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 are proud of the relationships we have with our parents. We 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. 

Yours sincerely,

Mr Lee Branscombe


If you are looking to transfer your child to Cottage Grove, please visit the Portsmouth Local Authority website to fill in an in-year transfer form. The direct link can be found here. 

The links to the "Meet the Teacher" information slides are below

MHST Resources

Uniform Expectations

School Uniform

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 

Please click the link below for information from Brigade - our school uniform supplier

Brigade Information Flyer

Home School Agreement



If a parent is unsuccessful with any of their preferences for admission, they will have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel and will be provided with the relevant documentation and advice by the LA's Admissions Service.  

A link to the LA website: Portsmouth:

Admissions Policy can be found here:


One App is All You Need! 

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

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



Download the SCOPAY App

Useful Links and Documents

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:

Family Support


I’m Shirley Belton, the family support worker at Cottage Grove.

I am here to support you with the challenges within your family.  Whether you are parenting one child or a large family, sometimes it can feel like you are battling an army of little people, so spending time with someone who is there to listen can make the challenges at home feel manageable and targets or changes you want to make feel achievable.

I can either meet with you in person or we can talk over the phone. I can offer you   support 1:1 or within a group.

It is important to me that the families at Cottage Grove feel supported and confident in parenting their children. I have found that if parents feel confident then the children  accept the boundaries that are put in place and feel secure knowing what is expected of them, leading to more relaxed, fun family times and less stress and high emotions!

Being a Mum of four myself I can understand the stresses of family life and can empathise when you want to shout ‘stop’!

 I look forward to supporting you and  hearing about the changes happening for your family.

Additional 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 Miss Davies. 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 Miss Graham ( 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.

Additional Support

As well as the above departments, we also have a number of Bilingual Learning Assistants that support our EAL children and have developed a Nurture provision to ensure that children are best placed to be successful with their learning. 

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.