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Extended Learning Opportunities

Extended Learning Opportunities

At Cambourne Village College our students have a range to talents and abilities. All students should be challenged within their work. Students spend the majority of their time at school in lessons. It is therefore essential that our most able students are supported within curriculum time. Differentiation allows higher ability students to tackle more challenging work.

To support this daily work we identify and support our Gifted and Talented students in a number of ways.

Cognitive Ability Tests

Every autumn the year 7 students sit the Cognitive Ability Tests. These tests are broken down into verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial skills. Each area is intended to assess students’ ability to reason and problem solve without an emphasis on subject knowledge. You will have been notified if your child has shown a particular strength in any area tested. The information from these tests has subsequently been shared with teachers. If you are interested in seeing your child’s report please email requesting this information. Details of how the tests are marked and what this means is included below.

CATs Overview

In School Events

Throughout the school year we offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities. These activities offer a range of opportunities to enrich the learning and experience of very able students. Details of these opportunities can be found in the extra-curricular portion of the website.

Aspiration Fridays – Summer Term Timetable

We are pleased to announce the summer term timetable for our Aspiration Friday series. This is a series of fortnightly talks to inspire our students that began in December 2018. Speakers have been invited to come to our school during Friday lunchtimes to speak about a range of different topics to engage as many students as possible.

We’ve had a fantastic time over the spring term: students have heard about subjects as diverse as criminology, fossils, and oceanography.  Highlights have included handling a cast of a T-Rex’s brain (learning that it was smaller than one of its teeth!) and securing an invitation for the school to visit the Institute of Astronomy in the autumn term for some stargazing – watch this space.

Details of talks for the summer term are below – keep an eye out for something that interests you!  If any students have any suggestions for a talk that they would like to hear, or if any parents know of someone who could deliver a presentation, then please do speak to Miss Clash in the English department.

Friday 26th April Old English
Friday 3rd May Midwifery
Friday 10th May Entrepreneurship
Friday 24th May Architecture
Friday 7th June Adventures!
Friday 21st June Zoology
Friday 12th July History of Art

Opportunities Outside School

There are further opportunities for students outside school. We regularly gather information about local events and to keep students and their families informed of the wider opportunities on offer. 

Cambridge Science Festival - 11th-24th March

A huge range of events are on offer throughout the city, aimed at young people and families.  Design your own robot, listen to a talk about astronomy, or debate climate change!  Have a look at the website for more details:

Creative Collage Workshop – Cambridge Central Library - 6th April, 11am

Materials and refreshments are provided in this creative visual art workshop, exploring the theme of books.  Visit here ( for more details.

‘Romeo and Juliet’: Theatre with Suitcase Shakespeare – Cambourne Library - 27th April, 3pm

Staged at Cambourne Library, two actors perform Shakespeare’s tragic love story using only what is in their suitcases.  Visit here ( for more details.