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PiXL Conference - posted 2nd Nov 2017

PiXL: Getting into Top Universities conference

I had the pleasure of accompanying 13 Year 11 and Year 12 students to a conference in Central Hall, Westminster, on 1st November. The conference offered students an insight into how to be successful in applying to ‘Russell Group’ universities and equipped students with ideas for how to boost their UCAS applications.

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British Show Jumping Success - posted 22nd Jun 2017

Congratulations to the members of the Cottesloe School Equestrian team who came 1st in all classes on Sunday 18 June at Quainton Stud, and successfully qualified for the National Championships in August!
The team are: Charlotte Thorne, Maddie Stewart, Grace Kearvell, Charlie Malone, Jenny Tubb and Rosie Thompkins.

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Year 9 and 10 Revision Workshop - posted 25th May 2017

Over April and May Year 9 and Year 10 students attended a revision workshop. The aim of the workshop was to teach students a range of strategies for improving the quality of their revision in the lead-up to their May and June mock exams.
Students were introduced to many revision strategies for boosting the power of their memories and were shown ways in which to make revision: active, varied and easily recalled. Furthermore, students were also reminded of the best times and ways in which to revise so that revision is as purposeful as possible. I particularly stressed to students the importance of sleep and nutrition in the lead-up to exams.
Students engaged enthusiastically in the workshops and many have since told me that they found the workshops helpful and now have practical ways in which to approach revision. I’m hopeful that this is a skill that we can support students in developing as they draw nearer to GCSE examinations.

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The Bloodhound Project - posted 30th Mar 2017

On Wednesday 3rd May I took five of our students to RAF Halton for the semi-final of the Bloodhound Project 'Race to the Line' competition. The two teams were part of only 140 national teams from 25000, to make it to this stage. All five represented the school well, creating two very competitive cars in timed conditions. Sadly they were beaten in the race, but all of them have vowed to go back and try again next year, having gained some good ideas from the Bloodhound team on how to improve.

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Work Shadowing at the Houses of Parliament - posted 6th Mar 2017

As part of my Year 12 programme I completed three days of work shadowing at Parliament.  I aim to work in the civil service when I finish my A Levels, so I decided to write to my local MP, David Lidington, to see if I could gain an insight into the work they do in and around Westminster. I was invited to attend from 6th-8th March, and over the three days I was able to observe and be involved in many tasks, see various sides to the role of an MP, and how they oversee both local and government affairs. 

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Positively MAD: Exam Busters - posted 23rd Feb 2017

Positively MAD ‘Exam Busters’ workshops for Year 11 and parents
On Thursday 23rd February we were delighted to welcome Positively MAD into our school to deliver workshops to the Year 11 students. The aim was to support them with their preparations for the March mock examinations and the GCSE exams that commence in May.
The two hour workshops proved to be a great success in providing the students with a range of memory strategies and revision tasks to improve their ability to recall information quickly and accurately. In particular, the colour-coded mind-mapping task proved to be a real hit with our students and, in just five minutes, they were able to recall a wealth of information about the life and career of Muhammad Ali. We now hope to see Year 11 using these strategies in their own independent revision.

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