The Coopers' Company and Coborn School


A very warm welcome to our website. It is a great privilege for me to be Headteacher of a school with a rich history tracing back to 1536. There is a unique vibrancy here and a genuine allegiance to our motto of ‘Love as Brethren’. We see a broad and liberal education as being one which transcends excellence in the classroom and formal educational qualifications: it is about developing young people who are aspirational, confident, articulate and full of a zest for life.

Our curriculum is academic and traditional in that our examination courses are at GCSE and A Level – we do not offer any vocational courses. The vast majority of our students join us in Year 7 aged eleven and leave at the end of Year 13 aged eighteen. Being an 11 -18 school is one of our major strengths: the younger students have the sixth formers as role models and something to which to aspire. Our examination results are consistently outstanding. In 2016 we were yet again recipients of a letter from the Minister of State for Schools congratulating us on our GCSE results: we were one of the top 100 performing non-selective, state funded schools in England. We have a similar level of success at A level, sending very high numbers of students to the best universities and into prestigious employment.

Whilst we are relentless in our pursuit of excellence in the classroom, I am determined that we will not become a mere examination factory – that would be to have a very reductionist view of education. All students are encouraged to participate in an extra-curricular programme that rivals those on offer at some of the best fee-paying schools in the country. We regularly compete at national sporting events and in 2016 were the number one State School for Sport in the country.  Our music has earned itself a high reputation as far afield as City of London institutions such as Mansion House, where we perform annually at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet. Our students are also fortunate to have the opportunity to go on many trips, ranging from one day excursions to places such as a London mosque through to three week projects in Africa. This rich and exciting extra-curricular diet is all about broadening horizons, developing individual confidence and developing the ability to work successfully with others.

I am particularly proud of the way our students come across to visitors of the school and members of the public. The comments have a common theme: that our young people are courteous, confident and articulate. In addition to this, they exude great pride in their school: not just for what it stands for now but for its 481 year history.

I hope you enjoy exploring our website and that it conveys at least some of our ethos, energy and success.

Dr David Parry