On behalf of the Governors, I would like to offer you a very warm welcome to Cottage Grove Primary School. I hope that through the pages on this website you will find the information that you need and that you will get a feel for what a wonderful school Cottage Grove is.
Who Are We?
I am a Parent Governor and my daughter is in Year 3 at Cottage Grove. We live a short walk from the School and have been part of the local community for 12 years.
I am Cottage Grove parent and Portsmouth resident for over a decade after moving to Portsmouth to gain my BA Honours Degree in Creative & Performing Arts at Portsmouth University.
I have been working at Cottage Grove as a class teacher for 9 years and currently lead Modern Foreign Languages across Key Stage 2. During this time I have been fortunate to be part of an inspiring school community that demonstrates excellent commitment and dedication throughout. As staff governor, I hope to help maintain and develop education at Cottage Grove for the future generations of pupils. In my spare time I enjoy pottering in my garden and enjoying country walks with my dog.
I have worked in local schools for the last 23 years as a Special needs assistant in an infant school and a school librarian and Teaching assistant in a junior school. I was a governor in both schools and I wanted to continue to use the knowledge and experience I have gained by becoming a governor here.
My name is James Chainey, I work for the Department of Education and I am a former staff member at Cottage Grove. I have worked or volunteered in community action projects linked to the Somerstown community since my teenage years and I'm really proud to have been affiliated with the H.O.P.E Music Mentoring Project and other youth work programmes that operated out of the Kings Church. I was a staff member at Cottage Grove for 8 years before moving to the Department of Education in 2021 where I lead on the delivery of policy in a number of London LAs and the strategic management of risks related to school places nationally.