Sally Mars joined class 1R at Impington Village College in September 1972, aged 11. According to her primary school report she was conscientious, but shy and timid at PE. Sally has IVC to thank for the transformation in her life during those difficult self-searching adolescent years. Proudly wearing the IVC blazer with its ‘Let Knowledge Grow’ motto, she learnt enough from the enthusiastic and encouraging teaching staff to gain 9 useful ‘O’ levels, thereby discovering interests in art, history, literature, geography, biology and languages which have inspired Sally throughout her life.
Encouraged by her PE teacher, she became the school captain for hockey, and also played for the County team. Sally has enjoyed a varied career in teaching and organisation of weddings and historical tours. She has spent the past 16 years of her life living in a château in France.
Sally’s only regret is to have left IVC at 16. Her advice to her children when they turned 16 was to follow the IB course at IVC (a course which opens up so many possibilities in life and taught at Impington Sixth Form in an encouraging and respectful environment) – advice which they both followed, and now her daughter, Becky, is working for an international educational establishment in Switzerland and her son, Ben, is working in international finance in the City.
A Piece of Advice
“The advice I would give is the advice I was given by my teachers over 40 years ago – you can do whatever you want to do in life – just fix yourself targets, find out how to get there, then work towards them with determination and you can succeed.”