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  • Cotham School
    Cotham Lawn Road
    Cotham
    Bristol
    BS6 6DT
  • Head: Ms Jo Butler
  • T 01179 198000
  • F 01179 082209
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.cotham.bristol.sch.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bristol
  • Pupils: 1,478 ; sixth formers: 405
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 18th April 2018
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 15th September 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • Linked schools: North Bristol Post 16 Centre

What says..

In their first year, students appear to do a carousel of humanities subjects, and ‘skills’ (making coleslaw inter alia). Somewhat contentiously, new students are also randomly assigned to study French or German – and never the twain shall meet. Food is good, according to students, but queues can be long at lunchtime ‘so I buy my baguette at break, then eat it later – in class if it’s boring!’ our guide confessed. We were impressed by being completely ignored by the dance students who were engrossed in their...

 

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2015 Ms Jo Butler (late 40s) MA PGCE NPQH. We learnt that this head’s early educational experiences have informed her career in an emphatic and unconventional way (when we finally got to hear about them - after six months of trying. We have to congratulate her PA on being the best gatekeeper of any head we’d ever eventually managed to meet). Starting from unpromising beginnings at a girls’ secondary modern in Essex, she was rescued by a couple of teachers at the tertiary college she went to. ‘For the first time I found myself in a truly comprehensive environment full of grammar school rejects and middle class people,’ she revealed, ‘and it was a very powerful influence on me’. A levels, a degree in fine art from Hull, PGCE at Goldsmiths, a masters...

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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