Swavesey Village College
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
About Swavesey Village College
Swavesey Village College was founded in 1958, and has grown in its 63 years from a small village college to a nationally recognised highly performing 11-16 non-selective school with an outstanding academic record and educational experience for its students.
Our most recent Ofsted in February 2020 inspection concluded we are still an Outstanding Provider, confirming the findings in 2011 when they awarded the school outstanding in all 27 categories. The College's GCSE results have been in the top 20% nationally since 2008.
In 2011 the school converted to academy status, as the lead school of the newly-formed Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), a trust which has grown since to run several secondary schools across eastern England.
Swavesey is situated close to the A14, about 8 miles north-west of Cambridge – a rural location but not far from the bustle of an internationally renowned city. The school receives children from seven local village primary schools: Over, Swavesey, Bar Hill, Papworth Everard, Fen Drayton, Fenstanton and Elsworth. We have excellent transport links to Cambridge and St Ives, and especially useful is the Guided Busway for those staff who do not drive, with a stop right in the village.
Still true to the vision of Henry Morris, the visionary director of education at the Local Authority in the 1950s, the school also continues to offer educational activities to adults outside of school hours, and is used extensively for leisure activities by the local community.
Mr Jim Stavrou
Values and vision
Swavesey Village College enshrines its ethos in its Values Statement. This statement regards the most important aspects of life at the school to be the “Pursuit of Excellence, Valuing People, Achievement for All, High Quality Learning Environment, and Extending the Boundaries of Learning”. Swavesey works hard to ensure that the needs of every child are met, regardless of background, and sets high standards and targets for its students to strive for.
The curriculum provides ‘for pupils’ academic and personal development exceptionally well’, and that ‘teachers are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and highly skilled practitioners’. Moreover, they feel we ‘successfully encourage and enthuse pupils to aim high and fulfil their potential’.
We are very proud that the inspection team saw that all ‘leaders promote pupils’ personal development exceptionally well’ and ‘there are a wealth of sporting, cultural and artistic opportunities available for pupils’.
Well Done Team SVC! 'Outstanding' is hard to come by!- Member of the public
'Proud to send my daughter to this school'- Parents comment after Ofsted Inspecton 2020
A vibrant, warm and welcoming school which puts its students first – a great place to work!- A visiting Vice Principal of a neighbouring school
My mentor has been brilliant and I have settled in very quickly and I am very happy here- New NQT 2016/17
When asked what areas of support have helped you become a better teacher 'Collaborative planning is excellent!'- New NQT Feedback
When asked how valued do you feel as a new member of staff 'Yes - hugely, massively'- New NQT Feedback