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Hear from the Principal 30.11.20

Sunday Times Parent Power 2021

We are so proud to be named as the top non-selective secondary school in East Anglia by the Sunday Times Parent Power 2021. In addition to this outstanding accolade, we were also the highest ranked state school outside of Essex in the region, and our national ranking shows that we are the third non-selective school in the UK.

In the midst of such a turbulent year, I am absolutely thrilled that Impington Village College continues to be recognised by the Sunday Times Parent Power as a completely comprehensive and inclusive college, and remain extremely proud of the exceptional outcomes of our students, and in particular, this year, their resilience and determination to continue to do their best regardless of what has been thrown at them.


Our highlights of 2020

While this year has thrown its challenges, throughout December on our social media channels we will be looking back at some highlights of the year! We would love to know some of your Impington highlights too – so please feel free to comment on our posts and share!

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Lights, camera, action!

Recently, our Sixth Form, Impington International College, also shared some exciting news regarding its Scholarship offering. We are delighted to share that we will be launching a Film and Media Scholarship with Cambridge TV for budding filmmakers! Through the partnership, students will have the unmissable opportunity to learn and get practical experience from a range of industry experts while they gain a highly-regarded international education through the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Alongside their studies, students will work on a wide variety of creative projects in response to client commissions and develop key technical skills, whilst using the newly-opened TV studio space on site at the College, designed specifically with the Scholarship in mind.

You can see our Sixth Form’s full scholarship offering here.


iCAS House Charities

This week our amazing Year 7 students have been working on their House Charity projects. While this year has presented some challenges when it has come to fundraising events, the Year 7s have endeavoured to find a way to support our four House charities.

We have been working with: Blue Smile, Centre 33, EACH and Jimmy’s Cambridge for at least three years now. Each of these charities do vital work. Year 7s have not only been looking at ways to raise money for them, but have been studying the charity itself and the issues surrounding them to ensure they develop the principled and caring attributes that these organisations typify.


Japanese virtual exchange

Overseas trips are off limits at the moment, but this has not stopped Mrs Turner, our Lead for International Education, from continuing with our programme of cultural exchanges. Our Sixth Form Japanese Ab Initio and Year 7/8 enrichment groups have been taking part in virtual exchanges and live lessons with our partner school in Morioka, Japan. The students have thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and even made it in to the Morioka local newspaper!


COVID-19 update

We continue to face significant challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This fortnight Year 11 will be taught using live online lessons for the next two weeks, as we have taken the decision to postpone the mock exams due to the number of Year 11 students now self-isolating.

The students will be having revision lessons and will also participate in an online version of ‘IB Week’, which was due to take place the week after the mock exams. The mock exams will then take place from 10 December onwards, in full exam conditions. Our priority remains ensuring that students are safe, and that they do not miss any valuable learning time, while ensuring that the students are able to sit their mocks in full exam conditions. We have worked hard with staff on our remote learning offer to ensure that all students are able to access live lessons for the duration of any full or partial closures. The feedback so far from the Sixth Form, which has had two periods of remote learning, has been excellent, and continues to shape our approach.


Meet the SLT Member: Victoria Hearn


What is your role in College?

I am the Principal – I have overall responsibility for the College and support members of SLT to deliver on their individual areas. I am responsible for ensuring that the College lives up to its vision and mission to be inclusive, inspirational and international.


How long have you been at IVC, and what did you do before you joined?

This is my 7th year at Impington and I taught in Oxfordshire before I moved to Cambridge. I started at Impington as Assistant Principal and was then promoted to Vice Principal, before being made Principal ready for September 2020. Prior to this I taught History and had a variety of responsibilities in my previous school.


What do you like most about IVC?

I love the diverse, unique community that Impington is home to. I am incredibly proud of all of our students and the progress they make, regardless of their background or ability. I am hugely passionate about ensuring that the College allows students to achieve their very best but also gives them opportunities they wouldn’t get anywhere else- and helps them grow into compassionate and articulate young people. I also love the fact that we are an IB World School!


What do you enjoy in your spare time?

I love to travel (when I can!) and enjoy cooking, reading and spending time with my husband and toddler.