The Cooper School
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
About The Cooper School
Bicester Learning Academy
Bicester Learning Academy is a multi academy trust currently comprising The Cooper School and Glory Farm Primary School. The academy is run by a board of members supported by a board of directors. Both schools operate as a separate entity, retaining its own identity, uniform and ways of working.
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.
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 2018, with 72% of students obtaining 5 or more 4+ grades, including Maths and English at GCSE.