As an Academy, the Governors are responsible for establishing the Admission Criteria for the College; these criteria have not been changed by the Governing Body following the establishment of the Academy. The responsibility for the administration of the Admissions process remains with the Local Authority.
The advertised admissions limit for Swavesey Village College is 240. The College serves the thirteen villages which comprise the 'Swavesey Patch'. The population of the patch is approximately 20,000 and the large majority of children of primary school age attend one of eight LA primary schools:
- Bar Hill
- Fen Drayton
- Fenstanton and Hilton
- Hatton Park (Longstanton)*
- Pendragon (Papworth)
Since 2005, applications to Swavesey have exceeded 240 and have been allocated on the basis of the College’s published admissions criteria (see below).
* see the attached powerpoint if you live in Longstanton village, as the development of Northstowe may affect which secondary school becomes the catchment school for children who live in Longstanton, depending what age they are.
If you would like to enrol your child at Swavesey Village College for Year 7 September 2014 then please contact:
Alexander Brown Admissions Officer (Transitions)
BOX CC1206, Castle Court,
Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AP
Tel: or 01223 699200 (for September starting students)
If you are applying for an In-Year place (ie you want a place at SVC in current Year 7 after September 2013 and for Years 8 - 11), you must download an application form from the Cambs County Council website:
01223 699662 (for in-year admissions) Admissions Officer: Bettina Cuipa
Admissions Criteria: SVC follows the admissions criteria of Cambridgeshire County Council as set out below:
Criteria for secondary schools:
Children who have a statement of special educational needs that names the school will be admitted. NB. Those children with a statement of special educational needs that does not name the school will be referred to Student Assessment to determine an appropriate place.
- Children in Care, also known as Looked After Children (LAC);
- Children who live in the catchment area, are attending primary schools within the catchment area and who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
- Children who live in the catchment area with a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
- Children who live in the catchment area who are attending the primary schools within it;
- Children who live in the catchment area;
- Children who live outside the catchment area, who are attending primary schools within it and who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
- Children who live outside the catchment area who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission;
- Children who live outside the catchment area who are attending the primary schools within the catchment area;
- Children who live outside the catchment area, but nearest the school as measured by a straight line.
In cases of equal merit in each set of criteria, priority will go to children living nearest the school as measured by a straight line. The distance, for admissions purposes, is measured using the straight line distance from the centre point of the home to the main pupil entrance to the school. These distances are produced by the LA Admissions team for the school. For families who live outside the area covered by the Cambridgeshire mapping system, distances are determined using a combination of local maps and on-line resources.
The school follows the published appeals procedure set out by the Local Authority. Please go to