on track to achieve their expected levels of progress and beyond.
We carefully track and monitor the performance of our students with special educational needs, those who receive the pupil premium and our more able students. We have a comprehensive academic mentoring system to support students through their school journey and we have created a range of bespoke literacy, numeracy and other programmes to ensure that across all years we are supporting the right students with the right personalised curriculums. We have a wide range of additional support programmes in place which directly caters for the academic and pastoral needs of those students who require such personalised provision to be in place to effectively support them in the school environment.
For you to be able to evaluate how your child is performing you will receive regular progress reports throughout the year, identifying their current levels, targets and attitude towards learning from teachers. Please contact me with any questions regarding order progress that I can pass information to the right individuals who can respond quickly to any issues that might arise throughout the academic year. As well as this we welcome parents to meet with teachers and Heads of Year to discuss any progress concerns that there might be so that we can respond with appropriate support for each child.
With such a wide range of strategies in place, we hope that each child will feel secure that they have the best possible teaching and support so that they are performing to reach their goals and aspirations.
Mr R Peel Assistant Headteacher - Equality and Outcomes
Chromebooks for Learning
In March 2021 we launched our Chromebooks for Learning Scheme with the ambition of taking our student’s learning experience to a new level. In daily life, our students are surrounded by technology which they openly embrace and use as part of their learning and development. We are now extending the scheme across the whole school so that all students have the same opportunity to enhance their learning. The success of this has been overwhelming and almost every Year 7 student now has access to a Chromebook to use both in lessons and at home, which brings enormous educational benefits. The ultimate goal is for all students to either purchase their Chromebooks participate in the various loan options available.
If you have been successful in securing a place at The Cottesloe School, then we would expect you to become part of this scheme and benefit from the opportunities that this brings to enhance your child’s education and help them on the learning pathway to success. You will be sent details of how to do this through the school but are welcome to purchase your independent device, although please note this should be a Chromebook rather than a laptop. There are various payment and support options which you will be sent nearer the time.
All information can be found here | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/students/chromebooks-for-learning
Please see our dedicated page for SEND | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/send
Safeguarding and Wellbeing
Please see our dedicated pages:
Safeguarding | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/safeguarding
Anti-Bullying Ambassadors | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/students/bullying
For more information and menus can be found here | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/parent/school-meals
We use a cashless catering system, which is being provided by Nationwide Retail Services, the leading supplier in the UK for such systems. It is a system that incorporates the latest technology and eliminates the need for students to carry cash. It is also biometric so there is no need to carry a payment card as the system will recognise the thumb of your child at the till. Students with entitlement to free school meals will have their daily allowance automatically added to their accounts. If you have any issues please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the Induction Days in July, your child will have the opportunity to have their thumb scanned. This will allow us to generate an account number and logging on details for ParentPay. You will receive an ‘activation’ letter after this with your login details and you will then be able to access your account, via the School’s website. If you refuse permission for biometric scanning or do not return your Admission Forms before Induction Day, the School will not scan your child and will issue a PIN, which can be used at the till to make payments. We can arrange for your child to be scanned at a later date if you provide written consent.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are available for all students in full-time education. If you think your child/ren may be eligible, please contact the school office for advice on how to apply. There are several ways the school can support those students eligible for free school meals so if your circumstances have changed please consider applying.
Students who are eligible also attract Pupil Premium funding to the school. This funding pays for initiatives and interventions designed to support students' learning and achievement.
Please contact email@example.com if you require any assistance.
The lockers are owned by Independent Locker Solutions Limited and are available for students to rent on an annual basis. Rental costs are £32 per year allowing use from September through to July. Please note all bookings terminate at the end of the school year in July.
To guarantee a locker please book online at our website www.ilsschools.co.uk Lockers for September 2022 to July 2023 will be available online from 1 June.
For more detail please see our dedicated page | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/parent/lockers
Please see our dedicated page | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/parent/medical-needs
Library opening times:
- Years 7 and 8 | Mondays and Wednesdays
- Years 12 and 13 | All week
- Years 9 and 10 | Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Year 11 Fridays
(other times on request)
All students may borrow up to two books for two weeks.
Computers are available for school work: research, homework, printing.
Curriculum support and advice are available to all students.
The Student - I will:
- Show respect and behave with care, courtesy and concern for other students, staff and visitors.
- Abide by the School rules/systems and look after the school environment.
- Wear the correct uniform and take pride in my appearance.
- Arrive punctually to the lessons ensuring that I have the correct equipment with me.
- Allow teachers to teach and students to learn.
- Behave quietly and courteously at School, and on the way to and from school, in a way, that enhances the reputation of the School.
- Do my Independent Learning and work hard in lessons.
Parent/Carer - I will:
- Ensure that our child’s attendance is good and that they arrive punctually at School and are properly equipped.
- Support the School’s policies and guidelines.
- Ensure my child abides by the School’s behaviour and uniform policies.
- Support and encourage my child to complete their Independent Learning on time and to the required standard.
- Inform the School of any problems or concerns that may affect my child’s work, behaviour or uniform at School.
- Attend parents’ meetings, key events and other discussions regarding my child.
- Show an interest in my child’s life at school.
The Cottesloe School - we will:
- Create an environment in which students feel safe, secure and happy.
- Create an environment that is conducive to learning.
- Do our utmost to ensure that students make progress in line with their potential.
- Treat all students with respect, considering their views and opinions.
- Allow students to take part in extra-curricular activities.
- Enable students to take responsibility for their learning and personal development.
- Contact parents if there is a problem with attendance, punctuality, uniform or equipment.
- Lets parents know about any concerns or problems affecting their child’s welfare, work or behaviour.
- Emphasize rewards rather than sanctions to achieve high standards of behaviour. Send home regular assessments and progress reports.
- Arrange parent consultation meetings during which their child’s progress is discussed.
- Keep parents informed about school activities through regular communications.
- Enforce appropriate use of the internet as agreed in school policy.
Please complete the appropriate section on the Parental Consent page of the accompanying Electronic School Admission Forms.
Online Safety and Acceptable Use Agreement
The internet, email, mobile technologies and online resources have become an important part of learning and life. We want all pupils to be safe and responsible when using any IT. It is essential that pupils are aware of online risk, know how to stay safe and know where to go to report problems and access support.
Students are expected to read and discuss this agreement with you and then sign the appropriate section of the accompanying Admission Form Booklet and follow the terms of the agreement. Any concerns or explanations can be discussed with their form tutor in the first instance.
- I will only use school IT equipment for school purposes.
- I will not download or install software on school IT equipment.
- I will only log on to the school network, other school systems and resources using my own school user name and password.
- I will not reveal my passwords to anyone other than a parent/carer.
- I will not use my personal email address or other personal accounts on school IT equipment.
- I will make sure that all my electronic communications are responsible and sensible.
- I understand that everything I search for, access, post or receive online can be traced now and in the future.
- My activity can be monitored and logged and if necessary shared with teachers, parents/carers and the police if necessary. I know it is essential that I build a good online reputation.
- I will not browse, download, upload or forward material that could be considered offensive or illegal. If I accidentally come across any such material I will report it immediately, to a member of staff if I am in school or a parent/carer if I am not in school.
- I will not give out my own or others’ personal information, including name, phone number, home address, interests, schools or clubs or any personal image. I will report immediately any request for personal information, to a member of staff if I am in school or a parent/carer if I am not in school.
- I understand that not everything I see or hear online is true, accurate or genuine. I also know that some people on the internet are not who they say they are and may have ulterior motives for assuming another identity that will put me at risk. I will gain permission from parents/carers before arranging to meet someone I only know on the internet.
- I should never post photographs, videos or Livestream without the permission of all parties involved
- I will not upload any images, videos, sounds or words that could upset, now or in the future, any member of the school community, as this is cyberbullying.
- I will be respectful to everyone online; I will treat everyone the way that I want to be treated. I will ensure that all my online activities, both in and outside school, will not cause distress to anyone in the school community or bring the school into disrepute.
- I will not respond to hurtful behaviour online but will report it. I have the right to block and will say no to any inappropriate or upsetting request.
- I will respect the privacy and ownership of others’ work online and will adhere to copyright at all times.
- I will not attempt to bypass the internet filtering system in school.
- I will not assume that new technologies can be brought into school and will check with staff before bringing in any device.
- I will not lie about my age to sign up for age-inappropriate games, apps or social networks.
- I understand that these rules are designed to keep me safe now and in the future. If I break the rules, teachers will investigate, I may be disciplined and my parents/carers may be contacted. If I break the law the police may be informed.
Please complete the appropriate section of the accompanying School Admission Forms.
Code of Conduct
Attitude for Learning
Expectations of all students within the School:
- Move around the building sensibly, considering others.
- Be in the right place at the right time.
- Follow instructions from ALL staff straight away.
- Help to keep the School clean, tidy and contribute to making it a ‘greener’ place to learn.
- Wear the correct uniform at all times.
- Arrive on time.
- Bring the correct books and equipment to all lessons.
- Be quiet and orderly when entering or leaving the classroom.
- Gain the attention of the teacher appropriately.
- Show respect for all persons and property.
- Respect the right of others to listen, work and learn.
- Students are not allowed out of School at lunchtime unless they live in Wing and have the Headteacher’s permission to go home for lunch. Students must carry a pass which will be provided by the School.
- Make sure that all personal items, including clothing, are marked with the student’s name. ? Mobile phones, MP3 players and other devices are not allowed to be seen, heard or used during school.
- If students need a mobile phone it must be switched off and out of sight at all times and handed in, along with valuables, during PE lessons. Students misusing mobile phones will have them confiscated and handed into student reception for safekeeping, where they will be available for collection at the end of the school day.
- Chewing gum is not allowed in School.
- Students misbehaving whilst travelling to and from School including on the buses or whilst representing the school will be dealt with under the School’s Behaviour for Learning policy.
Attendance and School Policies
For school absence procedure please see our dedicated page | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/parent/absences
All our school policies can be found here | https://www.cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk/about/policies
Contacting the School
Attendance Officer | firstname.lastname@example.org
General Enquiries | email@example.com
School Uniform Shop | firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding | email@example.com
Child Protection Issue
- The school’s safeguarding team
- Assistant Headteacher Mrs C Hankin firstname.lastname@example.org
- Form Tutor
- Head Of Year
- Assistant Headteacher
- First Point Of Contact
- Subject Teacher
- Curriculum Leader
- Assistant Headteacher With Department