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£10m plans for new secondary school and sixth-form in Cambourne could be scrapped

Plans for a new secondary school and sixth form for Cambourne look set to be scrapped.

Cambridgeshire County Council is considering dropping the project, which has an estimated construction cost of around £10 million, in favour of further expansion of Cambourne Village College, after revising its expectations for pupil numbers in the area.

Cambourne West
Cambourne West

“The delay of the housing development west of Cambourne has seen the maturing of the existing community in Cambourne and a decline in pupil numbers from their peak,” a council report says.

New developments such as Cambourne tend to feature higher numbers of school-age children, so the council has revised its estimate for pupil numbers from what they were when it was anticipating more development being completed in a shorter space of time.

Cambourne Village College
Cambourne Village College

The county council said a further phase of expansion at Cambourne Village College can provide the additional 600 places required across secondary and sixth form, with a target completion date of September 2023.

According to its website Cambourne Village College currently has nearly 1,200 pupils on its roll.

A map of the Cambourne West area
A map of the Cambourne West area

The Cambourne West development will comprise 2,350 homes when it is completed.

The final decision on whether to scrap plans for a Cambourne west school will be made when the county council decides its capital budget for the next financial year in February.

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