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Soham Village College is a state secondary school with Foundation Technology College and Language College status in Soham, Cambridgeshire, England. It has around 1500 pupils, aged from 11 to 16. It has a wide catchment area, not including Ely, although some pupils from Ely attend the school. The college is split over two adjacent sites, Beechurst (formerly a Newmarket jockey's house) and Lodeside (more recently built). It is also known by pupils as Soham Village Prison. A state is a political association with effective dominion over a geographic area. ... The term, secondary school, refers to an institution where the third stage of schooling, known as secondary education, takes place. ... Language Colleges were introduced in 1995 as part of the Specialist Schools Programme in the UK. The system enables secondary schools to specialise in certain fields, in this case, modern foreign languages. ... For the Sanskrit word Soham Soham is a small town in the English county of Cambridgeshire. ... Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. ... In human geography: a catchment area is the area and population from which a city or individual service attracts visitors or customers. ... Statistics Population: 15,102 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: TL535799 Administration District: East Cambridgeshire Shire county: Cambridgeshire Region: East of England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Cambridgeshire Historic county: Cambridgeshire Services Police force: Ambulance service: East of England Post office and telephone Post town: ELY...


The School is controlled by Cambridgeshire County Council LEA. Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. ... Lea is an Old English word meaning a clearing, an open piece of grassland or a grove. It is common in English town names, in the north it generally uses the pure form of -lea whilst in the south it generally uses a changed spelling such as -ley, -leigh or...

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History

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The College has its origins in the Soham Free School, established in 1686. The School became known as the Soham Grammar School from 1878 and occupied a site on Churchgate Street.


In 1925 the Grammar School moved to Beechurst House, located on Sand Street. Beechurst House (built in 1901) was formerly the home of the late Newmarket jockey, Charles Moreby. During his lifetime it is said that he often held parties in the House, and legend has it that he rode horse up the main staircase.The legends say that his ghost still haunts the school to this very day, to find the lady that left him, which made him commit suicide Newmarket is a market town in the English county of Suffolk,approximately 65 miles (105 kilometres) north of London, which has grown and become famous because of its connection with race horses and Thoroughbred horse racing at Newmarket Racecourse. ... The racecourse is a classical meeting point for the people of Chester. ...


The Grammar School took boys aged 11-18 from many of the surrounding villages, and was also home to a handful of weekly boarders. A grammar school is a school that may, depending on regional usage as exemplified below, provide either secondary education or, a much less common usage, primary education (also known as elementary). Grammar schools trace their origins back to medieval Europe, as schools in which university preparatory subjects, such as Latin... A boarder may be a person who: snowboards skateboards surfboards stays at a boarding house attends a Boarding school See also: board This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


The name Soham Village College comes from the former secondary modern style Village College which was established in 1958. The original Village College took boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 15, and was built on a 17 acre site next to the Soham Lode known as Moat Fields. The Village College system was the brainchild of Henry Morris, the Chief Education Officer at Cambridgeshire County Council. The College was officially opened by the Baronet and MP Sir Edward Boyle, a former Minister for Education. Morris' emphasis was on a community based establishment, and indeed the College was equipped with a public library and a youth leader.
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The present day Village College came into being in 1972 when the modern co-educational Village College merged with the long-established Grammar School. The merger was a direct result of the school-leaving age being raised to 16. Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... The Raising Of School Leaving Age (often shortened to ROSLA), is an act which states the legal age a child is allowed to leave compulsory education. ...


Throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s much building work was carried out under the headships of A.E. Lawrence (between 1972 and 1985) and Dr. A.W. Bullock (between 1985 and 1999). This included the construction of a the Ross Peers Sports Centre, a science block, a music block, and a science and technology block.


In 1993, the Village College gained grant maintained status. This allowed for generous donations such as the funds donated in the mid 1990s by Simon Gibson for the extension to the Mathematics and English departments. In England and Wales, a grant-maintained school is a state school that opted out under local control as allowed for by the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988. ...


Present day

The school has recently had a succession of principals. Mr. Howard Gilbert left in 2005, and for one year longstanding member of staff Dr. David Lunn was acting principal. Since September 2006 Dr. Carin Taylor has been head of the College.


Myths

There are a number of stories about the scholl, especially the jockey who once owned the Beechurst side. There are many myths about the various way he killed himself. Other myths include ones about secret passages and ghpsts.


Academic reputation

Since its early Grammar School days the Village College has had an excellent academic reputation. In the school's 2005 public exam results, out of 266 eligible pupils, 71% achieved at least 5 grade A-C GCSEs; the national average was 56.3% that year. Such high grades attract pupils from many schools both within and outside the catchment area. Many students now have the opportunity to take extra-curricular GCSEs, including Astronomy, Italian, and Ancient Greek. GCSE is an acronym that can refer to: General Certificate of Secondary Education global common subexpression elimination - an optimisation technique used by some compilers This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


However, pupils wishing to continue onto sixth form studies must change schools, usually attending establishments in nearby Ely or Cambridge. England, Wales, Northern Ireland The sixth form, in the English, Welsh and Northern Irish education systems, is the term used to refer to the final two years of secondary schooling (when students are about sixteen to eighteen years of age), during which students normally prepare for their GCE A-level... Statistics Population: 15,102 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: TL535799 Administration District: East Cambridgeshire Shire county: Cambridgeshire Region: East of England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Cambridgeshire Historic county: Cambridgeshire Services Police force: Ambulance service: East of England Post office and telephone Post town: ELY... Geography Status City (1951) Region East of England Admin. ...


Awards

The Village College holds many awards. Currently it is a Foundation College with specialist status in technology and languages. The College has also been awarded the Artsmark - Bronze Award, International School Award, School Achievement Award, Sport England SportsMark Award, Basic Skills Quality Mark, Becta ICT Mark for Excellence in ICT and the Investors in People Award.
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Catchment area

The school has a wide catchment area, owing to its rural location. Pupils come mainly from the following settlements:

However, some pupils come from other settlements including: For the Sanskrit word Soham Soham is a small town in the English county of Cambridgeshire. ... Wicken is a small village on the edge of the fens near Soham in East Cambridgeshire. ... Fordham is a village in Cambridgeshire, England. ... Isleham is a small village and civil parish in the English county of Cambridgeshire. ... Chippenham is a village in Cambridgeshire, England. ... For other places named Burwell, see here. ...

The principal feeder primary schools are: Statistics Population: 15,102 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: TL535799 Administration District: East Cambridgeshire Shire county: Cambridgeshire Region: East of England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Cambridgeshire Historic county: Cambridgeshire Services Police force: Ambulance service: East of England Post office and telephone Post town: ELY... Location within the British Isles. ... Newmarket is a market town in the English county of Suffolk,approximately 65 miles (105 kilometres) north of London, which has grown and become famous because of its connection with race horses and Thoroughbred horse racing at Newmarket Racecourse. ... Situated in the east of Cambridgeshire, the village of Little Downham is located just 3 miles north of the city of Ely. ... // Witchford is a village in Cambridgeshire, England. ... Stretham is a small village in East Cambridgeshire. ...

  • St Andrew's C of E Primary (Soham)
  • The Weatheralls (Soham)
  • Fordham C of E Primary
  • Isleham C of E Primary
  • Kennett Primary
  • Burwell Village College (Primary)

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Subjects taught

  • English
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics 'Statistics'
  • Triple Science (Biology, Physics & Chemistry) (GCSE Option)
  • Double Science (Same syllabus as Triple Science, but fewer lessons)
  • Astronomy
  • General Science (Key Stage 3)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin (optional: Greek)
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Music
  • I.C.T. (Information Communications Technology)
  • Design & Technology (Construction, Graphics, Engineering, Resistant Materials, Electronics, Food Technology & Textiles)
  • Business Studies
  • Humanities (Geography, History, Religious Education, Classical Civilisation)
  • Home Economics (Commonly associated with Food Technology)
  • Health and Social Care
  • Media Studies
  • P.E. (Physical Education)
  • P.D. (Personal Development) (Also known as P.S.H.E. at other schools)

In the media spotlight

The college was the centre of media attention after the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in August 2002. The school caretaker Ian Huntley, who had been suspected of a series of rapes and burglary (not known at the time of employment) while living in Grimsby, was later convicted of murdering the two girls, who were pupils at nearby St Andrew's Primary School. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Ian Kevin Huntley (born 31 January 1974 in Grimsby, England) is a former school caretaker, who in 2003 was convicted of murdering two schoolgirls - Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman - in the case known as the Soham murders. ...


External links

  • College website

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