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Hear from the Principal 01.12.23

It seems like only yesterday that I was writing my first blog post of 2023 and now we are entering the final month of the term. From field trips, to workshops, to student successes, I am pleased to share some highlights from the past week with you.

New classes coming soon

We have been working hard to refresh our Adult Education programme in readiness for the centenary of our founder, Henry Morris’ appointment as Chief Education Officer in Cambridge next year. From January 2024, you will be able to choose from four different language classes, as well as ballroom dancing, pottery, yoga and resin art. The classes will be available for families to attend, offering a unique opportunity for you and your child(ren) to enjoy a new hobby together. 


Explore the full timetable and book here.

A phan-tastic trip to the theatre

On Tuesday 28 November, a cohort of our Year 9 students enjoyed a trip to the West End in London to see a performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, The Phantom of the Opera. As well as enjoying the musical, our students also benefitted from a question and answer session afterwards. 


Theatre trips develop our students passion for Performing Arts and I hope that they consider joining our Performance School at our Sixth Form, Impington International College.

Sewing the seeds for a career in STEM

Our Year 9 students have had a busy week, with a separate group travelling to participate in an interactive and educational Project Day hosted by healthcare agency, Costello Medical. During the day, they enjoyed a range of activities and talks delivered by Costello employees about different careers in STEM. I would like to thank Costello Medical, Cambridge Launchpad and Form the Future for facilitating the day.

A trip so nice, we had to do it twice!

In last week’s blog, I mentioned a Year 7 residential visit to Grafham Water, where our students enjoyed a range of team building activities. I am pleased to share that, this week, the second half of our Year 7 cohort travelled to the same spot for their residential trip. I am looking forward to hearing about the trip once they return to the College.

Sharing our appreciation

Developing the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile attributes is at the heart of our students learning and we seek to encourage all of our students to become caring, reflective, knowledgeable inquirers. This term, we have been recognising and rewarding our students who have demonstrated Learner Profile characteristics in action, and I am pleased to share that more than 1,500 postcards have been sent home so that you can celebrate your child’s achievements with us. 


On this note, if you would like to recognise a particular teacher at the College this term on behalf of your child, I would be grateful if you would consider emailing them. You can contact them using the following email format: their first initial and surname, followed by @ivc.tmet.org.uk.

Students shine at ‘Youth Speaks’

I would like to congratulate our Year 12 students who recently entered – and won – the Cambridge Rotary Youth Speaks regional debate competition at Queen’s College. Competing against representatives from The Leys, Chesterton Community College and Netherhall School, they were tasked with choosing their own topic and delivering a 15-minute presentation. I wish them the best of luck for the district finals in March 2024 and will keep you updated on their progress.

3G pitch

Finally, you may have recently read recently about a planning application for a 3G pitch on the grounds of the College. The application was submitted by ELA Active and its representatives have been actively meeting with residents to address any concerns. 


ELA Active is committed to delivering a project that benefits the entire College community and is working closely with local authorities to ensure that, if planning permissions is granted, any disruption to local residents is minimised. View the plans.

December 1, 2023