Mr William Loughlin
Head Teacher



On Behalf of the staff and governors I would like to welcome you to our website.

Our vision is to provide a Caring, Inspiring, Nurturing and Successful environment for children to learn and thrive.  The feel and atmosphere of the school has been likened to that of a village school although we are in the midst of Britain's second city.  Our partnerships with other settings and relationships with families are a particular strength of the school.

Cottesbrooke School opened as a combined Junior and Infant in 1933.  In 1968 a new Junior School was built in Cedars Avenue at which point the school separated.  The Infant School remained in the "temporary buildings" with a Nursery added in 1971.

The Infant School was rebuilt in 1998 and the children are now accommodated in modern classrooms with all the facilities required for modern teaching methods including a separate library, specialist teaching areas, a networked computer system and interactive whiteboards and visualisers in all the classrooms.

On 1st April 2014 the school became an academy called Cottesbrooke Infant & Nursery School.  The decision to convert was made by the governors following our successful Ofsted report in January 2013.  We are a converter academy which means that the governors run the school rather than a sponsor or the local authority.  This gives us greater freedom to make choices for the benefit of the children; however the school still has a good relationship with the local authority.

The purpose of our website is to provide you with information about our school and I hope that you find everything that you need and find it helpful.

We welcome visits to the school  in order to share what makes Cottesbrooke Infant & Nursery School such a unique place.


Mr W Loughlin                                                                             

Head Teacher                                                                    


About Us


Cottesbrooke Infant School is a popular school within the local community, educating successive generations since 1933, with many past pupils returning as parents themselves!

The school essentially provides education for children aged 3 to 7 years over a 4 year period.  This time is divided into two phases – Foundation Stage which consists of the Nursery and Reception classes and Key Stage 1 (KS1) which consists of the Year 1 and Year 2 classes.

The Nursery class has capacity for 79 children in total, 39 in the morning session and 39 in the afternoon session.   Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 each have capacity for 90 children organised into classes of 30 children.

Each of the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes have a full time qualified teacher and full time qualified teaching assistant.  The Nursery classes have a full time qualified teacher and two full time qualified teaching assistants.

The education provided at Cottesbrooke Infant School for Nursery and Reception classes follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and for Year 1 and Year 2 follows the National Curriculum – see The School Prospectus for more information.

The teachers consult with parents/carers on 3 formal occasions during the year regarding children’s individual progress and at the end of the year a written report is completed.  However should it be felt necessary, parents/carers are welcome to meet with staff, including the Head Teacher, at other times suitable to both as we endeavour to  maintain an open door policy at all times.

The school has a very committed group of supporters (Cottesbrooke Infant School Supporters – CISS) who organise a variety of successful fund raising activities which support a variety of school projects and initiatives.  Most recently this has included the funding and resourcing of a Sensory Room and in the past has funded such purchases as all weather suits for Foundation Stage children.  All parents/carers are automatically members of CISS and are welcome to join the organising committee at any time.

Throughout the year the children have an opportunity to join an after school club.  We are currently using some of our Sports Premium to fund a coach who is running various sports activity clubs after school. A "Rainbows" group is also run by Mrs Jones (TA) and Mrs Halford (Governor).  These clubs are designed to enrich the children’s experiences and in the past have included recorders, computers, singing, art, fit and fun, knitting, story writing, reading, dance and board games.

The school provides a hot meal cooked on site every day, which includes a main course and a choice of either meat, fish, vegetarian or halal meat, a desert and drink.  The menus meet nutritional guide lines and during the year the cook organises special themed menus or celebration meals which are offered to all children.  The menu can be viewed from the Main Menu.

Cottesbrooke Infant School also sees educational support for parents/carers as part of its duty and classes for parents/carers in the past have included workshops on healthy eating, happy parenting, literacy and numeracy skills and classes for English as an Additional Language.  The Senior Learning Mentor has also organised services to support parents/carers with problems around housing for example and debt management.  She also arranges parenting classes.

The main focus of our School Development Plan continues to be literacy and numeracy as we believe all children need to be successful in such basic skills.  Cottesbrooke Infant School constantly strives to ensure that all children fulfil their potential academically and develop positive life skills for the future. For more information about Cottesbrooke Infant School please refer to the School Prospectus and the School Development Plan.