Cooper School, Oxfordshire
|Motto||"Where Learning Matters"|
|Headteacher||Mr Ben Baxter|
|Chair||Mr Michael Waine|
|DfE URN||123234 Tables|
|Colours||Black, Blue and Gold|
Most of its students come from the north and east of Bicester and surrounding villages which include amongst others: Charlton-on-Otmoor, Launton, Finmere, Fringford, Stratton Audley, Hethe and Fringford. It was awarded a specialist science college since 2005. The PE department also has a cardio centre.
The recent Ofsted inspection commented “students enjoy school, and this is reflected by their attendance” and “students progress well because of good quality of teaching and learning”.
The Cooper School is currently rated 'Really Good' by Ofsted after an inspection in May 2013.
2008 GCSE results
The Cooper School is celebrating having achieved its best ever examination results at GCSE for the second year running. 60% of the students achieved 5 or more A*-C grades, an 8% increase on the figures for last year and 13% improvement on 2006. In addition, 98% of students achieved 5 or more A*-G passes with 100% gaining at least 1 or more A*-G grades. These results are a significant improvement on the figures achieved in previous years and bear testimony to the sustained hard work of the students themselves, the staff who taught and supported them and the encouragement and support of the students’ parents. This is the third consecutive year of sustained improvement and the school believes that the increased performance was also due to certain initiatives introduced since this cohort began their GCSE studies which included: a more personalised curriculum offering a greater diversity of courses to suit individual interests and abilities; continuing the arrangements for study leave began last year with targeted revision classes focused on individual examinations; ‘Aim Higher’ study initiatives; the use of ICT including specialist on-line revision materials and motivational prizes for excellent attendance and attainment.
Since September 2008, The Cooper School has had a radical change of uniform. This now includes a black blazer, white shirt and school tie (black, gold and blue), which is essentially the same style of uniform that the school had when it first opened in the 1970s. In addition, as of September 2013, The Cooper School has made black jumpers or blouses a compulsory part of the uniform.
The Sixth Form
In 2011, a new Post 16 center was constructed and opened to students in September of the same year.