Welcome To...

The Centre School

The Centre School, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, is a SEMH special school providing education for approx 60 statemented students from across Cambridgeshire. The School opened in January 2009 and is part of Cottenham Academy Trust, 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

Latest News

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School Closed Thursday 1st March 2018

The Centre School is closed today (Thursday 1st March 2018) due to adverse weather which means the site is unsafe.


Ofsted Inspection Thursday 26th Jan

The school will be inspected by Ofsted on 26th January 2017.


Christmas Fair

The Centre School is holding a Christmas Fair on Thursday 10th November.


School Closed Fri 11th November 2016

The Centre School is closed on Friday 11th November 2016.


Centre Celebration 2016

Centre Celebration 2016 Wednesday 22nd June 6pm


New Trustees and Governors – we need you!

We have vacancies on our Board of Trustees and Governing Body committees.


Contact Us

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

By Phone: 01954 288789

By Email: office@thecentreschool.net


Find Us

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