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IQM Key line Artwork April 2017

The Cooper School is delighted to announce confirmation that, following thorough and rigorous review, our Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Centre of Excellence status has been elevated to the much revered, IQM Flagship status!

What is the Inclusion Quality Mark? – The IQM states that, “Inclusion Quality Mark provides schools with a nationally recognised framework to guide their inclusion journey. The IQM team help schools evaluate and measure how they are performing; empowering them to improve and grow. And when they’re successful, we recognise their achievement through a system of highly valued awards that provide external validation of their inclusive status”.

“Inclusion promotes equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background. It pays particular attention to the provision made for, and the achievement of, different groups of pupils within a school and any pupils who are at risk of disaffection and exclusion”.

Whilst there are 5500+ schools across the country with an IQM award, only around 100 have the accolade of Flagship Status. This award recognises the few unique schools who have held IQM Centre of Excellence status for at least 3 years. Such schools have also been deemed to have “played a strong leadership role in developing inclusion best practice across a network of schools”. These schools are “committed to extending their networks further and publishing classroom-based research on an annual basis”. The Cooper School is, in fact, the only school in Oxfordshire to have Flagship status, which is an accolade in itself. The nearest schools to have received this well-regarded award are in Northampton and High Wycombe.

“Ofsted defines an educationally inclusive school as one in which the teaching and learning; achievements, attitudes and well-being of every young person matter”.

To attain Flagship criteria, the Cooper School was judged to meet all of the following criteria –

  • A school with at least two successful IQM assessments.
  • Committed to sustaining the IQM ethos through collaborative activities.
  • Has demonstrable plans to sustain and develop inclusive internal practice.
  • Has good mechanisms to disseminate and share good practice between the schools.
  • Has, or is able to develop, the capacity to share and disseminate good inclusion practice across a broader cluster of schools.
  • Willing to engage in classroom level research activity that explores inclusive practice.
  • Agrees to have an annual IQM visit to ratify or validate the progress and develop an annual plan for development.
  • Agrees to contribute an annual written update of progress against the ten elements as the basis for the annual review.
  • Prepared to contribute to the overall development aims of IQM, supporting the need for expertise or trialling practice.

In his confirmation report, the IQM Assessor, Steve Gill, stated, “The Head-teacher and other members of staff evidence their work with schools across Oxfordshire and beyond by the dissemination of excellent practice, by leading on aspects of learning and teaching, using new technologies and flexible learning spaces and by professional development reciprocal visits”.

“The partnership with Glory Farm Primary School is having a positive impact on pupils progress overall, with staff across both schools often sharing their expertise and these strategies ensure that pupils make the transition from school to school with much greater confidence, as evidenced in the recent Ofsted Inspection of The Cooper School in June 2017 where they maintained their status as a Good school, where the close ties between the two schools was favourably commented on and with which I concur from a visit to Glory Farm and conversations with the Head Teacher and staff during the review. Ofsted commented, “There is a caring, nurturing and inclusive ethos that permeates the school” and “a staff body who genuinely care about the pupils and wants the best for them. As a result, pupils are keen to learn and make good progress from their starting points. Pupils have great confidence in their teachers and very much value what staff do for them”. A fantastic accolade for the school and its staff and one with which I agree from the evidence seen during the review”.

[prettyfilelink size=”” src=”http://thecooperschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/IQM-The-Cooper-School-Review-June-2017.pdf” type=”pdf”]Read the report below or click this box to open/save the report[/prettyfilelink]


Water Sports Trip – July 2017


On Saturday 8th July, 66 students from The Cooper School, accompanied by Mr Coggins, Mr Keeling, Miss Aribas, Miss Carroll and Miss Hirst travelled to La Lac, Mimizan in the South of France for the Watersport and Activity Trip ran by Rockley.

Students spent the week learning to windsurf, sail, stand up paddle-board, canoe, trail bike and many others. They also had a morning out at Dune du Pilat following by an afternoon in Aqualand (a water park!).
At the end of the week the Rockley staff selected students who had shown a real enthusiasm for the activities and they were awarded the Rockley Rock Stars Award. These students were; Ellis Griffiths-Brown, Ellie Daniels, Shanice Wright and Lucy Tear.
The trip was a huge success and many people commented on how good our students were. If you want to have a look at more photos from the trip then follow MrACoggins on Twitter.
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A successful Year 6 Transition Day!


We enjoyed meeting year 6 on July 11 and hope that they had a great first day at Cooper. They experienced three lessons, an assembly, an en masse PE activity and a music festival. Lunch in the canteen also seemed to go down well. We hope they are now looking forwards to their time at Cooper starting properly! First day … Read more.

Year 6 Transition Work


We would like all Year 6 students joining our school in September 2017 to bring three pieces of your very best work. The pieces should include work you have been doing in English, Maths and Science: one piece for each subject. The work will be given to your new English, Maths and Science teachers in September and will set a … Read more.

Double success as academy bags ‘good’ ratings


Following recent praise from Ofsted after both The Cooper School and Glory Farm Primary School received fantastic inspection reports, the Academy has been featured in recent press realeases. Please see the articles below or click here to view the Bicester Advertiser website! An Academy Trust in Bicester is celebrating the outcome of recent Ofsted inspections.  The Cooper School and Glory Farm Primary …

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An Inspector Calls!


We would like all Year 6 students joining our school in September 2017 to bring three pieces of your very best work. The pieces should include work you have been doing in English, Maths and Science: one piece for each subject. The work will be given to your new English, Maths and Science teachers in September and will set a … Read more.

Spotlight on Ms Edwardssmall

What is your position at The Cooper School?Music teacherHow long have you worked at The Cooper School?Two and a half yearsWho is your hero?Michelle ObamaWhat is your favourite book?‘The Bronze Horseman’ by Paullina SimonsWhat is the best piece of advice you can share?‘You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think’ – A. AMilneWhat is your favourite meal?


Name one thing that you have always wanted to try.

I’ve always wanted to try and learn sign lanuage.

What has been your most memorable teaching moment?

Taking a group of students to watch a classical orchestra concert and seeing their reaction and enjoyment.

What do you like most about working in a school?

The constant update on new music, sayings, words, apps, etc. They keep me feeling young!

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you like to go and why?

Italy – To go to Rome and hear an opera in the country where it all began.

If you could have any other job, what would you like to be?

A solo singer

What was your favourite subject when you were at school?

Music (Bit of an obvious one I know…)

What is your favourite song/piece of music?

I have so many…

Popular Music – Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Classical Music – The Music Makers – Elgar

What three things would you take to a desert island?

A Hammock, book and a knife.

Tell us a little known fact about Miss Edwards.

I’m a huge fan of anything Marvel related.

What do you enjoy doing to relax outside of school?

Sing, play the piano and bake.

What is your greatest achievement?

Auditioning and becoming a member of the BBC National Chorus of Wales and performing with them in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall!

Thank you Miss Edwards!

An Inspector Calls!inspector

Described by the national press as ‘thrilling and pertinent theater’ and ‘a remarkable spectacle’, the English Department recently had the pleasure of taking 76 Year 10 and 11 students to see the National Theater’s famous and ground-breaking production of An Inspector Calls.This is a key exam text for GCSEs at the end of Year 11 and so the chance to see Priestley’s famous play performed live in the setting of a West End theater was a huge help to students’ revision. Students had a fantastic time, were as ever beautifully behaved and enjoyed the sights of central London. Many thanks go to Ms Morris for arranging this valuable enrichment experience.

 Colourful Carnival Experience


 This years’ Cultural Art trip visited Venice, Italy at the beginning of February 2017 for four days of unlimited inspiration.Seventeen students began their magical trip with a visit to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum to the south of Venice. Contemporary and 20th Century works from Francis Bacon to Andy Warhol are on display in what was her home, on the Grand Canal.art2

Day two and we were off for our guided tour of Venice which included many secluded, secret and beautiful places, followed by a visit to the Correr Museum which charts the history of Venice through its collection. Saturday, we were off on a boat to the world famous Island of Murano to witness artisans creating wonderful glass sculptures.

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Saturday evening saw the launch of Venice Carnival, the perfect opportunity for those students who had chosen this as their exam topic, gaining first hand evidence to inform their work. The celebration took place in the Grand Canal with 1000’s visitors and local residents dressed for the occasion. Since we returned the students haven’t stopped talking about the trip and Hannah Marley (Art) said “A very artistic place, every view, and every picture – all so inspiring. I am using images from this trip in my AS exam work. I thoroughly enjoyed the location and would definitely recommend a cultural trip to next year’s students, it really has helped my work both independently and at school”


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Words really cannot do the trip justice so take a look at  the videos made by Eve Linfoot (Media) and Olivia Clark (Art) on The Cooper School website.


We have enjoyed fantastic participation from our tutor groups in the Tuesday Challenge. This year is the Chinese year of the Rooster, which we celebrated at Chinese New Year with the making of Rooster masks, some of which are shown below.

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Millennium building photo edit

We have been working hard with the Year 10 GCSE students to plan our field trip to Birmingham. We have been investigating Birmingham as a dynamic UK city – how has it changed, what is it like today and how some of the problems can be managed. We all went off on the train to Birmingham on Thursday 16th March to collect the primary data needed for the investigation. During the day we visited three key areas of Birmingham, including the Bullring Shopping centre; we may have also popped in the shops! Whilst there we looked at the environmental quality of the area and asked residents their opinions on what the quality of life was like for them. Students behaved well and showed great enthusiasm, even though it required them to do lots of walking!

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 A Sensory Garden ProjectPhoto for inclusion

Over the last year students and staff in the Inclusion Centre have been trying to raise funds to develop a sensory garden for the school. We have two rabbits who are a very big part of the garden and students flock here in all weathers to visit and care for the rabbits. We have been contacting local businesses, drawing up proposals, completing funding applications and finally we have had some success. Rationel Windows, based in Bicester are part of the larger company called VGK and are supplying all the windows for the Bicester Eco Village. As part of their company ethos, they support small projects in local areas. Early this year we were very lucky to find out that our proposal had been accepted and they were happy to invest £6,000 in our project. This is such wonderful news and it has caused excitement and enthusiasm amongst the students. It has shown that hard work and determination pays off. The students are eagerly sketching their designs and ideas and we now have a student working party to gain ideas and to make sure the garden represents the voice of the students. It is hoped that the sensory garden will provide a restful place for all students and an interactive space for outdoor learning. We hope to have this ready for students to use in the summer. If you or a company you work for would be in a position to help in any way, please do get in contact with us kwebb2@thecooperschool.co.uk

 ‘Inspire Her Event’ at the Oxford University Computer Science DepartmentIMG_4166

On the 13th of February 2017, students from The Cooper School and their mothers were invited by the Computer Science Department at Oxford University, to attend the ‘Inspire her event’.

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Molly Hedges, Evica Jimmi and Daisy McLellan attended from The Cooper School. There were 16 girls from local Oxfordshire comprehensive schools and their Mums.

The Oxford event was only the second event of this type that has been run. The first was in Kenya, the next one will be in Sweden. It was organised by Bushra Alahmadi (a PHD student) with support from the Computer Science department and Google (who had a three people their supporting the event).

The day combined learning computer studies and maths in a fun filled way. The activities included learning how to program a Sphero (a small tennis ball shaped robot); programming the Sphero to do a dance; a tour of Somerville College and fun activities using Sphero to explore the relationships between speed distance and time. In the afternoon the girls from The Cooper School and their Mums worked together as ‘Team Cooper’ on the team challenge to get Sphero to go through a maze without hitting anything or going outside the designated area. ‘Team Cooper’ came joint second. At the end of the day all the girls were given a ‘swag bag’ (a google goodies bag, containing a notebook, pens, hair bands, post it notes and an Android shaped stress ball).

Daisy said, ‘It was an amazing experience that exceeded my expectations. The day flew by because it was so engaging’. It was great to see the girls (and Mums) all having great fun whilst engaged in learning. It truly was an inspiring day.


Newsletter Archive

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[prettyfilelink size=”” src=”http://thecooperschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Academy-among-UK’s-top-20-for-improving-student-performance-From-Oxford-Mail.pdf” type=”pdf”]March 2015 – Academy among UK’s top 20 for improving student performance (From Oxford Mail)[/prettyfilelink]

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[prettyfilelink size=”” src=”http://thecooperschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Young-scientists-theory-in-Big-Bang-finals-From-Bicester-Advertiser.pdf” type=”pdf”]March 2015 – Young scientist’s theory in Big Bang finals (From Bicester Advertiser)[/prettyfilelink]

[prettyfilelink size=”” src=”http://thecooperschool.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Model-students-explore-links-between-chemistry-and-art-From-The-Oxford-Times.pdf” type=”pdf”]January 2015 – Model students explore links between chemistry and art (From The Oxford Times)[/prettyfilelink]

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