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Impington Village College

Impart Newsletter May 2015

Events this half-term have been dominated by the General Election, which saw a less-than-expected result. In their own ‘Mock Election’, IVC Students debated then voted a resounding victory for Labour, with UKIP in second place.

Education took centre stage within just 10 days with a Secretary of State announcement regarding ‘coasting schools’. No-one can dispute the importance of all children nationally being educated in really good schools and I hope this legislation will lead to further improvements across the system. Disappointingly, there has been no statement made about funding and like other local schools, we face increasing pressure on our budgets. Cutting costs is our only solution, which will impact on provision. Newly elected local MP, Lucy Frazer has acknowledged the importance of increased funding for schools in the area and I would encourage you to write to her about this.

Progress with Vertical Tutoring

The College recently held an Information Evening for Parents that was well attended by approximately 80 parents (and some children as well). The evening included a talk from former Headteacher at Sharnbrook School (Bedfordshire), Peter Barnard, who is supporting the College in its progression to Vertical Tutoring, as well as input from Simon Warburton, Vice Principal (who is overseeing the Heads of House in the new system). The purpose of the evening was to provide further insights into the development of Vertical Tutoring which comes into place in September.

For those unable to be there, the evening was videoed and can be accessed online: https://youtu.be/r68RgxDrs6E 

We are pleased to confirm that students will be part of tutor groups of approximately just 18 students, each supported by a Lead and Co-Tutor, leading to more personalised relationships and improved academic guidance. There will extended opportunities for parents to meet with tutors to discuss the progress of their children. Further details after half-term.

Proposed change to Training Day in 2016

You should have already received notification of our proposed term dates for 2015-16. Included within these are the five days (per year) that are set aside for training for staff. We had previously indicated that one of these was to be Thursday 24 March. However, as we are now part of the Cambridgeshire and Suffolk Schools Alliance, we would prefer to switch the March date to Friday 29 January which will be the same for all CASSA schools. This will give our staff chance to train and develop their skills alongside other practitioners (such as those in Sawston and Linton who are also part of CASSA). We hope this is early enough notification. If you have any concerns or queries about this switch, please email Mike Murray (Assistant Principal): mmurray@impington.cambs.sch.uk

Josh Wade in the title role of Tartuffe with some of the cast looking on…
Josh Wade in the title role of Tartuffe with some of the cast looking on…

Lorca and Molière @IVC

After her wonderful direction of ‘Cabaret’ at Christmas, Cory Pulman-Jones ensured the AS Drama students produced two superb performances of challenging plays earlier this week. The first cast took on the emotional intensity of Lorca, with his ‘House of Bernarda Alba’; this was followed with the exuberant humour of Molière’s 17th century masterpiece, ‘Tartuffe’, a hilarious conclusion to another great night of theatre at IVC.

We win again!

Having won the Year 9 District Football Cup last year, there was pressure on the team to reproduce their winning ways as Year 10. However, they had little to worry about and duly dispatched Bottisham on penalties in the final. Can they make it three in a row as Year 11?

Top of the sums!

Once again, students from IVC took part in the UK Mathematical Trust event for schools. Facing stiff competition locally (26 teams from across Cambridgeshire), our team placed first after the opening day and, as a result, will be progressing through to the National Final against 77 teams to be held at Lindley Hall, London in June. We wish the team of Harri Bain and Sophie Parker from Year 8 and Abe Ringenburg and Bethan White from Year 9 every success – they are following in a great tradition of IVC mathematicians.

Teen Tech Awards 2015

Following last year’s success by IVC students in this event, we were delighted to learn that three Year 8 students, Rachel O’Sullivan, Holly Littlewood, and Eleanor Bett, who submitted a self-heating cup in the Manufacturing Award category, have been selected to the finals to be held at the Royal Society in London in June. This is a great achievement for both students and the College as a whole.

Year 10s bow out in style

For the last three years, IVC students have been sitting a (full course) GCSE in Religious Studies at the end of Year 10 as part of their EPS curriculum. This has been a wonderful opportunity for students to pass a GCSE a full year early. This particular cohort has especially applied themselves to the challenge and well-led by Mr Green, the staff teaching the course ensured the students had the best final preparation with a day-long event. With curriculum changes nationally, this is the final cohort to undertake the challenge. We await their results!

Year 9s go to University

Miss Bell is taking a group of Year 9 students to York University this week as part of an access to Higher Education promotion with the Russell Group universities. We participated last year and it proved to be a great success for those involved.

Maths at Wood Green Animal Shelter

Earlier this term, Mr Lewis led a party of Year 8 students on a day-long mathematics workshop off site. He commented: “Wood Green Animal Shelter provided a great setting to allow the students to access maths in everyday life scenarios. The students really engaged with the maths and loved seeing the animals housed at Wood Green. A great day out which gave understanding of maths to all that attended.”

Fund-raising for automatic doors

Andrew Mee, the son of one of our long-serving TAs (Glenda Mee), recently ran the London Marathon to raise funds for automatic doors for the Pavilion. This will enable students with reduced mobility in particular to have greater independence in opening doors themselves. We were delighted to learn that Andrew raised £3426 for this cause. A great effort and our thanks to him!

A Theory of Everything

Theory of everythingTo mark the end of the 75th Anniversary Festival, IVC invite you to a Special Evening of Film and Celebration on Friday 10 July, 7pm with a screening of The Theory of Everything (12A). Special guest Jane Hawking, author of the book on which the film is based, will give an introduction and Q&A before the film is screened. We are very pleased to welcome Jane Hawking back to Impington. In 1987 Stephen and Jane Hawking officially open the newly built Science block and the Pavilion. The event will also include the screening of a short film about the 75th anniversary year, and there will be licensed bar run by the Parents, Staff and Friends Association. The film is rated as age 12+. Tickets are just £3 student, £5 adults and can be bought online at www.wegottickets.com/event/318855

Gropius Lecture Day

In April we hosted a special lecture day on the influence of Walter Gropius, one of the 20th Century’s leading architectural icons. Impington Village College is the only public building in the UK designed by Gropius, and as a result attracts visitors from all over the country and also helped to raise funds towards the ongoing Gropius Restoration Appeal which will enable crucial repair work on the original Grade 1 Listed building at IVC.

And finally...

I would like to wish you all a relaxing Bank Holiday and half-term. The final half-term of the year promises to be another very busy one with exams, events, trips, visits including the House Camps and the culmination of the year in Activities Week and Sports Day.

Robert Campbell, Principal