IVC college exterior

Hear from the Principal 19.05.23

After a series of bank holiday weekends, I have enjoyed the routine that a five-day College week brings. It has been another successful and enjoyable week for the College and I’m pleased to share recent highlights and upcoming events with you.

‘Be humble in victory, gracious in defeat’

I’d like to congratulate our Under 16 boys football team, who recently competed in the Cambridgeshire Schools FA Boys County Cup Finals. Following a fantastic season which saw them make it all the way to the finals, our boys were narrowly defeated 2-1.


Despite their loss, the boys conducted themselves with dignity and maturity beyond their years, and graciously helped to tidy up after the game. I am incredibly proud of their achievements this season and even more so of the way in which they conducted themselves.

Mathletes shine at Junior Mathematical Challenge

Congratulations to the cohort of Year 7 and 8 students who recently took part in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust’s Junior Mathematical Challenge. The students did incredibly well, with 16 of them progressing into follow-on rounds of the challenge. I’d like to give a special mention to gold certificate winners; Reuben B., George K., and James Y., all of whom will now represent the College in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad. Best of luck to them all.

Year 8s experience dazzling dance workshop

Last week, I was delighted to welcome Dance East to the College to lead a dance workshop with a cohort of our Year 8 students. The students enjoyed learning under the guidance of the experts and hearing more about their journeys to becoming established dancers. Dance as a subject teaches students skills far beyond just dancing and I hope that experiences such as the Dance East workshop will encourage more of our students to pursue dance at our sixth form, Impington International College.

Our sixth form is ‘The Place’ to be for aspiring dancers

Dance has been a prominent feature at the College recently and I was pleased to continue the dancing theme by welcoming London Contemporary Dance School – The Place to the College to run a series of workshops with our Year 9 – 13 students. The workshops were run by current students of London Contemporary Dance School, one of whom was College alumni, Elly Trent. It was very much a full circle experience as Elly herself took part in a similar workshop while she was a student at the College and it played a key role in helping her make the decision to study dance at university.


The day was rounded off with a stunning live performance from around 50 of the London Contemporary Dance School students and I’d like to extend my thanks to our Assistant Director of Performance, Orris Gordon, and CEO of London Contemporary Dance School, Clare Connor, for helping put together such a fantastic day.

Impington International College Offer Holders’ Day

If your child is joining our sixth form, Impington International College, in September, they are invited to join us at our Offer Holders’ Day on 28 June. This will provide an opportunity for them to meet their teachers, check in with their pastoral tutor and meet some of our current students. Ensure they are ahead of the game in their preparation for their sixth form studies and reserve their space now.

Calling parents of Year 10 students

If your child is currently in Year 10, it is time to start thinking about their sixth form choices. If they would like to hear more about the world class education opportunities available at our sixth form, Impington International College, I’d love for them to join us for our Year 10 Taster Day on 10 July. Our sixth form is praised for its robust academic International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, as well as it top-class sports scholarship programmes and its hugely successful Performance School. There really is something for everyone! Reserve their space now.

Genki desuka, Japan?

As we head towards half term, we are entering an exciting period of multiple international trips, the first of which will be to Tokyo in Japan! Next week, a number of students from Years 9 – 13 will be experiencing first hand what it’s like to live in Japan. As well as practising their Japanese language skills, the students will have the opportunity to engage with the traditional and modern aspects of Japanese life and spend two nights visiting a school outside of Tokyo. I am so pleased that through our partnerships with schools around the world, we are able to provide opportunities such as the Japan trip to our students. I hope they have a great time and I look forward to hearing about their experiences on their return.


May 19, 2023