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Cottenham Village College is an inclusive school, with a significant number of students with a range of additional needs.


Support for Student Learning

Each faculty at the college aims to meet the needs of all students by providing them with an accessible and appropriate curriculum. Some students will require additional support in lessons and work will be matched to students’ abilities and aptitude. Diagnostic tests aid the development of appropriate programmes. During the summer term, primary school teachers liaise with the college staff, other professionals and parents in order to assess the degree of support which may be required, particularly for students with a statement of special educational needs.

The emphasis is on working together in partnership to meet the individual needs of students with an increasingly wide range of ability.

A copy of our policy on special educational needs is available from the student services office.

To view the Special Education Needs and Disabilities Report, please follow this link.

Special Educational Needs & Disability – Cambridgeshire Local Offer

Information regarding SEN provision for children and young people aged 0-25 years with special educational needs and disability can be found at the following link:

More Able Students

The College makes special provision for our most able students.  We aim to meet the needs of these students within the curriculum, as well as provide opportunities for enrichment beyond it.

Within the curriculum we offer:

  • additional languages
  • GCSE separate sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Sports Coaching Awards

Activities available as part of the College’s extended curriculum programme include:

  • music, concerts and participation in county orchestras
  • Dragon’s Den competition
  • access visits to Cambridge University

The Hearing Support Centre

The Hearing Support Centre (HSC) is a specialist resource base providing support for deaf children from across Cambridgeshire. We provide a holistic approach that delivers a safe and welcoming environment where students are supported in reaching their academic and social goals.

We build on the work done by our primary school provision, ensuring that all deaf children develop an effective communication system that will allow them to access information and communicate their thoughts and feelings. The aim is to include deaf children in all aspects of school life by meeting their individual learning and communication needs and promoting deaf awareness across the school.

Deaf students are included in mainstream classes with their hearing peers as much as appropriate and are supported by specialist teaching assistants who have been trained to support deaf students and to match the communication mode preferred by the student. To enhance and consolidate learning and achievement, students are withdrawn for specialist sessions for speech and language therapy, language and literacy development and tutorial work. This policy and ethos of inclusion and access reflects the aims and philosophy of the college.

Ms Danielle Le Brun Hearing Centre