The Cooper School

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Location: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 19 years

About The Cooper School

Bernwode Schools Trust

Bernwode Schools Trust (formerly Bicester Learning Academy) was formed on 1st July 2014 and is a multi-academy trust currently comprising of The Cooper School and Glory Farm Primary School. The academy is run by a board of Trustees, with a separate Academy Committee (LGB) for each individual school. Both schools operate as a separate entity, retaining their own identity, uniform and ways of working. The academy is independent of the Local Authority (LA) and is funded directly by government. It has greater freedom to make decisions that reflect its particular circumstances and ethos.

The ambitions for the schools remain high: that we should provide to all our pupils a first-class and improving education that enables them, in all aspects of their lives, to make the progress and achieve the standard that reflect their ability. This reflects in our ethos as schools which service its community.

Our two schools already benefit from a strong partnership and we will use this opportunity to increase impetus in striving to gain even higher standards of pupil achievement and additional funding, previously retained by the Local Authority, will allow our academy the freedom to develop new and improved technologies.

We work with local schools, primary and secondary as our aim is to work together for the greater good of the young people in Bicester and its surrounding villages, both present and future. 

The Cooper School

Executive Headteacher - Mr Ben Baxter

At The Cooper School, we pride ourselves on being forward thinking in terms of curriculum decisions which support our students; focused on improving learning through the use of new technologies and determined to continuously refine our approaches to teaching and learning. Investing in the Media Suite reflects a small part of our approach to making learning engaging, relevant and active for our students.

Joining us as a member of staff at The Cooper School means being able to see the big picture for the students here. It means that whilst we always strive for academic excellence, we also place great value upon students   becoming adaptable, resourceful and enquiring. These are the sort of skills that will enable them to become effective citizens, just as much as their academic results will. As such, we encourage independent learning, enrichment initiatives and House-based teamwork and co-operation.

Working here is an opportunity to flourish as a professional. We ‘grow our own’   leaders. Many new staff have taken on additional responsibilities which is a mark of their quality and commitment to making progress in their own careers as well as their desire to become part of a successful and positive organisation.

Values and vision

The Cooper School is a place “where learning matters”. The school is dedicated to working with all sections of the local community to make sure its students are motivated, ready to develop their full potential and go successfully into the outside world. It strives to deliver a high standard of all-round education for its pupils, encouraging the very highest academic aspirations as well as encouraging social, moral and spiritual development. 

The curriculum at The Cooper School is wide-ranging and relevant, suiting every pupil regardless of their background, academic starting point and particular personal strengths and weaknesses.

Ofsted report

In June 2017 the school was inspected and received a fantastic Ofsted report! 

Our school was praised because:

  • We “are driven by a desire to raise the   aspirations of all pupils and have maintained and developed the culture of   school improvement”.
  • “There is a caring, nurturing and inclusive ethos that permeates the school”.
  • “The climate for learning is very positive and the level of pupil engagement is high”.
  • we “have placed high importance on the   development of staff and there is a rich and varied programme of professional   training, which is helping teachers to improve their practice”.

The school was delighted by the success of its Year 11 students in 2019, with 67% of students obtaining 5 or more 4+ grades, including Maths and English at GCSE.

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Address: Churchill Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 4RS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1869 242121
Positions available at The Cooper School