“Students flourish in this outstanding and truly exceptional school” (Ofsted)

Welcome to The Cotswold School, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, an outstanding, caring secondary comprehensive school. The Cotswold School is a highly popular, happy and successful 11-18 Academy school set in beautiful, rural surroundings between Cheltenham and Oxford.

At The Cotswold School we have an incredible group of staff who do go that extra mile to provide our pupils with an outstanding education. Our values of friendship and knowledge underpin all our activities across a broad spectrum of subjects and extra-curriculum offerings.

….the pursuit of academic excellence and individual achievement within a caring community


Our Reputation & the Future

  • The Cotswold School has earned a superb reputation, locally and nationally, consistently appearing among the top state schools at both GCSE and A Level for many years.
  • In September 2016, The Cotswold School was awarded ‘The Sunday Times Comprehensive School of the Year’ – an award based on A*/A grades at GCSE and A*-B grades at A-Level.
  • The Cotswold School has, for the fourth consecutive time, received Outstanding Ofsted across all categories.
  • The School is also known for its successful Sixth Form, curriculum enrichment programme and flourishing, state-of-the-art facilities. A new Sixth-Form college has just commenced building and will be open by autumn 2017. View the Sixth Form College pages
  • The Cotswold School is celebrating the recent news that Six Sixth-Form College students have recently secured offers from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.


 “Put simply, these are awards for excellence. These results, across a wide-ranging number subjects, clearly demonstrates the commitment and professionalism of all the teaching staff – a team to be truly proud of. You are warmly invited to visit us and see the School in action. I believe you will find a School that looks forward: to improving and growing facilities, to even greater achievements from all our young people, to motivating and inspiring our staff.  You will find a School that is focused on what matters: happy pupils and great results.”
Will Morgan, Principal