Cottenham Village College

Post 16

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CB24 8UA
11 - 19
Academy - Converter mainstream
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) or A*-C including English and maths
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Cottenham Village College is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. It is one of two schools that constitute the Cottenham Academy Trust. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, supported by the pupil premium, is much lower than the national average. Pupil premium funding is additional government funding for pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is average, as is the proportion of pupils believed to have a first language other than English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is much higher than the national average, principally because Cottenham Village College’s sixth form has a specialist character and is focused on meeting these needs. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 11. The specific character of the school’s sixth form means that no judgement can be made in terms of the interim standards for 16 to 19 study programmes. Cottenham Village College hosts two specialist units of the local authority: one for hearing impairment and another for speech and language needs. Pupils from the units typically spend a large majority of their time supported in mainstream classes. A very small number of pupils with additional behavioural needs are educated at The Centre School. This is part of the same academy trust and situated on-site at Cottenham. The headteacher took up his post in September 2015. The academy trust also has an executive headteacher covering its two schools. Inspection report: Cottenham Village College, 24–25 November 2015 8 of 10 Information about this inspection Inspectors observed teaching and learning across the school. All year groups were seen, and most subjects. A high proportion of observations were conducted jointly with members of the school’s senior leadership team. Other related activities included visits to small groups and ‘learning walks’ visiting different aspects of the work of the school. Inspectors scrutinised pupils’ work, in lessons and in specific sessions to do so. The latter sessions were conducted jointly with school leaders. In addition to informal conversations, inspectors met with three groups of pupils and with representatives from the student council. Inspectors met with senior and middle leaders in school and with more junior members of staff. A meeting was held with the Chair of the Board of the Academy Trust and another with the Chair and another representative of the local governing body. Inspectors examined school records covering key aspects of the work of the school. These included those recording pupils’ progress, governor minutes, attendance and logs relating to pupil behaviour and safety. Inspectors took account of 35 responses to the online staff questionnaire and 103 responses to the online questionnaire for parents (Parent View). 204 pupils completed the online survey for their opinions, which inspectors also considered.

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