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Cottesmore Millfield Academy sits at the heart of the Kendrew Barracks Community and our school is centrally located within the barracks. Our current roll is between 170-200 children.  


Cottesmore Millfield Academy is located a short distance from the village of Cottesmore in the county of Rutland. Most children walk to and from school which is conveniently placed within the barracks.


Cottesmore Millfield Academy is unique in comparison with most schools locally and nationally. It is one of only five schools in the country situated “behind the wire” of a Ministry of Defence (MOD) base. This brings a very distinct characteristic to the school.


School starts at 08:50 and finishes at 15:20 for all children.  We have a staggered lunchtime, 12:00–13:00 key stage 1 and 12:15–13:15 key stage 2.


Children may choose from freshly prepared hot school meals or bring a packed lunch from home.  All children in Key Stage 1 are entitled to free school meals.  


We believe the school lunchtime is a great opportunity for all our children to sit down together and enjoy a healthy and tasty meal, while developing their social skills.  Good food and good food culture has been shown to lead not only to healthier, happier and more fulfilled children, but to improved educational attainment. Our children and staff eat together every day, promoting good behaviour and a positive atmosphere.  During lunchtime break children are rewarded for demonstrating our core values and at the end of each week the lunchtime supervisor selects one child to receive a lunchtime award.  Certificates are awarded in our Friday celebration assembly. 


Our meal provider, Aspens, follow the new standards for school food so we can be sure that our pupils get the nutrition they need across the whole school day. You can find out more about Aspens here:


The school benefits from excellent outdoor spaces, which are used for playtimes and PE activities. In addition we have an outdoor classroom which is used extensively for a variety of activities. There are designated Computing, Special Needs and Art spaces within the school. There are 2 spacious Halls/Gyms used for PE, assemblies and many high quality children’s performances. The school provides swimming lessons for pupils in Key Stage 2. 


We have excellent links with the garrison units and local Kendrew Barracks community which provide many rich opportunities for learning such as, “Fijian and Nepalese days”. On the Station itself there are many opportunities such as Junior Youth Club and ten pin bowling.


Class sizes are good by UK standards and each class has a designated teaching assistant. Special needs support is coordinated by our special needs leader, Miss Sarah Bradley.   Provision for children with SEN is provided through class support groups, specialist and/or experienced teacher assistants and where needed, outside agency support from specialists.