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Impington Village College

Impart Newsletter July 2015

And so another academic year draws to a close. It has been a truly enjoyable and successful one and it therefore seems most appropriate I use the structure we now employ in giving feedback on students’ work to summarise the year:

Impressive

  • All indicators we use to evaluate the success and impact of our work have moved upwards (quality of teaching, progress & learning of students, attendance, behaviour…), alongside the introduction of provision that will impact tremendously upon the experience at IVC: ICE (curriculum), MOODLE, House/Vertical Tutoring, IMP Stamps
  • The 75th anniversary celebrations and events to commemorate our foundation
  • Another stunning year for the Sports Centre that continues to attract more members and visitors
  • More adults wishing to attend Adult Learning classes and related community events

Improve

  • Ensure all students get the same excellent experience of teaching & tutoring
  • Ensure the i75 year does not become a one-off and the community continues to enjoy IVC as a ‘village college’ in the way conceived by Henry Morris
  • Plan to expand the provision and opportunities within the Sports Centre

Thanks to all of you who have played your part – every positive contribution, no matter how small, makes a difference.

Staffing News

The end of the summer term means we inevitably say goodbye to some colleagues, a number of whom have given many years’ service to IVC. Our thanks to each and every one of them for their valuable contributions:

  • Jenny Clarke (22 years as (formerly) Head of Science, teacher and Governor)
  • Sarah Baker and Anita Porter (16 years’ as teachers in our SEND team and Sixth Form respectively)
  • Graham McGregor and Janet Ritson (both 10 years in Art/Technology and IT respectively)
  • Suzy Marston (9 years in Performance including five heading the Faculty) and Sammy Abbott (also 9 years in Science and as a respected pastoral leader)
  • Jane Cook who oversaw the successful introduction of Hairdressing

We also say goodbye to Caroline Spaxman (TA who is going to train to be a teacher), Elisa Debenham & Viv Sebborn (both Languages), Joe Stott-Wilson, Yaa Opoku-Achampong,  Agnieszka Worek, Melanie Greaux and Tom Cosford  (Teaching Assistants), Max Southworth (6th Form Student Manager) and Jo Russ, Rosie Boparai, Inigo Rodriguez, Sayful Alam and Colin Bailey (Teachers).   

IB Results 2015

Unlike their A Level counterparts, IB Diploma (and Careers) students get their results in early July. 2015 has proved to be an outstanding year for the IB at Impington International Sixth Form. Our students secured an excellent 93% pass rate for the IB Diploma (the international pass rate is 78%), and 14% achieved exceptional high levels of attainment (40 points and above which is broadly equivalent to A* at A Level) enabling them to access the world’s top universities to further their education. A fantastic 82% of students have achieved their first choice university place, including two students who have secured places at Cambridge University.

Glenda Mee, BEM

One of our long-serving and much loved TAs, Glenda Mee, was recognised recently in the Queen’s Honours for her contribution to education. It was a wonderful and most fitting tribute to Glenda and the work of the Pavilion as a whole.

UKMT Team Maths Challenge

IVC was proud to be one of just 88 (out of over 1700) teams to reach the National Final of the Team Maths Challenge. The four students (two from Year 8 and two from Year 9) battled hard and placed inside the top 50 against predominantly independent and highly selective schools. Well done!

Teen Tech

On 22 June Rachel O’Sullivan, Holly Littlewood, and Eleanor Bett (in Year 8) visited the Royal Society in London to represent IVC at the TeenTech Finals. The TeenTech Awards are for UK students from 11-18 (Years 7 to 13) working in teams of up to three to look at problems large and small to see if they can find a better way of doing things. Although their invention of an 'Exo cup' impressed the judges they did not win in their category. It was, however, a wonderful opportunity to meet people involved in technological developments in the U.K.

Berlin 2015

The Berlin Trip was a huge success this year with 50 students from Year 10 accompanied by Mr Greef, Mrs Culshaw, Miss Beaman and Miss Hearn, and led by Frau Marcus. The students behaved impeccably and visited many of Berlin’s top sights, including Checkpoint Charlie, the Jewish Museum and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.

French Exchange 2015

27 Year 8 and 9 students took part in this year’s exchange with our partner school in Tours France. The French students visited Cambridge in April and enjoyed punting trips and visits to the colleges, as well as a French-English sports tournament. Following this the IVC students joined their partners in Tours in June – they built up their confidence in their spoken French and their cultural knowledge, as well as having a lot of fun.

Year 10 Work Experience

After a break of three years, the current Year 10s enjoyed an overwhelmingly positive experience of a range of different workplaces. When asked to reflect on what had gone well, many responded with words like: fun, interesting, enjoyable, worthwhile and inspiring. Several also made a point of telling us that it was much better than college! Many students were keen to tell us about their offers of employment and the thanks and praise they had received. We formally expressed our gratitude to hosting employers. Without their commitments, students would not have had the opportunity to experience the world of work first-hand. We are hugely appreciative of their support provided; our students have been able to start to make links between learning and earning. Some comments from employers about our students were:

"The student is an outstanding example of the fantastic teaching and learning they are offered at Impington Village College"

"Impington Village College should feel proud about the attitude and work ethos their student showed during their placement"

"We were so impressed with our student we have offered employment"

House Camps

Whilst Year 10s engaged with Work Experience or the Duke of Edinburgh, those in Years 7 – 9 either undertook a range of activities and trips from College or went to the inaugural ‘House Camps’ located at Youlbury Scout Camp in Oxfordshire. For those involved in the residential experience it was truly memorable with many outdoors activities to undertake. Bonds and friendships were formed and it was a positive enterprise ahead of the introduction of Vertical Tutoring in September.

Performances

It has been another busy half-term in the Performance Faculty with some wonderful shows and events enjoyed by the whole College, culminating in a superb i75 Show last night, a wonderful tribute to Suzy Marston who leaves the College this summer.
Shows (for their exams) were stunning; the Exit Show celebrated the contribution made by those Year 13s now leaving the College and demonstrated once again the very high level of (professional standard) work achieved by students in the Performance School. The Summer Music Concert saw students present an eclectic range of individual and ensemble pieces from renaissance vocal music through jazz to indie and heavy rock. Highlight of the evening was another stunning set by the growing and increasingly praised IVC Orchestra.

Tony Hillier Art Project

To commemorate the work of local artist, Tony Hillier, IVC alongside the other three main educational providers in the village (EYC, Infants & Juniors) organised an exhibition of students’ work that was inspired by Tony’s distinctive sculptures and drawings. The work was highly praised and seen by hundreds during Histon & Impington Feast Week.

PSFA News

Another very successful and very supportive year with £10,955 raised for the College and much needed support given for key events including the 75th Anniversary, Custard Comedy, performances, Sunday Cinema… If you would like to come along to find out more the next meeting is on Monday 14 September (7.00pm). Put date in diaries now!
And finally...
With thanks for all your support! See you next year…

Robert Campbell, Principal