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Hear from the Principal 08.12.23

I am absolutely delighted to share that, for the third time in our history, we have been crowned East Anglia’s Comprehensive School of the Year by The Sunday Times Parent Power List 2024!


This award is the culmination of a historical year for the College, which saw us become the first UK state secondary school for students aged 11 – 18 years old to be authorised to offer three International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. While the award recognises our students’ academic achievements, it is also a testament to our teachers for tireless work and commitment to providing a world class education for our students. Not only do our students benefit immensely from an IB education, but more children in Cambridgeshire will reap the rewards when Girton Glebe Primary School begins its candidacy process to teach the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) from September 2024. Learn more about our holistic development of students and why we were recognised as East Anglia’s Comprehensive School of the Year 2024.

‘Sum’ good ‘times’ were had

Engaging and exciting fieldtrips are one of the ways we instil a lifelong love of learning within our students and, on Tuesday 5 December, a cohort of our Year 11 and 12 Mathematicians attended the renowned Maths Inspiration show. The nationwide touring show features some of the UK’s most inspiring Mathematics speakers, and our students enjoyed experiencing the subject live in the context of exciting, real-world applications. They returned to the College with a greater passion for their studies and I look forward to seeing the impact of the trip in our Year 11’s GCSE examinations next year.

Preparation is key

On the subject of examinations, our Year 13 students have been hard at work completing their IB mock examinations this week. A key part of our students’ preparations for their final examinations, mocks provide an opportunity for them to gain experience of sitting formal examinations while gaining a greater understanding of focus areas for their revision. Congratulations to them all for their hard work over recent weeks.

‘Sew’ many activities to choose from!

As well as a broad range of co-curricular activities that are available for our students to enjoy during the College day through our iCAS programme (more than 35!), we are proud of the number of additional activities our students can engage with during their breaks and after the College day has finished.


Recently, one of our trainee teachers ran a lunchtime sewing club, which was hosted in our Arts faculty buildings. During the sessions, students screen-printed and sewed their own tote bags. Do keep an eye on the College Instagram page for images of their finished creations.

Providing education for all

Finally, last week, I was delighted to announce the return of our refreshed Adult Education Programme, From French, Portuguese, Mandarin and Italian language classes, to Pottery, Yoga, Ballroom Dancing and more, there really is something for everyone. Classes commence in January 2024, and are open to children aged 14 and above when accompanied by an adult, as well as families and individuals. Bookings are now open; reserve your place.

Sixth Form options

Finally, if your child is considering their Sixth Form options for September 2024, you can meet with our Sixth Form leaders at the Year 11 Progress Evening on 13 December. Whether you have a question about the IB Diploma Programme or Career-related Programme, Sports and Performance School scholarships, or want to make a 1:1 appointment, they are looking forward to seeing you.  

We will also be hosting a coffee morning for our current Year 11 students on 18 December, where they can meet with some of our Year 13 students to find out more about studying at Impington International College.

You can learn more about admissions, including the deadline for applications, here

December 8, 2023