Consultation launched

A consultation over proposed future secondary school provision in Cambourne has been launched.

The Cam Academy Trust is looking to expand provision at Cambourne Village College by creating a second campus to replicate the outstanding provision that currently exists for secondary-aged pupils in the new settlement.

They are working with the Local Authority to meet the need for more school places in Cambourne and from the proposed new housing development, Cambourne West, which seeks to create an additional 2,350 homes by 2030.

Local Authority forecasts show a need for an additional 48 Year 7 places from 2019, rising to 108 places by 2023.

To meet this likely demand – and historically in Cambourne demand for school places has exceeded supply - The Trust are planning a new campus on a parcel of land, adjacent to the existing college, provided by the developers Bovis-Wimpey.

It is planned provision would start in 2019 with three forms of entry at Year 7 (up to 90 pupils), rising to a possible six forms of entry and a maximum of 900 students as the development progresses.

Funding for the new campus will come from the Local Authority capital programme and by developers’ contributions as part of their planning obligations (so-called S106 funding)

Phillip Evans, the Trust’s New School Developments Lead, said: “We are inviting anybody with a legitimate interest to submit views on this proposal, by attending a meeting at Cambourne Village College on Thursday July 13 at 6.00pm, by writing to Consultation Response (FAO Yvonne Corkin) at The Cam Academy Trust, West St, Comberton CB23 7DU or by e-mailing consultations@catrust.co.uk