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Hear from the Principal 26.04.21

Congratulations to Emma Waldock and Gemma Eastham

Since my last blog post focused on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), I thought I would start this one with a new update!

I am very proud to share that Emma Waldock and Gemma Eastham have both successfully passed the Leadership Legacy Programme run by SSAT. As part of this programme, Emma and Gemma have been running improvement projects in their departments (English and Science) and have been attending a range of seminars and workshops on leadership. They have both been key parts of our development group for the implementation of the MYP, and are both exceptional role models for our students and for early career teachers. Well done!

The Leadership Legacy Programme is just one example of the bespoke CPD offered to our staff. We are very proud to offer a huge range of professional development, tailored to the interests and CPD needs of each member of staff. This is particularly pertinent at the moment as we are in the middle of our mid-year reviews, and planning with staff their CPD for the rest of the year.


Parking arrangements: Histon FC

We are entering the second week of our new parking arrangement with Histon FC. The changes to picking up at the end of the College day are already having a significant impact, and parents and guardians are reminded to use the Football Club car park for picking their children up wherever possible, to ease congestion on New Road/Burgoynes Road and to improve the safety of our cyclists and pedestrians. Thank you for continuing to support this and for parking responsibly.


A focus on: International-mindedness

I can’t believe that it has almost been a year and two months since we went into lockdown! Since then, our focus on international-mindedness and ensuring our students feel connected beyond the classroom walls, has never rung truer. I recently wrote a piece for SSAT, which discusses why nurturing international-mindsets in our students is key and how we are looking to the future. You can read it here.


Year 11 assessments

Year 11 assessments are now in full swing, with just two more weeks to go. The students have worked exceptionally hard and we are confident that this will pay off for their final grades. Teachers and Lead Practitioners have been busy marking and moderating, and reviewing the full range of evidence for each student. More information can be found here. After the assessments, Year 11 students can look forward to a range of enrichment opportunities, including IB Taster Week, First Aid, DoE, Sports Day and more. We also look forward to welcoming the students back for a Garden Party (COVID regulations permitting) later in the term.


A step back in time

For most of us in Cambridgeshire, Village Colleges are part of every day life, but did you know that our village colleges were a Cambridgeshire invention that was inspired by poverty and need almost a century ago? I am very pleased to share this heritage project from Viva Arts and Community Group, which has looked at how Cambridgeshire Village Colleges have been central to our communities for decades. Please do visit the website to find out more!