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Impington Village College

Impart Newsletter July 2016

This has been another memorable year in the life of IVC. I have the absolute pleasure and privilege of doing the job I do and therefore know how much takes place across our College. I hope we have done justice to this through our newsletters, magazines and online communications. We do like you to know what’s going on as much as possible!

The most recent events are included here and Etc, IVC’s magazine, is published this week too. Together, they depict a College achieving so much.



We say goodbye this week to a number of teaching colleagues who have each played their part in helping our College grow and develop. We thank them all and wish them every success and happiness for the future:

Emma Aldridge (Science), Hannah Bailey (English), Mike Balding (Maths), Andy Baldwin (PE), Lisa Coe (Catering), Luis Dos Santos (IB CAS Coordinator), Tamsin Eddy (English), Dan Greef (History), Martyn Grisdale (Music), Amy Miller (SEN) Beth Morrish (English), Caroline Mulderij (Languages), KJ Norton-Berry (Science), Vicki Parry (Science), Tim Pegler (Humanities), Ros Puddefoot (Horticulture), Sharon Wildsmith (Art).

Of these, three are moving overseas and four are moving to promotions/enhanced roles locally.

David Hicks (Languages) and Corinne Jarvis (Science) are both retiring and between them they have given 51 years’ loyal service to IVC. Our thanks to them for their dedication to IVC over the years.

In addition, we say goodbye to a number of Teaching Assistants (four of whom are now embarking upon teacher training) and other members of a valued associate staff:

Ellie Beaman (TA), Anna Crane (TA), Jonathan Escalante-Phillips (TA), Laura Matine (TA), Rachel McLeish (TA), Debbie Meadows (Cover Manager), Kaitlyn Moses (Family Support Worker), Emily Norman (PL Support Worker), Faye Peckham (PL Support Worker), Jess Wyatt (TA)

We similarly wish these colleagues every success and happiness for their respective futures.


We were delighted with the release of the IB results earlier this month. In total, an outstanding 95% of students passed the full (and most challenging) Diploma (against an international pass-rate of 78%).  Many students secured or exceeded their points offers and overall the average points score was 32 (roughly equivalent to getting a minimum of AAB at A Level). Particular recognition to Joy Gingell who scored 42 points and will now apply to read English at Oxford. Well done to all and we wish our leavers every success for the future.


Under the leadership of Jane Milne, Performing Arts has enjoyed a very successful year, with a wonderful Christmas Show and the musical, We Will Rock You, in March, both stunning highlights. This term there was a celebration of the superb work developed in Dance which saw students from all years perform a celebration of the material entitled Bare Bones before a highly appreciative audience. 


Last week, all students and staff took part in ‘Activities Week’, an opportunity for all to learn and develop in different ways. For students in Year 12 this meant Work Experience. Similarly, a large cohort of Year 10 was also on Work Experience, whilst about 80 participated in the Duke of Edinburgh, combining an expedition with service in support of others.

Years 7 – 9 commenced the week with two days of fun faculty activities; this was followed by either the House Camp, which saw 200 students heading to Kent for three days of activities at Downe Scout Camp.

Those who remained in College went to Wicksteed Park and Duxford Air Museum and enjoyed experiencing different sports and activities through partnership with Power2Inspire, the local charity founded by the inspirational John Willis whose mission is inclusion through sport: .


The first sponsored walk was (re)introduced to IVC in 2014 and it proved such a success, it has become a fixture of the end of year arrangements. That first year, we walked a mere 6.5 miles, which students covered rather too easily. Last year, we extended it to over 8 miles and this seemed a better distance and an enjoyable lunch break at the Recreation Ground at Oakington. We had been hoping to walk the same this year, but had concerns about the risks of walking that far on a very hot day. We therefore decided to cut the distance to a little over 5 miles. An excellent sum will be earned for the designated charities.  


The IVC Orchestra repeated its success of 2014 in securing a place in the National Music for Youth Festival which was held earlier in the month in Birmingham. Orchestras, ensembles and performers from across the country attend regional competitions to earn a place at the coveted celebration of all things musical. For IVC to reach this honour for a second time underlines the achievement of Martyn Grisdale (conductor) and the students who meet and play together regularly.


The IVC orchestra performing at the recent Summer Music Concert

Not to be outdone by their Dance colleagues, the Music Department put on a wonderful concert two days after Bare Bones. The Orchestra provided the fitting finale for the whole evening, but before then the audience was treated to an eclectic range of ensembles and individual pieces, from Year 7 choir through to original rock compositions via more traditional classical work. With strawberries and drinks provided by the PSFA, it was another lovely event.



The team celebrates its medal haul.


It has been a busy summer on the athletics track with students competing regularly against other schools. There have been some outstanding individual performances.

At the Regional Disability Athletics Champs in Chelmsford in June, IVC collected a whopping total of 34 medals, including 21 at Gold. Team GB take note!


Hattie Tebbit (Year 7) then went from there and competed at the National Junior Athletics Disability Championships in Coventry. She won silver medals in the 100m and the discus. An outstanding achievement!


The Parents, Staff & Friends Association (PSFA) has done much superb work at IVC, supporting and encouraging social and cultural events as well as raising precious funds for the College. The Committee who organises events and coordinates activities has some significant ‘retirements’ this summer, including Liz Hill who has been a magnificent Chair. They are looking for new members to volunteer time and enthusiasm. If you are interested or would like to find out more please contact them through Twitter (@impingtonpsfa), Facebook or email  The next meeting of the PFSA is on Monday 12 September, 7pm in the Carnegie Room at IVC.

And finally...

I would like to thank you all for your support for the College this year. Personally, it has been an exciting one as we develop our Multi-Academy Trust. There is so much about Impington that we should and are rightly proud about, therefore wanting to preserve and encapsulate that vision and excellence in our own Trust is a priority.

This will be the last Impart from me. I hope you have enjoyed gaining a further insight into what we offer, achieve and have done.

Have a great summer.

Robert Campbell

Executive Principal