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PB 08.09.2023

8th September 2023

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Dear Parents and Carers

I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Principal of Cambourne Village College and to be working as part of the Cam Academy Trust.

I wanted to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself to you and to express my enthusiasm for the exciting times ahead.

I am very passionate about education and my aim is to give each child a variety of experiences and opportunities during their time at Cambourne Village College, to enable them to take their next steps in education, employment, or training.

I believe that all children are entitled to the very best education, which includes outstanding teaching and conditions for optimum learning; a sense of belonging in a warm and supportive community; access to breadth through inspiring enrichment activities; and opportunities to make an effective contribution.  I put teaching and learning, as well as safeguarding, at the heart of everything I do and endeavour to give each child the best possible education.

I have been a teacher for nearly 30 years and have been a senior leader for half that time.  I have enjoyed being the Principal in a large secondary academy in Peterborough for the last 6 years and during that time supported a Principal in another local school.  I now look forward to putting down roots and leading the talented staff at Cambourne, building upon the successes of Mrs Coates. I wish Mrs Coates the very best in her retirement and plan to build upon her brilliant work. I cannot wait to develop strong relationships with you, your families, and the wider community in the near future.

This week, it has been a pleasure for all of us to welcome back students in Years 8-11, with the oldest year group taking visible pride in their black jumpers, leadership roles and addressing themselves to this final year of their studies. Likewise, Year 10 students have made a keen and enthusiastic start to their KS4 courses.  Welcoming our new cohort of Year 7 students has been a particular delight, too: they have wholeheartedly embraced the week. Do remember, if you are a parent or carer of a Year 7 student, that on Thursday 21st September we will hold an information evening, which is also a chance for you to meet your child’s tutor.

Although the school is fuller than it has ever been, it has felt purposeful, calm and positive as the new year gets underway. Thank you for your support to ensure your child has come prepared, with the correct equipment and uniform.  I know you received communication reminding you about uniform specifically at the end of the last academic year; thank you for supporting us. Pupils are allowed to wear non-branded trousers or skirts if they still fit, until January, as long as they conform with our uniform policy. Both girls and boys can wear shorts that are smart, comfortable and practical. We will also get out a consultation this term about the next steps with style and cost which will also be followed up by focus groups.  If you have any uniform questions, please do liaise with year teams in the first instance.

We are really excited about the next steps following the expansion work that is taking place as the school grows to 1400. For now, I wish you all an enjoyable and sunny weekend.

Lynn Mayes


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