Students are at the centre of our efforts and are simply the most important personnel in the entire Focus education system. We firmly believe that every student is an individual, having individual abilities, needs and learning styles that need to be specifically provided for.

At Cottingham, students have a clear sense of ownership, belonging and contribution to the good of the whole. Peer support and teamwork is strong, and this tends to spread across age ranges and year groups quite freely creating a genuine community feel to the environment.

Teachers consistently find they are creative, interested and converse well with adults

A recent school inspection report states:

Relationships between adults and pupils and among pupils themselves are very strong, creating a positive learning environment in which pupils feel valued, secure and supported. 

At this Campus, our School Council facilitates a structured approach to the power of student voice and allows it to have a meaningful impact on school organisation and activity. Students share in the wider school vision and often have a part in teacher interviews, curriculum changes and timetabling.


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