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Impington Village College

IVC Ofsted Feedback

Headlines from Ofsted Feedback

Dear Parents and Carers,

During my time as Principal we have consistently delivered outstanding outcomes for our students and over recent years provided an experience beyond the formal assessed curriculum that compliments those outcomes.

This is a huge achievement, and places us as one of the very best schools in the area and the country. It is particularly amazing when you consider:

  • Our outcomes include all of our SEND students, who achieve entry level qualifications and a couple of GCSEs, some of whom would not be in a mainstream school if they didn’t attend IVC
  • We have not permanently excluded a student in over a decade, and we do not make use of alternative provision beyond the extensive support in place at IVC through Personalised Learning, and certainly don’t ‘off roll’ students or turn students away who have a challenging background
  • We remain committed to providing experiences beyond exams for all our students and supporting their wellbeing, including amazing experiences such as iCAS​​​​​​​

The fact that we deliver such incredible things for our students, whilst staying committed to our inclusive ethos, makes these outcomes all the more remarkable.

Following our recent Section 8 (this is a short inspection and the grading of the school cannot change unless the quality of education has significantly decreased or safeguarding is not effective) Ofsted Inspection and the release of the annual Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR) for Impington Village College, we would like to share some of the headlines from both documents.

Ofsted Headlines Inspection Data Summary Report (IDSR)

Overall Progress 8 (0.7) was significantly above the national average and in the highest 20% of all schools in 2019 as well as in 2018 and 2017. This means that IVC students achieve almost a whole grade higher than national expectations in every one of their subjects.

Outcomes in the following subjects were in the top 20% of all schools nationally for either progress or attainment:

  • Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Combined Science
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Geography
  • Dance
  • Child Development
  • Additional Maths
  • Computer Science


Overall absence (4.0%) was in the lowest 20% of all schools in 2019 as well as in 2018, meaning that rates of attendance at IVC are among the highest in the country.

Headlines from the Ofsted Report

  • This is a school with an individual and positive character.
  • One aspect that shines through is the inclusive nature of the school…everyone is welcome, regardless of sexuality, nationality, disability or any other personal characteristic.
  • Lessons are typically calm and productive. Pupils are polite and attentive. They are confident to share their ideas in front of others.
  • Leaders and teachers have high expectations of what pupils should achieve.
  • Pupils do well in the subjects they study, and achieve well by the end of Year 11.
  • In subjects across key stages 3 and 4, leaders have given careful consideration to what the curriculum should achieve for pupils. They have determined what pupils should learn and when they should learn it.
  • The curriculum planning is underpinned by effective teaching across different subjects and year groups.
  • Leaders have been highly successful in adapting some features of their distinctive post-16 provision, so that the students contribute to the provision for younger pupils.
  • The opportunities are extensive for extra-curricular and enrichment programmes
  • Provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is strong.
  • Pupils feel safe. They are kept safe from bullying. The open and inclusive culture means pupils are free to be themselves. If pupils have worries, they have someone to talk to.

Ofsted have been very clear that the reason we cannot be graded as an ‘outstanding’ school is our curriculum at Key Stage 3. This is the view of Ofsted but not the view of the College Leadership Team, The IVC Local Governing Body or the Morris Education Trust. Our College is built on the strong foundations that come from being an IB World School for 30 years, our curriculum is broad and balanced with a unique timetabled enrichment programme (iCAS) and delivers outstanding outcomes year on year. Moreover our curriculum is valued by our parents (97% believe we deliver a wider range of subjects and 96% would recommend the school to another parent) and our students who appreciate the personalised approach we have adopted that allows them to focus on areas of strength and interest to achieve success and develop a love of learning.

I am extremely lucky to lead a school that serves a supportive community, has an exceptional body of staff and a committed, talented and enthusiastic student body.

We are extremely pleased with the results that have been achieved and the recognition from both Ofsted and the recent Sunday Times/Parent Power rankings that named us as the highest performing school in East Anglia and placed as the third highest performing non-selective school in the UK. Moreover, we are extremely proud to be ‘IVC’ and what that means to every member of our community.

The link to the full Ofsted Letter following the inspection can be found here

Thank you for your continued support


Yours faithfully


Ryan Kelsall