Impington International College has been awarded the highest level of the International School Award by the British Council for outstanding development of the international dimension in its curriculum and is now re-accredited for three years.
In order to receive this level of award, the College demonstrated that international learning is embedded across the College and its curriculum teaching. This included evidencing clear plans of activity and impact assessments to develop the quality of international education, along with highlighting cultural exchange visits and a focus on foreign language learning.
Despite the impact Coronavirus has had on education, students have still reaped the benefits of the College’s international focus. Last November, in lieu of physical visits, the sixth form’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Japanese Ab Initio group took part in a number of virtual exchanges and live lessons with the College’s partner school in Morioka, Japan. The aim of these short lessons was to engage both sets of students with different cultures and classrooms, widening their understanding of the languages and allowing them to put their hard work into practice.
Johanna Sale, Vice Principal, Impington International College, said: “Embedding an international ethos and work ethic across the whole College is something that is extremely important to us, and I am proud of how all of our staff members and students remain excited and open to cementing their knowledge in the context of an increasingly globalised world. As an IB World School, international-mindedness is at the forefront of what we do, and we work with our students, who study with us from all over the world, so that they can become global citizens.”
Through offering the IB, the College endeavours to imbue a strong community ethos across all year groups and is committed to the IB’s mission statement: to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.