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Hear from the Principal 16.06.21

This fortnight, I’d like to share some more news, highlights and positive stories from the College as we return for the final term of the academic year!

Stars of the stage and screen

I want to start by congratulating Year 10 BTEC Performing Arts student, Maddy C., who has successfully gained a place at the National Youth Theatre company starting this summer. Maddy will be walking in the footsteps of many acting giants, including: Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig and Orlando Bloom. We can’t wait to see her progress to the bright future that is ahead of her; get your autographs in while you can!

It’s always a pleasure to welcome a former student back to the College, and most recently, Impington International College Performance School alumna, Nikki Trow, returned to teach during the final term of masterclasses before the Summer Showcase rehearsals begin. Thank you Nikki for sharing your professional experience with our students.

Our Summer Show

Speaking of the theatre, I know you’ll be as excited as I am to see our talented performing arts students take to the stage in our Summer Show, ‘Come Alive’; a variety showcase of works across all disciplines of the performing arts and a celebration of life after the pandemic! Students from Year 7 to Year 14 will be performing in the Gropius Hall to a reduced audience of half capacity. Ticket sales will begin on 21 June 2021 and you can book your ticket here.

Outstanding in their field

Well done to our Year 11 Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) students who successfully completed their expedition at Mount Battenfield this weekend for their Bronze award amid the blazing sunshine! Azarias Outdoor shared that you were a credit to the College during your stay.

I’m incredibly proud of the ways in which our students show their commitment to the wider community that we live in and want to thank Anna B., Lucy H., Jemima R., Gracie P., and Nikita S. for the great work they are continuing to do with voluntary litter-picks as part of their DofE award.

MYP journey update

As you will know, our sixth form, Impington International College, has offered IB programmes for 30 years. However, I am thrilled to reveal that the College has been confirmed as a Middle Years Programme (MYP) candidate school, which means that teaching of the programme will commence this September! I am also very proud to share that we will 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.

Find out more about the curriculum here.

The results are in…

I’m delighted to share that, despite a challenging year, our staff survey results have returned some truly positive feedback about working for the College, with 20 of the questions scoring a rating of 4 or more. My personal highlight was knowing our team feel that: “There is someone at work, who seems to care about me as a person.” The wellbeing of all our staff is a priority, which is why the Department for Education has trusted us to represent the East of England and North London in two special projects that we are currently undertaking: the Flexible Working Ambassador School project and the Workload Reduction Toolkit review.

June 16, 2021