Cleeve School


College Structure

On entry to Cleeve each tutor group is allocated to a College.

There are five geographically positioned Colleges, each led by a College Leader. Each College has been named after an inspirational figure linked to the subjects within the College’s geographical area in the school. To follow is an introduction to each College by the College Leader:

Attenborough College (Sir David Attenborough) - College Colour ~ Navy Blue

"Attenborough College is based in the ICT, Music and Science area of the school. Attenborough College’s ethos is concentrated around the key themes of: Success despite adversity, Perseverance, Self-belief, Respect, Determination, Teamwork and Passion; these key words will underpin all that we do with the students. Just as David Attenborough had, and at the age of ninety still has, the passion, commitment and self-belief that he was absolutely right to educate humankind’s responsibility to conserving this planet, so too do I want our students to have that determination, passion and self-worth to achieve whilst respecting and supporting others."

Mrs Smith - Attenborough College Leader


Holmes College (Dame Kelly Holmes) - College Colour ~ Red

"Holmes College takes up the area of the school with the PE, D&T and ART departments. Our College motto is ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve, Succeed', the idea that we all have something we are striving to succeed in, working together to help one another achieve our goals and that we challenge the obstacles that come in our way. Our college colour is red, this stands for courage, inner strength, dedication and will power. It reflects our energy and optimism. We will be seen as being a dynamic and powerful college."

Mrs Frape - Holmes College Leader


Nightingale College (Florence Nightingale) - College Colour ~ Sky Blue

The vision for Nightingale College is success, in all manner, shapes and forms. Through passion, determination, ambition, belief and trust – students, staff and parents, will support the school and each other to strive to achieve the very best. Having been named after Florence Nightingale and supporting the colour light blue, Nightingale College retains characteristics of strength, solidarity, commitment and will become a leading light here at Cleeve, academically and within the fantastic enrichment opportunities we have to offer.

Mrs Austin Goodall - Nightingale College Leader


Rowling College (JK Rowling) - College Colour ~ Purple

Rowling College, named after the famous writer and philanthropist, JK Rowling is represented in purple and is based in the following four areas: English, Drama, Business Studies and Modern Foreign Languages. JK Rowling inspires our college in many ways and it is important that we all reinforce the key messages passed on through success of the Harry Potter books: perseverance, independence, friendship, creativity, enthusiasm and humility to name a few. These key concepts have helped us decide on our College strapline: “Believe and Beyond” – we feel it gives a strong message that students should trust themselves and others whilst always try to challenge themselves beyond what they are currently achieving.

Mr Bazac - Rowling College Leader


Shackleton College (Sir Ernest Shackleton) - College Colour ~ Green

Shackleton's story embodies one of courage, triumph against adversity and a spirit of adventure. Shackleton showed that friendship, ambition, determination and team work were all pivotal during his Antarctic ventures and I see these as the key values for our College. 

Mrs Pope - Shackleton College Leader


The College names and ethos were agreed by a number of stakeholders including students, staff, governors and parent champions.



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