The summer holidays are quickly approaching but there is plenty to celebrate from around the College so far this month. Our students have featured in The Guardian and The Times, have been accepted to study at globally recognised Performing Arts institutes and travelled the world!
Inclusive by name and nature
I am tremendously proud of the inclusive community that we have nurtured at the College. Our focus on the holistic development of our students, combined with outstanding pastoral care, encourages our students to be true to themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin. I was pleased that so many of our students wanted to speak to Michael Segalov at The Guardian about their positive experiences as LGBTQ+ students at the College during his recent visit.
The College’s GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) is a weekly lunchtime social group for students in all years of the College. Each week, up to 40 students come together to take part in fun activities, engage in structured debates and make new friends in a relaxed and safe space. I am looking forward to seeing the group continue to grow and support even more students across the College thanks to the dedication of its members.
They shoot, they score!
You might have heard our own Assistant Director of Sport Ollie Raine, and Matt Clements, Operational Director for Norwich City Football Club Regional Development Programme, on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire recently, discussing the renewal of our partnership with the Programme! At the College, we offer a number of Sport Scholarships, which enable our students to combine the rigour of a globally recognised education with professional training from industry experts. I am proud to share that students who have taken part in the Football Scholarship have gone on to study a number of different subjects, including Business, at universities across the world. Find out more about our scholarships.
Impington named in future of education report
You may remember that we welcomed a journalist from The Times newspaper to our College in May. This was part of the newspaper’s commissioned piece of research into the future of education, which came out favourably for the International Baccalaureate! I was extremely proud to see the College feature as a case study for leading the way in delivering forward-thinking, innovative education. Read the report in full and take a look at our case study on page 38!
This month, I am delighted to share that the College celebrated 20 years of offering our students trips to France through our foreign exchange programme. As an International Baccalaureate World School, developing international-mindedness underpins our learning and teaching and taking part in international trips helps your child to become a balanced, knowledgeable and caring young person. There is no better way to learn a language than to be completely immersed in the culture and lifestyle of a country. We are proud to have been able to offer so many of our students the opportunity to travel abroad this year, thanks to funding from the Turing Scheme. Learn more about the international education at the College.
Turing the world
On the topic of international travel, I am sure you are aware that our students have been busy travelling the world during the past few months! I have enjoyed hearing your feedback following our recent trips to France, Spain and Germany. Each trip enables our students to practice their language skills, undertake service learning with volunteer projects and exploring the local area with a series of fun activities. Further trips are due to take place in the coming weeks to Peru and Botswana! You can keep up to date on our students’ adventures by following the College on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Every year, I look forward to our annual whole College performance, which is why I’m excited to share that rehearsals are underway for our variety show, ‘Bon Voyage’, which will take place on 13 and 14 July. The performance includes students from Years 7 to 14. A special thanks to our parent community who volunteers to deliver the performance!, It is a fantastic example of the hard work, determination and talent of our students and the perfect farewell to our final year students who will be leaving us next month. Book your ticket.
Stars of the Summer
The National Youth Theatre is a nationally recognised organisation for aspiring performers and its competitive summer programme requires prospective participants to undertake formal auditions. I am proud to share that not one, not two, but THREE of our Performing Arts students have been successful in their applications. Congratulations to Bill and Sheetal, who have been accepted into the National Youth Theatre, and Ruby, who will be taking part in The Youth Music Theatre. This is an amazing achievement and a testament to their preparation, dedication and talent. I look forward to seeing you treading the boards in the future!
Schools (almost) out for summer
Finally, I would like to say well done to all of our current Year 11 students, who recently sat their GCSE examinations. As well as this, thank you to all parents who were supporting their children through this stressful time. I am sure that their hard work and your support will be reflected in their results. I wish all of your children the best of luck for results day in August and hope they have a relaxing summer break.