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‘Dream big, work hard, be kind’

Welcome to The Cooper School, where we work within the local community to prepare and motivate all of our students to develop their full potential as individuals and as members of society.

A warm welcome to The Cooper School where we aim to provide the highest quality all-round education, for each and every learner, in partnership with parents and the community of Bicester and surrounding villages. We aim to share high aspirations and high expectations as evidenced in our most recent Ofsted Report (June 2017) which stated that:

You are driven by a desire to raise the aspirations of all pupils and have maintained and developed the culture of school improvement. You are ably supported by strong and knowledgeable senior and middle leaders who share your ambitions for the school. With the support of your dedicated board of directors, you have developed a school that knows itself well and have correctly identified where improvements should be made.

There is a caring, nurturing and inclusive ethos that permeates the school. Inspectors were impressed by the calm and purposeful atmosphere and the strong relationships between staff and pupils and among pupils themselves. As one member of staff said: ‘This is a great place to work, with a staff body who genuinely cares about the pupils and wants the best for them.’ As a result, pupils are keen to learn and make good progress from their starting points. Pupils have great confidence in their teachers and very much value what staff do for them. Therefore, they behave very well, both in lessons and around the school.

We are also a truly inclusive school as evidence by comments such as these from our recent Inclusion Qulaity Mark Report from June 2021:

It was good to return to The Cooper School to find out how they had coped during the Covid pandemic. I am delighted that they have not only survived but thrived throughout the last year. Things have not been easy but they have worked as a team to support the students and each other. Collaboration and teamwork are the way the school work. Their commitment to inclusion is in no doubt and they understand it is never done but is constantly evolving. I am happy to recommend that the School retains its Flagship status. It certainly deserves it. It is a truly inclusive school. - Inclusion Quality Mark Assessor

  • all teaching will be inspirational and innovative which is differentiated for all including our most vulnerable learners;
  • our curriculum is rooted in 3rd-millennium technologies, is rich and relevant to all learners;
  • the school works in partnership with other organisations in a true spirit of partnership;
  • each student is significant, noticed, valued, respected and cherished;
  • every student makes exceptional progress from their starting point as a result of outstanding and inspirational teaching;
  • every student has a right to learn in a safe, engaging, nurturing and happy environment;
  • every student is an articulate, autonomous but collaborative learner;
  • each student is motivated to learn, is inquisitive about the world they live in and curious about their own learning;
  • everyone in the school community is a learner who recognises their roles and responsibilities as members of a global society;
  • every individual is part of a truly inclusive community that respects the surrounding environment and is committed to making it a better place for future generations.

The improvements in the school over the last few years (with the consequent growth of reputation in the local and wider community) means that the school has grown in popularity to the extent that we are oversubscribed in each and every year group in the school from Years 7 through to 13. We have focused on providing the best educational opportunities for students so that we are a centre of excellence. We want our students at The Cooper School to be stretched and stimulated because of the engaging educational experiences they access on a daily basis with enriched opportunities and challenges and supported by various adults at the school, materials and resources including the explicit use of new technologies in the learning process.

Dr Rob Whannel