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Hear from the Principal 16.04.21

Welcome back!

I hope that you all enjoyed the Easter holidays; we were certainly blessed with a few days of lovely weather! We are excited to be back at our College and to look ahead to the Summer Term and next academic year as we hope to continue to creep closer to normality.

Our International Baccalaureate journey

As we look to the future, I wanted to take the time to share further details of our journey to offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) from this September. As you will know, our sixth form, Impington International College, has offered IB programmes for 30 years, and we are so excited to be the first state school in the UK to offer the MYP, the Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP)!

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will study the MYP before moving on to GCSEs in their final two years with us. The MYP encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers; emphasising intellectual challenge and encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. MYP students foster the development of skills for communications, intercultural understanding and global engagement – all essential qualities for young people. We also believe it provides the very best preparation for the IB at our Sixth Form.

If you would like to read more about the programme’s structure, click here.

Over the last few months all extended continuous professional development has been utilised by staff, so our faculties have made good progress with unit plans, which are all shaping up to be rigorous and exciting! Several of our faculties are now trialling MYP units in the classrooms and we are receiving very positive feedback from students and staff.

Assessment, data and reporting plans have also been agreed, and we are extremely pleased to have retained all our best practice with some excellent innovations.

If you have any questions on the MYP, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

In the news…

Most recently, our Vice Principal, Jo Sale, and I have been in the news discussing our inclusive, international and inspirational ethos. Please do read both articles that have been published, as they will give you a true sense of what it means to us to be an IB World School – we hope you enjoy reading.

A View from a Classroom – Education Today

School values: How to keep your culture and ethos intact during lockdown – Teachwire

April 16, 2021