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Careers Fair February 2019 - posted 6th Feb 2019

The Day the Wonderful World of Work Came to Cottesloe
On an apparently typical school day, well Wednesday the 6th of February to be precise, something out of the ordinary happened as 22 representatives from the world of work descended on the Cottesloe School in the form of a Careers Fair.
Every student in the school, from Year 7 to Year 13, were given an insight into their potential futures by engaging with a wide variety of employment providers: from the retailer Gap to the Royal Navy; from Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital to Woburn Safari Park; from Buck's Ambulance Service to Specialists in Software Security to name but a few.
The aim was to compliment our current careers provision with actual meaningful encounters with industry experts, and from the positive feedback from student and exhibitors this seems to have been achieved. Indeed if a measure of success is hard empirical evidence then at least one student was able to negotiate an Apprenticeship place on the day.
The Careers Fair was designed to be a sustainable event and will definitely be a part of next year's calendar, so if you're reading this and want to be a part of this event by exhibiting next year, please get in touch.

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Mock Results' Day 2019 - posted 10th Jan 2019

Year 11 Mock Results’ Day Friday 4th January 2019
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As many students entered the hall on Friday; some with trepidation and many with nervous excitement, I had the pleasure in sharing the results’ process with Year 11. All students listened attentively as Mr Peel began the event with a motivational talk about the days, weeks and months to follow their results and the ways to use results to strive for an even better performance in the March mocks and public examinations.
Then came the opening of the results’ envelopes! For many, it was a moment of relief, celebration and pride for the period of revision that had led to the November mock examinations. It was a privilege to share in this moment and to congratulate so many students for the progress they have made. Equally, for some, it was a moment to reflect on results that were a disappointment, but the overwhelming sentiment that bounced around the hall was that there was time, and motivation, to build on these results and work towards an even better set of results for the March mocks.
I’d like to take this opportunity to praise Year 11 for the maturity with which they conducted themselves on the day and I hope that this experience gave them a flavour of what to expect in August. They must now use their mock examination results to address errors, misconceptions and weaker areas through their revision so that they can feel ready for the March mock examinations which will commence 11th March 2019.

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Mock Results' Day - posted 4th Jan 2018

Year 11 students have today received the results of their GCSE mock examinations taken in December 2017. Today simulated the actual experience that students will have when they collect their final GCSE results in August. The tension, nervous energy and excitement in the school hall before students opened their envelopes was palpable!

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PiXL Conference - posted 2nd Nov 2017

PiXL: Getting into Top Universities conference

I had the pleasure of accompanying 13 Year 11 and Year 12 students to a conference in Central Hall, Westminster, on 1st November. The conference offered students an insight into how to be successful in applying to ‘Russell Group’ universities and equipped students with ideas for how to boost their UCAS applications.

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British Show Jumping Success - posted 22nd Jun 2017

Congratulations to the members of the Cottesloe School Equestrian team who came 1st in all classes on Sunday 18 June at Quainton Stud, and successfully qualified for the National Championships in August!
The team are: Charlotte Thorne, Maddie Stewart, Grace Kearvell, Charlie Malone, Jenny Tubb and Rosie Thompkins.

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Year 9 and 10 Revision Workshop - posted 25th May 2017

Over April and May Year 9 and Year 10 students attended a revision workshop. The aim of the workshop was to teach students a range of strategies for improving the quality of their revision in the lead-up to their May and June mock exams.
Students were introduced to many revision strategies for boosting the power of their memories and were shown ways in which to make revision: active, varied and easily recalled. Furthermore, students were also reminded of the best times and ways in which to revise so that revision is as purposeful as possible. I particularly stressed to students the importance of sleep and nutrition in the lead-up to exams.
Students engaged enthusiastically in the workshops and many have since told me that they found the workshops helpful and now have practical ways in which to approach revision. I’m hopeful that this is a skill that we can support students in developing as they draw nearer to GCSE examinations.

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The Bloodhound Project - posted 30th Mar 2017

On Wednesday 3rd May I took five of our students to RAF Halton for the semi-final of the Bloodhound Project 'Race to the Line' competition. The two teams were part of only 140 national teams from 25000, to make it to this stage. All five represented the school well, creating two very competitive cars in timed conditions. Sadly they were beaten in the race, but all of them have vowed to go back and try again next year, having gained some good ideas from the Bloodhound team on how to improve.

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