School Alerts

Year 6 Transition

Dear Prospective Pupils and Families, 

Welcome to Cottenham Village College and our Open Evening page. We are extremely proud to be a village college: unique to Cambridgeshire, Henry Morris envisaged a model of schools that would serve the whole community. We are part of this special group of schools: providing education for our pupils alongside leisure facilities and an extensive adult learning programme. Cottenham is at the heart of the community and a true model of lifelong learning. 

We believe in learning for all, this is our core purpose and function. At the heart of this is a rigorous, coherent and well-structured knowledge-rich curriculum: our subjects at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are taught by specialists and sequenced in a way that ensures systematic and thorough teaching. 

We believe this excellent educational experience is a right of all pupils and one which is liberating and empowering. Our stimulating and broad curriculum aims to foster our pupils’ curiosity, raise their aspirations and enable them to achieve highly. All of this opens doors for our pupils and places them in a strong position to question and debate the world around them. 

Our GCSE results are excellent and place us in the top 20% of schools nationally. The progress and success that our pupils enjoy allows them to flourish in their studies beyond CVC; they are ready and equipped to go on and study at some of the best sixth form colleges in the country. 

Put simply, we have high expectations of our pupils. We all endeavour to work hard for and with them to support them to achieve their very best and flourish as confident learners. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or queries about the transition process. 

Please click here to go to our Family Handbook for the Step Up Day on 9th July. 

Please click here for the introduction guide to our PTFA – who are very much looking forward to meeting you and working with you.

Our Family Handbook will be published here in the first weeks of July

Open Evening 2023: Thursday 5 October 2023

We are delighted to invite you to Cottenham Village College on Thursday 5th October for our annual Open Evening at the following times:

  • 5.30pm: First Welcome to CVC talk, followed by tour of the school (arrive from 5.20pm)
  • 6.15pm: Second Welcome to CVC talk, followed by tour of the schools (arrive from 6.05pm)

You will be allocated a student guide who will assist you in moving around the school and answer any questions you may have. The tour will last for one hour and will include timed visits to all Year 7 curriculum areas. You will have an opportunity to ask questions to members of staff and the student guides during the tour but if you need to ask any further questions, please do email and we can answer any additional questions. We urge you to not email the school with questions before the 5th October as the evening may well answer them for you.

Whilst you do not have to register for the evening, we would be grateful if you could let us know you are planning to attend the event by complete the following form: please click here.

While you are visiting our website, please feel free to explore the other valuable resources on the site to help support transition to Cottenham Village College. The website will be updated during the year so please do revisit it regularly to find further updates in preparation for your child starting Year 7 in September 2024.

We also have two Open Mornings (Tuesday 10th October and Thursday 12th October) available for you to see the school in action, but places will need to be booked and are limited for safety reasons. The timings for both mornings are 9.05am-10.00am and 10.05am-11.00am. Please contact to book a place for one of the two slots.


In the meantime, I am pleased to share some key dates for our transition process this academic year which are as follows:

  • National Offer Date: 1st March 2024

We look forward to welcoming you to Cottenham Village College.

Best wishes,

Mrs Andrews, Principal




Please find below key resources which will support your child’s transition into the school

Please note that the contact information on the last page of the prospectus has been updated and the contact information for all is available via the Contact tab on our website.



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