Welcome to Cottage Grove Primary School and Nursery Unit.

Our school caters for children from the age of 3-11. We hope that your child will be happy in their time with us at Cottage Grove and look forward to working in partnership with you.

Our aim is to help your child develop and learn to the best of their ability. We offer the full range of curriculum activities as well as a host of extra-curricular activities.

We are proud of the relationships we have with our parents. We, therefore, encourage you to come into school to talk to the staff or myself about any aspect of your child’s development. The partnership between home and school is vital if our children are to benefit fully from their primary years. I would also encourage you to take part in our Parent/Carer survey; it only takes a few moments to complete and helps us to continue to improve.

On this page, you will find lots of information to give you an introduction to life at Cottage Grove. Should you have any further questions please do ask.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Polly Honeychurch

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At Cottage Grove our curriculum is topic led and follows the government’s National Curriculum.

You can find more information about the specifics of our curriculum by viewing our ‘Curriculum Overview’ on our policies page.

The School Day
8.40amSchool Day Begins – Registration
12pmLunch time for Key Stage 1
12.15pmLunchtime for Key Stage 2
12.45pmAfternoon Session Begins (KS1)
1pmAfternoon Session Begins (KS2)
3.15pmEnd of School Day

It is expected that all children will wear school uniform:

  • Plain black or grey tailored shorts, trousers, skirt or pinafore dress
  • Plain white school collared shirt
  • Green school sweatshirt or cardigan with school logo
  • Black school shoes (no heels)
  • Plain white, black or grey socks
  • Optional green school summer dress which can be worn during the summer months

For health and safety reasons, children should wear sensible shoes at school. Open sandals are not appropriate.
Plimsolls or trainers are not considered suitable for classroom use. 

All children also need a PE/Games Kit:

  • School PE t-shirt in their team colour
  • Plain black shorts
  • Plain black/navy tracksuit bottoms for outdoor PE
  • Trainers for outdoor PE

Children require a named PE bag which should be kept in school all week. 

Please ensure that all of your child’s clothes are labelled with their full name as this will help prevent clothes from being lost and it is far easier for us to return misplaced clothing to their owner.

School sweatshirts, cardigans, fleeces, summer dresses, PE t-shirts, caps and book bags can be purchased from the school office, you can view a price list here. A small amount of secondhand uniform is also available from the office, please ask for details.

Help and Support

At Cottage Grove we are passionate about supporting pupils and addressing all barriers to their learning. In many cases, we recognise that supporting a child’s family is an important element of this and we look to do as much as we can to help. Miss Light is our inclusion manager and oversees all aspects of support for children and families. She is always very happy to assist, so please do not hesitate to contact her through the school office if you need to.

Pastoral Support Team (PST)
The PST is on hand to help pupils during school time and support families when needed. This team is lead by Karen Davies and consists of five Learning Mentors, a Behaviour Support Assistant and a Primary Mental Health Worker, Miss Snow, from CAMHS agency. The PST has a number of links with outside agencies and is able to signpost families to additional support. If this is something you require, please speak to one of the team.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) 
Our SEN Team is lead by our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator Mrs Scott who is assisted by Learning Support Assistants. This team works closely with class teachers, outside agency specialists and parents to support children with special educational needs.

Additional Support
As well as the above departments, we also have a number of Bilingual Learning Assistants that support our EAL children and a Reading Recovery Teacher that specialises specifically in supporting children’s reading and writing development.

If you feel that your child requires additional support in school, please speak to their Class Teacher who will be able to assist you.

Social Media and Intranet

As a School, we make a special effort to ensure that our social media pages are up to date with the latest news and information about the day to day activities of our children. We are regularly adding content to these pages which we hope will give you a special insight into what our pupils are currently enjoying during our school day.

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We also have a number of resources available to pupils on our specially designed student intranet, where pupils can access homework, engaging learning resources and other information from home. You can browse this by clicking on the intranet tab and selecting ‘Student’.