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  • Comberton Village College
    West Street
    CB23 7DU
  • Head: Mr Stephen Munday CBE
  • T 01223 262503
  • F 01223 264116
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Cambridgeshire
  • Pupils: 1,663; sixth formers: 363
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 1st February 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 9th October 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘They know how to motivate year 11 boys,’ said one parent, another added: ‘Lots of after-school revision sessions; the teachers go the extra mile.’  The bright are identified and encouraged, the less able equally helped along. ‘What I like about the school is that they are flexible,’ said another parent.  They’re good at golf, too, and have chance to go off site for it, as well as rowing and leadership, where the older pupils coach primary school children. Sport viewed as ‘inclusive and fun’ by our ambassadors...

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What the school says...

Comberton Village College converted to academy status in February 2011. It is now an Academy of the Comberton Academy Trust. Cambourne Village College, which opened in September 2013, nearby Melbourn Village College and The Voyager Secondary Academy, in Peterborough, are also now members of the Trust. All four Academies seek to work in strong partnership in order to ensure excellent teaching, learning and achievement in each of the academies of the Trust.

The Comberton Sixth Form opened at Comberton Village College in September 2011. It has initially been established with 350 student places. It is mainly an 'A' level based Sixth Form (including using the framework of the AQA Bacc.) with some Pre-U and Level 3 BTEC courses available. The first set of results in summer 2013 were excellent, confirming the Ofsted judgement of outstanding made in February 2013 for the New Sixth Form. The results in summer 2014 were even better.

Comberton was designated as one of the first 100 Teaching Schools in the country as of September 2011. It works within the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network that operates across a wide area that has Cambridge as its geographical base.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Executive principal

Since 2001, Stephen Munday CBE MA PGCE (late 40s), a Cambridge economics graduate who still teaches economics to the high flyers in the sixth form. Goodness knows how he manages the time as he’s a bit of a superman. He's executive principal of Comberton Village College, and chief executive of the Comberton Academy Trust that also incorporates Cambourne Village College, a recently established school in Cambridgeshire, Melbourn Village College and The Voyager Academy in Peterborough. He manages his time well and spends three days a week on average at Comberton. ‘I’m totally in awe of him,’ said one mother. ‘He expects a lot from his staff and pupils and is duly rewarded.’ He went in to teaching straight from Cambridge: ‘there is a proper purpose to it.’ Well liked and greatly respected, he...

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Special Education Needs

The school is totally committed to its comprehensive foundation. As such, many highly gifted and talented learners happily form part of the school community together with children with a range of special educational needs. A commitment to ensuring excellence for all types of learners is fundamental to what the school stands for and seeks to achieve. A strong team of SEN teaching and support staff work alongside children with identified special educational needs usually in lessons, but out-of-lesson support happens if appropriate. Children with SEN are treated as a valuable and important part of the school community and are seen to make very good progress. There is a specialist Aspergers' Centre on the school site that provides for children with Aspergers' Syndrome who would not otherwise be able to access mainstream schooling. The centre can and does provide a base for these children, but the aim is to enable them to attend to as many mainstream lessons as possible. Children at the centre have made excellent progress in their education. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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