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Impington Village College

IVC lands prestigious award from SSAT

IVC awarded TRANSFORMING status in Principled Curriculum Design and Quality Assurance

Staff at Impington Village College are celebrating this week as they have been awarded a highly prestigious accreditation from the Schools, Students and Teachers Network in two key areas of school leadership. IVC has now achieved ‘Transforming’ status in both Principled Curriculum Design and Quality Assurance, securing its place as one of the leading schools in the UK in both these areas. IVC has been a member of SSAT’s Leading Edge programme for several years now, in recognition of its status as one of the highest performing schools in the country. In order to achieve the prestigious accreditation, the College was subject to two rigorous evaluation visits, one from a partner school and one from a Leading Edge consultant. Sue Hargadon, Leading Edge, said “

The Award for Principled Curriculum Design recognises the outstanding curriculum offer provided for students of all backgrounds and abilities at IVC. In particular, it acknowledges the provision for students to learn beyond their academic subjects, through experiences such as iCAS, Impington Creativity, Activity and Service. This timetabled enrichment programme takes place on a Wednesday afternoon as part of the normal College Day, with students engaging in over sixty activities, from Portuguese to Pottery, and supporting with a number of local community projects. Despite a background of funding cuts and financial challenges, the College has retained its commitment to maximising opportunities for all learners, with around 30 subjects on offer at GCSE including the full range of Arts and Technology subjects, to five different languages. The provision for students of all abilities was also praised, Principal Ryan Kelsall said “as part of our commitment to being an IB World School it is vital that we instil in learners the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. Whilst we want our students to achieve the very best academic outcomes, we also want to ensure they are happy, confident young people who are well equipped for the challenges of adulthood.” The College’s systems for Quality Assurance were also praised during the visit, particularly the impact that the careful tracking of individual students has on their progress.