Back 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 look forward to welcoming the first new residents later this year. 

Our Vision for Education in Northstowe

We have an ambitious vision for Northstowe where the school is not just at the heart of the community, but it is the centre for the community and takes 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 primary school, a special educational needs (SEN) school, a secondary school with a dedicated post-16 centre and community sports and arts facilities all within one education and learning hub.

We took another step towards this vision last week as we were granted permission by the Department for Education to establish an SEN school. 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. As we will take the many years of experience and learning from Swavesey, we are very confident that Northstowe will have a fantastic school at the heart of the community, that is every bit as good as Swavesey Village College is now, right from the very start.

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 2017

DfE interviews to appoint sponsor of 2nd primary and special schools

Establish the brief for appointing design and build contractor

12th April 2017 DfE publishes list of 130 successful Free School applications this round including an SEN School in Northstowe
19th April 2017 Seventh Parents Meeting at Pathfinder Primary School for Longstanton Parents
Summer Term 2017 Design and Build Contactor appointed for Northstowe Secondary School
21st June 2017 Eighth Parents Meeting at Pathfinder Primary School for Longstanton Parents
Autumn/Winter 2017 Planning application submitted for Northstowe Secondary School
Spring/Summer 2018 Construction starts on Secondary School 
September 2019 First students join Northstowe Secondary School


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


Latest News

During Easter, CMAT was chosen to run the new special school in Northstowe by the education secretary Justine Greening.

The special school becomes the third school (following the 11-16 and Post 16 schools) the Trust will manage at the heart of the planned new town between Cambridge and Swavesey. The trust was already confirmed as the sponsor of the new secondary school and sixth form in Northstowe back in 2008. The special school will expand the education offer by becoming the first school in the Trust to provide dedicated support for students with special educational needs. 

  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
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