Welcome to the Cottage Grove Primary School and Nursery Unit website. Our school caters for children from the age of 3-11. We hope that your child will be happy in their time with us at Cottage Grove and look forward to working in partnership with you.

Our aim is to help your child develop and learn to the best of their ability. We offer a full range of curriculum activities as well as a host of extra-curricular activities.

We are proud of the relationships we have with our parents. We, therefore, encourage you to come into school to talk to the staff or myself about any aspect of your child’s development. The partnership between home and school is vital if our children are to benefit fully from their primary years.

On this page, you will find lots of information to give you an introduction to life at Cottage Grove.

Should you have any further questions please do ask.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Lee Branscombe



One App is All You Need!

We use SCOPAY for lots of things. The online system allows Parents to:

  • Order and pay for school dinners and uniform

  • Provide consent and pay for trips or events.

  • Book Parent's Evening Appointments

You can access SCOPAY via the smartphone App (see below for download links) or by visit



Download the SCOPAY App

Useful Links

Miss School, Miss Out!

We are supporting Portsmouth City Council's campaign to maximise school attendance.

More information about how important school attendance is to your child can be found here:


Our curriculum is topic led and follows the governments national curriculum.

More information can be found on by clicking the 'Curriculum' button below.

Our Curriculum overview is also available on our 'Policies' page.

Uniform Expectations

  • Plain black or grey tailored shorts, trousers, skirts or pinafore dress

  • Plain white school collared shirt

  • Green school sweatshirt or caridgan with school logo

  • Black school shoes (no heels)

  • Plain white, black or grey socks/tights.

  • Optional green school summer dress which can be worn during the summer months

For health and safety reasons, children should wear sensible shoes at school. Open sandals are not appropriate. Plimsolls or trainers are not considered suitable for the classroom.

P.E Kit

  • School PE Shirt in their team colour

  • Plain black shorts

  • Plain black/navy tracksuit bottoms for outdoor PE

  • Trainers for outdoor PE

Children require a named PE bag which should be kept in school all week.

Help and Support

At Cottage Grove we are passionate about supporting pupils and addressing all barriers to their learning. In many cases, we recognise that supporting a child’s family is an important element of this and we look to do as much as we can to help. Miss Light is our inclusion manager and oversees all aspects of support for children and families. She is always very happy to assist, so please do not hesitate to contact her through the school office if you need to.

Pastoral Support Team (PST)

The PST is on hand to help pupils during school time and support families when needed. This team is lead by Karen Davies and consists of five Learning Mentors, a Behaviour Support Assistant and a Primary Mental Health Worker, Miss Snow, from CAMHS agency. The PST has a number of links with outside agencies and is able to signpost families to additional support. If this is something you require, please speak to one of the team.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Local Offer

Our SEN Team is led by our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator Mrs Branchett ( who is assisted by Learning Support Assistants. This team works closely with class teachers, outside agency specialists and parents to support children with special educational needs.

For more information on the Local Offer for SEND in Portsmouth, please see:

Additional Support

As well as the above departments, we also have a number of Bilingual Learning Assistants that support our EAL children and a Reading Recovery Teacher that specialises specifically in supporting children’s reading and writing development.

Learning at home

The Student Intranet is a purpose built website for our pupils to access their learning online. It is accessible from school and at home and is where Teachers will set homework and spellings on a regular basis.

We use a number of digital learning tools as a school and you will find that your child will often be directed to applications called Seesaw or Google Classroom. Key Stage 1 pupils will use Seesaw and Key stage 2 pupils use Google Classroom. Both of these platforms provide our Teachers with an opportunity to set engaging home learning tasks and communicate with you as a parent regarding the work your child has been set. Both Seesaw and Google Classroom are available via a desktop computer or a mobile/tablet application which can be downloaded from your device App Store.

For more information, visit our Digital Strategy page.