Swavesey Village College’s success is founded upon a commitment to partnership working.
Our Values begin with ‘SVC is committed to the pursuit of excellence’. In practice, this means that we will constantly benchmark our practice against the very best; locally, nationally and internationally. We were delighted that our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted Report recognised this : ‘there is absolutely no complacency’.
These partnerships can be divided into two categories :
Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (www.cmatrust.co.uk) is a multi-academy Trust established by SVC in 2011 to formalise and articulate our commitment to raising educational standards at Swavesey and in other school communities. The Trust sponsored Nene Park Academy (www.neneparkacademy.org) which opened in September 2011, replacing the the precedessor school Orton Longueville School, with whom SVC had been working. The partnership with NPA has had a significant impact upon standards at the new school but equally provided significant mutual benefits across both school in terms improving practices, recruitment and retention of staff, economies of scale etc. From September 2013, the Trust sponsors North Cambridge Academy in Cambridge, previously The Manor School.
The Trust is also the promoter of the secondary school in the new town of Northstowe, for which planning permission has been recently published.
Cambridge Area Teaching Schools is an alliance of four Outstanding schools committed to supporting school improvement in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and the Eastern Region. There are four schools in the partnership : Swavesey Village College, Comberton Village College, Parkside Community School and Histon and Impington Junior School.
As a National Support School, Swavesey works closely with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as well as the National College for School Leadership, to share best practice and support other schools through conference or school-to-school consultancy and support.
South Cambridgeshire Inclusion Partnership is an alliance of the eight secondary schools in Cambridgeshire who are committed to working collaboratively to ensure that every student remains the responsibility of the maintained sector. The local authority devolve the full funding for EOTAS (Educated Other Than At School) to the partnership and we are together committed to providing an appropriate education for every students within the partnership - we have a no permanent exclusion policy.
Our international school partnerships are numerous, but substantial links exist with the following schools :
Graf Eberhard Gymnasium, Bad Urach (Germany)
Collège Jean de La Motte, Langeais (France)
We have very strong links with local businesses who provide invaluable help by taking some of our students for work placements weekly, and preparing them for the world of work. Some businesses also provide long term placements for those students on apprenticeship schemes.
SVC is committed to providing ‘high quality education at the heart of the community’. To this end there is a vibrant community programme, including Sport, Adult Classes,Saturday Music School, Arts development in the Community, and the local use of the school's library (please see our Community pages).