Village college confirms academy status

PUBLISHED: 10:16 20 September 2013

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A HEAD Teacher believes his school will continue to improve after it became the newest member of an academy trust.

Melbourn Village College officially became part of the Comberton Academy Trust this week, joining Comberton Village College, Cambourne Village College and The Voyager Academy in Peterborough.

Simon Holmes, the Principal of Melbourn, commented: “As a village college rated by OFSTED as ‘Good & Improving’, working with high quality partners is key to our continued improvement.

“We are therefore delighted to have become a part of the Comberton Academy Trust, an organisation whose ambition for excellence matches our own.”

The academy agreement will see the colleges share resources in a bid to offer students a better learning experience. Earlier this year Comberton Village College was named as one of the best in the country in the Guardian GCSE schools guide, an accolade based on data concerning exam results and pupils progress.

Stephen Munday CBE is chief executive of the academy trust, and executive principal at Comberton Village College.

He said: “We are delighted that Melbourn Village College has joined the Comberton Academy Trust. This is good news for pupils and staff at that village college and will also bring benefit to the other academies in our Trust.

“We will be working together to ensure educational excellence for all pupils in all of our Academies.”

This year’s GCSE results saw 82 per cent of Melbourn students pick up at least five A*-C grades. The school also saw a big rise in the number of students picking up five or more good grades including core subjects. This number rose 11 per cent, from 60 to 71 per cent.

*What do you think? Will this benefit Melbourn Village College? Do your children go to the college? Email postbag@royston-crow.co.uk.

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