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We want pupils to develop a sense of appropriate dress and we expect all students to wear the school uniform. They may also be required to have specialist clothing for some lessons.

Items of everyday wear are listed below:

  • white college polo shirt with logo
  • black college sweatshirt with logoblack or grey formal skirt of an appropriate length, not lycra/stretchy material
  • black or grey formal trousers, not leggings, jeans or ‘skinny’ style
  • plain black flat leather shoes, not boots or ankle boots, without a logo (no trainers or canvas shoes)

Almost all items of our uniform are available from our online supplier, Sportswear International, via the school log-in page.

You will need to register to create an account:

A guide for parents can be downloaded here

Order forms can be downloaded here.

Uniform rules


The above powerpoint presentation with our students to help exemplify exactly what we do and do not consider to be appropriate uniform – parents of older pupils in particular may find this useful.

Delivery items can be delivered via the school or to your home:

Orders over £70 are sent to home free of charge
Orders under £70 sent to a home address (or other specified) incur a £4.00 delivery charge
Orders sent to school are free of charge (for delivery into school orders must be place by 5pm on Fridays for delivery into school on the following Tuesday and collection for parents is Wednesday).

Sample garments are kept in the office for pupils to try on before placing an order. Pupils can try on sample garments during break or lunch time.

Second Hand Uniform
We have a small selection of good quality second hand uniform available. Please speak to Rachel McCarthy in our student services team or email on if you would like more information.

Uniform Donations
We encourage families to recycle good quality school uniform. If you have any clean unmarked good quality Cottenham Logo used uniform or trouser/skirt garments that you would like to donate, please send in a bag to student services.

Wellington boots/ practical footwear for extreme weather conditions
Pupils may travel to and from school in wellingtons or other practical footwear in extreme weather conditions, but, they should have the correct footwear with them and must change into these once they arrive at school.

Pupils may change footwear for snowy lunchtimes, but they must change back into “uniform” footwear before they leave afternoon registration.

Physical Education
Students are required to wear a PE uniform which comprises:


  • PE polo shirt
  • navy blue shorts
  • navy blue football socks
  • optional – rugby shirt
  • shin pads


  • PE polo shirt
  • navy blue skort
  • navy blue football socks
  • optional – fitted fleece
  • shin pads

Boys & Girls in winter:

  • navy blue or black tracksuit bottoms
  • appropriate footwear for the activity including training shoes suitable for indoor use and a second pair of trainers or boots for outdoor use; pumps are not suitable footwear.
  • shin pads to be worn when playing competitive games such as football and hockey (by law)
  • a gum shield is necessary when playing hockey and rugby

Please ensure that all items of uniform are clearly labelled with the owner’s name. Please note that pupils are not allowed to wear their Cottenham Village College polos or sweatshirts for their PE lessons.

All long hair needs to be tied back and all jewellery, including earrings, must be removed.

School Equipment

Basic items essential for pupils at the college include:

  • pens (blue or black)
  • angle measurer (protractor)
  • pencils (HB)
  • ruler
  • pair of compasses
  • eraser
  • notebook for rough work
  • coloured pencils
  • headphones for ICT
  • scientific calculator

Other equipment useful for pupils is listed below:

  • pocket dictionary
  • pocket bi-lingual dictionary (French or German)
  • A4 ringbound art sketchbook
  • USB memory stick
  • All of these items are available from the library’s stationery shop.

Lost Property

All lost property clothing is kept in Student Services apart from PE lost property which is kept in the PE office.

Pupils are welcome to visit the Student Services and the PE office during break and lunch time to view the lost property items. Items that are named will automatically be returned to the pupils.

A reminder to parents: please ensure that all items are named.