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Swavesey Village College

Swavesey Village College was founded in 1958, and has grown in its 50 years from a small village college  to a nationally recognised highly performing Specialist Science and Languages College with an outstanding academic record and educational experience for its students.

Swavesey Village College is an exciting and positive community, with a reputation for academic  excellence. It is, and will remain, an outstanding school, due to constantly striving to be better, by benchmarking its practices with other outstanding schools and organisations nationally. The college is  a National Support School and Accredited Academy Sponsor.

In March 2011, Ofsted concluded that 'Swavesey is outstanding in every respect' - awarding the school Outstanding in all 27 categories.  

In 2011, the Sunday Times ‘Good Schools Guide’ named the college as the fourth best non-selective  11-16 state school in the country. Swavesey Village College continues to be highest achieving state                                                  school in the county, and continues to be significantly oversubscribed.

Since partnering with Nene Park Academy, the college has enjoyed a new sense of energy that has helped drive further improvements. Alongside a relentless pursuit of excellence in terms of academic achievement, Swavesey Village College equally focuses upon developing its students into successful learners, confident individuals, and responsible citizens: it aims to provide a “Whole Education”.

The Pledges system provides every student (across all academies) with a consistent set of experiences which mean that every student leaves with confidence, self-esteem, communication and teamwork skills.

Alongside this, we have introduced a focus upon the ‘Five Rs’ (respect, responsibility, resilience, reflection, resourceful), which make clear to students the personal qualities that will make them successful learners, confident individuals, and responsible citizens. These characteristics have been developed with post-16 providers and employers, such as Marshalls Aerospace, to equip students with the skills and competencies necessary to be successful when they leave us.

High quality learning environment

Swavesey Village College has devised  a clearer and simpler strategic plan, with a particular focus around the quality of teaching and learning, achievement of all students and the wider experience students have at the college through the Pledges system.

Valuing people

As a designated Teaching School, the college focuses on nurturing home-grown teaching talent. Many Heads of Faculty started at the school as newly qualified teachers (NQTs), and have worked their way up. This is a significant achievement on behalf of the individuals, but also demonstrates the college’s commitment to developing and providing opportunities for the very best teaching staff.

Swavesey Village College demonstrates its commitment to continuing professional development through applying best practice. One recent initiative has been to set up small teams of staff across both schools, who take turns to observe lessons and undertake training throughout the academic year. Together they reflect on lessons learned, and feed back to each other, developing practice collaboratively.

Extending the boundaries of learning

As part of the Pledges, Swavesey Village College supports and ensures that every child at the school has at least one foreign experience during their time at the college. For example, in 2012, 98% of Year 7 students went to Calais as part of their French language learning. Students also have the opportunity to travel to places such as California, Berlin, and Iceland to learn about geography, history or science.

In pursuit of excellence in all areas

The college is offering its rugby and hockey teams the opportunity to tour in South Africa. This is a significant development and demonstrates the commitment to promote sporting excellence within the school. Not only has this opportunity increased the motivation of students to their sport, but also coincided with dramatic rise in term-time fixtures for these and all squads.