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Hear from the Principal 02.12.22

I am tremendously proud of our students’ achievements and love being able to share good news from across the College with you. 


Our alumni go on to achieve many tremendous things, and, this week, I would like to highlight Beatrice Penny-Toure, who recently became the first black woman to star as Mary Poppins in the West End show, when she made her debut in the role on 16 November. Congratulations Beatrice, what a ‘super’ achievement!

Lieutenant Colonel Stefano Carrino

On 23 November, our Sixth Form Humanities students hosted Lieutenant Colonel Stefano Carrino of the NATO Intelligence Fusion Centre, who spoke of his experiences working in NATO theatres.

International-mindedness underpins all learning and teaching at Impington International College, and our student take a keen interest in global affairs so they welcomed the opportunity to discuss events unfolding on the world stage and gain valuable insight into the structure of NATO. I know they are looking forward to his next visit to learn about civilian and military roles in the ‘intelligence’ field.   

The great debate

Debate and discussion are fundamental to the International Baccalaureate programmes, fostering our students’ curiosity and understanding of the value of different perspectives. At the College, our students develop their debate skills through a series of classroom discussions and iCAS debate club. Last month, MP Lucy Frazer hosted our debate competition and shared her advice for success in a debate, based on her parliamentary experience. I am pleased to share that our students provided compelling arguments on the topic of ‘Should tuition fees be abolished?’. Congratulations to the competition winners, Rose and Marina!

Mock exams

Well done to our Year 11 students who completed their mock examinations over the last fortnight. I know that your children were anxious as they approached the mock examination period, but they have been well supported by you and our College staff. I am confident that your child(ren) will achieve the results they are hoping for, and we will continue to work with them to ensure that they feel prepared for their GCSE examinations later this year.  

Oxbridge applications

Our Sixth Form offers a robust programme of support for students who wish to apply to the University of Cambridge or Oxford, which includes academic tutoring, personalised guidance and interview preparation. While the application process is notoriously competitive, I am proud to share that 10 percent of last year’s student cohort received offers from Oxbridge universities. This week, students have been taking part in mock interviews with the Sixth Form team ahead of their interviews with the admissions teams in December. I wish them the best of luck!

December 2, 2022