Swavesey Village College

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Location: Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About Swavesey Village College

Swavesey Village College was founded in 1958, and has grown in its 59 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 inspection concluded, 'Swavesey Village College is outstanding in every respect', awarding the school outstanding in all 27 categories. The College's GCSE results have been in the top 10% 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 eight local village primary schools: Over, Swavesey, Bar Hill, Longstanton, 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. 

Ofsted report

“Swavesey Village College is an outstanding school in every respect. Every member of staff shows whole-hearted commitment to the school’s aim of meeting the needs of every student. Students reach high standards and make outstanding progress because of the excellent teaching, the exceptional curriculum and the very high standard of care, guidance and support.”

View Swavesey Village College's latest Ofsted report

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Address: Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB24 4RS, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1954 230366
What people say about us

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
Positions available at Swavesey Village College