The ability to express an opinion; it’s all about perspective

Jo Sale, Vice Principal, Impington International College In a recent report, the think-tank EDSK shared that it believes A-Levels are too narrow for students studying at sixth form and that “rather than narrowing choices down to three A-Level subjects at the age of 16, [a baccalaureate style education] would allow students to retain more breadth in their studies and only …

Lessons from the last year

Jo Sale, Vice Principal, Impington International College The last 12 months of education have been a learning journey for us all. As students across the country have re-entered the classroom once more, there has certainly been a nervousness felt amongst both students and staff around this transition. However, with fingers firmly crossed, we are coming out the other side of …

Rituals of closure: the relevance of student examinations

Jo Sale, Vice Principal, Impington International College A student’s journey at school comprises a number of big milestones. It shapes a young adult’s future pathway as they move into higher education or the world of work and cannot be overlooked. 2020 was a memorable year for both students and teachers; no one was able to physically be in school due …

The future has not been cancelled

Jo Sale, Vice Principal, Impington International College As we find ourselves in the midst of another national lockdown and another period of home learning, it’s easy for us to reflect and compare, as we try and find an end point for when things will return to ‘normal’. Despite initial worries and concerns, during the first month of home learning for …

Part of being an inclusive college is looking at the whole student

Jo Sale, Vice Principal, Impington International College Inclusion in education is an umbrella term; however, for us at Impington International College, a fundamental aspect of inclusion is making sure that we can admit as diverse a cohort as possible. To us, being an inclusive college means that we aren’t just looking at a student and their examination grades; we believe …

The IB: equipping students with tools for success

Jo Sale, Vice Principal, Impington International College We know, from first-hand experience, that the idea of going to university can either motivate students or it can make them feel quite anxious, which isn’t surprising as it is such a monumental chapter in a young person’s life. That’s why, at Impington International College, we discuss university aspirations for students in their …

Giving our students the world

Jo Sale, Vice Principal, Impington International College At Impington International College, we are extremely lucky to welcome students to our learning community from all over the world. In our current sixth form cohort alone, we have students studying with us from across the UK and 13 other countries: Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Latvia, Belgium, South Africa, USA, Slovakia, …

It is critical to get a sense of people and place

Jo Sale, Vice Principal, Impington International College The bright lights of the open evening season will soon be upon us and, like most other factors recently in our day to day lives, it is going to be a completely different experience for all of us! At Impington International College, open evening season is always our favourite time of year because …

Education and beyond: the pitfalls of restricting students

Jo Sale, Vice Principal, Impington International College Within the UK national curriculum, young people are required to make critical decisions about their futures as early as 15 years old. At a time when we are expecting them to take on more responsibility at school, balance their workloads and work independently, we are also forcing teenagers to make vital choices about …

It’s the two-year journey that matters, not just the grade

Jo Sale, Vice Principal, Impington International College It is hard to put into words how much of an impact the cancellation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams has had on our Year 13 cohort. At a time when students are particularly vulnerable, coupled with the intense anxiety and sense of unknown that surrounded the first few weeks of lockdown, the …