Chesterton Sixth Form College

Changing the age-range at Chesterton Community College will also allow for a collaborative sharing of space on site with the Castle Special School. By offering space for their post-16 vocational courses to continue on the Chesterton site, desperately needed capacity at the Castle School is released to cater for younger students in our community with the most complex needs.

Castle School Collaboration


The Castle Special School will build on their outstanding post-16 provision by utilising additional space on the Chesterton site.

Specialist staff will work with sixth form students to continue to deliver the excellent provision they are known for.

Provides additional capacity

Utilisation of Chesterton space will allow the Castle School to expand the number of places available to KS1, 2 and 3 students on their own site.

They are currently very over-subscribed, leaving no option for families but to send their children with extremely complex special needs to schools outside of their

"This is a really exciting opportunity for both schools to create diverse and inclusive environments for our students to learn in, as well as providing us with much needed space on our own site for children high needs."

Chris Baker
Headteacher - The Castle School

Collaborative vision

Our vision has been developed alongside the leadership team at the Castle School, and we will continue to build on our close working relationship as the project moves forwards.

19-25 pipeline

Our collaborative 16-18 work will provide a natural basis for further projects focussed on developing and enhancing 19-25 provision for students with Education, Health & Care Plans in the north of Cambridge, including work experience ventures, life-skills programmes and courses to support the transition to independent living.

Increased opportunities for inclusion

We are proud of the diverse nature of Chesterton’s 11-16 cohort, and are dedicated to ensuring all students, from all backgrounds and regardless of level of need succeed to their fullest potential.

We are excited by the prospect of further diversifying our school community by pursuing a collaborative approach to post-16 education with our local colleagues.