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Impington Village College

Impart Newsletter May 2016

This newsletter comes at the end of another rather intense and busy half term. This period seems to be dominated by exams, final preparation towards and then the challenge of finally sitting them.  

As I write, our Year 11s are in the midst of exams (with more than ever located before rather than after half-term) and Year 13 IB students finished theirs last week. The cohort this year has worked particularly hard and we are expecting some excellent outcomes when the results are announced in July (one of the other benefits of the IB programme is that students get their results earlier!).

For those sitting AS and A Level exams, more follow in June, and there will be exams for Years 7 – 9 too to help them in their preparations for the future. Overall, we continue to be impressed and delighted with the ethos and endeavour of all. Let’s hope their rewards are their just desserts.

STAFFING NEWS

We say goodbye this week to two colleagues who have offered much support to IVC during their time with us. Paul Birch has been Senior Science Technician and worked here for 10 years. Charles Fadipe has been IT Technician for nearly 3 years. We wish them every success in their new posts at other schools in Cambridgeshire. The period up to 31 May is often the busiest time for schools recruiting staff for September. I will update you on all arrivals and departures in the July newsletter.

GOVERNORS’ AWAY DAY

Every year, the Senior Leadership Team and the Governors hold what we call an ‘Away Day’, even though we hold it on site in the Sports Centre Conference Room!  This extended time together gives us a unique opportunity and the chance to consider and discuss the strategically important events and issues affecting the College. This year was particularly so and the opening slot was dedicated to discussing the composition and character of the new Multi-Academy Trust that is being formed by Impington. There will be an exciting announcement on this front after half-term. Watch this space!

Following ‘Trust’ business, Ryan Kelsall (Principal) and the Vice-Principals (Simon Warburton, Dan Wright and Victoria Hearn) gave an overview of developments in College. With the wonderful feedback received from Ofsted as endorsement of the progress made over the past four years, the team is focussed on how to ensure all students receive the very best provision and achieve the very highest.  

One of the key areas for us is ensuring that we inform and communicate better with parents and families; this was one of the areas mentioned in the Ofsted letter – we know there is good news here at the College; we have to find ways of better informing and celebrating it! If you have any particular ideas on how this could be done better, we would love to hear from you.

IT ALL ADDS UP

IVC has a long tradition of encouraging and supporting excellent Mathematicians. This year was no exception. Following an outstanding performance in the Intermediate Maths Challenge, Zixiao Hu has been invited to participate in the National Maths Summer School, held annually for the country’s very best students. The Juniors (Years 7 and 8) also had some exceptional performances with James Boucher progressing through to the Olympiad and four others doing well enough to be invited to the ‘Kangaroo’ round.

DISTRICT CUP SUCCESS

Following the superb success of the girls’ netball teams this year, it was over to the boys to see if they could match their female counterparts. IVC had two teams in the respective District Cup football finals. Always fiercely competitive, the boys played superbly well and it was particularly pleasing to see the Year 11s triumph in their match against Linton.

 

ABOVE: The Year 11 team proud following their success. Picture by Steve Creamer

OFSTED FEEDBACK

Although the inspection by the team took place in March, the letter from Ian Middleton, HMI, was only received this term. You will have all seen it (and it is also available on the website) and we have received some positive further feedback from, amongst others, Adrian Loades (Director of Children’s Services in Cambridgeshire) who said ‘it’s a very good report in all sense of the word’ and local MP, Lucy Frazer, QC, who wrote, ‘I was delighted to read the College has maintained its ‘Good’ rating and I am sure that you are all very happy with the news. Please pass on my congratulations to the staff who I know work incredibly hard to provide the students a good education.’

IVC ORCHESTRA TRIUMPHS AGAIN!

Under the baton of Martyn Grisdale, the IVC Orchestra performed at the Regional Round of the (national) Music for Youth Festival at Bedford in March. Those lucky enough to attend the Christmas Show would have heard their Bond-themed performance. Needless to say, they wowed the judges and such was their impact that they have now qualified to appear at the National Music Schools Festival at the Town Hall in Birmingham in July.  This is a fantastic achievement and they will be appearing in a final with just four other school orchestras from across the whole country, both state and independent sector.

ART ATTACK

At this time of year, the whole College is blessed with the opportunity to see first-hand the incredible work and achievements that students in Art have spent time crafting during their courses. Earlier this term, we saw the work of the IB cohort. Over the past week, the Prom has been displaying that of the GCSE students. Under the (new) leadership of Su Conroy, the quality is palpable.

 

 

PARABILITY SPORTS

We have a long and proud tradition of supporting students with disabilities or educational needs engaging powerfully with the world of sport. This year, a cohort of athletes ventured to Chelmsford to compete in the Eastern Region Disabled Athletics Championships. Guided and encouraged by Mrs Mee and Griffiths, they all performed superbly well and the team won a total of 24 Golds and 14 other medals. Well done!

YOUR PSFA NEEDS YOU!

The Parents, Staff & Friends Association (PSFA) is long-established body here at IVC that has done much superb work over the many years supporting and encouraging social and cultural events, as well as raising precious funds for the College. Without them, the College would be very much poorer. The Committee who organises events and coordinates activities needs some ‘new blood’ as we have some significant ‘retirements’ this summer, including Liz Hill who has been a magnificent Chair. If you are interested or would like to find out more, please come to the next meeting on Monday 20 June at 7pm in the Carnegie Room. Alternatively please email psfa@impington.cambs.sch.uk or contact via Twitter (@impingtonpsfa) or Facebook.

WHAT DO WE VALUE?

Over the past year, Dan Wright (Vice-Principal) has been working with staff on identifying the ‘values’ we wish to share, encourage and develop within students. As a recent arrival to the College (2014), he noted that although we appear to be a values-rich community, we do not make those explicit. From the work and consultation across the whole staff, he proposed the following values:

Instrumental values: Responsibility, Independence, Broad-Mindedness

Terminal values: A sense of accomplishment, Self- Respect, Equality

I took these to the Student Council in the 6th Form and Student Executive and both groups were positive about them. We would like to hear your views too. Once confirmed and adopted they will underpin explicitly our work and relationships.

And finally…

I wish you all a good Bank Holiday (for those able to take them) and hope students have a good half-term. Next half-term is always a busy and enjoyable one and includes our first opportunity to welcome the new Year 7 cohort to the College (in June) and enjoying Activities Week/Work Experience/D of E and the Sponsored Walk and Sports Day in July.

Robert Campbell, Executive Principal