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Hear from the Principal 10.03.23

It has been another busy and enjoyable week at the College and I am pleased to share some of the highlights with you.

Welcome to the IVC Community!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the parents of our next cohort of Year 7 students, who will join us in September. Last week, you will have received an email confirming your child’s place with us. I am looking forward to meeting you at one of the upcoming events we have planned to help ease the transition for you and your child from primary to secondary school. From parent coffee mornings to information evenings, virtual events, and two transition days, keep an eye on your inboxes for further details.

Haematologist gets our students ‘pumped’ for a career in healthcare

On Wednesday, I was delighted to welcome Dr Martin Besser, Consultant Haematologist, Addenbrooke’s Hospital to the College for our most recent Gropius Lecture. Dr Besser delivered an engaging talk on sickle cell disease, even inviting two of his patients to join the discussion via video link. Thank you, Dr Besser, for joining us!


The talk was part of our ongoing series of ‘Gropius Lectures,’ which showcase the broad range of career paths available to our students. If you are interested in helping to inspire the next generation of experts in your chosen field, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Neil Jones to volunteer to be our next speaker.

‘Welcome to Jurassic Park-ade!’

I am pleased to share that the College has been selected to take part in the Grand Arcade’s Jurassic Arcade exhibition, competing against six other Cambridge schools. Our students have been challenged to design their very own giant hatching dinosaur egg, which will be displayed in the Grand Arcade during April Half Term. Visitors to the Grand Arcade will then have the opportunity to vote for their favourite egg, with the winning school receiving £350 worth of prizes. I know your children are egg-cited to get stuck into the challenge and would encourage you to show your support by visiting the shopping centre between 1 and 16 April to vote for our college’s egg.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is an annual event that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on just some of the achievements of our female students. From taking the West End by storm, to representing the nation in a number of sports, to delivering mental health and diversity initiatives across the College, the female members of our community are a driving force for positive change. I can see that our students are developing into inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who will go on to create a better, more equitable world.

March 10, 2023