Impington Village College

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Location: Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 19 years

About Impington Village College

Join East Anglia's State Secondary School of the Year 2019

Inclusive, Inspirational, International

Impington Village College is part of the Morris Education Trust and is a comprehensive school like no other.  It was originally founded in the late 1930s as part of the ‘village college’ movement in Cambridgeshire and remains true to this vision of community education and learning to this day. We were one of the first schools to pioneer the adoption of the IB Diploma and were one of the first Language Colleges in the country, and are now one of around 30 state schools in the UK to hold the status of IB World School. We are renowned for our work with Special Educational Needs and performers from the College have graced many a notable stage. 

Impington Village College and International College have delivered consistently outstanding outcomes for students in the last four years. GCSE results for students have consistently placed Impington in the top 5% of non-selective schools nationally. In 2019 43% of all GCSE grades were at 7-9 and 15% of our students secured the new ‘super’ grade 9. All of our students achieved at least one GCSE grade, including our EHCP and Enhanced Resource students who follow an entry level curriculum alongside their GCSE courses. The IB Diploma pass rate has been in excess of 96% for the last four years, 15% above the international average, and as a totally non-selective College our average point scores are also outstanding, with significant proportions of students achieving above 40 points. Impington International College is also a flagship provider for the IB Careers Programme (IBCP). These outcomes have led to the College being awarded several national accolades, including most recently East Anglia's State Secondary School of the Year (2019) by the Sunday Times. We were ranked in the top 3 comprehensive schools in the whole of the UK and were the top non-selective state IB provider.

Student outcomes are certainly impressive and have played a crucial role in the development of the College and the rising popularity for parents and students, resulting in over 260 first choice applications to Impington in 2019 and large numbers of UK and overseas applicants to the sixth form. However, the appeal of Impington is far more than just the possibility of academic success.

Students and staff at Impington are part of a family of IB World Schools that are committed to delivering a world class international education. A curriculum that places international mindedness at its heart through our unique ‘individuals and societies’ programme, the promotion of cultural awareness and understanding through exposure to languages throughout a student’s educational journey and celebration of our community’s diversity ensure that Impington students are equipped to thrive in an increasingly connected and multicultural world.  Beyond the classroom students have the opportunity to develop and express their interests through iCAS, our timetabled enrichment programme, and the huge variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities available. 

A focus on wellbeing for all members of our community, students and staff alike, ensures that our community feel well cared for and supported within a compassionate environment to meet the varying challenges they will face over the course of their time with us and beyond. This includes a full wellbeing directory for staff, a commitment to flexible working and a reduced allocation for teachers to support with workload and professional development. Our work supporting mental health and wellbeing has led to the College being one of the first schools in the UK, and the first in our region, to be awarded the Gold Carnegie Medal for Mental Health. We are deeply proud of our inclusive ethos, with Ofsted (November 2019) commenting that it 'shines through', noting 'everyone is welcome, regardless of sexuality, nationality, disability or any other personal characteristic'. We are proud to be a Stonewall Champion school and actively celebrate our diverse community.

The Morris Education Trust formed in 2016 to develop a local family of schools initially within Cambridgeshire. We are passionate about and deeply committed to comprehensive, community-rooted education. Our schools share and collaborate in a partnership, believing that education in our region should be highly regarded across our nation and beyond. Impington Village College is also the Lead School in the newly established Morris Teaching School Alliance, providing staff with a range of opportunities for professional development. 

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Address: New Road, Impington, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB24 9LX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223 200400
What people say about us

Provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is strong. The proportion of pupils with education, health and care plans is high and some pupils have particularly high levels of need. The work of leaders and teachers ensures that pupils with SEND are fully involved in life and learning at the school.

- Ofsted, 2019

Leaders and teachers have high expectations of what pupils should achieve. As with other aspects of the school’s work, the approach that staff adopt is to be inclusive and to make sure all pupils benefit from high-quality provision.

- Ofsted, 2019

One aspect that shines through is the inclusive nature of the school, as seen in the behaviour and attitudes of staff and pupils. Everyone is welcome, regardless of sexuality, nationality, disability or any other personal characteristic. This is a real strength.

- Ofsted, 2019

IVC is a thoroughly well organised, managed, led and focused College that knows what it is for and is clear in its pursuit of that vision. Completely supportive colleagues, wonderful young people and positive parents/carers. I could not ask for more.

- Staff Survey, 2019

My team are fabulous. We are all very supportive of one another. The leadership of the college is outstanding and I feel trusted to do my job at IVC.

- Staff Survey, 2019

I love the working environment here. I love that culture matters to the college and that the values that underline that culture are ones I share. I enjoy the freedom I have to be creative in my teaching and in my long term planning of courses.

- Staff Survey, 2019

My mind has been broadened. I now know more than I once did. What's more, the IB connects people and facts and culture excellently and insightfully. I am now a better person.

- Year 13 student, 2019

We could not have asked for a better experience for our daughter.

- Year 11 parent, 2019

Pupils are very appreciative of the many staff who 'go the extra mile' to help them do well.

- Ofsted, 2016

Pupils leave determined to make a difference.

- Ofsted, 2016

Impington Village College is one of the best secondary schools in the country.

- The Telegraph, 2016