Cotham School

Cotham School
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Cotham School's entrance on Cotham Lawn Road
Cotham Lawn Road


Coordinates 51°27′49″N 2°36′07″W / 51.4636°N 2.6020°W / 51.4636; -2.6020Coordinates: 51°27′49″N 2°36′07″W / 51.4636°N 2.6020°W / 51.4636; -2.6020
Type Secondary Academy
Established 1856; 164 years ago (1856) (as the Merchant Venturers' School)
Local authority Bristol City Council
Department for Education URN 137440 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Head teacher Joanne Butler
Gender Mixed
Age 11 to 18
Enrolment 1487 (data from April 2018)
Capacity 1480 (data from April 2018)
Houses Delta, Gamma, Sigma, Omega

Cotham School is a secondary school with co-operative academy status in Cotham, a suburb of Bristol, England. The catchment area for this school is Cotham, Clifton, Kingsdown and southern Redland.

The school shares a sixth form, the North Bristol Post 16 Centre, with nearby Redland Green School. The Cotham campus is situated in Charnwood House, although sixth form lessons also take place at the main school site. Construction on a new teaching and dining block is ongoing, which, when finished, will increase the school's capacity significantly.[1]

Cotham School is one of the few schools in the UK to have educated several Nobel laureates: Paul Dirac, who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933, and Peter Higgs, who received the same award in 2013.


Cotham School was established in 1856. Its predecessor was the Merchant Venturers' School.[2] Until the academic year 2000/01, Cotham was a grammar school. It became a comprehensive in 2001, and an academy in September 2011. A £20m redevelopment and expansion was completed in 2012, using funding from the Building Schools for the Future programme.[3]

The BBC drama Thirteen was filmed here in 2015.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "Cotham School Expansion". Cotham School. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ Griffiths, Jon (March 2006). "Cotham Old Boys". Bristol. BBC. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  3. ^ Weale, Sally (29 January 2015). "Bristol's Cotham school scores exam results to outshine famous alumni". Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Professor's visit thrills his old school". Bristol Post (17 May 2012). Archived from the original on 10 January 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Professor Wallace Fox". Telegraph. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Dave Garmston". Radio West. Retrieved 17 October 2015. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Look at why we loves Bristol". AccessMyLibrary - Europe Intelligence Wire (From Bristol Evening Post). Gale. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 2010-06-15.
  8. ^ "The clergy". Worksop Priory. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Arthur Milton". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ Dee, Tim (11 January 2019). "Greg Poole obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Derek Robinson". Good Reads. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Bristol church organist's 60 years of service marked". BBC. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  13. ^ "A man of the World Service". Bristol Post. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2015. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ ""I was bullied at school": Bristol I'm a Celebrity contestant Amy Willerton on her time at school". Bristol Post. 19 November 2013. Archived from the original on 18 July 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.

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