Impart Newsletter February 2016
A belated Happy New Year!
As I wrote last week, 2016 is proving to be a time of change in education. The governmental desire to see all schools become Academies and the growth of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) means that IVC is developing. We are building a very strong team here at the College and have been working very hard ensuring that all students receive excellent teaching and tuition so they can make outstanding progress as learners. To do that means (i) developing the team we have currently and (ii) recruiting the very best teachers and staff. We are now spending more time as a staff on our professional development and for our last training day (29 January) we partnered with colleagues from Sawston and Linton Village Colleges on how we can provide an even stronger challenge for learners at Key Stage 3. In terms of recruitment (and the national crisis is headline news as I write today), we have had another great season and are currently already fully staffed for September. It is a very good sign that people are actively wanting to come to work at IVC.
Your views as families are very important to us and I will always welcome what you think and feel about your children’s education here at IVC. If you ever feel there is something that can be improved, then do please share! I can always be reached on email at email@example.com and I will always respond to what you write or say. Another way in which you can share your views on IVC is through the Ofsted Parent View website. The link for IVC is found below.
On the subject of parent views and engagement with you as families, we are holding another Parents’ Forum on Tuesday 23 February commencing at 7pm in the Hall. This event is open to all parents and carers (and students if they want to attend as well!) and will give you an opportunity to hear about IVC and the development of its (Academy) Trust, as well as posing questions to myself and Ryan Kelsall, Principal. If you are unable to attend, then we are always happy to receive questions or queries which we can ‘ask’ in your absence.
VISIT BY LOCAL HEADS
During last year, I was engaged as a Local Leader of Education (a role offered to experienced and successful Headteachers) to support three Cambridgeshire schools on their improvement journey. It was a wonderful and very fulfilling experience and I learnt much from visiting other schools and identifying what we could do better here at IVC too. It was also very illuminating to receive my training for this role from an HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector).
Cast the calendar forward a year and the project has evolved to include all schools, including IVC. We have been partnered with Longsands, Ernulf and Gamlingay. Seven senior colleagues, including all three Heads, from the schools visited us recently to evaluate our work and view of ourselves. They started with a key question, namely, ‘How good is Impington?’ Their spending a day in College was so important to us and the team commented in their report on the ‘positive vibe’ that exists across IVC and of the ‘welcoming’ and ‘polite’ students. The visit also gave us a chance to reflect on what we needed to improve further and one key area is assessment at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9) where parents in those years have already received information about developments.
IVC NETBALLERS CONTINUE TO EXCEL!
Led by its coach, Rachael Pegg, the U14 Girls’ Netball team continues to have a wonderful season. First up was their triumph in the County Netball Finals where they defeated all Cambridgeshire schools, state and independent, to lift the trophy. The team was only the second state school to do so and the only one in recent years. Buoyed by this victory the girls represented Cambridgeshire in the East Regional Finals. They were only one of three state schools competing across the entire U14/16/19 tournament. Once again, they were an immense credit to IVC and only narrowly missed out on a semi-final place on goal difference. What is more incredible is that three of the team is competing a year-younger than the others and will still be eligible next season. Well done to the girls who worked so hard, training five plus hours a week, and to their coach, Rachael Pegg.
SPACE TO EARTH CHALLENGE
The term started with a unique event – the challenge of mobilising the College to spin/run/trot the 400 or so kilometres from the International Space Station back to Earth (celebrating Tim Peake’s mission). Not literally, of course, but in collaboration with the British Triathlon Trust through logging the kilometres in the Sports Hall on spin bikes. When we were offered the opportunity, we were set the challenge to go further than any previous school. Our ambition was to go beyond 2000 kilometres (the ‘record’ was about 1800 at that stage). Across the day, all students doing PE were involved and the Sports Hall was packed at break and lunch (as well as before school with staff!). In the end we set an untouchable 3256km. A wonderful day for all involved and hopefully it has inspired students to look at triathlon, one of our fastest growing sports.
ATTENDANCE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
Last term, we celebrated the news that attendance at IVC is at its highest ever levels. January is of course the most challenging month to maintain excellent attendance – all those colds and viruses. The good news is that students (and staff!) at IVC continue to attend very well. Currently our attendance stands at 96.4% and 171 students still have 100%. Well done!
IVC OUT AND ABOUT…
This half-term is one of the shortest, but that hasn’t held the College back from offering so much above and beyond the normal, everyday lessons:
- Art trips to galleries including the Tate and the Curwen
- Year 8s involved in thinking about their futures through Options
- All the College united in a day of Personal Development which included mixed-age sessions with tutors
- Theatre visit to the Young Vic to see ‘Macbeth’
- Year 9 students working with ‘Kick It Out’ on anti-racism
- 100 students from predominantly Year 9 and 10 participated last week in the National Intermediate Maths Challenge
- GCSE Drama students performing at Histon Early Years’ Centre
- Another successful IV See, IV Hear music concert
- A party of 40 heading to Austria for the ski-trip
WE WILL ROCK YOU!
Tickets are selling fast for the College musical production of ‘We Will Rock You’ which runs for three nights in March (Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th). Directed by Jane Milne, Head of Performance School, it promises to be a spectacular production. The musical brings to life the songs of legendary rock band, Queen, and is sure to get feet tapping (along with heads banging). Those of you who managed to get to the Christmas Show will have caught a glimpse of the high quality of what we can expect from the event. Don’t miss out! Tickets can only be purchased online from https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/tickets/events/we-will-rock-you
55th Annual Art Exhibition
On Saturday, the PSFA will be opening and then hosting the 55th Annual Art Exhibition which invites local artists to exhibit and sell their work; there are always great pieces and bargains on offer! The Private Viewing commences at 7.00pm (tickets including programme are £4.50 on the door) and refreshments will be available. Please come along and support – it runs until Wednesday 17 February in the Gropius Hall and Prom and once again provides an excellent opportunity to raise funds for the College.
I would like to wish you all a wonderful and most successful year ahead and I look forward to seeing you at one of the many College events…