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Impington Village College

Our Heritage

Impington Village College opened in 1939 within days of the declaration of World War 2. Impington was the fourth Village College to be established in Cambridgeshire by the visionary educationalist Henry Morris.  Morris firmly believed that both formal and informal education should be a lifelong process, and his vision carved an innovative new approach for education.  The Village College concept was initially seen by many in government as radical and paternalistic, but following proven success in Cambridgeshire it became a system of education that was adopted across the UK and abroad.

The foundation of Impington Village College was made possible due to the foresight and generosity of the Chivers family who donated land, support and finance. The original building was designed by Walter Gropius, founder of The Bauhaus School of Architecture, and his partner Maxwell Fry. The iconic design was a radical departure from the taut educational establishments of the Victorian era, and it introduced many innovations that had not been seen before in public buildings. The original construction, which is now Grade 1 Listed, still stands at the heart of the Village College and continues to attract visitors from all over the world.

Today the founding ideas and principles are still embedded within the fabric of Impington Village College, and we aspire to uphold Henry Morris’ vision.

“The village college could lie athwart the daily lives of the community it served; and in it the conditions would be realised under which education would not be an escape from reality, but an enrichment and transformation of it. For education is committed to the view that the ideal order and the actual order can ultimately be made one.”

Henry Morris

Timeline

  • 1579
  • 1850
  • 1923
  • 1924
  • 1936
  • 1939
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Get in touch

Impington Village CollegeNew RoadImpingtonCambridgeCB24 9LX
t. (+44) 01223 200400