Welcome to Impington Village College
Impington Village College was founded in 1939 and occupies a beautiful site just north of the vibrant city of Cambridge. Our main building has the distinction of being designed by Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus (the arts and design school that was a major influence on modernism in the 20th century), and is Grade 1 Listed.
In 2014, we are proud to be celebrating 75 years as a school serving the local community of villages that comprise our admission zone (Dry Drayton, Girton, Histon, Impington, Milton and Oakington), as well as districts in the north of Cambridge.
We have a highly successful sixth form that since 1990 has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and A Levels to students from across both the region and globe. Our sixth form now offers a larger range of programmes that includes the International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP) where students can select a BTEC with 2 IB subjects and we have our Performance School and our IDEAL Centre. We currently have students from over 15 countries on roll. This all contributes to making our College an exciting place of learning.
As a village college, we were established on the principles so importantly described in Henry Morris’s 1924 Memorandum of a ‘community centre of the neighbourhood… the place where life is lived’. These are held as truly today as they were when the College was founded nearly a lifetime ago.
Our sports centre is a place of popular choice within the district; our community learning classes are always well-subscribed; our many facilities are used by young and old alike.
We became a Foundation school on 1 September 2009. You can read our principles on our website which embody the determination of the Governors to ensure that the College continues to serve its community effectively for another lifetime.
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, but we are not complacent. Our ambition is to become an outstanding place of learning that is truly international, inspirational and inclusive. If you wish to visit us or you feel you have the talents that could be developed and nurtured here, please contact us.
Impington International Sixth Form is unusual, to say the least, and is possibly unique amongst state education providers. The chance for young people from all over the world to work and socialise together gives tremendous opportunities for broadening cultural horizons, increasing understanding and challenging preconceptions. We have a good balance between students who come here to take the International Baccalaureate diploma, those who follow either the BTEC or the Advanced Level route and others who are attracted by Impington’s superb reputation in the area of the Arts. We also have a specialist course, IDEAL, for students with individual needs who are integrated into the life of the Sixth Form.
The international character of Impington has far reaching implications for you, as a student, and extends beyond just countries. We aim to place learning within a broader context and you will have the chance to participate in projects that offer more than traditional language exchanges. Geographers carry out their field research in Iceland and combine with environmentalists to examine ethical tourism in Zaragoza in Spain. Students interested in creative writing and art have had their work published in our international literary magazines and students from the arts have performed in Rome, have toured Germany and have performed by invitation in California.
The Centre itself is in a separate building on the Impington campus in pleasant, wooded surroundings only three miles from the middle of Cambridge from which there is a regular bus service. There is a subsidised bus route from the Sutton, Ely and Witchford area. The Centre has the administrative offices and, for socialising, a large common room and cafe. As you are part of the whole community, you will also be able to use the facilities available to everyone in the college. These include a sixth-form-specific library area, specialist science laboratories, IT resource rooms, dance and drama studios, fitness suite, swimming pool, an editing suite and a multi-media language facility.
Nevertheless, no matter how good the physical facilities, an institution is about the people who are part of it. Our students value the tremendous support and expertise offered by their teachers and we all share a very strong sense of being part of a caring and friendly community. We are in an excellent position then to nurture your particular talents and abilities. We want outstanding achievement for all our students no matter what path they choose to follow.
If you are prepared to challenge yourself to the full and if the chance to learn in an international environment excites you, as it excites us, then Impington may well be the place for you!
All students, whatever their abilities and aspirations, are supported to achieve their best. Each student has a tutor who acts as an academic mentor to ensure that learning and personal needs are met so that students progress successfully to the next stage of their careers. One hour every two weeks is a Personal Development session in which learning skills are taught so that students can be prepared for the demands of their current course and will be able to transfer those skills to university or employment.
All students take a baseline ability test through ALIS (Advanced Learning Information Service) in conjunction with the University of Durham. The results are indicators used to give predictions for grades in each subject. Students are tracked throughout the sixth form to monitor their progress in line with their targets and mentors work with the students to design learning programmes to maximise and improve achievement.
There is a Conference one day every term that focuses on key topics for development and success and after school there are structured study sessions. Following progress reviews, students can attend support surgeries that target key skills of note-taking, essay writing, revision techniques and exam strategies.
Teachers are very approachable and give time to help students who need extra support.
How to apply
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