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Hear from the Principal 25.02.22

From award wins to revision tips to student visits, I am pleased to be able to share plenty of positive news with you.

 

Award winning mental health provision

I was thrilled to learn that the College has earned the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools ‘School Mental Health Award’ – Gold​ Status for a second time, in recognition of our ongoing efforts to provide an environment where students and staff alike feel supported, safe and secure. I am particularly proud of the pastoral care we offer to our students, and our staff wellbeing practices; being one of just eight Flexible Working Ambassador Schools in the UK and one of the leaders of the Department of Education’s Workload Review, all contribute to this recognition.


Easy as A-B-GCSE

I know that revision can be a daunting prospect for students, especially following the last two years of disrupted education. As you know, preparation is the key to successful exam outcomes and I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to start discussing revision plans with your child(ren) now, to ensure their workloads remain manageable and build their confidence ahead of the exam period. I recently shared my top five tips for revision success with Which! School Advisor to help you and your child(ren) prepare.


Sporting spirit

Our students are very excited to attend the varsity football match between Cambridge University Association Football Club and Oxford University Association Football Club on 13 March. At the College, we firmly believe that students can combine academic excellence with sporting prowess, and encourage our students to actively take part in the sporting community, including watching live matches. Come on Cambridge!


Kettle’s Yard Visual Arts workshop

Recently, our Year 12 Visual Art students enjoyed a special workshop with Kettle’s Yard educator, Imogen Alexander, and Resident Artist, Kaitlin Ferguson. During the workshop on Thursday 24 February, students honed their sculpting and printing skills under Imogen and Kaitlin’s expert tuition, which I know they are looking forward to practising.


Turing Scheme update

Earlier this month, we made a difficult decision regarding travel for our Year 11 students. Taking into account delays caused by the pandemic, restrictions caused by summer holidays in our destination countries and our students’ upcoming exams, it is not possible to arrange for them to travel without potentially significantly disrupting their learning. It is possible that we may be able to offer 50 Year 11 students a partially funded opportunity to visit Peru, in conjunction with an educational charity which runs summer schools, depending on restrictions and we will keep you updated as this develops.


The Prom-ise of a night to remember

I am tremendously excited that our first Year 11 Prom in two years will take place at Newmarket Racecourse on Friday 1 July. As they celebrate the end of a successful five years at the College, our students will be able to dress up and enjoy a delicious two course meal followed by dancing. Tickets will be available to purchase through Parent Pay from 25 February and we hope your child is able to join the celebrations.


Sixth Form scholarships

At our Sixth Form, we offer a number of Sports and Performing Arts scholarships, in conjunction with industry partners including Norwich City Football Club, Rob Roy Rowing Club, the London Contemporary Dance School and more. The scholarships give our students an opportunity to combine industry experience with a highly-regarded international education; either the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme or Career-related Programme. For more information on our scholarship opportunities, please visit our website.


Student Stories

Our first ever student Instagram takeover proved so popular that next week, we will be handing over the reins of our Sixth Form’s social media channels to Year 12 students, Ada, Olivia, Thea and Zoe, who will take you on a tour of their day as they study the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and enjoy the villages of Histon and Impington. Make sure you follow our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for a taste of life as a Sixth Former.