In 2008 our proposals to establish the new secondary school and post-16 in Northstowe were unanimously approved by Cambridgeshire County Council.


Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) was formed by the governors of Swavesey Village College in order to submit the proposals to run the new school. We have continued to this day with a simple and clear vision to spread good education practice and provide high quality and dynamic education for all at the heart of our communities.


Our Trust now has a strong track record in improving standards and achievement across schools in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area and the Trust was recently ranked as the fifth highest performing multi-academy trust in the country. To find out more about CMAT please visit


We are delighted to see that building in Northstowe is now progressing and are working with residents in Northstowe and Longstanton on the development of the Education Campus in Northstowe which will serve both communities and a wider area in Cambridgeshire.

Our Vision for Education in Northstowe

We have an ambitious vision for Northstowe for a community learning campus that serves all ages and abilities, taking a lead role in bringing partners together to create a sustainable and empowered local community. Our ambition is to create an all-through campus that will contain a nursery and primary school, a special educational needs (SEN) school, a secondary school with a dedicated post-16 centre and community sports and arts facilities.


We took another step towards this vision as we were granted permission by the Department for Education to establish an SEN school in 2017. We are now eagerly awaiting a decision on our proposals for the primary school and the community sport provision.


The team that will establish the new schools in Northstowe are the same team behind the highly successful Swavesey Village College. We will take the many years of experience and learning from Swavesey and are very confident that Northstowe will have fantastic schools at the heart of the community, every bit as good as Swavesey Village College is now.


It is an exciting time for both CMAT and the local community and we are pleased that we are now able to start bringing this vision to life.

Expected Timeline

  Expected Timeline
Spring Term 2018

Planning application submitted for Northstowe Secondary School

winter 2018 Construction starts in Secondary school
September 2019 First students join Northstowe Secondary School
June 2020

Completion of phase 1 of the Northstowe Community Learning Campus including

  • 11 place Special school
  • 4 form entry (600 students) Secondary school
  • core community Arts and Sports faciilities


Who will join Northstowe Secondary School?

Cohort Current Position for children living in Longstanton 
Year 6 (2018) Join Swavesey Village College
 Year 5 (2019) Join the new Northstowe secondary school. First Year 7 in the new school.

All children moving into Northstowe who are currently in Year 6 or above will attend Swavesey Village College.


  1. Northstowe Parents Meeting - 19 April 2017
  2. Northstowe Parents Meeting - 8 December 2016
  3. Northstowe Parents Meeting - 21 November 2015
  4. Northstowe Parents Meeting - 9 June 2015
  5. Northstowe Parents Meeting_19-7-17