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  • Cotham School
    Cotham Lawn Road
    BS6 6DT
  • Head: Ms Jo Butler
  • T 01179 198000
  • F 01179 082209
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  • 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 Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 15th September 2010
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 22nd May 2008
  • 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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Converted to an academy 2011.

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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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