Cotswold School

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The Cotswold School
Cotswold School Badge.png
Motto Friendship - Knowledge
Established 1988
Type Academy
Principal Will Morgan
Location The Avenue
GL54 2BD
England Coordinates: 51°53′19″N 1°45′31″W / 51.88861°N 1.75861°W / 51.88861; -1.75861
DfE URN 136292 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,237
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses      Poseidon
Colours Blue and Yellow

The Cotswold School is an 11 to 18, academy school, located in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, Great Britain. The school achieved Academy status in September 2010. The new principal from 2012 is Will Morgan. The former principal and a national leader of education was Mrs Holland (September 1995 - December 2011).

Under the leadership of headteacher/principal Mrs Holland (1995 – 2011), the school doubled in size to 1,226 students in 2011 (603 students in 1995), with a similar improvement in exam results - at A-Level A*/B rates exceed 60% and A*-C rates exceed 80%; whilst at GCSE in 2011 over one third of all entries were at the top A*/A grades with 91% of students achieving 5-15 A*-C grades (38% in 1995).


The Cotswold School (amalgamation of Bourton Vale School, Bourton-on-the Water and Westwood’s Grammar School, Northleach) opened in 1988 and since 1995 it has grown significantly. Under Mrs Holland's leadership the school won well over £20 million of capital investment which has included the construction of the Cotswold Leisure Centre, a Humanities block/Atrium, 14 classroom Language block, Sixth Form Centre, Astro turf pitch, Tennis courts, Sports Hall, a new English block, Science Laboratories, a Music Centre, Design rooms and the building of a new 10 classroom Mathematics block - in total this equates to new 35 classrooms.

The school gained specialisms for Languages (2002) and Science (2006) as part of the now defunct specialist schools programme.

The extension to the sixth form and science blocks was officially opened by Nigel Twiston-Davies in April 2009.[1] The new £1.5 million Sports Hall, with changing rooms and a community room alongside, opened its doors for the first time in November 2009 - the four badminton court-sized sports hall has been at the heart of the school's plans for sports development for many years; it was officially opened by the former England cricket captain Mike Gatting in July 2010.[2]

During the building of the extensions, it was discovered that the school is situated on a Roman cemetery which was found to also contain Iron Age graves.[3]

Ofsted reports and accolades[edit]

A 2009 Ofsted report found that: "Students flourish in this 'outstanding' and 'truly exceptional' school. It is the close attention to the needs of individual students that marks the school out. Despite an increasing roll, students are valued as individuals and staff are driven by a passionate belief that all can achieve. This culture of mutual respect and trust ensures students, and indeed staff, excel, confident that success will be treasured and mistakes used as stepping stones for further learning. The school, judged outstanding in its last inspection report, remains ambitious. This ongoing pursuit of excellence is led by the headteacher [Mrs Holland] with exceptional vision and wisdom." [4]

  • An ‘Outstanding’ 11-18 School, Ofsted 2002, 2006 & 2009.
  • DCSF Leading Edge School since 2004.
  • Outstanding Academy September 2010.


  1. ^ "£1.8m sixth form opened". April 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  2. ^ . July 6, 2010 Retrieved 2010-07-06.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Roman cemetery found under school field". Archaeology. Cotswold Archaeology. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
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