Melbourn Village College
is a comprehensive community school
, located in Melbourn
that serves an extensive area of South Cambridgeshire
. The school has over 600 students
A Village College
is an institution specific to Cambridgeshire. It caters for the education of 11 to 16 year olds during the day, and provides educational and leisure facilities to adults out of school hours.
Since September 2002, Melbourn Village College has been a specialist Performing Arts College
as its specialisms.
In its report on its 6 October 2005 inspection, Ofsted rated the school Good, point two on a four point scale saying "Melbourn Village College is a good school with some outstanding features. The college is well viewed by its students and their parents, and with just cause."
The following components were rated Outstanding:
- How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners' well-being
- How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the
- How well are learners cared for, guided and supported
- How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so that all learners achieve as well as they can
- How effectively and efficiently resources are deployed to achieve value for money
In 2006 59% of students obtained 5 or more A*-C GCSEs including English and mathematics, rising to 63% if those two subjects are excluded.
In January 2000 the Secondary Heads Association
used this school as an example of the disparity of funding between local authorities. If the school had been in Hertfordshire, three miles away, it would have received £359,000 more for its students. By November 2005 the school was £148,814 in debt.
In 1998 Judith Mullen, warden of the College, was appointed president of the Secondary Heads Association.
In April 2006 Nicola Dunklin, a teaching assistant, set up the South Cambridgeshire branch of the charity, Friends of Chernobyl's Children.