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Impington Village College

Impart Newsletter December 2015


This has been a memorable and enjoyable (calendar) year in the life of IVC. I can look back on so many highlights, whether this is the conclusion of the i75 celebrations which ran across the academic year or the introduction of Vertical Tutoring which we believe is making such a difference with the support and academic guidance we provide our students. Our community continues to grow and in so many ways to thrive. We look forward to 2016 with real optimism


And on the subject of 2016, it will bring some (significant) internal re-structuring. The world of education is changing more rapidly than I can ever recall. New opportunities, new provision, new legislation and ever higher expectations… it’s certainly not dull!  When IVC became an Academy in 2012, it was as a ‘standalone’ Trust. Move forward three years and the challenge of continuing growth and improvement whilst dealing with reducing funding is increasing. Impington very much wants to be author of its own destiny and to this end, the Governing Body has already been re-structured to place a core of Directors more closely to the College. From January, I will become ‘Executive Principal’ with a view to growing the Academy Trust. Following an internal recruitment process, Ryan Kelsall has been appointed as ‘Principal’ (Head of School) and will deal with all day-to-day business of the ‘school’ (the 11-16 and Sixth Form). More details in the New Year.


At the end of this term we will be saying goodbye to a number of colleagues who have served IVC so positively.

  • Mrs Fadipe leaves to go to Ely College after 8 years; we will miss her enthusiasm and (of course) her many memorable performances
  • Miss Nugent has been a great asset in Languages and relocates to the Perse
  • I first met Mrs Culshaw on the MEd programme three years ago and was delighted when she came to IVC last year; she now moves to a full-time PhD programme at the University of Herts
  • Mrs Brown who has overseen the growth of the library over the last 2 years
  • Mr Laws who has been a valued member of our cover team for five years.

Best wishes to all!


IVC recently hosted a ‘Step into Sport’ Conference which involved students from IVC working collaboratively with those from other local schools. The aim of ‘Step into Sport’ is to encourage inclusivity within sport leadership and to widen participation. The young ambassadors will facilitate sports events across the year and were aided on the day by Lesley Owusu, former European, Commonwealth and World Athletics Championships’ representative, who was truly inspirational in her working with the youngsters.


Step into Sports



The UK Maths Trust runs a special competition for the best female mathematicians in the Country in order to encourage and inspire as many girls as possible to get involved in advanced mathematical problem solving, as well as to identify potential squad members for the annual European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad and other international competitions. This year we entered some of our Year 10 and Year 11 girls (Lucy Howes and Bethan White in Year 10, Roella Smith, Lucy Bett and Jo Whitehead in Year 11).  The competition entails the students spending 2½ hours answering 5 extremely challenging questions.  Bethan and Lucy Bett both managed to achieve Distinctions which was wonderful (particularly for Bethan since the competition is really only aimed at students in Year 11 and above). 


After a year off because of ‘Cabaret’, the Christmas Show returns to IVC next week with the ‘Not So Royal Variety Performance’ under the new directorship of Jane Milne, Head of Performance School. Having heard and seen work in progress, I can assure you that it promises to be another couple of nights of wonderful entertainment and the perfect end of term treat for all the family. Performances are on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 December at 7.00pm. Tickets can only be purchased from


Thomas Edison (allegedly) commented that 90% of any success was down to ‘perspiration’ – just turning up and getting on with the job in hand. This is true of any activity in life. Now that may be the case, but at IVC, we ask for 96% - our College target for attendance this year.  The great news is that attendance is currently running at 96.4%. Students with 100% attendance have been positively recognized and there have been awards issued to (randomly) selected students. We now also manage the process of dealing with poor attendance internally and it’s made such a difference.  Currently 654 students (out of 1162 students in Years 7 – 11) have over 97% attendance and 304 students still have 100% attendance. Well done to all and it’s great to see so many students coming so positively to IVC!


Our U14 Netball team recently took on the might of the rest of the county at a day-long tournament. This is a highly prestigious competition and won regularly by the local independent schools. Indeed the trophy (apparently) only contains one other state school, Comberton, who took the title a few years ago. Facing such a challenge, the girls (under their brilliant coach, Rachael Pegg) showed zeal and great spirit (alongside skills from hours of practice) and they convincingly took the title. Well done all and let’s hope they can go one better than Chelsea…


There is always so much going on in our College before, during and after hours. This was another very busy half-term of extra-curricular events including:

  • Duke of Edinburgh ‘Bronze’ practice expeditions
  • Students performing well in a debating competition in the House of Commons, organised by local MP, Lucy Frazer
  • An IVC team of three students finishing 5th out of 22 teams at the Worldwise (Geography) Quiz, defeating a number of notable local independent schools in the process!
  • Art students visiting both the National and National Portrait Galleries
  • Five budding scientists/engineers competing in the Lego League to design and build robots
  • A large party of students going to support Cambridge against The Other Place in the Varsity Rugby at Twickenham
  • Students competing in the Lord Taverners’ Boccia competition
  • Students performing at the local Baptist church as part of Advent celebrations

We can only run such exciting opportunities because of the extra commitment and support of our staff.  I am sure you will want to join me in expressing thanks to them for their work and commitment over the year.


(1)   200 Club

This continues to grow and members have enjoyed their winnings. Participants donate to the College as well as winning cash prizes in a monthly draw – we consider this to be the perfect (late!) Christmas present.  Please join and support the College even further – contact us at

(2)   PSFA Fireworks

The annual Fireworks Display took place on IVC’s fields on Saturday 7 November and an estimated four thousand folk gathered once again to enjoy the spectacle. This event raises funds for the Infants and Junior School as well as IVC and we were overwhelmed with the support this year.

(3)   Custard Comedy

After a quieter year on the comedy front, Custard Comedy returns with a vengeance in February with another superb bill (see below). Tickets from will be available at the link below shortly:



And finally...

I conclude by wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


Robert Campbell