Ofsted Praises Impington Village College Performance
Impington Village College (IVC) is celebrating the publication of the letter from Ofsted following its inspection in March, 2016. The letter compliments the IVC and says that ‘pupils are very positive about the College and feel very well prepared for the next stage of their learning and life’.
Because IVC was judged ‘Good’ in its last full inspection in 2012, it was only subject to a one day inspection this time. The three inspectors visited 22 lessons, met with staff and students, and read and analysed submissions from all groups, including parents. In the Ofsted letter, Ian Middleton, who led the team, notes that ‘the strong and distinctive features of the college, such as the inspirational performing arts provision and international sixth form, remain of very high quality’.
Much has changed at IVC since 2012 with the aim of developing an outstanding school and the measures introduced have had a significant and particular impact. These include:
- A new curriculum for students in Key Stage 3 was developed and introduced in 2014 which was modelled on the outstanding International Baccalaureate programme that benefits students in the sixth form. Ofsted notes that this curriculum means that ‘pupils are now able to make clearer links between subjects and reflect more on their role as learners at the college and as part of the community ’.
- The introduction of ‘Vertical Tutoring’ (where students in Years 7 to 11 are part of mixed aged tutor groups) leading to ‘greater interaction’ and ‘positive relationships’.
Disadvantaged students were a particular focus of the inspection and the letter reports that these are ‘catching up rapidly’ in many subjects at GCSE. Ofsted recognises the priority which IVC is giving to making further improvement in their performance.
Robert Campbell, Executive Principal, has positively welcomed the inspection and feedback from the letter:
‘This is a really strong endorsement of the excellent work undertaken by staff and students over the past four years. The next steps outlined by Ofsted chime with our own plans – putting the exceptional practice experienced in our strongest areas into every domain, ensuring our disadvantaged students do even better, communicating our successes more effectively to parents and using the features that characterise our outstanding sixth form to greater effect with younger students’.
The inspection and its outcomes come at an exciting time in the development of the College. It is currently in the process of evolving from a ‘standalone’ academy to being a significant partner in a local multi-academy trust. However it remains committed to the inclusive, international and inspirational education that is rooted in the tradition of community learning espoused by Henry Morris.