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Northstowe Secondary College to feature state-of-the-art facilities

Andy Daly, executive principal of Swavesey Village College and Northstowe Development, with Northstowe chairman of governors Mike Fox. Picture: Keith Heppell
Andy Daly, executive principal of Swavesey Village College and Northstowe Development, with Northstowe chairman of governors Mike Fox. Picture: Keith Heppell

Exciting education plans for Northstowe with new college set to open next September

How Northstowe Secondary College will look
How Northstowe Secondary College will look

A new secondary school that is destined to become the heart of the Northstowe education campus is set to open next September.

Northstowe Secondary College is set to become the cornerstone of the Northstowe Learning Community which, in time, will include a primary school, a special educational needs school and a sixth-form college.

The secondary school will feature state-of-the-art facilities for sciences, drama, cooking and hospitality, arts, sports and leisure. The latter will also be available for the wider community to use outside of school hours for classes, leisure activities and events.

Details of the college were delivered to parents by executive principal Andy Daly at a special presentation evening at Northstowe Pathfinder Primary School from 6-8pm on October 3.

Northstowe Secondary College
Northstowe Secondary College

Swavesey Village College will be opening the new secondary school. Only Year 7 pupils will join the school for the 2019-20 academic year. The other year groups – Years 8-11 – will attend Swavesey Village College during 2019-20.

Mr Daly said: “It is going to open with 120 Year 7 children and ultimately the growth will be more organic. It will have 1,800 pupils eventually when Northstowe is fully built out. It will also take in the catchment of Longstanton.

“The children in Year 6 in Longstanton will make up the first 120 children. The first phase of the school should be completed by September next year, ready for the first intake.

“The next stage with 600 pupils and with the core facilities, like the 400-seat theatre, the large school sports facilities and the science and technology rooms, will be in place by May or June 2020.

“It is a really exciting opportunity. The actual name will be the Northstowe Secondary College as Northstowe is anything but a village.

“We expect to have up to seven equivalent full-time teachers when we open and we are currently recruiting for a head of school.

“That advert is already out there and I have already had some good feedback and candidates. There is a lot of positive interest and I’ve already seen two potential candidates, and I am meeting another two shortly. It is an exciting opportunity to establish a school at the heart of a new community.”

The Northstowe school’s catchment area for Year 7 will include the town of Northstowe, those who live in the catchment area of Northstowe Pathfinder C of E Primary School and Hatton Park Primary school in Longstanton.

The school will be run by Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT). The trust currently has six secondary schools, five primary schools, and one stand-alone sixth-form.

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