Copthall celebrates excellence
welcome as a girls’ comprehensive school, Copthall offers the rare opportunity of single-sex education for students of all abilities. Combined with Ofsted’s judgement of Copthall as good with outstanding features, it is not surprising that the school continues to be very oversubscribed. Our strong academic reputation rests not only on our examination results – which continue to go from strength to strength – but also on the exceptional progress made by all girls. We have achieved a number of SSAT awards in this respect, recently being in the top 20% of schools nationally for ‘value added’ at Key Stage 4. Most girls stay on to join our vibrant Sixth Form, from where the vast majority progress to higher education, with a number achieving places at Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities. The foundation of our academic success is the outstanding pastoral care provided by our dedicated and largely long-serving staff. We foster an inclusive ethos in which girls are eager to participate in the life of the school and contribute to the wider community. In addition to their studies, girls are offered a wealth of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities that help to raise their aspirations and enhance their transferable skills, preparing them for life beyond school. Our aim is for every girl to leave Copthall with the ambition to succeed, an understanding of social responsibility and the confidence to find her place in today’s global economy. Jane Beaumont BA, NPQH Head Teacher
I love Copthall. I didn’t consider the school for my elder daughter originally, but after moving her here what a transformation she had! Parent
The highest standards Through a combination of a broad curriculum, high expectations and excellent teaching, girls are supported to achieve their full potential.
Not only is students’ development in literacy, numeracy and ICT skills outstanding, but so is their understanding of leadership skills and financial capability. ofsted
With significant investment in recent years, Copthall is a great place for contemporary learning. As well as well-equipped classrooms for Science, Design & Technology and Art, we have an excellent sports hall, a specialist Dance studio with sprung floor, numerous ICT suites and interactive whiteboards in every teaching area. Our Year 7 students follow the ‘Opening Minds’ course to develop their thinking and personal skills. As they move from Year 8 into Year 9, girls receive individual guidance – with their families – as they make their subject choices. At Key Stages 4 and 5, our curriculum features a wide choice of traditional subjects, complemented by some high-quality vocational courses. Through differentiated work, setting where appropriate and close monitoring, all girls make excellent progress. More able students are stretched through our Gifted and Talented programme and can take all three sciences at GCSE. Extra support is provided where required – particularly for students with Special Educational Needs or English as an Additional Language – by experienced teachers and teaching assistants. Homework plays a vital role. Staff give regular feedback to help students improve, with parents updated through termly assessments, two interim progress checks, an annual written report and a parents’ evening.
the school has strong leadership and a caring attitude towards its students. Iâ€™m very pleased with my daughterâ€™s progress, she is very happy attending Copthall. parent
The range and quality of pastoral care is impressive. Ofsted
A purposeful community With an ethos that celebrates our cultural diversity and rewards participation, we encourage girls to show respect for others and become active members of society. We provide outstanding pastoral care. Although regular contact with local primary schools means that Copthall is familiar to most girls when they arrive, we take special care of our Year 7s. All girls and their families have individual meetings during this transition period and Year 10 girls act as buddies to the Year 7s as they settle in. All girls spend time daily with their Form Tutor, who is responsible for their progress and wellbeing, supported by their Learning Co-ordinator (Head of Year). With a trained school counsellor also on hand, girls know that there is always a listening ear. Through regular Curriculum and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) activities, girls explore a variety of topics â€“ such as finance, careers and wellbeing â€“ to empower them to make positive life choices. In addition, they support one another through peer mentoring. Our community extends beyond the school grounds with supportive families, an experienced governing body and an active PTA all contributing to the success of Copthall. Our students are active in the local community â€“ helping with events held in school and at local primaries, especially as Sports Leaders; supporting local initiatives, such as Barnet Food Bank; and raising considerable sums for charities at home and abroad.
Students speak highly of the support and guidance they receive from school leaders, school tutors and the school counsellor. ofsted
The next step Higher education and the world of work may seem a long way off, but we have one eye on future employability from the moment your daughter arrives at Copthall. With a tradition of strength in business and enterprise, we offer students many opportunities to develop the transferable skills that will benefit them at university and in the workplace. Copthall girls, being naturally industrious and ambitious, respond well to the many challenges we set them. Girls are encouraged to develop their leadership potential through roles such as Form Reps on the Year Council, Year Reps on the School Council, Sports Captains and Lead Learners for various subjects. We provide a number of Skills Days during Key Stage 4 to develop students’ entrepreneurial, communication and teamwork abilities. All Year 8 girls go to work with a parent or relative on ‘Away to Work’ day and vocational students undertake a week of work experience in Year 10. The majority of girls stay on to join our thriving Sixth Form, where all girls complete a week’s work experience in Year 12.
We offer ongoing and personalised careers advice through our own trained specialist and also external agencies. This is supported by progression evenings and booklets, which help students and their families to understand the routes available in further or higher education and employment.
Students are well prepared for future life. Ofsted
Enriching experiences Through a wealth of extra-curricular clubs, opportunities and trips, we help to broaden horizons, raise aspirations and deepen understanding. We provide a wide range of activities before and after school – from Origami and Philosophy to Street Dance and Cheerleading – and girls also participate in other clubs held at Copthall, such as Performing Arts and Cadet Corps. They can join one of our choirs or musical groups and many older students participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Through two periods of enrichment per fortnight in Years 8 – 11, girls are introduced to a variety of new activities such as gardening, film appreciation and chicken husbandry. They can contribute articles to the Copthall Times and are encouraged to represent their house or school in sports matches and other competitions. Girls also demonstrate their impressive talents through a full programme of musical concerts, dramatic productions and art exhibitions. Copthall takes part a number of high-profile events – such as Barnet Music Festival, Barnet Carnegie Event and Barnet Champs – and provides girls with additional opportunities through links with the Old Vic, the Donmar Warehouse, English National Ballet and Sadler’s Wells.
I have been given a great amount of support in my education. student
We organise a variety of day visits, as well as language exchanges and annual residential trips for Years 7 and 9. The bi-annual World Challenge expedition travels further afield, with destinations including Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia. We welcome a range of speakers from diverse fields into school to share their experiences and our busy school calendar also includes Sports Day, the Year 11 Prom and the Jack Petchey Awards.
I believe as a comprehensive School teaching a diverse range of students the school is run exceptionally well. parent
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