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Hear from the Principal 12.10.20

This week in College

This week on Thursday we will be holding a Parent Forum via Zoom, from 8.30 until 9.00am. We have had lots of questions submitted already for the session, which will focus on general updates and a recap on our COVID-19 measures. Our plan is to run these forums a minimum of once per half term, and to vary the day and time to allow different parents to attend.

We finished the last of our promotional tours of the College on Friday last week. Members of the Senior Leadership Team have thoroughly enjoyed showing round prospective parents and talking to them about life in the College. The tours were exceptionally popular, with families turning up come rain or shine to visit the College site.

Canteen update

Thank you to the hundreds of you who completed our canteen reopening survey. An overwhelming majority of you were keen to see the canteen reopen after half term, so we are working on a plan to allow as many students to access the canteen as possible, whilst maintaining our year group bubbles. More details to follow on this in the final week of the half term.

Post-16 choices

This half term our Year 11 students are focusing on making their post-16 choices. They are all having 1:1 guidance meetings with Ms Olivera, and exploring the local post-16 centres. This year most of the Open Evenings are being hosted virtually; read our Vice Principal’s blog post on this topic here.

We are hoping that many will choose to stay on and study at our exceptional sixth form, Impington International College (IIC); with approximately 1 in 4 students usually staying with us. This fortnight we will be doing lots of IIC-related promotional events and you can also book 1:1 meetings with the team to find out more about what we have to offer; the signup details can be found on Eventbrite: https://impingtonintcol.eventbritestudio.com/

Leanne Gibbons presenting at IBSCA Conference

This week Leanne Gibbons, our Head of Programme: International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is presenting at the IB Schools and Colleges Association annual national conference on two different topics. The first is sharing best practice for writing references for CP students applying to higher education in the UK – particularly Russell Group Universities. Given our CP students’ successes in attaining places at universities including the University of Cambridge, Queen Mary’s University and University of Warwick, her talk looks at how, as referees, we can explain the nature and benefits of an CP education. You can also read some of our sixth form student success stories here.

The second session Leanne is running alongside Kathleen Sanders who is the CP coordinator at Wilmington Academy.  This session focuses on getting the best out of CP students in their Reflective Projects – the academic research element of the CP core programme of study.  This will look at practical approaches to the Reflective Project – both within the classroom and operationally.

IIC Handball Scholarship

We are excited to announce the addition of Handball to our sixth form Sports Scholarship Programme from September 2021, offering students an unmissable opportunity to train with specialist coaches while they gain a highly-regarded international education.

The Handball Scholarship will be offered in partnership with Cambridge Handball Club, and will cover the cost of the membership at the club as well as students participating in specialist handball training three times a week. Alongside this, those enrolled on the programme will take part in regional matches each week and have the opportunity to represent the men’s and women’s teams in the England Handball Premier League. If you would like more information on this, please email:

Meet the SLT Member: Sian Mawditt

What is your role in College?

Teaching and Learning, coordinating quality assurance, chairing the IVC Leadership Forum, line management of the Mathematics Faculty.

How long have you been at IVC, and what did you do before you joined?

I joined IVC four years ago as Lead Practitioner for Mathematics. Prior to that I worked for a long time in Newmarket, both in middle and secondary schools where I developed a love for Maths Mastery and contributed to the work of Mathematics Mastery at a national level. At various times over the last 10 years I have spent time working overseas, with a particular highlight being volunteering on educational projects in Central and South America.

What do you like most about IVC?

I love working in such a progressive, intelligent and creative environment. I really value the balance between ensuring excellent academic outcomes and developing the whole person. I have learned so much, and continue to learn, by working with such amazing colleagues.

What do you enjoy in your spare time?

I love to travel and have visited an embarrassingly large number of countries across the world. In 2019, my partner and I spent eight months travelling through South-East Asia, Mexico and Central America, and absolutely loved it. I am very active and love pretty much any kind of sport – I regularly run, and play netball, korfball and sometimes even ultimate frisbee.r.

October 12, 2020