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The Cambourne Village College Charitable Trust

Our School 

Since opening in 2013, Cambourne Village College has gained an Ofsted Outstanding rating along with designation as both a Leading Edge and Teaching School. From the outset, the College has also sought to place itself at the heart of the community and is usually open every evening and on both days at weekends to support an active adult education programme and community access. 

 

The Arts 

One of the reasons for our success has been an emphasis on providing arts, music and cultural activity at the highest level. There is mounting evidence of the impact of arts and culture on the academic achievement, confidence, motivation and life-and-coping-skills of young people, and of its impact on the health, wealth and wellbeing of communities. The Cambourne community has no arts-related venue and extremely limited access to cultural and leisure activity.  

Our goal is to build on our experience of successfully delivering outstanding arts and culture and to transform opportunities for our students and our wider community to see, experience and take part in arts, music and cultural activity of the highest possible quality. To achieve this, we aim to develop a new arts and performance space and secure funding for the appointment of a dedicated Arts Development professional for Cambourne.  

This will provide a wonderful new arts venue and will support our work with young people in music and drama, as well as being a community resource.  Central to our ethos is the vision of developing excellence in music and the performing arts for Cambourne and beyond, bringing an enriched cultural dimension to the lives of our pupils and to the growing local community.   

We cannot achieve this alone and are looking for partners and supporters who share our vision for our young people and our community.  

 


How to Donate

Please visit our PEOPLE'S FUNDRAISING page for more information and how to DONATE


Arts Centre and Cinema for Cambourne

With the support of the Town and County Councils, Cambourne Village College has built a large performance hall. The Cambourne Village College Charitable Trust (Registered Charity Number 1186156) was also established to accomplish this project and we are seekiung sponsors and supporters who share who share our vision of enhancing the cultural lives of our pupils and of our community. 

Our vision is to host professional arts events and cinema in the evenings, weekends and school holidays for the people of Cambourne and the surrounding area.

The original funding only paid for the hall’s construction, so the College set up a Charitable Trust which has so far raised £145,000 for the fit-out. We hope that with additional funding from the Cam Academy Trust and the College, hopefully by September 2021 the hall will be equipped with full staging, lighting, audio and top-quality tiered seating to enable musical and theatre performance for an audience of 350.

Our community already makes extensive use of the College facilities. Our ambition now is to create the position of Community Arts Officer for the town and to grow the Arts offer for local people. We aim to attract professional touring theatre and dance companies, and to show box-office cinema through the community cinema outlets, just weeks after top-ranking films are released. This will include the live satellite broadcast of west-end theatre and opera.

The Performance Hall


Our project so far

The project to build and equip the new hall was sub-divided into three phases as shown in the table below. Fundraising for phases 1 and 2 are now complete, having successfully raised funds to equip the hall as a flexible performance space with high-quality retractable tiered seating, director’s box and staging.

   

 


We Need More Funds!

We are now seeking to raise the final £100,000 needed to install a cinema projector and screen, lighting rigs and audio system to enable us to run community cinema as well as to host a wide range of professional Arts events.

Ultimately, for the final phase of the project, we seek to equip a second, smaller hall on the College site for cinema alone, to enable a fuller film programme from 2023 onwards.

 

How to Donate

Please visit our PEOPLE'S FUNDRAISING page for more information and how to DONATE

 


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Saffron Screen

Cambourne Village College Charitable Trust People's Fundraising Page