Cotham Gardens Primary: school opens with new name

September 28 2018
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Cotham Gardens Primary School has opened its doors to pupils for the first time under its new name.

The school, formerly Colston’s Primary, was renamed following an extensive consultation involving pupils, parents and carers, staff, the alumni and the local community.

The changed name was voted through by school Governors as the most popular community suggestion.  Following the decision to change the school name, pupils designed a new school logo which was unveiled at the 70th Birthday Party celebrations in June.

Kate Swainson Price, Chair of Governors, said: “It's great to be launching the new school name and logo our community chose together. The name and logo embody who we are, where we are and what we do perfectly. School management have done a brilliant job changing the signage over the holidays. I love it, especially the 'green' theme - am used to it already and am looking forward to our first governor's meeting as Cotham Gardens Primary.”

Alex Bell, Head Teacher, said: “We have all warmly embraced the new name and agree that the new logo and name represent us brilliantly. We are enjoying a happy, fun and busy start to the school year and are looking forward to an amazing future as Cotham Gardens Primary School.”

Phase 1 of the new design of the playground is underway. Key features planned include forest school areas, story circles, a mud kitchen, imaginative play areas with climbing and play equipment to suit all ages and a dedicated area for multi-sports. More than £43,000 of the total cost has been raised for the Playground Appeal so far and there is further drive to raise the remaining sum by the of the year, raising £70k for 70 years.  

Cotham Gardens Primary School is a co-operative academy that serves the Redland and Cotham areas of Bristol, providing education for 550 children.  It’s latest Ofsted report, a short inspection in September 2017 judged ‘This school continues to be good’ since its previous inspection in 2014. It went on to highlight “The school’s motto of ‘Celebrating Diversity, Learning Together’ threads through all aspects of school life.  Cotham Gardens Primary School is an inclusive school where pupils’ cultural diversity is a strength of the school’s distinctive character.”