The History of Sawston Village College

The History of Sawston Village College

The College was founded in 1930, the first of the Cambridgeshire village colleges and the brainchild of education visionary, Henry Morris. Morris, who held the position of Secretary for Education for Cambridgeshire, believed in life-long learning from the cradle to the grave and believed that a school should be a centre of learning for people of all ages, and which had no barriers separating it from the community it served.

Opened by Edward, Prince of Wales, Sawston Village College was the first community college in the country. Education, claimed Morris, was something beautiful and must take place in an environment that offered inspiration. The original buildings reflect those ideals, based as they are on Cambridge University courtyards.

More than 80 years later, the College remains fully committed to Morris's ideals and ambition and, although the College became an academy in 2011, and a member of Anglian Learning in September 2016, we still believe passionately in the importance of partnership and community, in and around Sawston but also across Cambridgeshire and beyond.

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