The College was built in 1937 as the third of Henry Morris’s village Colleges in Cambridgeshire. Morris was a visionary educational pioneer and chief education officer of Cambridgeshire, whose ambition was to bring opportunities to rural communities and lifelong learning 'from cradle to grave'. He is remembered at the College in the naming of the Henry Morris Centre and Henry Morris garden.
The original building was built in the Art Deco style of the time and is now listed. It was designed to provide education for around 250 local children and, with its stunning setting under the local hills and the landmark of the water tower, benefited from attractively landscaped grounds for sporting and recreational purposes.
The population of the area grew in the post-war years and additional facilities were constructed to house music, English, mathematics, modern languages, science, art, technology and ICT. In 1993 the College Sports Centre was opened, which provides high quality sports facilities for the community and our own students. In 2007, an extensive building programme began which led to the opening of a new science block and dance studio in 2009. The programme was completed in November 2011 with the opening of a new reception area, library and student common rooms. We now have some of the most imaginatively designed education spaces in the county.
LVC was one of the first schools in Cambridgeshire to gain academy status in February 2011. Academy status enables schools to receive their funding directly from central government and gives them greater control over budgets and the curriculum. In May 2012, the College was judged as 'outstanding' in every category by Ofsted. In 2013, we became a National Teaching School, leading an alliance (CASSA) dedicated to teacher training and supporting school improvement in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. In April 2014, we formed the Chilford Hundred Education Trust (CHET) in partnership with Meadow Primary School, which now includes three further primary schools, to contribute to high standards of education across South Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk.
Over 80 years, our numbers, facilities and expertise have expanded but our ambition remains the same - to achieve the highest possible standards of care and achievement for all of our learners and to fulfil the original vision of our founder Henry Morris.