Cothill Dictionary

Cothill Dictionary


A verb or a noun.  If you make a mistake, you ‘Bish up’.


The main classroom block. Classrooms are also in Jacksons and The Pike Science Building.

Going round the corner

Going to the loo!

Grub or Tuck

Sweets, crisps etc.  Keep grub in your Tuck Box.

Good Marks

You receive Good Marks for good work or for being helpful. They are counted up every week or two. 

Bad Marks and Minus Marks are rare.

Prayers, Prep & Rest

Prep Most of the school (apart from Years 3 & 4) have an hour’s silent work after tea, Monday & Tuesday and Thursday & Friday.

Prayers This is what we call Assembly and it takes place several times each week in the Hall.

Rest After lunch (and sometimes after tea), our pupils sit quietly in a classroom with a book or some work to do.


Teachers award Distinctions for excellence.  They are worth 5 Points and the Headmaster sees your work.

Merits are like Distinctions, but they are only worth 2 Points.


These are reports, which you will receive nearly every week.  Each of your teachers comments on your work and the Headmaster awards you Points. Five out of ten is pretty poor; seven is average and ten is brilliant. Weeklies are pinned up in your classroom.

Everyone’s total scores are pinned up at the front of the Complex and show how many Points and Good Marks you have altogether.


The Year 5 boarding house.

V Badge

If you receive a certain number of Points each term, you are awarded your yellow V Badge (even though no one has worn an actual badge for years). A few more Points and you get your red V Badge.  The red badge means you will go on the end of term Treat. A few boys even manage to be awarded their green V Badge, and receive a special prize..