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village college
p r o s p e c t u s

Cottenham Village College Mr Tony Cooper

High Street
Mrs Sue Raven
village college CB24 8UA
Mrs Chris Williams
Mrs Joy Hadley
Tel: 01954 288944 Mr Peter Marshall
Mr John Harradine

1 Letter of Welcome
2 Summary of Ofsted Inspection Report (2009)
4 The College and the Community
6 The Curriculum:

Applied Learning
Citizenship & PSHE
Design Technology
Modern languages
Careers education
14 Support for Student Learning
17 Further Opportunities at the College
20 Information for New Students
24 New Teaching Facilities
28 Key Staff Contacts
Letter of Welcome
Dear Parents, carers and students In June 2009 the college was inspected by Ofsted. The overall
judgement was that this is a good school with outstanding features.
I am pleased to welcome you to
Cottenham Village College. As well as the high quality of teaching and learning, particular
strengths of the college are the care, guidance and support for
The excellent reputation of the college students. The Ofsted report also highlighted the effective support
is due to a highly professional, hard for students of all abilities and the high standards that they achieve.
working and caring staff, and facilities The curriculum was judged to be outstanding as was students’
for all ages, abilities and interests. enjoyment of their education.
I hope that you will take every The college now has an extremely wide range of courses, academic
opportunity to visit the college, meet the and vocational, to suit the needs of all students.
teachers and have the chance to judge
at first hand the high quality of relationships that exist between I look forward to meeting you soon at our open evening. If, after your
teachers and students. visit, you should have any concern or query please do not hesitate to
contact the college to arrange a mutually convenient appointment to
I believe that a successful school involves partnership between discuss the matter.
parents, students and teachers. It is this partnership that we at the
college are working to strengthen by providing an environment Yours sincerely
where students feel secure, happy and able to develop all their
abilities to the full.

Summary of Ofsted
Inspection Report 2009
Cottenham Village College is a good school with outstanding features. Students’
development is good, both academically and personally. Attendance and behaviour
are good and students feel safe in school. They are taught well and benefit from an
outstanding curriculum.

In the GCSE results in 2008, taking students at all levels of ability into account, standards
and achievements are above average. The proportion who achieved five A* to C grades
including English and mathematics is also above the national average. Although the
standards reached by girls are higher than by boys, the difference is less than is found
nationally. Students who find learning more difficult and those with learning disabilities
make good progress.

The evidence seen in lessons and students’ work during the inspection Behaviour in lessons is good and students settle well to work. Around the
confirmed that students make good progress. They do so because they are school behaviour is also good though with some occasional boisterousness.
taught well and the data from the school’s regular formal assessments Students report that there is some bullying but this is rare and is usually
are used well to check that students are making the progress they should quickly and effectively
be. Teachers have good subject knowledge. There is a good variety of dealt with.
teaching approaches. Students who find learning more difficult are well
supported. The result is that students are keen to learn, they behave well in Students are taught well about how to live healthy lifestyles, and they put
lessons and work at a good pace. Relationships between students and their this into excellent practice. For example, a very high proportion take part
teachers are good. in sporting activities. Their awareness of how to look after themselves in
potentially perilous situations is also good, helped by the school’s teaching
Students are well cared for. They are particularly appreciative of the steps and advice. A high proportion of the parents who sent inspectors their
taken to ensure that when they join in year 7 they settle quickly. This views on the school speak positively of it and its commitment to students’
includes their spending a week at the school in the term before they join. safety. They also agree that their child enjoys school.

Leadership and management are good and the school’s leaders show a
strong commitment to working with individual students to make sure that
they prosper. This extends to the curriculum which, in addition to having a
wide range of both academic and vocational subjects, has the flexibility to
provide for individual talents.

The curriculum is further enhanced by a large number of wide ranging

enrichment and extra-curricular activities. These are greatly appreciated by
students and contribute to their considerable enjoyment of school as well
as their sociability and cultural development, which are outstanding.

Cottenham Village College
and the Community
The Local Area Partnership
The schools of Cottenham, Willingham and Waterbeach work closely together and
have formed the Local Schools Partnership. Collectively we celebrate the work and
achievements of our partnership in many ways, including joint training days for our
staff, events for students drawing together pupils from all the schools and through the
partnership’s website:

Community Education Sports Centre
The community and family learning programme has developed over many Cottenham Sports Centre is a community facility located at the back of
years to include a wide range of informal adult learning courses including Cottenham Village College. Facilities include a fitness suite, sports hall
daytime, evening and weekend classes, a very successful Summer School in (encompassing three badminton courts), gymnasium, air-conditioned
August every year, and Family Learning in October. In total we provide part dance/aerobics studio, floodlit third generation all-weather pitch, floodlit
time education, leisure and recreation for over 1000 adults. tennis/netball courts, indoor and outdoor cricket nets and grass pitches
(football, rugby and cricket).
For further details about this provision visit: The centre runs on a pay-as-you-play basis or monthly membership for
regular users, as well as offering block bookings for clubs or groups.
For young people there are many activities which run after school and in
the holidays. There is a Youth Centre at the college and youth clubs run in Outside school hours the college has an outdoor heated swimming pool
Cottenham and Waterbeach throughout the year. open to the public from May to September and the Sports Centre is open
evenings, weekends and holidays for use by the community throughout
the year.

Please visit the Sports Centre section of our website or ring 01954 288760
for further information.

Community Associations
There are community associations in the Fen Edge patch in Cottenham,
Waterbeach and Willingham. The Fen Edge Community Association is based
at the college and has more than 40 constituent groups, many of which use
the college for their regular meetings.

For more information please visit:

The Curriculum
Students in the College follow the National Curriculum and other courses. In their
first three years students study courses in Mathematics, Science, English, Design and
Technology, French or German, Humanities (Geography, History and Religious Education),
Arts (Art and Design, Drama and Music), Physical Education and ICT. Many students will
then take Spanish as a second language in their second year.

At the end of year 9 students can choose from a range of optional subjects leading to
GCSE and other national awards. All study English, English Literature, Mathematics,
Science, Physical Education, Citizenship and PSHE. Further details of the optional subjects
can be found on the website.

Arts Citizenship and Personal, Social & Health Education
The arts faculty comprises art, music and drama with dance being run as (PSHE)
a pilot at GCSE. We have an overall philosophy of encouraging creativity, Our personal development programme covers all aspects of PSHE and
originality and developing confidence through artistic performance. citizenship, mainly through conference days when ordinary lessons are
In years 7 and 8, students have one lesson of each arts subject a week, replaced with a more flexible programme, which often includes theatre or
except art which has two lessons a week in year 7. In year 9 they focus on guest speakers. Health matters, drugs, relationships, team-building, first aid,
two out of the three subjects. In years 10 and 11, most students pursue one the law and young people, and finances are among the topics covered.
or more to GCSE.
We provide sex and relationships education (SRE) for all students;
We have two fully equipped drama studios, three art studios, a music studio our programme encourages young people to have regard for moral
and a music technology suite equipped with apple macs. All students are considerations and the value of family life. The programme uses materials
encouraged to explore creatively, developing an understanding of both appropriate to the needs and ages of our students. Some aspects of it are
themselves and the arts disciplines. covered in science lessons in years 7 and 9 as well as during Key Stage 4
Each year the arts faculty puts on a major school musical, involving students examination work in years 10 and 11. Further related topics are also studied
in all the artistic disciplines. This includes instrumental, vocal performance, in areas of humanities, English and drama. Additionally, we organise visits
acting and choreography alongside the technical aspects of designing and from trained individuals to give separate gender-specific talks with more
stage management. This is in addition to a Christmas show and summer general mixed sessions. These take place during years 7 and 10 and include
concert held annually providing opportunities for pupils at all levels to be focus on both biological and emotional matters.
involved in extra-curricular activities.

Design Technology English
The faculty of design and technology has nine rooms including three well- The English faculty has previously been awarded leading status in
equipped multi-material workshops and specialist rooms for food, textiles, recognition of the high quality of teaching and learning.
control technology and graphic design. It also has two new areas – one for
computer aided design & manufacture and an electronics room, both of The passage from primary to secondary education is managed carefully
which are proving to be very popular with students. Students in years 7 and in English. The year 7 schemes of work build on those completed in
8 experience all areas with the opportunity to choose two to continue with year 6 and information about students is passed on by primary teachers
in year 9. so that students continue to make progress in Reading, Writing and
Speaking and Listening.
In year 10 it is possible to take GCSE in one of three specialist topics, namely:
textile technology, graphic products and product design. There is a single In year 7, some students are encouraged to take part in extra activities such
vocational option offered which is Hospitality and Catering. as Dragon’s Den in order to provide additional challenge. Students are
also encouraged, while at the college, to take part in a National Newsday
Students experience a wide variety of materials across the DT curriculum competition and mock trials at the Magistrates’ Court.
including both traditional and new smart materials. The design and
technology department has a strong focus on “design & creativity”. New In year 7 students are taught in their mixed-ability form groups and, from
approaches to the manipulation of materials are combined with basic year 8 onwards, the groups are reorganised in order to meet the needs of
traditional skills and these are both used to underpin this approach to the each individual year group. There may be a top set, a group comprising only
subject. This enables our students to complete work to a high standard as boys or a group to help those who have specific literacy difficulties. The
well as enriching and challenging them to develop creative solutions to a groupings remain as flexible as the timetable will allow.
wide variety of design problems, both individually and as part of a team.
The majority of students take GCSE English and English Literature and,
These skills, along with the creative approaches to designing provide a
when appropriate, some are entered in year 10. There is special provision
stimulating, challenging, interesting and importantly fun and engaging
made for those who would find GCSE unrealistic or too great a challenge.
design and technology experience for all students.
Decisions about exam entries are made as late as possible so that all
students have the opportunity to be entered at a suitable level.

Humanities Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Humanities includes geography, history and religious education. In years The college offers an excellent experience in ICT with every department
7 and 8, students are taught by one teacher for the three humanities using it as part of its teaching. There are over 280 PCs in the school, more
subjects, allowing the links between knowledge, understanding and skills than one for every four students, as well as laptops for all teachers.
to be developed. In year 9 students have discrete lessons of geography,
history and RE. In years 10 and 11 humanities offers a choice of GCSEs. As the amount of information available to us increases exponentially,
Students can choose from geography, history, humanities, religious students need to be given strong information literacy skills to sift and sort
education and sociology. the deluge of data. We teach students to use ICT to find, explore, analyse,
exchange and present information responsibly and creatively. They learn
Humanities subjects provide students with an essential cultural, social, how to use computer technology to research facts and ideas from a wide
economic and political framework for understanding their world. They also range of communities and cultures. Through years 7, 8 and 9 we help
offer opportunities for students to explore their moral and social values, as students to become more independent users of the tools available, to
well as those of others. Opportunities for learning outside the classroom think about the quality and reliability of the information they find and the
are also exploited. These include visits to the First World War battlefields limitations of the systems involved.
and Berlin, and the use of the local area for field studies.
We believe that students should be confident and creative users of
technology so we try to ensure that ICT is an enjoyable subject as well as
one with clear academic rigour.

Modern Languages Maths
The modern languages faculty at Cottenham Village College currently Having achieved specialist status in maths and computing in 2003 the
offers French to students in year 7. Students who show a flair for language faculty have continued to achieve excellent results, consistently out-
learning will have the opportunity to study either German or Spanish as performing specialist targets and continuing to improve year-on-year.
a second language in year 8. At KS4, students will have a range of GCSE
choices covering French, German and Spanish. The faculty strives to develop and encourage students’ enjoyment of the
subject and to illustrate the relevance of maths in today’s world. The aim is
Students in all years are taught to communicate through the four language for students of all abilities to have achieved a qualification commensurate
skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Many classes are privileged with their potential ability.
to have regular contact with native speakers through the French and
German assistants, who provide a wealth of knowledge and cultural Maths has a high profile both within the school, with many cross-curricular
understanding. ICT is used to good effect, with students undertaking links, and with other external educational establishments.
various ICT based projects each year.
Highlights of the faculty include:
Students studying French in year 7 are given the opportunity to participate
• Primary liaison which runs throughout the year, providing workshops and
in a very popular day trip to Boulogne, where they can sample French
master classes for our three main feeder primary schools.
culture and bring their language learning to life. This year the modern
• A strong emphasis on the enjoyment of learning mathematics and
languages faculty has also reintroduced a German exchange for students in
encouraging students to do maths for fun.
year 9 which allowed them to experience family life and school in Germany.
• Interform competitions for Key Stage 3 year groups.
There are trips to Paris, France and the Black Forest, Germany for year 10
• A lunch time club called Mathletes
students and a trip to Normandy for year 8 students in activities week.
• Participation in the Edge Hill Maths challenge.
We also hope to be able to introduce a trip to Spain for students
• UKMT challenges.
studying Spanish.
• Talented students in year 8 are invited to attend Royal Institution
Mathematics Workshops at Cambridge on Saturday mornings.

Physical Education (PE) Science
In recognition of the excellent teaching and learning in physical education, There are seven well-equipped laboratories in the faculty. Our aim is
the college has been awarded Sportsmark Gold and Activemark. to challenge pupils while at the same time opening their eyes to the
fascination of science and its importance in everyday life. It is taught
The facilities in the college are excellent; they include a sports hall, a to all year groups and includes practical work, research and discussion.
gymnasium, a fitness room and outdoor courts with floodlighting, as well Our dedicated team of teachers are passionate about science and its
as extensive fields for outdoor games. More recently we were pleased to role in society.
open our new floodlit third generation rubber crumb astroturf pitch and
dance studio. We provide a number of different routes through KS4, offering courses that
reflect the students’ aspirations and abilities. Courses include GCSE Science,
In year 7 all students experience a wide range of activities, including GCSE Additional Science, GCSE Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
rounders, rugby, netball, basketball, badminton, tennis, cricket, athletics and and BTEC Science.
gymnastics, together with dance and fitness. Although they are initially
taught in tutor groups they may be in mixed groups later in the year. In We run a number of extra-curricular activities, including a year 7 science
years 8 and 9 students are able to make some choices about which sports club. Lower school teams take part in problem-solving competitions and
they wish to develop. trips, such as the Swavesey challenge, lectures during science week and trips
to Cambridge University. We offer the opportunity for people to talk to real
The faculty runs a full extra-curricular programme for all years, some of it scientists as often as possible, for example when undertaking coursework
competitive and includes an inter-form competition which runs throughout in year 11.
the year, ending in a top form group. There are a number of after-school
and evening sports clubs for both students and parents. The sports centre
is open to the community and is in frequent use, details of which can be
found on the website.

Vocational Courses Careers Education and Guidance
The college was awarded a second specialism in Applied Learning in 2008 Careers education provides a package of lessons and experiences that
and has subsequently refreshed its approach to all forms of applied learning helps students explore opportunities in learning and work and to consider
and skills-based education. All subject areas have reviewed and enhanced personal opportunities and choices. It can also help them to understand
the proportion to applied learning within the curriculum. Many have the process of change and transition as they move through the school and
sought additional equipment, some have introduced additional trips and into post-16 pathways.
visits, others have changed syllabus or created new options for students to
choose in year 10. The programme is delivered on conference days and in citizenship
lessons. In addition, all students in year 11 take part in a two week work
We have an extensive range of vocational options for students to choose experience programme.
from including BTECs, OCR Nationals, Young Apprenticeship placements and
Diplomas - further details can be found in the Year 9 Options section (found Careers guidance supports young people to better understand themselves
within Faculties) of the school’s website. and their needs and to develop strategies to improve their participation and
progression in learning. Guidance enables students to make well-informed
and realistic choices about pathways. Students will need impartial
guidance, which is relevant to their needs. Appointments with personal
advisers from the Connexions organisation, part of Children and Young
People’s Services, are available to offer information, advice and practical help
with all sorts of things that might be affecting students at school, college,
work or in their personal or family life.

At all stages of the process the role of the students’ form tutor is critical in
helping students to make decisions regarding their future plans.

Support for Student Learning
Student support staff include specialist teachers, student support assistants, educational welfare officers, educational
psychologists and a number of other support services including arts therapists (music and art), speech therapists,
physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Each faculty at the college aims to meet the needs of all students by providing them with an accessible and appropriate
curriculum. Some students will require additional support in lessons and work will be matched to students’ abilities
and aptitude. Diagnostic tests aid the development of appropriate programmes. During the summer term, primary
school teachers liaise with the college staff, other professionals and parents in order to assess the degree of support
which may be required, particularly for students with a statement of Special Educational Needs.

The emphasis is on working together in partnership to meet the individual needs of the students with an increasingly
wide range of ability.

A copy of our policy on Special Educational Needs is available from the college office.

Able Students Activities available as part of the school’s extended curriculum programme
The college makes special provision for our most able children. We aim to
meet the needs of these students within the curriculum, as well as provide • music, concerts and participation in county orchestras
opportunities for enrichment beyond it. • mock trial and debating competitions
• school drama productions
In September 2011 we are introducing Latin into the year 7 curriculum. For • national “Newsday” challenge
able students the study of Latin gives linguistic challenge and a deeper • Dragon’s Den competition
understanding of the structure of English and other languages. • Question Time
• access visits to Cambridge University
Within the curriculum we offer:

• additional modern languages Library

• GCSE separate sciences: biology, chemistry and physics
• GCSE additional maths The library is a very important part of the college, widely used by everyone.
• AS maths in year 11 Students have access to a large range of books, but are also encouraged
• sports coaching awards to make use of other types of resource including the computers and our
growing collection of magazines and topic files. These can be used at
lunchtime or within lessons, when students can either go to the library
individually or with their class.

Hearing and Language Centres The Hearing Support Centre
The college hosts two specialist units on behalf of the local authority. The Deaf students are supported in mainstream lessons with sign language
centres, opened in 1994, cater for all secondary aged hearing or language where appropriate in order to access the curriculum, but are withdrawn for
impaired students in the south Cambridgeshire area who, because of the specialist sessions for speech and language therapy, language and literacy
nature of their impairments, would find it difficult to go through secondary development and tutorial work. This policy and ethos of inclusion and
school without the additional support that these specialist centres provide. access reflects the aims and philosophies of the college.

The aim of the centres is to support students, families and school, to The centre is staffed by qualified teachers of the deaf, who also provide
promote the most effective inclusion of these students into the life of the outreach support for the local feeder primary schools. There is specialist
village college, and eventually the outside world. teaching for hearing impaired students. A wide range of teacher assistants
(TAs) make up the hearing impaired team. Speech and language therapy
Students are transported from across the county to gain access to the is provided by the local Primary Healthcare Trust for students who are
specialist teaching and support. attached to the centre.

The Speech and Language Centre

The speech and language centre (SLC) supports students with severe and
specific communication difficulties. Many of these students also have
Literacy difficulties and some have diagnosed Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
The support includes specialist teaching and speech and language therapy
as part of the students’ timetable. The team also includes specialist
teaching assistants working with SLI students within the main school.
The SLC at Cottenham Village College is the only specialist provision for
Speech, Language and Communication Impairment at secondary school age
in the county.

Further Opportunities at Cottenham
Activities Week
Activities week is normally programmed for the final full week of the school year and
provides a wide range of educational visits for students in years 7 to 10. Most of the
visits available are residential and provide students with an opportunity to experience
something different. We believe that it is a vital part of each student’s education and
would encourage them all to undertake a residential trip every year. Through experience
we have found that students benefit from these activities in a number of ways. These
include helping to build self esteem, confidence and independence, as well as learning
to co-operate and work well in a group. Also, through the activities that they choose,
students will receive hands-on learning and learn to manage risk.

All of our educational visits incorporate these aspects, as well as following The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
other interests that the students may have including walking, water sports,
horse riding and outdoor pursuits. In previous years there has been a wide The college has a thriving Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group.
choice of activities and we hope to increase this further over the next
few years. The opportunities we have offered in the past include walking Students learn and experience all four sections of the award, namely:
in Derbyshire and the Lake District, camping and outdoor activities in service, expeditions, skills and physical recreation. Participants can develop
Peterborough, a canal trip, outdoor pursuits in Yorkshire and residential trips existing interests or try something new.
in France or Germany. For those students who do not wish to go away on There are three levels: Bronze for those over 14, Silver for those over 15, Gold
a residential visit, there is always the option to go on day trips. These still for those over 16 – at the college we do the Bronze award.
provide similar experiences and real environments without staying away
from home. The success of the award is based on a partnership between adults and
young people. For adults, the scheme provides an opportunity to share
These trips offer students once in a lifetime opportunities and we their skills and experience with young people. This can lead to better
encourage them to take advantage of the activities to help develop their understanding between the young and the not-so-young, and strengthen
knowledge, skills and experiences. There is a hardship fund available to co-operation within the community.
help towards the cost of trips. Application forms are available from Mrs
Sue Ayling, the Headteacher’s Assistant. All applications will be dealt with The award is an invaluable opportunity to develop interpersonal and
confidentially. leadership skills. It offers new challenges, adventure, a sense of achievement,
new friends, a highly valued award and FUN!

Lunchtime and after school activities On Monday and Thursday after school, other areas are also open and fully
staffed. This includes the library for assistance with homework and GCSE
Students have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of sports coursework. A number of other after school clubs are run by different
activities during the lunch period and after school. These include netball, subject areas, sometimes on a seasonal basis.
rugby, badminton, hockey, basketball, football, trampolining, cricket, tennis,
table-tennis, rounders, volleyball and athletics. A full list of clubs is put up in Transport to Willingham and Waterbeach is available on Mondays and
the Sports Hall and tutor rooms at the beginning of each term. Thursdays. Once a letter from home giving permission to stay for a club is
received, students will be able to sign up for a place on the minibus.
Students in years 10 and 11 may use the time to develop their artistic
talents in the art studio and students of all ages enjoy working in design In addition to the above there are rehearsals for the college production on
and technology. The drama studio and music rooms are also in regular use Tuesdays; sports fixtures are usually on Wednesdays; tournaments are on
for rehearsals in preparation for college productions and the upper school Tuesdays and Thursdays.
studio productions.

There are also clubs to encourage musical talents, with opportunities for
students to become members of the choir, string, woodwind, jazz and brass

The library and the ICT rooms are in constant use by all year groups.

On Monday and Thursday, from 15.15 – 16.30, the student centre is open for
pool, table tennis, playstation games, cooking, table football, board games,
art and craft.

International Education Fundraising
The College provides a wide and varied opportunity for students to The college has a strong tradition of fundraising for charity. Comic
experience other cultures and lifestyles, through both cross-curricular and Relief and Children in Need, amongst other charitable organisations, are
extra-curricular activities. The College holds the International School Award supported by non-uniform days and other activities the students may wish
for the International activities which take place both inside and outside the to organise. Students often put on an event to raise money for a charity of
classroom, all of which contribute to a wider understanding and experience their choice.
of becoming a global citizen within the current International context.
On Jeans for Genes Day students may wear jeans with their college
In 2006, we established a Global Partnership with Nalanda College in sweatshirts. All the money raised is donated to the named organisation.
Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Partnership has strengthened over the years and
we have developed strong links between the two Colleges through our We also run an annual sponsored walk as well as supporting the college’s
collaborative projects, which involve many staff and students. In year 7 the ‘healthy living’ philosophy.
main focus is on the environment, in particular focusing on sustainability,
one of the key global dimensions of International Education.

Through our links with Nalanda College students in other year groups
also experience the global dimensions of Diversity and Peace and Conflict.
Students are therefore exposed to the global dimensions and values of:

• communication skills
• participation and collaboration
• creative thinking
• reflection
• critical thinking

We hope to continue a student exchange programme in future following

the very successful inaugural visits this year.

Information for New Students
Primary Liaison
The village college takes pride in the excellent relationship built up over the years with
our local primary schools. Whole-school and subject area meetings are held to ensure
continuity of the curriculum on transfer. The primary liaison co-ordinator is a regular
visitor to the schools, providing links with the college.

Primary week is held early in July. Students from each of the feeder schools, Pattern of the Day
together with other prospective students who will join the college in
September, along with primary staff, spend a week at the college. During Registration and assembly 08.50 – 9.05
the week they take a full part in college life, meeting their new form tutors,
subject teachers and classmates, following a college-type day, travelling PERIOD 1 09.05 – 10.00
by school bus and eating lunch at college. This week has proved highly PERIOD 2 10.00 – 11.00
successful in introducing students gently to what can be a worrying major
change in their life and it has helped to ease the transition from primary to BREAK 11.00 – 11.20
secondary school.
PERIOD 3 11.20 – 12.20

Entry and Admission PERIOD 4 12.20 – 13.20

The college is non-selective and takes students of all abilities. We follow the LUNCH 13.20 – 14.00
Local Authority’s admissions policy and procedures (available on request).
Registration 14.00 – 14.10
Each year group has an experienced head of year who is responsible for the
welfare and progress of the children in that year. Form tutors and heads of PERIOD 5 14.10 – 15.10
year are available for consultation should you wish to discuss any aspect of
After school clubs and activities 15.30 – 16.30
your child’s education.

In year 7, students are placed in mixed-ability groups under the guidance of

a form tutor. This tutor and the form room provide a familiar base at a time
when your child is experiencing a much wider range of activities, subjects
and staff. The form meets with the tutor for registration twice a day. They
will deal with all routine matters and be available to help with any day-to-
day enquiries and problems.

College Uniform and Equipment Other equipment useful to students is listed below

We want students to develop a sense of appropriate dress and we expect Scientific calculator
all students to wear the school’s uniform. They may also be required to have Pocket dictionary
specialist clothing for some lessons. Items of everyday wear are listed below: Pocket bi-lingual dictionary (French or German)
A4 ringbound art sketchbook
• Grey or black skirt/trousers Tea towel
• White college polo shirt* USB memory stick
• Black college sweatshirt*
• Black shoes All of these items are available from the Library’s stationery shop.

* Polo shirts and sweatshirts should have the Cottenham Village College
logo and must be purchased from the college. (Order forms are available
Physical Education
from reception.) Students are required to wear a PE uniform in years 7, 8 and 9 which
comprises of:
In the interests of safety, cleanliness and protection your child must always
wear an apron in practical lessons. Students are asked to provide an apron • PE polo shirt*
for design and technology during workshop activities. However, we believe • Fleece or a rugby shirt*
it is important that a different apron should be worn when the student is • Blue or black shorts or skirt
dealing with food. All other safety equipment is provided by the college. • In winter, blue or black tracksuit bottoms
• Appropriate change of socks ie. football socks, white sports socks
Basic items needed by students at the college include:
Shin pads to be worn when playing competitive games such as football and
Pens (blue or black) Angle measurer (protractor)
hockey (by law)
Pencils (HB) Pie chart scale
Ruler Pair of compasses Appropriate footwear for the activity including training shoes suitable for
Eraser Notebook for rough work indoor use and a second pair of trainers or boots for outdoor use
Coloured pencils

* PE polo shirts should have the Cottenham Village College logo and must Snacks may be purchased from the cafeteria at break-time and can be eaten
be purchased from the college. (Order forms are available from reception.) in the college dining hall. You may decide to give your child a packed lunch
to bring to college and this can also be eaten in the dining hall.
In years 10 and 11 students can wear clothing of their choice provided that it
is appropriate for the sport they are participating in. Students living in Cottenham may go home at lunchtime but they must
obtain a lunch pass from the Headteacher. Any special arrangements for
Please ensure that all items of uniform are clearly labelled with the owner’s those living in other villages must be made by parents on application to
name. the college.
Please note that students are not allowed to wear their Cottenham Village
College polos or sweatshirts for their PE lessons. Transport
If you wish your child to cycle to college please ensure that the bicycle is
Eating at the College roadworthy with adequate lights for dark or foggy conditions. Your child
should also wear a safety helmet.
Our canteen facilities will have had a complete refit by the time this
prospectus is released (See artist’s impresssion above). Like many schools we Many students are transported by bus to the college from the surrounding
have reviewed our menus over the last two years to include a wider range of villages. All students travelling on these buses need a bus pass that is
healthy and tasty foods, which are popular and well thought of by staff and issued by Shire Hall.
students alike. This recent work will transform the dining experience for
pupils and will have created a pleasant, modern café styled environment. Additional transport facilities are provided for students with bus passes
who stay for after school activities on Mondays and Thursdays.
The college cafeteria system entails a cash payment for the food purchased.
To avoid the need to carry cash every day, students may buy a supply of
tickets either for the week or the month. Children entitled to free meals are Absence
given five tickets per week.
If your child is unable to attend school it is important that you telephone
the college on each morning your child is absent (01954 288762). (Notes
excusing your child from a physical education lesson should be sent to the
PE staff.)

New Teaching Facilities
We are currently in the middle of a large building project that will be completed by March
2011. New facilities are being provided to enable the school to extend its current age range
from 11-16 to 11-18 (£5.7 million, YPLA funding) and to provide permanent facilities for our
specialist Hearing and Language units (£0.5 million, Local Authority funding).

The new facilities will add state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and Hospitality and Catering
learning in all subjects, with specialist facilities for a range of academic and
practical subject areas including: A fully equipped professional training kitchen capable of running a service
for 140 guests, a dedicated ICT based teaching room, inside and outside
dining facilities
Classrooms for general teaching
Construction and the Built Environment
A separate building comprising a craft space, painting and decorating
Two dedicated ICT teaching rooms complemented by a further 5 suites in booths, a sheltered bricklaying and outdoor crafts area, an ICT suite,
other areas providing over 120 new workstations for student access changing and storage facilities

Hair and Beauty

Creative and Media
A professional Hair and Beauty training salon with 8 cutting stations,
A fully equipped recording studio and media lab enabling project work of teaching station and four beds
all descriptions from the production and recording of a live performance
on stage to individual instrument recording and audio pod-casts; also Shared Resources
including 16 high-spec iMacs for multi-media production
Including a multi-functional cinema/stage/dining facility, a conference/
large group work facility, small group-working rooms, offices and outdoor
Sport and Leisure learning spaces
Enhanced teaching resources for Sports and Leisure courses complementing
the £1.2 million upgrade of outdoor facilities including the third-generation
all-weather pitch, re-surfaced tennis and ball-sports pitches and other

Specialist resources for our Hearing and Language
• A shared reception and ICT work space
• Acoustically treated teaching and small group-working spaces for hearing
impaired students
• Teaching and small group working spaces for our Language unit which
also comprises a kitchen space for life skills work and a sensory garden for
secluded, quiet play

Funding for this project was awarded by the Young People’s Learning
Agency in recognition of the school’s High Performing Specialist Status and
its commitment to Applied Learning.

Key Staff Contacts
You are always welcome to contact us at any time. Please enquire at
reception if visiting in person during school hours, email us via office@ or call on 01954 288944.

Primary Liaison Co-ordinator

Senior Leadership Team Mrs Alison Seru
Mr Tony Cooper Head Hearing Centre
Mrs Sue Raven Deputy Head Mrs Pippa Wauthier

Mrs Chris Williams Deputy Head Language Centre

Mrs Sarah Spriggs
Mr Peter Marshall Deputy Head
Headteacher’s Assistant
Mrs Joy Hadley Deputy Head Mrs Sue Ayling

A full list of staff is available on the school website:, in the parents area.

Plan of CVC


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New Teaching




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T7 T4 T3
H7 E4 E2
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TEAM M3 S2 S1 S5 S4
YEAR 7/8 C1
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MAIN LECTURE DR Drama studio

E English
Dep. Dep.
Head Head H Humanities
OFFICE Interview
1st Aid L Modern Languages
G Room
M Maths
Mu Music
ST Art Studio
OFFICE HEAD T Design Technology
COMMON First floor
Second floor


High Street, Cottenham Cambridge CB24 8UA


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