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The Centre School

The Centre School, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, is a BESD special school providing education for approx 50 statemented students from across Cambridgeshire. The School opened in January 2009 and is part of Cottenham Academy, with which it shares a site, we operate a creative curriculum that offers a balance of learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom.


What we Offer at...

The Centre School

The Centre School will offer a positive educational experience that cultivates high self-esteem and ensures that all members of the school community can take advantage of both learning, and leisure opportunities to make good progress and prepare them for the next stage of life.

Our school offers students:

  • Learning that will provide them with the functional skills for everyday life beyond the school.
  • Effective teaching that enables students to make progress.
  • A learning environment that promotes an understanding that in any establishment there has to be boundaries, discipline and routine.
  • Opportunities to achieve to the best of their ability both in and out of the classroom.
  • Opportunities to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
  • Appropriate adult relationships that offer positive feedback and interaction.
  • . The opportunity to build relationships based on mutual respect and trust.
  • An education that values all, and respects diversity.
  • Opportunities to explore emotions and an understanding of how behaviour impacts on others.
  • A variety of learning experiences.

Our Approach at...

The Centre School

The curriculum aims to produce young people that are successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. A range of accreditation is used at both key stages in order to ensure that life chances are enhanced for all students. Progression, either within our own 6th form, or with other providers, is a priority for the school.


Admissions to...

The Centre School

Admission to the school is via Cambridgeshire Local Authority. 


Ofsted Report for...

The Centre School

Overall effectiveness based on Ofsted inspection: Good

Achievement of pupils: Good

Quality of teaching: Good

Behaviour and safety of pupils: Outstanding

Leadership and management: Good


Staff at...

The Centre School

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Term Starts Mon 8th September

The first day of term is Monday 8th September 2014

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Sports Day

The Centre School had our first sports day that was enjoyed by all pupils.  

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Battlefields 2014

Following the huge success of Centre School’s first overseas residential trip last July

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School Closed Mon 7th July

The Centre School is closed on Monday 7th July

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Contact Us

The Centre School, High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge, CB24 8UA

By Phone: 01954 288789

By Email: office@thecentreschool.net

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