Soham Grammar School / Beechurst

1993 AD The College Becomes Grant Maintained

In September 1993 the College became a Grant Maintained School and in 1994 was awarded Technology College status. In March 1996 local benefactor Mr. Simon Gibson opened a splendid new Gibson Wing extension to Beechurst and in November 1998 HRH Princess Margaret opened the new M Block for Science and Technology.

In 1999 Dr. A.W.Bullock retired and Mr H.L.Gilbert became Principal until September 2005 when Vice Principal Dr. D.Lunn became Acting Principal for a year until a new Principal could be sourced, the College has been headed by Dr. C.Taylor since September 2006 to date. Soham Village College was one of the first schools in the country to be allowed two specialisms as a Foundation College, it became a specialist Technology and Languages College in Easter 2006.

2011 AD New Building Construction & Academy Status

The construction of new state of the art Tennis Courts began in March 2011 to replace the original tennis courts which were demolished in order for the new Performing Arts block to be built. They were built on what was Lodeside Playground and opened in July 2011. On 1st April 2011 Soham Village College officially gained Academy status. The new Performing Arts Block, which now houses the drama and music department, was offcially opened on 3rd November 2011 by Mr D.Schunmann from Viva Arts & Community Group.

Soham Village College has strong academic and sporting traditions. There are excellent modern teaching facilities fully computer networked and an active programme of capital investment. In the tradition of Cambridgeshire Village Colleges the buildings are widely used by the community for events. The College occupies an extensive and attractive site with spacious playing fields and views of the open fenland countryside.

Awards

The College has been awarded the Artsmark - Bronze Award, International School Award, Sport England SportsMark Award, Basic Skills Quality Mark and the Becta ICT Mark for Excellence in ICT. These are external measures of the quality of its Expressive Arts Curriculum and teaching of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT as well as the training and development of staff. Students are also awarded many different  kinds of awards for various achievements by the school, such as outstanding attendance, distinctive progression and extra-curricular activities out of school such as sport. Scarlet ties are awarded to students who excel within sport, whether that be dedication to school teams or county sport participation. Emerald ties are awarded to those who are dedicated to the school's performing arts or county-level performing organisations. Tri-coloured ties are awarded to those within either the performing arts or sports at a national level.

The Catchment Area

The catchment area for the College includes Soham, Barway, Wicken, Fordham, Isleham, Chippenham, Snailwell, Kennett and Burwell. The principal feeder primary schools are: St Andrew's, Soham, The Weatheralls, Soham, Fordham, Isleham, Kennett and Burwell Village College. In recent years, however, the pupils have been drawn from an even wider area around Soham including: Ely, Littleport and Newmarket.
Soham Village College is still a comprehensive school of eleven form entry with some 1350 pupils aged between 11 and 16 on roll. It is planned to rise to 1350 as Soham itself grows and extra housing comes into the area.

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