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Year 6 Residential
Year 6 Residential

As a finale to their time at the Prep School, Year 6 embarked on a residential trip to the Isle of Wight, taking part in a week-long programme designed to nurture resilience, teamwork, and a spirit of adventure. Their journey began ... Read more

Learning About Life in the Roman Legions
Learning About Life in the Roman Legions

First Form pupils travelled to the British Museum in London with the Classics Department to explore the incredible collections of antiquities on display.  The focus of the visit was for our young Classicists to view the exciting new ... Read more

Inaugural Business Event Abuzz with Opportunities
Inaugural Business Event Abuzz with Opportunities

Cokethorpe School welcomes 100 guests for its first business event. The Cokethorpe Business Breakfast on Friday 10 May saw 100 representatives of local businesses welcomed to the School for the inaugural Cokethorpe Business ... Read more

The Final Countdown to Prep House Singing
The Final Countdown to Prep House Singing

After weeks of rehearsals, the four Prep School Houses shone on the stage in the Prep House Singing Competition. Each House chose a song related to the theme, ‘Reach for the Stars’, and their choices were out of this world. With ... Read more

The Magic of Matilda
The Magic of Matilda

The classic Roald Dahl tale of Matilda was spectacularly brought to life in the Summer Term production of Matilda the Musical JR. It tells the tale of Matilda, the clever, teased, book-worm played by the talented Lottie (Second Form, ... Read more

Double win at Society of Heads National Final
Double win at Society of Heads National Final

Society of Heads Football Final Highlights from Cokethorpe School on Vimeo. What an electrifying day of football action we had at the Society of Heads National Football final last week Wednesday, as Cokethorpe School's U16 and ... Read more

A Cultural Adventure in Barcelona
A Cultural Adventure in Barcelona

Third and Fourth Form pupils studying Spanish recently embarked on a cultural adventure to Barcelona, where they explored this fabulous city steeped in culture whilst honing their linguistic skills learnt in the classroom. First ... Read more

Scholars’ Dinner Honours Academic Achievements
Scholars’ Dinner Honours Academic Achievements

This year’s Scholar’s Dinner was, as always, a delightful event where our Scholars and their parents had the opportunity to convene as an erudite community for a night of great conversation and fabulous food. It also marked the ... Read more

Great Attitude at Altitude on Ski Trip
Great Attitude at Altitude on Ski Trip

During the Easter holidays, a group of very excited pupils from the Prep School and First Form embarked on the inaugural Prep School Ski Trip to the snow-covered resort of Marilleva, in Italy.   Having arrived at the resort and ... Read more

Second Form Enjoy a Classical Education
Second Form Enjoy a Classical Education

Second Form pupils had a day at School like no other, as they travelled back in time to learn what it was like to be a school pupil in the ancient world.  On arrival, pupils found that The Shed had been transformed into a ... Read more

A Chemistry Olympiad
A Chemistry Olympiad

Sixth Form Chemistry students took part in this year’s Royal Society of Chemistry’s Olympiad. This was an exceptionally challenging paper, with over 1,000 schools taking part. The 2024 paper covered topics such as the composition of ... Read more

Eddie the Eagle Soars into Charity Dinner
Eddie the Eagle Soars into Charity Dinner

We were delighted to welcome British ski-jumping legend ‘Eddie the Eagle’ to Cokethorpe’s 2024 Charity Dinner, organised by Upper Sixth student, Alice (Swift), to raise money for Helen & Douglas House, the local children's ... Read more

Experts on Ecology and Ecosystems
Experts on Ecology and Ecosystems

As part of the ecology topic of their A Level course, Lower Sixth biologists travelled to Preston Monfort Field Work Centre to put what they have been learning in the classroom into practice. The group were there to investigate ... Read more

Prep School Sponsored Walk
Prep School Sponsored Walk

The annual Prep School Sponsored Walk is always a popular event in the Prep calendar, and this year was no exception. Emulating the route taken around London during the Marathon, pupils looked for the landmarks of London as they ... Read more

Cokethorpe’s Plans for a Brighter Future
Cokethorpe’s Plans for a Brighter Future

On Tuesday 26 March, the Governors, Headmaster, Senior Management Team, and Development Department were delighted to welcome members of the wider Cokethorpe community to a special Governors Reception event. Over 75 guests were invited ... Read more

Symphony of Song at the Spring Concert
Symphony of Song at the Spring Concert

The Spring Concert was a wonderful evening of music which saw musicians from the Prep School through to the Upper Sixth come together to share their talents with parents, staff, and their peers. Several ensembles performed throughout ... Read more

Pastoral Care: the foundation of the school environment
Pastoral Care: the foundation of the school environment

Cokethorpe prides itself on the strength of the pastoral care system. Mr Stevens, Deputy Headmaster, discusses what makes the system so effective. What are the core elements of our pastoral care? There are two factors at the heart ... Read more

Powerful Performance at Public Speaking
Powerful Performance at Public Speaking

The Cokethorpe Public Speaking Team put in a performance to be proud of at the English Speaking Union's regional final. The team, comprising Evie (Fourth Form, Swift), Eylül (Third Form, Swift), and Sofia (Third Form, Feilden), ... Read more

The Rest is Politics
The Rest is Politics

Sixth Form Politics students heard a packed and exciting programme of talks at the PolEcon Conference in Westminster. A Level students heard from voices across the political spectrum touching on many of the important issues and ... Read more

Drama Taking Centre Stage
Drama Taking Centre Stage

GCSE and A-Level Drama pupils took centre stage showcasing their exceptional talent, presenting their examination ‘Performance from Text’ pieces in front of a live audience and visiting examiner, in their respective year groups, over ... Read more

Sharing Expertise at Microsoft Showcase Day
Sharing Expertise at Microsoft Showcase Day

We were delighted to welcome 40 visitors from various schools across the country for our annual Showcase Day, as part of our status as a Microsoft Showcase School. Delegates travelled from as far as Surrey and Hull to hear from ... Read more

A Glorious Gig Night
A Glorious Gig Night

Our talented musicians were out in force for another sensational night of music at the latest Gig Night. Pupils from the First Form to the Upper Sixth took to the stage to showcase their talents, performing everything from jazz ... Read more

Heads of Houses
Heads of Houses

Heads of Houses, Matthew, Bella, and Freddie, discuss their experience of the House system at Cokethorpe. Talk to us about the House system – how did it support you as you went through the School? BC – As soon as you join the Senior ... Read more

World Book Day Wonders
World Book Day Wonders

The Prep School celebrate and enjoy wonderful children's books every day of the year, but especially so on World Book Day. This year, pupils were challenged to dress up as a character that they either aspire to be or with whom they ... Read more

Taking Stock on the Castle Trip
Taking Stock on the Castle Trip

As part of their history topic on medieval castles, children in Years 1 and 2 visited Oxford Castle and Prison to experience what life would have been like inside a castle in medieval times. They thoroughly enjoyed ascending the ... Read more

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In a magical blend of mischief and enchantment, the Year 6 pupils brought William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life in a wonderful performance. The intricate web of love, mistaken identity, and fairy mischief unfolded ... Read more

The Battlefields in Belgium
The Battlefields in Belgium

Third Form pupils embarked on an emotive and poignant visit to the First World War battlefields in Belgium. As they crossed into Belgium, pupils were reminded that the journey they were completing would have been the same route ... Read more

Year 6 Hold Court at Hampton
Year 6 Hold Court at Hampton

Year 6 have recently been studying the Tudors and the English Reformation. To find out more about Tudor life and the marriages and Court of King Henry VIII, they visited Hampton Court Palace. Upon arrival through the King’s Gate, ... Read more

Story Museum Trip was Out of This World
Story Museum Trip was Out of This World

The children in Reception Class and Year 1 spent a wonderful morning exploring The Story Museum in Oxford. The day began with our budding bookworms reaching for the stars in a space-themed storytelling workshop. The children entered ... Read more

Sixth Form Inter-House General Knowledge Competition
Sixth Form Inter-House General Knowledge Competition

The Sixth Form Inter-House General Knowledge Competition is always fiercely fought and feistily contested, and this year was no exception. Spread over three lunchtimes, the format was the same as University Challenge - including ... Read more

Countdown to the Conundrum
Countdown to the Conundrum

There were anagrams and puzzles aplenty, as pupils faced off in the annual House Countdown competition. The first heat saw Queen Anne take an early lead, and, despite Feilden and Harcourt narrowing the gap, Queen Anne maintained their ... Read more

Inspiring a Love of Languages
Inspiring a Love of Languages

Head of School, Dee (Upper Sixth, Gascoigne), and Head of Harcourt, Tara (Upper Sixth, Harcourt), shared their passion for languages with pupils across the School in the first student-led Modern Foreign Languages Day. They organised ... Read more

Football, Fans and the FA Cups
Football, Fans and the FA Cups

It was a wonderful day for Cokethorpe as we welcomed women's football legend, Claire Rafferty, alongside our sports equipment partners, Sports Directory and Team Mitre, to the School. Claire not only brought her wealth of sporting ... Read more

Year 6 Don’t Miss a Beat
Year 6 Don’t Miss a Beat

It was Ms James’ privilege to organise a disco for the deserving and hardworking Year 6 pupils following their First Form Entrance Assessments. The festivities began with a splendid supper in the Dining Hall. Then, with glow sticks ... Read more

Beginners’ Luck on the Slopes
Beginners’ Luck on the Slopes

In preparation for the inaugural Prep School ski trip at Easter, Mrs Hammond took an enthusiastic group of beginner skiers to Milton Keyne’s indoor Snozone for their first lesson on snow. The introduction to skiing first had ... Read more

Policing Politics
Policing Politics

The Politics Department were delighted to welcome Matthew Barber (OC, 1999, Harcourt), the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley and former Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council to the School to speak to ... Read more

Holocaust Memorial Day
Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day falls on 27 January – the day on which Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. This year, the theme was the ‘fragility of freedom’, and the History Department prepared and delivered a series of age-appropriate talks ... Read more

First Form ‘Raven’ About Tower of London Visit
First Form ‘Raven’ About Tower of London Visit

First Form pupils delved into the past on their recent visit to the historic Tower of London as part of their studies on the Norman Conquest. They relished the opportunity to explore the medieval White Tower, which was originally ... Read more

A Powerful Performance of The Persians
A Powerful Performance of The Persians

Greek and Classical Civilisation pupils enjoyed a festival of ancient drama held at Warwick University. The day included a powerful performance of The Persians by Aeschylus, the earliest surviving Greek tragedy and the only one to ... Read more

Oxfordshire County School Cross Country
Oxfordshire County School Cross Country

A group of 27 pupils from the Prep and Senior School competed in the Oxfordshire County School Cross Country event held at Radley College. The races ranged from 2.2km for the minor boys and girls to the challenging 6.2km for the ... Read more

Cokethorpe’s new Climbing Tower
Cokethorpe’s new Climbing Tower

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of an anonymous donor, during the latter part of last year, we were able to break ground on the final phase of The Greaves Outdoor Centre, Cokethorpe’s new Climbing Tower project. This stunning ... Read more

A Masterclass in Culture at Scholars’ Formal
A Masterclass in Culture at Scholars’ Formal

The annual Sixth Form Scholars’ Formal was a glorious occasion, celebrating their achievements and contributions. The evening began with a welcome drink in the Dining Hall; as students, parents, and the staff invited by the Upper ... Read more

Outreach at Cokethorpe
Outreach at Cokethorpe

Dr Flaherty, Assistant Director of Studies (Outreach), talks to Mr Griffiths, Head of Marketing, about Outreach at Cokethorpe. What do we mean by ‘Outreach’ and how do we go about it? There are a couple of components. A ... Read more

Brushing up on Art Skills
Brushing up on Art Skills

The Prep School Art Room was awash with colour and creativity as we welcomed pupils from Aston and Cote Primary School, one of our Corinthian Partnership Schools, to the Prep School for a fabulous art workshop.   Armed with ... Read more

Crucial Collaboration in Chemistry Competition
Crucial Collaboration in Chemistry Competition

The Royal Society of Chemistry's annual ‘Top of the Bench’ chemistry competition, challenges teams to take part in a series of practical activities, using lab techniques beyond the curriculum, to problem-solve and hone their chemistry ... Read more

The Fifth Form Common Room Departs, ‘All Aboard!’
The Fifth Form Common Room Departs, ‘All Aboard!’

Michaelmas Term 2023 ended in a flurry of festive joy. However, the year sadly did not end so well for the Fifth Form Common Room. Following the tumultuous events of the Christmas break for the Fifth Form pupils' home from home, some ... Read more

A Wonderful skiing trip in the Alps
A Wonderful skiing trip in the Alps

As the rest of the School packed up for the Christmas break, a group of sixty pupils from Second Form to Lower Sixth were busy packing their salopettes and skis, preparing to travel to Val Cenis for a thrilling skiing trip in the ... Read more

Finding a Fève – La Fête des Rois
Finding a Fève – La Fête des Rois

La Fête des Rois is always a popular feature of the Prep School calendar and a welcome start to the Lent Term for staff and pupils alike. The festive French-style celebration of Epiphany sees pupils excitedly watch as the galette is ... Read more

Alumni Christmas Drinks
Alumni Christmas Drinks

St Edmund Hall, Oxford once again played generous host to the Christmas Drinks gathering for the School’s most recent Upper Sixth leavers in the company of Mr Tolputt and Mr Gale. Returning home to Oxfordshire from their first term ... Read more

Sixth Form Christmas Dinner
Sixth Form Christmas Dinner

The Sixth Form and staff had an evening to remember at the eagerly anticipated Sixth Form Christmas Dinner. The festivities were energetic, exuberant, and all in good spirit, with all the traditional Christmas Dinner trimmings in tow. ... Read more

Bringing the Christmas Spirit to the Stage – A Christmas Carol
Bringing the Christmas Spirit to the Stage – A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ timeless tale was spectacularly brought to life in the Senior School production of A Christmas Carol. With stunning performances from all the cast, the audience were transported to the bitter streets of Victorian ... Read more

Shining a Light at Christingle
Shining a Light at Christingle

With the beautiful backdrop of the Chapel, the Prep School gathered together for a magical and somewhat moving Christingle Service. Christingle (Christ Angel) is related to a word of Germanic origin, Christkindl, meaning ‘Christ ... Read more

CPFA Christmas Fair
CPFA Christmas Fair

Whether it was gifts, stocking fillers or some delicious festive treats you were looking for, there was something for everyone at this year’s CPFA Christmas Fair. With over 30 artisan stalls selling everything from bespoke jewellery ... Read more

Pre-Prep Twinkly Nativity
Pre-Prep Twinkly Nativity

Pre-Prep sparkled once more, with two performances of their fabulous nativity. The Twinkly Nativity was a heart-warming performance which celebrated the true meaning of Christmas. The children brought the timeless nativity story to ... Read more

Preaching to the Choir
Preaching to the Choir

Over two nights, the Senior School visited St Mary’s Church, Witney, alongside parents and family, to attend Cokethorpe’s Services of Lessons and Carols. On each evening, the music was provided by the School Choir, totalling almost ... Read more

Jingling All the Way to the Christmas Concert
Jingling All the Way to the Christmas Concert

The Christmas Concert was a magical box of delights as the audience were treated to a selection of festive treats by ensembles and soloists from both Prep and Senior pupils who arrived at the Chapel suitably attired in Christmas ... Read more

A Moving Trip to Berlin for History Pupils
A Moving Trip to Berlin for History Pupils

Fourth and Fifth Form History pupils visited Berlin for an illuminating and informative, albeit emotive, trip to Berlin. On arrival, pupils embarked on a walking tour of the historic centre of Berlin, including stops at the ... Read more

Chemistry Conference was Out of this World
Chemistry Conference was Out of this World

The Oxfordshire Youth Chemistry Conference, held at Wychwood School, had the topical theme this year of ‘Out of this World – how chemistry contributes to space exploration’. The conference aims to inspire and showcase excellence in ... Read more

A Packed Concert for St Cecilia
A Packed Concert for St Cecilia

It is just as well that Cokethorpe’s Dining Hall does not have rafters, with a programme and an audience that were packed well beyond where rafters might have been for the eagerly anticipated St Cecilia Concert. Sat amidst the ... Read more

Parents Give a Big Hand for Little Red Riding Hood
Parents Give a Big Hand for Little Red Riding Hood

Years 3, 4 and 5 stepped into the enchanting world of Roald Dahl with a fresh take on the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. The pupils delivered an outstanding performance with a mixture of wit, humour and ... Read more

Enlightening Exhibition from Scholars
Enlightening Exhibition from Scholars

The annual Scholars’ Exhibition provides an invaluable opportunity for our Scholars to flex their cognitive muscles and showcase the fruits of their labour. Twenty-three Scholars from the First Form to the Lower Sixth presented their ... Read more

Prep Quiz was a Turn Up for the Books
Prep Quiz was a Turn Up for the Books

It was pens at the ready and thinking caps on for our Prep School pupils as they were put through their paces in an inter-house Literature quiz. Teams of four, led by their House captains, along with pupils from each year group from ... Read more

Year 3 Fossil Hunters
Year 3 Fossil Hunters

Our Year 3 pupils rocked their role as palaeontologists on their recent visit to the Museum of Natural History in Oxford. As part of their studies on ‘Earth’ and ‘Rocks’ in their Science and Geography topics, our trainee fossil ... Read more

Fireworks Extravaganza
Fireworks Extravaganza

Over 1,500 visitors gathered around the Mansion House for an explosive night of fireworks organised by our wonderful CPFA. The roaring bonfire was quite the spectacle as it blazed away on the field. Visitors, young and old, embraced ... Read more

Pre-Prep Putting Out Fires
Pre-Prep Putting Out Fires

The Reception Class and Year 1 children were all fired up as they welcomed firefighters from Witney Fire Service into School to find out all about what they do. The highlight of the visit was seeing the fire truck, which was parked at ... Read more

Ava on par
Ava on par

Congratulations to Ava (Second Form, Vanbrugh) for her success in recent Golf competitions. Ava won both the Nicola Sparks Memorial Trophy 2023 and the Midlands South County Championship 2023.  Read more

Cinderella Panto
Cinderella Panto

Never too old for Panto, all classes of the Prep School, from Reception Class to Year 6, thoroughly enjoyed going to see Cinderella at the Chipping Norton theatre. Set in the rainforest, the familiar story had a Latin American twist. ... Read more

Creativity Inspired in Cornwall
Creativity Inspired in Cornwall

A Level Fine Art and Textiles students visited Cornwall to gather visual research for the coursework theme of ‘Environment’. The first stop was The Eden Project, where the colourful plant life was the subject of their first sketches ... Read more

A Fight to the Finish Line
A Fight to the Finish Line

As the bell struck to mark the beginning of the annual Crawford Relay, there ensued an eruption of noise from the crowd and an explosion of speed from the competitors. Vanburgh flew out of the gates taking an early lead, with sisters, ... Read more

Gig Night Providing Music Therapy
Gig Night Providing Music Therapy

Gig Night is always a popular event, offering our talented musicians and performers the chance to perform music of their choosing. The result is always a wonderful night of music showcasing an array of different styles and genres. The ... Read more

Pre-Prep Reap the Harvest
Pre-Prep Reap the Harvest

The Chapel was awash with lovely autumnal decorations, which set the scene beautifully for the Pre-Prep's fabulous celebration of Harvest. The festival began with the Reception Class singing Thank You God for the Harvest and Big Red ... Read more

A Masterclass in Masks
A Masterclass in Masks

The entire First Form were lucky enough to enjoy a Drama workshop with the renowned and exciting Vamos Theatre company. Capitalising on the current term’s exploration of mime and physical expression, our pupils experienced a ... Read more

Lower Sixth Trip to Cardiff University
Lower Sixth Trip to Cardiff University

The whole of the Lower Sixth got their first taste of university life on a visit to Cardiff University. On arrival, they received a warm welcome from the student ambassadors who led them to what they called a ‘standard’ university ... Read more

A Taste of Sixth Form Life
A Taste of Sixth Form Life

Fifth Form pupils were given the opportunity to sample the Sixth Form experience at the Sixth Form Taster Day. Pupils attended four full-length Sixth Form taster lessons (which they had chosen in advance); for many, this was a chance ... Read more

The Last Resort
The Last Resort

‘The Last Resort’ Holiday Camp was the scene of this year’s annual CPFA Murder Mystery evening, as the audience tried to uncover the culprit in this hilarious ‘whodunnit’. The workers were tragic, forgotten performers of yester-year ... Read more

Harcourt Counting Stars at House Singing
Harcourt Counting Stars at House Singing

The Senior School came together for the annual House Singing competition, and what an incredible occasion it was too. We were treated to six different performances spanning a range of musical styles, unified only by the dedication and ... Read more

Scholars Expand their Scientific Horizons
Scholars Expand their Scientific Horizons

Scholars from across the Senior School ventured to London to the 'New Scientist Live' exhibition at the Excel Centre. From brain surgery to parachutes to the science behind headless chickens, nothing was off-limits! The Scholars ... Read more

Sailing Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork
Sailing Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork

The Sailing team raced against Warwick School in difficult conditions with winds of over 20 knots. With a variety of technical issues against them, including broken shrouds and tears in jib sheets, the team won one race and narrowly ... Read more

A top-secret mission to Bletchley Park
A top-secret mission to Bletchley Park

The First Form embarked on a top-secret mission to Bletchley Park as part of the array of activities on offer to pupils during STEM Week. The First Form had the opportunity to explore this fascinating park which was home to the ... Read more

Inclusivity, Engagement, Learning: STEM Week 2023
Inclusivity, Engagement, Learning: STEM Week 2023

STEM Week is a stalwart of the Cokethorpe calendar, engaging pupils from the Prep School to Sixth Form in a week packed full of stimulating STEM-related activities, based around a different theme each year. This year the theme was ... Read more

Inspiring Young Authors
Inspiring Young Authors

It was wonderful to welcome the author of October, October, Katya Balen, into School, in the month of October, to teach a writing workshop for pupils in Years 5 and 6 from Cokethorpe and from Combe Primary School (one of our ... Read more

Gold DofE Students Avoid Getting Bogged Down
Gold DofE Students Avoid Getting Bogged Down

An intrepid group of Sixth Formers embarked on their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award qualifying expedition, having completed their training and practice expedition back in June. Armed with the equipment necessary to survive their ... Read more

A Classical Exploration of Antiquity
A Classical Exploration of Antiquity

It was an exploration of antiquity for our Fifth Form and Lower Sixth Latin and Classics pupils as they spent the day at the British Museum in London. There was plenty of inspiration for our Classicists as they explored the statues, ... Read more

Microsoft Showcase School 2023- 2024
Microsoft Showcase School 2023- 2024

Cokethorpe School is delighted to have been recognised by Microsoft for a second year running as a Microsoft Showcase School. An accreditation bestowed for demonstrating a continued commitment to innovation in the use of technology to ... Read more

Learning About Life in the Wild
Learning About Life in the Wild

It was not long before our Year 1 children were off on their first school trip of the year, on an exciting and informative visit to Cotswold Wildlife Park. The children walked around the expansive grounds of the park, peeking into ... Read more

Enlightening Minds with Graffiti
Enlightening Minds with Graffiti

Sixth Form students were delighted to attend their first in this year’s series of Enlightenment lectures from Dr Elizabeth Gemmill, a fellow of Kellogg College on ‘Cokethorpe Graffiti’.  Oscar (Lower Sixth, Vanbrugh) said of the ... Read more

The inaugural Corinthian Challenge
The inaugural Corinthian Challenge

The inaugural Corinthian Challenge took place on Wednesday 13 September with pupils running in pursuit of House glory. Amidst some excellent running, tight finishes and high excitement, Queen Anne finished third, Feilden in second, ... Read more

Levi Putting Down Roots at Cokethorpe
Levi Putting Down Roots at Cokethorpe

It was an honour to welcome back our Prize Giving speaker, the wonderful Levi Roots, to headline our inaugural ‘Gig on the Green’. Over 640 tickets were sold to the event which welcomed old, current and new families to the ... Read more

Forging Friendships
Forging Friendships

The annual Lower House Camp was, as always, a great success, as a mixture of Prep School leavers and pupils completely new to Cokethorpe came together as Lower House for the first time. The feisty First Form pupils spent the ... Read more

Geographers Draw Data from the Dunes
Geographers Draw Data from the Dunes

Whilst other Sixth Form students enjoyed the last remaining days of their holidays, fifteen intrepid Upper Sixth Geographers embarked on an enjoyable field trip to Studland Dunes on the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coastline in ... Read more

Music to Spanish Ears
Music to Spanish Ears

It was an epic 26-hour journey for our musicians as they headed to Spain over the summer holidays for their music tour, the first to consist of pupils from both the Prep and Senior Schools. On arrival at their destination, just ... Read more

A life-changing trip to Malawi
A life-changing trip to Malawi

Immediately after the celebrations that marked the end of the academic year, a group of 21 pupils from across the Fifth and Sixth Forms went on a life-changing trip to Malawi. The focus of the trip was to learn more about the way in ... Read more

GCSE Results Day 2023
GCSE Results Day 2023

Fifth Form pupils at Cokethorpe School have today received the results of their efforts after months and years of preparation. After 80% of Upper Sixth UCAS applicants were accepted to their first-choice universities, following the ... Read more

Results Day 2023
Results Day 2023

A Level and BTEC students at Cokethorpe School, Oxfordshire prepare for their next steps on results day. Like their peers across the country, Cokethorpe’s Upper Sixth students have today received their results, and, in so doing, ... Read more

Stepping Up: life in and after Sixth Form
Stepping Up: life in and after Sixth Form

The move to Sixth Form is commonly recognised as one of the more significant transitions in a child’s educational development. Head of Sixth Form, Mr Tolputt, discusses how the School supports and guides pupils as they take this ... Read more

Hollywood Glamour at the Peacock Ball
Hollywood Glamour at the Peacock Ball

In the evening after our Senior School Prize Giving, students, parents and teachers gathered for an evening to remember: the Summer 2023 Peacock Ball. The students were at their gracious, exuberant best, and there was magic in the ... Read more

Senior School Prize Giving
Senior School Prize Giving

Prize Givings are primarily opportunities for the community to come together in celebration of the successes, both individual and collective, of a school's pupils. Our Senior School Prize Giving this year proved to be something rather ... Read more

Fourth Form CEW Trip to Barcelona
Fourth Form CEW Trip to Barcelona

A group of Fourth Form linguists visited Barcelona. The first day was packed with activities which included a visit to Port Vell, the newly renovated harbour, and a walk up the Ramblas. In the nearby Barri Gotic (Catalan for Gothic ... Read more

Second Form Curriculum Enrichment Week
Second Form Curriculum Enrichment Week

Our intrepid Second Form pupils set off to the Reach Outdoors Centre in Devon. Throughout the week, pupils demonstrated a huge amount of support for one another and to staff, whether that was pulling on (really pulling on!) wetsuits ... Read more

The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows

Stories are a very special sort of magic with some so special that every child simply must know them; Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in The Willows sits firmly within that category. So, we were delighted that our very own Mrs Luckett ... Read more

Prep School Prize Giving
Prep School Prize Giving

Our Prep School Prize Giving was once again a joyous occasion, celebrating all that is great about our wonderful School. The Chamber Choir sang beautifully, and Mrs Black spoke about the importance of music in the curriculum. Our ... Read more

First Form Curriculum Enrichment Week
First Form Curriculum Enrichment Week

Curriculum Enrichment Week was a little different for our First Form pupils this year, who, in a change to their planned trip to Paris, instead embraced a week of adventures a little closer to home. The week began with our linguists ... Read more

Society Informal Lunch
Society Informal Lunch

We were delighted to welcome sixteen Old Cokethorpeans (OCs) and families as they gathered for a School tour and an informal lunch in the historic Corinthian Room of the Mansion House. They represented five decades of Society, and ... Read more

Fourth Form Curriculum Enrichment Week
Fourth Form Curriculum Enrichment Week

There was another carousel of exciting activities in store for our Fourth Form on their week of adventures. First up, was a day of water sports. Due to the somewhat inclement weather, there was more apprehension than usual about ... Read more

Third Form Curriculum Enrichment Week
Third Form Curriculum Enrichment Week

Pupils in the Third Form participated in a carousel of activities, which included a messy visit to Combat Splat in Gloucestershire for a competitive paintballing session. A trip to Farmoor Reservoir proved a test of endurance as they ... Read more

A Record Breaking Sports Day
A Record Breaking Sports Day

The Senior School Sports Day was a fabulous display of healthy competition and great sportsmanship. The atmosphere was electric, as parents and pupils descended on the Ducklington Cricket Square to watch our athletes in action. The ... Read more

A Final Farewell to French Friends
A Final Farewell to French Friends

We were delighted to welcome our French exchange partners back to England for their leg of the Fourth Form exchange. Their respective Cokethorpe families welcomed them with happiness and hoorays as friends were reunited. Weekends were ... Read more

Prep and Senior School Art Exhibitions
Prep and Senior School Art Exhibitions

This year, the Prep School teamed up with the Senior Art Department to celebrate the artwork from both Schools in one evening. Parents from the Prep School were able to visit their children's work in the Senior Lower Library and then ... Read more

Climbing to New Heights
Climbing to New Heights

After a successful year of competitions, NICAS awards and day trips, our climbing team visited the heart of North Wales to make the most of what Snowdonia has to offer.     Pupils began the trip by climbing on a steep limestone ... Read more

World-Class Circuit Training
World-Class Circuit Training

We were delighted to welcome Team GB athlete James Vogel to the Prep School to speak to pupils about his career and put them through their paces in a sponsored fitness circuit. James is a Team GB rower based at The Leander Club in ... Read more

A Sporting Dash to the Finish Line
A Sporting Dash to the Finish Line

Sports Day is always an important and eagerly anticipated event in the Prep School calendar for pupils, parents, and teachers alike, and this year was no different. The day began with our Pre-Prep taking centre stage as they ran, ... Read more

Captivating Performances in Devised Drama
Captivating Performances in Devised Drama

Fourth Form GCSE Drama candidates presented their devised work in The Shed in front of a live audience as part of their assessments. The pupils selected and researched a range of challenging subject material before devising their ... Read more

Second Form Present Independent Research
Second Form Present Independent Research

Congratulations to our Second Form pupils who confidently presented their Independent Research Projects to their teachers and peers. They have been working on these for the past year and, back in September, each pupil came up with a ... Read more

Jolly Jaunt on the Jurassic Coast
Jolly Jaunt on the Jurassic Coast

Our plucky Year 5 pupils set off on an unforgettable camping residential trip to the Jurassic Coast in the tented village at Cumulus Outdoors, Swanage, Dorset. Guided by highly qualified and knowledgeable instructors, there was no ... Read more

A Fine Finish to the Fifth Form
A Fine Finish to the Fifth Form

After weeks of examinations and preparations for them, it was finally time for the Fifth Form to relax and attend their formal Dinner. The dinner offered pupils the well-deserved opportunity to celebrate their achievements and ... Read more

Simply Messing About in Boats
Simply Messing About in Boats

It was a trip down the River Thames this term for the whole of the Prep School (with the exception of Year 5 who were off on their residential) on their visit to the River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on Thames.   All pupils in the ... Read more

Meandering Down the River Cole
Meandering Down the River Cole

Second Form Geographers have been studying river processes this year and enjoyed a sunny field trip to the River Cole on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border to put their classroom learning into practice. Kitted out with wellies, ... Read more

Putting Linguistic Skills to the Test
Putting Linguistic Skills to the Test

Second and Third Form pupils had the opportunity to put their Spanish skills to the test as they watched a performance of Mi Personalidad from the Onatti Theatre Company, all in Spanish. Whilst the language used was authentic and ... Read more

Down on the Farm
Down on the Farm

The Pre-Prep visited Churchills Farm in Northmoor where they saw Ruby Red cows and a one-week-old calf have his ears tagged, he was very brave! They were also all weighed together to see if they were as heavy as a bull but the 23 ... Read more

GCSE Geographers Get Lay of the Land
GCSE Geographers Get Lay of the Land

Fourth Form Geographers spent a fantastic weekend at Nettlecombe in Somerset as part of their GCSE course requirement. Friday afternoon involved wellies, measuring tapes and impellors to investigate flow rates, depth, width and ... Read more

Devizes to Westminster
Devizes to Westminster

Congratulations to our marathon kayakers who completed the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race over the Easter holidays. Unforgiving rain across the weeks preceding the race resulted in high water, fast flows and dangerous ... Read more

Paddles Put Pupils Through Their Paces
Paddles Put Pupils Through Their Paces

The Second Form took to the water at Hardwick Park as they embarked on an exciting trip to test the canoe paddles they had crafted over the last few weeks in their DT lessons. Despite the chilly morning, intermittent rays of sun ... Read more

Coasts, Canoeing and Castles in Kilvrough
Coasts, Canoeing and Castles in Kilvrough

It was the turn of our intrepid Year 6 pupils to embark on their adventure to the Kilvrough Manor Centre in Swansea for their three-night residential trip. The group were certainly not short of activities to keep them entertained ... Read more

Scholars’ Dinner Celebrates Success
Scholars’ Dinner Celebrates Success

It was a wonderful celebration of the success of our Scholars, as 130 pupils, parents and teachers gathered in the Dining Hall for the annual Scholars' Dinner. They were treated to a delicious three-course meal, courtesy of the ... Read more

Year 4 Rock First Residential
Year 4 Rock First Residential

It was quite an adventure for our Year 4 pupils as they embarked on, what was for many, their first experience of staying away from home. The air of nervousness on the morning of departure quickly dissipated on arrival as pupils got ... Read more

Rockets and Rovers with Science Oxford
Rockets and Rovers with Science Oxford

The Year 5 visit from Science Oxford took off as pupils experienced two spectacular workshops linked to space that encouraged both creativity and scientific thinking.    The first activity was out of this world! Pupils were tasked ... Read more

Lights, Camera, Action!
Lights, Camera, Action!

The Second Form tested their skills both in front of and behind the camera, in an exciting 'Film in a Day' workshop. They learned how to produce and direct films using state-of-the-art technology and how to use a variety of different ... Read more

Visiting Author Inspires Pre-Prep
Visiting Author Inspires Pre-Prep

The Pre-Prep and Year 3 were very excited to have a visit from Camille Goodman, author of Mister Finch and the Queen, a quirky rhyming story about an old man who is invited to visit the Queen in London. Camille first read the story, ... Read more

Exploring Knossos at Ashmolean
Exploring Knossos at Ashmolean

Fourth Form pupils studying Greek and Latin were transported to the palace of Knossos in Crete, as they explored the wondrous artefacts on display at the Ashmolean Museum. The new exhibition, ‘Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth and Reality’ was ... Read more

Music to Our Ears as Gig Night Returns
Music to Our Ears as Gig Night Returns

It was a delight for all to welcome back the ever-popular Gig Night. The event provides a wonderful opportunity to share their talents, as all are welcome to participate and perform music of their choosing. This Gig Night was ... Read more

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet

When Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet it is unlikely that he ever imagined a cast of 55 children aged nine, ten, and eleven enacting his sixteen-part play so professionally. In the Prep School, however, challenge is to be embraced, ... Read more

An Armada of Team Building
An Armada of Team Building

This term, it was the turn of our Second Form pupils to rise to the challenges set for them at the Royal Navy Day. Their skills were certainly put to the test as they were building a communications tower using STEM kits they were ... Read more

Silence Speaks Louder Than Words
Silence Speaks Louder Than Words

On Thursday 30 March, pupils and staff ate in the Dining Hall in complete silence, raising funds for The Lion’s Barber Collective, a charity that champions the importance of men's mental health, by introducing alternate routes to ... Read more

Tea, Tuck and Trinkets
Tea, Tuck and Trinkets

The Dining Hall was awash with delicious cakes, fabulous artwork and craft stalls at the CPFA Easter Tea Party, all thanks to the incredible efforts of our fabulous Prep School pupils. Pupils worked incredibly hard to deliver this ... Read more

Rock Maths Like Tom
Rock Maths Like Tom

Pupils from the Third Form and Lower Sixth had the opportunity to ‘rock’ maths when we welcomed Dr Tom Crawford, a Mathematics tutor at the University of Oxford, to Cokethorpe. Dr Crawford runs the award-winning website ... Read more

Animal Farm
Animal Farm

The Lent Term productions have become legendary here at Cokethorpe for their vast scale, vibrant design, and their ambitious scope. This year’s performance of Animal Farm continued this legacy with a fiery and captivating performance. ... Read more

A Bon Voyage
A Bon Voyage

The Modern Foreign Languages Department were delighted to welcome back the French exchange programme, allowing a group of nineteen Fourth Form pupils to travel to the idyllic Marignane, in the South East of France. Pupils were able to ... Read more

Bikeability
Bikeability

Year 5 and 6 got back in the saddle as they undertook their ‘bikeability’ training course held here at Cokethorpe. Bikeability is the national standard for cycling in the UK, and the programme was delivered by qualified instructors ... Read more

Music Springs to Life
Music Springs to Life

The atmosphere was electric at this year’s Spring Concert, which marked two firsts in the history of Cokethorpe’s Music Department: it was the first concert ever to take place in the Dining Hall, where the performers could take full ... Read more

Unmasking Theatrics
Unmasking Theatrics

Fresh from their highly successful recent performance of ‘Dracula’, all of Second Form took part in a fantastic workshop with Vamos Theatre company. Learning the wonderful skills of mask work and physical expression, the pupils were ... Read more

It’s all Greek to me
It’s all Greek to me

Congratulations to Amelia (Feilden) and Ellie (Swift), members of the Third Form Greek AOB, for their success in the Latin and Greek Reading Competition held at the University of Oxford. The event brought together almost one ... Read more

Second Form delve into the shadows
Second Form delve into the shadows

Second Form Dramatists delved in to the shadows this term with their thrilling production of ‘Dracula’. The entire year group performed, taking responsibility for communicating a section of the story. With the use of minimal props and ... Read more

Grimm Tales told by First Form
Grimm Tales told by First Form

Our First Form dramatic talent exploded onto the stage in a riot of colour, humour and physicality in the production of The Fairy Tales Grimm. Every class took responsibility for a different fairy tale, adapted from the unnerving ... Read more

Scholarly Pride
Scholarly Pride

Our Heads of Scholars, Dr Harrison (SH) and Dr Oldham (CO), discuss the Scholars’ Programme and their plans for its future. How long have you headed Cokethorpe’s Scholars’ programme? I took on co-responsibility for the programme ... Read more

A Virtuosic Young Musician’s Final
A Virtuosic Young Musician’s Final

‘A most joyous day’, ‘pure pleasure’ and ‘an absolute privilege’ were just some of the tributes, congratulations and never-ending praise that guest adjudicator, Mr David Gibbs, bestowed on our marvellous musicians who took part in the ... Read more

Play-based Learning in Cokethorpe Pre-Prep
Play-based Learning in Cokethorpe Pre-Prep

Reception Class Teacher, Mrs Brash, explains the benefits of play-based learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage, followed in Cokethorpe Pre-Prep. What is play-based learning? The main thing that differentiates play-based ... Read more

Formal Celebration for Sixth Form Scholars
Formal Celebration for Sixth Form Scholars

Sixth Form Academic Scholars enjoyed a fabulous evening of fine dining and wine tasting at the Sixth Form Scholars' Formal. This black-tie event provided the students with a highly enjoyable opportunity to familiarise themselves with ... Read more

Cokethorpe Ski Trip
Cokethorpe Ski Trip

After an absence of two seasons the Cokethorpe ski trip was back! On Friday 16 December, the largest group of Cokethorpe skiers in the School’s history assembled and headed to Sestriere in the Italian Alps. 107 students and pupils ... Read more

Model Students Show United Front
Model Students Show United Front

This year, the Sixth Form revived the Cokethorpe Model United Nations Team, which had been in abeyance since before the pandemic. Students, Joe (Upper Sixth, Queen Anne), Rachael (Lower Sixth, Feilden), Iman (Upper Sixth, Queen Anne), ... Read more

Treasure Island
Treasure Island

The Senior School Michaelmas Term production of Treasure Island was yet another outstanding performance from our talented pupils. From its romping sea shanties to its dark brooding atmosphere of menace, this show was packed with ... Read more

Scholars’ and Christmas Art Exhibition
Scholars’ and Christmas Art Exhibition

Scholars from the First Form to Fourth Form and Lower Sixth exhibited the wide-ranging independent research they have been conducting since September during the eagerly-anticipated Scholars' Exhibition Evening. Their investigations ... Read more

St Cecilia Concert
St Cecilia Concert

Over 100 Senior School pupils gathered in The Shed on Thursday 17 November for the first large-scale concert since the pandemic. The concert began with an energetic and lively performance by the orchestra, playing some of Hans ... Read more

Baarmy Bethlehem
Baarmy Bethlehem

Expectations are always high for the Pre-Prep Nativity, and when it comes to setting a mood of reverence or exuberance, this year’s Pre-Prep performance, Baarmy Bethlehem, unapologetically opted for the latter. A trio of party ... Read more

Talking Themselves into the Second Round
Talking Themselves into the Second Round

On Monday 5th December the Cokethorpe Public Speaking AOB entered two Teams into the first round of the ESU Public Speaking competition. Emily (Fifth Form, Gascoigne) began proceedings for Team A with a speech exploring a feminist ... Read more

A passion for English
A passion for English

As part of their work on Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, pupils have been writing their own descriptions of imagined mean characters and the weather. To develop their descriptive writing, some second form pupils took a trip to the Woods ... Read more

An Evening with James Haskell
An Evening with James Haskell

On Thursday 24 November, our third annual Sports Dinner was held in the Dining Hall. Over 100 guests attended to listen to guest speaker James Haskell and take part in a fun rugby themed event and auction. Guests were treated to a ... Read more

Colour Run and 24-hours of Sport
Colour Run and 24-hours of Sport

The School was transformed into a rainbow of colour as pupils from First Form to Sixth Form ran a 5km route around the School grounds raising money for the Charity ‘Sport in Mind’. Staff took much delight in throwing different ... Read more

A Taste of Life in the Sixth Form
A Taste of Life in the Sixth Form

The Sixth Form Taster Day is always an exciting and eagerly anticipated event for our Fifth Form pupils, as they are given the opportunity to sample the Sixth Form experience. Pupils choose four full-length Sixth Form taster lessons ... Read more

Little Red Hen
Little Red Hen

Year 1 dressed as farmers, started their performance of The Little Red Hen chatting about gathering the harvest with the children offering to help. They then retold the much-loved tale assisted by Year 2 narrators. The hard-working ... Read more

Autumnal Elegance at the Six Five Dinner
Autumnal Elegance at the Six Five Dinner

At the start of term, the Six Five Dinner Challenge was introduced to students in the Lower Sixth. The idea is simple: in pairs of Houses they are to plan, organise, budget and host an early evening dinner (plus entertainment) for ... Read more

Puzzle Challenge Day
Puzzle Challenge Day

The Happy Puzzle Company certainly put a smile on the faces of Prep School pupils as they were welcomed to Cokethorpe as part of STEM week. During the Puzzle Challenge Day, pupils from Reception Class to Year 6 took part in tailored ... Read more

Hockey Heroes
Hockey Heroes

Huge congratulations to our First XI Hockey team following their incredible victory at the U18 County Hockey Tournament. The squad travelled to Oxford Hawks Field Hockey Club in North Oxford to compete against the best teams in ... Read more

A Race to Rescue in STEM Week
A Race to Rescue in STEM Week

STEM Week made its periodical return to the equation this month with a theme of ‘Race to Rescue’. There were many elements to the activities this year, which included: the Tutor Group Challenge, creating a balloon-powered racing car; ... Read more

A Rather Unconventional Wedding
A Rather Unconventional Wedding

Guests arrived at The Shed in their fascinators and finery for a rather unconventional wedding! The nuptials of the blushing bride, Chardonnay, and her betrothed, Jason, formed the backdrop of this year’s CPFA Murder Mystery Evening. ... Read more

Enlightenment Lecture Programme
Enlightenment Lecture Programme

Mr Elkin-Jones, coordinator of the Enlightenment Lectures, explores its raison d’être, and what the future holds for this intellectually invigorating programme. What is the series and how did it come about? The series has a long ... Read more

From the Romans to the Rosetta Stone
From the Romans to the Rosetta Stone

A visit to the British Museum provided inspiration for our Fifth Form Latin GCSE pupils as they explored statues, monuments and artefacts from ancient Greece and Rome. The morning was spent in the Roman rooms, examining the portraits ... Read more

Dressing for Success
Dressing for Success

The CPFA would like to thank our Prep School parents for their generous donations of old School uniform. The uniform was donated to the Mwangala Mwenda Foundation, which primarily provides practical, educational and financial support ... Read more

Space to Learn and Roam
Space to Learn and Roam

There was an added buzz of excitement on the first day of term, as the children in Reception Class and Year 1 saw their new classrooms for the first time. This wonderful, new dedicated space for our youngest pupils boasts a host of ... Read more

Senior School Prize Giving
Senior School Prize Giving

This year’s Senior School Prize Giving returned to its rightful place as the concluding act of the School year. It is in the act of awarding prizes that we join in celebration of the purposeful and fruitful endeavours of our pupils ... Read more

Pan in Neverland
Pan in Neverland

Across the Prep School our theme for the term was ‘Onward Bound’ which enabled teachers to design learning linked to the moving-on and growing-up transitions that occur in School at year end. In designing a fitting Performing Arts ... Read more

Prep School Prize Giving
Prep School Prize Giving

It was wonderful to be able to come together again in the marquee for the Prep School Prize Giving. We were treated to two songs from the Prep School Choir, accompanied by Dr Winkley. For the traditional Scottish lullaby, Baloo ... Read more

Senior School Summer Games
Senior School Summer Games

The Cokethorpe Summer Games 2022 was an eagerly anticipated event, after the success of the previous year. With a return to normality across the sporting world, we were delighted to welcome back individual running races, javelin, shot ... Read more

Approaches to Learning in a Digital Age
Approaches to Learning in a Digital Age

Mr Uglow, Director of Studies, discusses the symbiotic relationship between traditional approaches to teaching and the burgeoning opportunities for integration of technology into the modern classroom. There is, and I suspect there ... Read more

Year 6 Residential
Year 6 Residential

On Monday 27 June, Year 6 travelled to Swanage, Dorset, for their end of year residential trip, run by Cumulus Outdoors. Accompanying them were Mr Gaertner, Mrs Arbuckle, and Mrs Mersh on her last outing with the Prep School. The ... Read more

International Week
International Week

Cokethorpe pupils were given the opportunity to explore what being a global citizen means as they celebrated International Week. Over this five-day period, many departments explored social, political, and environmental issues around ... Read more

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Walk
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Walk

Under a royal blue sky, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Walk took place on the final day before Summer half term. The whole of the Prep School, with many pupils and staff wearing Jubilee-themed colours and outfits, joined in the ... Read more

Prep School Concert
Prep School Concert

Prep Arts were delighted to host a second Prep School music concert in the beautiful Corinthian Room, once again showcasing the talents of instrumentalists from Years 3 to 6. Parents enjoyed a truly diverse selection of pieces ... Read more

Build-a-Bike Launch
Build-a-Bike Launch

On 14 June, the Build-a-Bike AOB culminated in the launch of their restoration project, the Cokethorpe BSA Bantam motorcycle. Resplendent in bright ‘Post Office’ red, this glorious little machine from the 1960s has taken three years ... Read more

Foundations for Learning
Foundations for Learning

Deputy Head of Prep School, Joanna James, discusses the importance of strong foundations for learning in the Prep School, and the benefits of the through school model. What do we mean by the Creative Curriculum? It is a way of ... Read more

Society of Heads’ Champions 2022
Society of Heads’ Champions 2022

Huge congratulations to our U16 and U18 football teams on their success in the Society of Heads' football tournament. The teams competed in back-to-back finals in the national tournament which was held at Loughborough University. ... Read more

A Muddy AOB Run
A Muddy AOB Run

As many of us were enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend from the comforts of our own homes, a brave group of Fifth Form pupils travelled to the edge of Shropshire to crawl, slide, leap and run their way through the obstacles of the Dent ... Read more

Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors

The Lent Term production of Little Shop of Horrors was an explosively entertaining event, with outstanding characterisation, fantastic music, vibrant costumes, accomplished choreography and brilliant puppetry. Set in the run-down back ... Read more

Public Speaking Showcase
Public Speaking Showcase

Public Speaking is generally characterised as being only for people who are quick-witted and confident. In fact, our Public Speaking AOB welcomes anyone willing to try new things and, in the process, boosts their confidence to a new ... Read more

An Evening of Verse
An Evening of Verse

Poetry can sometimes be overlooked, often considered ‘old-fashioned’ or indeed ‘difficult,’ and yet poems can and do engage both young and old in a way no other form of literature perhaps can. Second World War poetry is often studied ... Read more

The AOB Programme
The AOB Programme

Mr Sheer, Director of Co-Curricular, discusses the AOB Programme. What is the AOB programme and how does it work? Perhaps the trickiest element of defining the AOB programme is that it serves so many functions and, with over 160 ... Read more

London Society Drinks Reception
London Society Drinks Reception

We were delighted to welcome almost 100 Old Cokethorpeans to this year’s Cokethorpe Society Drinks Reception. Held on the Terrace of the House of Commons, guests enjoyed both the splendour of walking through the historic Westminster ... Read more

Fundraising for Ukraine
Fundraising for Ukraine

In response to the terrible humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Cokethorpe responded in two ways. First, goods requested by The Red Cross were collected over a two-week period filling a trailer that was then delivered to a collection ... Read more

Young Musician of the Year
Young Musician of the Year

This year, the Young Musician of the Year Competition began with a week of tough and competitive heats. A range of instruments, clarinets and violins to electric guitars and singers, competed for their place in the coveted final. ... Read more

Inter-House Countdown
Inter-House Countdown

The spirit of Inter-House competition was kept alive once again during a period of lockdown. Those competitions took many forms, some, such as the Trek to Tokyo, tested the Houses in a physical capacity, whilst others warmed the ... Read more

Tutor Partnering – Pupil Perspectives
Tutor Partnering – Pupil Perspectives

Jamie Minns (OC 2022, Vanbrugh) discusses the Tutor Partnering programme. Tell us about the Tutor Partnering system in House. Members of the Upper Sixth in Houses – and later in the year, the Lower Sixth, will join the afternoon ... Read more

Global Citizens – Keeping Cokethorpe Connected
Global Citizens – Keeping Cokethorpe Connected

‘No man is an island, Entire of itself; Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main.’ John Donne We spoke to Teacher of English Ms Jackson about her role as the Head of International Affairs and the importance of ... Read more

Holocaust Memorial Day
Holocaust Memorial Day

On Thursday 27 January, to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, the School was privileged once again to welcome Kenneth Appel into School via Teams to give a talk about his life. Kenneth was born into a Jewish family in Germany in the ... Read more

The Threepenny Opera
The Threepenny Opera

After a two-year hiatus we were delighted to be able to bring live theatrical performance back to The Shed with Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera in front of a live (albeit restricted and socially distanced) audience. Tom (Upper ... Read more

Scholars’ Exhibition Evening
Scholars’ Exhibition Evening

On Monday 22 November, 34 Academic Scholars from First Form to Lower Sixth took part in the Scholars’ Exhibition Evening. Attended by pupils, parents and teachers, the event was held in the Dining Hall where the Scholars each ... Read more

The EPQ Programme
The EPQ Programme

What are the benefits of the EPQ programme? Mr Waldron, EPQ Coordinator explains. The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an optional programme involving the exploration of a topic chosen by the student and leading to a ... Read more

Crossing Borders Week
Crossing Borders Week

Crossing Borders has been the subject of a recent week-long focus at Cokethorpe where, through a series of opportunities and activities, pupils and staff were encouraged to consider what it means to step out of our comfort zone and ... Read more

Show Jumping
Show Jumping

The annual show jumping competition returned this year, with determined riding from all eighteen competitors. Pupils from the Prep School and across the Senior School came out in force to cheer on their peers at this popular event. ... Read more

The Peacock Ball
The Peacock Ball

On the evening of Friday 17 September, students, parents and teachers gathered on the Mansion lawn for an evening to remember: the Summer 2021 Peacock Ball. Much like the Chelsea Flower Show, Summer came late this year; and yet it was ... Read more

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