House Information

Welcome to the House Information Page, where you will learn more about the House system in school and details of competitions, special days and a running total of House Points across the school.

More content to follow soon.
Roald Dahl House Day
On Friday 14th October Cottenham Primary School had a fantastic House day on the theme of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday. The children worked in Houses and took part in a variety of activities.
Diversity, tolerance and respect House Day
S.H.I.N.E. is an awards programme to encourage and recognise achievement in broader aspects of life than simply academic outcomes; its purpose is to bring out the best in every pupil and support them in achieving the overarching aims for the children at Cottenham Primary School.

  • Every child understands there is no limit to their potential
  • Every child will receive an excellent all-round education, through an inspiring, purposeful, enriched curriculum
  • Every child will be provided with the foundations to face the various challenges of life
  • Every child is an integral part of our community and shares its values

The programme is run across Cottenham, Waterbeach and Willingham Primary Schools and extended at Cottenham Village College.

Children in Year 6 are encouraged to collect evidence of their progress in the 5 strands of S.H.I.N.E. in their S.H.I.N.E. booklet. Each piece of evidence (this could be a photograph or a written explanation of their achievement) must be verified by an adult (in, or out of school) and then signed off as meeting the required standard by Mr Morel.

Once a child has provided evidence for all 5 strands, they are awarded with the Bronze level badge. At the village college, children can go on to work towards their Silver, Gold and Platinum awards.

The S.H.I.N.E. programme give pupils the opportunity to expand their horizons and become even more well-rounded people. It is their opportunity to illustrate success outside of the classroom and be rewarded for it.

S.H.I.N.E. stands for:

S – Succeed

H – Help other

I – Inspire

N – Never give up

E – Engage
TURING: Alan Turing, (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was a pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician and cryptanalyst. He was highly influential in the development of computer science. During the Second World War, Turing played a pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages that enabled the Allies to defeat the Nazis in many crucial engagements. It has been estimated that this work shortened the war in Europe by as many as two to four years.

SANGER: Frederick Sanger, (13 August 1918 – 19 November 2013) was a British biochemist, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry twice (1958, 1980) “for his work on the structure of proteins, especially that of insulin”. Sanger set out to determine the structure of insulin, a hormone crucial to regulating our blood sugar levels. Many of the disease treatments currently being developed for diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and cystic fibrosis, would not be possible without Sanger’s work.

BRONTE: Charlotte Bronte (21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855) was an English novelist and poet, who left behind a rich legacy of written work that includes classic novels such as ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Shirley’ and ‘Villette’. A dominant and ambitious woman from a young age, she was someone who refused to blindly follow the norms that society demanded of women during her time. She was a fiercely independent woman who introduced to the literary world a new kind of heroine who defied age-old societal expectations, to emerge as a courageous and virtuous individual in her own right.

HARGREAVES: Alison Hargreaves (17 February 1962 – 13 August 1995) was an English mountain climber from Derbyshire. Her accomplishments included scaling Mount Everest alone without supplementary oxygen in 1995. She solo climbed all the great north faces of the Alps in a single season. Hargreaves also climbed 6,813 metre (22,349 ft) Ama Dablam in Nepal. In 1995 Alison Hargreaves intended to climb the three highest mountains in the world: Mount Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga unaided. On 13 August, she was killed while descending from the summit of K2.