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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 mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Bristol
  • Pupils: 1,532
  • 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..

Cotham is a specialist school for the performing arts, with a particular strength in dance, so everyone dances...Music also good – not many schools can boast a complete gamelan orchestra...School food – all fair trade – is 'pretty good', but the dining room is tiny for the pupil numbers, so many bring packed lunches...

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Converted to an academy 2011.

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Since September 2015, Ms Jo Butler, previously associate head at Preston Manor School in London. Fine art degree from Hull; NPQH, MA leadership from Institute of Education, London. Two teenage daughters.

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Results are good for the broadly average ability intake: in 2016, 67 per cent five plus GCSEs including English and maths at A*-C, 24 per cent A*/A grades; at A level, 53 per cent A*-B and 26 per cent A*/A grades.

The sixth form – North Bristol Post 16 Centre - has been a joint operation with nearby Redland Green School since the latter opened in 2007. Sixth form options cover the full academic range, apart from classics. Music, dance, drama and performing arts are popular, but biggest subjects are maths and English.

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