Cottenham Consultation 2019

We are excited to invite you to contribute to our plans for special educational provision in Cottenham, Cambridgeshire.

What are we proposing?

In short, we want to transfer responsibility for post-16 provision from Cottenham Village College to the Centre School from September 2020.  This will enable us to provide all children who have the most acute special educational needs with a wider range of opportunities on a sustainable basis.

From 2020, the Centre School will be the leading SEMH provider in Cambridge, offering our most vulnerable learners a bespoke and personalised curriculum offer, which will ensure they are well-prepared for the next stage in their education, employment and/or training.

In 2017, Ofsted noted of the Centre School that “the curriculum is clearly having a positive impact on improving attendance as pupils engage in activities they enjoy”.  The offer from 2020 will provide a seamless transition from KS3 right up to KS5 and will ensure that pupils are able to develop specialist interest areas and be externally accredited with qualifications that are industry relevant.

Bringing together the Centre School’s and CVC’s Yr12-13 pupils in the sixth form building from September will ensure that all pupils have access to state of the art facilities and an increased curriculum offer, which meets their interests and their individual skills.  The proposed curriculum offer includes: Media Studies; Photography; Construction; Hair and Beauty; Public Services and Sports Studies, as well as offering pupils with opportunities to undertake work experience. 

The 2020 vision will embody the Astrea mission to inspire beyond measure, delivering a quality education for all and ensuring that no child is left behind.

We have prepared some initial FAQs for parents here.

What do we need from you?

To ensure that we make this important decision in the right way, we are consulting publicly with pupils, parents, the local community, the County Council and other schools in the area.

You can contribute to our consultation here.

You can email with any questions you might have. The consultation closes at noon on Monday 27th May.