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Impington Village College

Superb Impington GCSE results confirmed 

Impington is one of the top state schools again

For the second year running, Impington Village College has been placed in the top 150 schools nationally for student progress. The release of the Progress8 scores, the measure used to compare schools based on the progress of their students, has once again placed IVC in the top 5% of all non-selective schools, a huge achievement. With a Progress8 score of 0.66, students at Impington achieve at least 2/3 a grade, on average, more than other students nationally in every subject.

Progress8 Explained

Progress8 is the new measure used to compare school performance. It looks at the progress of students from their SATs in Year 6 (at the end of Key Stage 2) to their GCSEs at the end of Year 11. Progress8 looks at students’ progress across their best eight subjects, including English, Maths and Science, and compares it to the progress of similar students nationally. The score for each school is an average of the progress scores of all students in year 11. A Progress8 of 0 means that students have achieved in line with national expectations; schools usually have a score of between -1 and +1 depending on how much progress students have made.


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Confirmation of the Progress8 score today follows a highly successful summer for all of IVC’s year 11 students, who achieved some of the College’s best ever results. This included exceptional outcomes for the most able students, with almost 5% of students achieving all 3 ‘Grade 9’ GCSEs in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics. 1 in 5 students achieved 10 or more A* and A grades, and 43% of all grades were at A*-A or equivalent. The College also remains deeply committed to ensuring all of its students achieve their very best, including students who have additional needs. This year, the College supported sixteen students with an Education, Health Care Plan, including six students who had Enhanced Resource placements and would not otherwise have accessed mainstream education.

Principal Ryan Kelsall said ‘we are immensely proud of the achievements of all our students, from those who achieved the new super-grade 9, to those who passed their entry level qualifications alongside GCSE courses. All of these students contribute to the College’s success in achieving an exceptional Progress8 score, and it is thanks to their hard work and the commitment of IVC’s staff that we were able to celebrate another set of outstanding results this summer’.

International Success: a world-class education at Impington International College

With GCSE outcomes placing the College as one of the very best schools in the country, Impington’s highly successful Sixth Form, Impington International College, provides an educational experience that is world-class, competing with both selective and non-selective schools across the globe. Specialising in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, which the College has delivered for twenty five years, Impington International College (IIC) has celebrated outstanding outcomes once again. With an average point score of 34 against a world average of 30, and an exceptional pass rate of 97% (internationally the pass rate is 80%), the College is rightly celebrating following another successful summer. At subject level, performance was incredible; in 38 subjects students at IIC achieved above the world average.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is the ‘gold standard’ in sixth form education; it provides students with the opportunity to excel in six subjects, alongside completing a challenging ‘core’, including Theory of Knowledge, an Extended Essay and a programme of Creativity, Action and Service. The IB is widely recognised by universities as a demanding and rigorous pathway, and it is no surprise that at IIC, over 95% of students are offered their choice of university place. The College provides a truly unique experience for learners; it attracts students from both the local area and across Europe, with international students choosing to study at Impington and live with host families. Alongside the IB, the College offers a range of BTEC courses, including as part of renowned Performance School. Outcomes here were similarly successful, with 100% of students passing, and 53% achieving a Distinction or Distinction*. Many students from the Performance School  go on to professional companies, with a number starring in the West End.   

This year has been a highly successful one all-round for Impington: it was recently appointed as the Lead School in the Morris Teaching School Alliance, and as a result will be playing a leading role in supporting new teachers and providing professional development opportunities for schools across the area.  Ryan Kelsall, Principal, commented ‘it is testament to the outstanding provision at IVC that we are able to continue to deliver exceptional outcomes at both GCSE and in the Sixth Form. This is against a backdrop of reductions in funding and external pressures around curriculum change. We will continue to focus on remaining fully inclusive, supporting individual students, and ensuring that teaching is of the highest quality, to ensure that learners at Impington are able to achieve their very best’.