Cottingley Primary Academy

Leeds, United Kingdom

Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 3 - 11 years

About Cottingley Primary Academy

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Welcome to Cottingley Primary Academy and thank you for your interest in our school. I am enormously proud and privileged to serve the children and families of this community as the Headteacher. Cottingley is a happy, warm and nurturing environment for all within it and every member of our team is striving towards creating the outstanding school that our families deserve.

Ours is a very special learning community, filled with dedicated and talented staff, where all students, whatever their ability and background, will flourish. We work hard and care enormously about our pupils. We serve an area of high socio-economic deprivation which brings along with it many challenges, as well as massive rewards. Every day at Cottingley Primary Academy is different and we pride ourselves on the difference that we make each day to the lives of the children we serve. If you are the type of person who is passionate about helping each and every child, has a positive outlook, shows bags of resilience in the face of challenge and wants to inspire children and young people through fun and engaging learning activities then you will fit right in as part of our team.

The staff at CPA are our greatest resource and we will nurture and develop you throughout your career. Being part of the Academies Enterprise Trust means every employee at every level is able to access tailored CPD and opportunities to work across the group as they progress. Please read our staff profiles for more information on how this is happening right now for members of my team.

We warmly welcome visitors and hope that you will come and see for yourself just what we are about and whether or not working here is right for you.

Thank you for your interest in our school; we can't wait to meet you!

Kelly Bentley (Headteacher), the staff team and our governors

Our Curriculum

At Cottingley we provide children with a carefully designed curriculum which is based on high quality learning experiences that prepare them both academically and socially to be the best that they can be both now and in the future.

At Cottingley we teach all subjects discretely but make links between where appropriate. PSHCE permeates all that we do and links to our weekly and Rainbow Family assemblies.  We also employ a counselling service in the school to support staff and children (Place2Be - see our news and community pages)on our website at To enrich the curriculum we use coaches, theatre groups, peripatetic music support, history and science specialists etc. We also believe that pupils benefit greatly from educational visits and each class has the opportunity to take part in at least one visit per year (with residential stays being part of the curriculum for Y6). We want our curriculum to be exciting for our pupils as we believe that the best learning comes when children are motivated and engaged.

To view our curriculum across the year please click here

Our Specialism and Awards

Our great science curriculum has enabled us to achieve the Space Education Quality Mark at Gold Level (2016-17).

We are proud to have gained our Primary Science Quality Mark at Silver level (2015-16).


We are a rapidly improving school and we were last inspected in February 2019. To view all our Ofsted reports please click here.


Staff Benefits


We are committed to developing all staff at all levels through high quality development opportunities, resources, and experiences  that will support you on your professional learning journey with AET.


We champion agile/flexible working across the Trust to help our people achieve an optimal work/life balance.


All staff have access to our pension schemes (Local Government Pension Scheme and Teachers’ Pension Scheme).  Everyone has free access to financial advice & support and can access a wide range of retail discounts through our AET Benefits scheme. We also offer Technology Loans to help with any big digital purchases.


We recognise that mental wellbeing is just as important as physical and have set up employee assistance programmes which offer free and confidential counselling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our employees can access our health cash place scheme from BHSF.


This is a hugely exciting time to be joining the organisation, and as we pivot from being in turnaround mode to becoming a high performance organisation on the pathway to sustainable excellence. This will see us building our in-house education improvement capacity and expertise, making sure that our schools have all the support they need to deliver an excellent education for every child, every day.

Our people are our single greatest resource and we want to make sure we are creating the optimum environment and conditions so that everyone in AET can do their very best work. We will only deliver on our promise of excellence for all of our children if we attract, develop and retain the very best talent in the country and surround them with exceptional development throughout their careers.

We want people on our team who are excited by scale and the prospect of having a deep and lasting impact on the lives of tens of thousands of children. We also want people who are intellectually rigorous, stay curious, and generous enough to be committed to the messy challenge of collaboration.

AET has an exciting future ahead and by joining us on this journey, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to make a lasting and meaningful impact on the children and young people in our schools.

Equality, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

At AET, we want all of our employees to feel included bringing their passion, creativity and individuality to work. We value all cultures, backgrounds and experiences, and we truly believe that diversity drives innovation.

We also offer teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here.

To find out more about AET please click here.

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Address: Dulverton Grove, Cottingley, West Yorkshire, LS11 0HU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 113 2709503
What people say about us

I have only been at Cottingley Primary Academy since January 2016 but working here in Cherry class as an Early Years Teaching Assistant has been amazing. I work with a wonderful team and I have finally got my spark back doing what I love the most; working with young children. I get up every morning happy to come to work and I leave happy too, I am so glad I decided on a career move and got an opportunity to work here. I have been supported a lot by Kelly Bentley, our head teacher, in my personal circumstances; she has been very helpful and understanding. On a regular basis we have additional training, whether it be to refresh our knowledge of what we are already trained in or to be given new information that we need to know which I find very useful to have. I am happy to be part of the Cottingley team.

- Donna MacIntyre - EYFS Support Assistant

I completed my Psychology and Child Development degree at Leeds Trinity and was keen to start working; putting into practice what I had learnt. I was appointed the role of a pupil support assistant at Cottingley Primary Academy last academic year. Since I've started I have thrown myself into Cottingley Primary Academy life and have enjoyed every day so far. The positivity in the school is outstanding and it is a great place to work. My career has started with a huge amount of support and a great network of professionals at Cottingley. It has enabled me to gain experience that will be valuable in pursuing a career in psychology or education.

- Claudia Darvill - Carter - Pupil Support Assistant

I joined the academy in my NQT year. During this year, I was able to network with colleagues from other schools in AET at NQT training events. This provided excellent support throughout the year; we met regularly, talked about our experiences and discussed any concerns we were having. In my RQT year I had lots of CPD, both in school and on courses, which enabled me to continue improving my teaching. Going in to my third year of teaching, I am now working on becoming an SLE (Senior Leader in Education) for AET in Maths; this means I will be able to support other teachers across the northern region. I also lead Art in school and am helping us to achieve the Artsmark award this year. I feel Cottingley is a great place for my career to grow and I am really looking forward to the coming year.

- Jessica Young - Class Teacher (3rd year of teaching)