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Impington Village College

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Our Ethos

We endeavour to imbue a strong community ethos in the school and be committed to the wider community in which we live and work. The College has a long and distinguished history behind it, but we are not complacent. Our ambition is to become an outstanding place of learning that is truly inclusive, inspirational and international.

Our Vision and Mission

IVC is a welcoming place where all can enjoy lifelong learning within a community which builds confidence and promotes a positive set of values and behaviours. We encourage respect for difference and diversity and accept others for who they are. At the heart of the community is the College, and this enables all to transcend barriers and reach their full potential to build a better future as local and global citizens.

SMSC, IB and British Values

Impington Village College is a non-denominational, non-faith academy, proud to be an IB world school since 1992.

Our vision is:

  • Impington Village College aspires to be an outstanding and innovative learning community that is truly inclusive, inspirational and international

And our Mission is to be:

  • Inclusive: a welcoming place that celebrates difference and diversity.
  • Inspirational: providing a unique experience and a world class education for all.
  • International: promoting positive values to secure a better future for its students as both local and global citizens.

Our vision and mission take as their starting point the belief that education is about the whole child and not simply academic outcomes.  For this reason, education at Impington is characterised by fantastic opportunities for all to experience spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning (SMSC).

Our teaching encourages students to be fascinated about the diversity of the world around them and passionate to find out more. As an IB school we value inquiry and reflection and encourage students to be open minded.  This is essential in “spiritual” education - we consider  “spiritual”  to include inspiration, imagination and creativity. We want students to be reflective about their personal beliefs and understand how the beliefs of others might affect their outlook.  We believe that students should develop knowledge of and respect for religious and moral traditions as a part of their “spiritual” education.

The way we teach demonstrates aspects of moral education.  We teach our students to respect themselves and others and demonstrate that our firm boundaries have consequences when they are overstepped. As an IB world school we value being principled and encourage a caring attitude. This is a key part of British values. Lessons frequently address moral issues and encourage students to engage in debate while developing the rationale for their own stance. House activities encourage charity work and iCAS gives specific opportunity for students to explore moral issues through service. A strongly inclusive community. IVC welcomes all and strives for success for all.

We take the social development of our students very seriously and are proud of our house system.  Our pastoral system is based around four houses, which are like small communities within the school.  Students enter into healthy competition with the others during the year in sporting and other house competitions.  Student voice, through year councils and iSLT, contribute significantly to decision-making in the college. As an IB school we value high quality communication which is essential in social development. Lessons frequently include paired or grouped work to help students hone communication skills through discussion.

We are a diverse but exceptionally cohesive community, where students understand and demonstrate the values of British society. Our cultural education celebrates the variety of backgrounds represented in our school population. Pastoral work in tutor time has included different languages and festivals as a starting point to recognise and celebrate our diversity. IVC has its own unique culture of inclusion and a principled attitude, as promoted by the IB, towards valuing the attitude of “international mindedness”

We have maintained the breadth of our curriculum and cultural opportunities are available to all through option choices and extra-curricular participation -  particularly through iCAS. In addition to this the trips and opportunities offered contribute significantly to all aspects of SMSC education. Thus provision for SMSC can be described in a number of distinct areas as well as being an essential part of everything that happens during a school day.  These distinct areas are:

  • The assembly and form time programme
  • Our vision for learning: The Impington Experience
  • Taught lessons in EPS, Individual and Societies and Approaches to Learning
  • Extra-curricular opportunities and trips 
  • Annual celebration events such as the achievements evening