Cottenham Village College is an 11-18 comprehensive school situated to the north of Cambridge city. The college prides itself on combining very high academic standards with a genuine commitment to the development of the “whole person”. Our extra-curricular provision is a key element of this and music is, of course, central to this offer.
The college has a long and rich tradition of music making. In the past we have won the Bishop of Ely’s Carol Writing Competition 5 years out of 5 and have put on a full musical production, annually, for the past 25 years. Our students have gone on to teach music, record professional albums, train in Royal Opera Academies, work professionally backstage in a number of productions, independently produce professional and semi-professional shows and become musical directors of several London productions. Through the expertise of the Head of Music, herself an experienced Gamelan expert in the area, the students have enjoyed participating in Javanese Shadow Puppet Theatre productions. The college is twinned with Nalanda college in Sri Lanka and the music department has been in the forefront of collaborative projects with our partner college. College choirs and bands have performed in Paris on several occasions, have been showcased at the Corn Exchange, West road and have worked with the London Mozart Players in collaboration with local colleges and academies. On average, around 20 % of the college are involved in various extra-curricular Art’s Department Performances annually.