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Standing the test of time: A celebration of 30 years of the IB at Impington International College

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This academic year is set to be one of great significance for both students and staff at Impington International College (IIC), as the international sixth form, located on the outskirts of Cambridge, celebrates 30 years since it started offering the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Impington International College
Impington International College

In the three decades that IIC has provided the world-class education programme much has changed. However, what has remained a constant is that through its unique educational experience and curriculum, IIC continues to equip its students with academic independence and the rich, intellectual skills that they require in an increasingly globalised world.

A key draw of the IB and one that has made it so successful at IIC is its international focus. Welcoming students from more than 20 countries, IIC prides itself on its culturally diverse cohort. Although the IB curriculum offering is constantly adapting to the changing world around us, by cultivating international mindedness and developing key skills such as research, inquiry and critical analysis it has always offered those that study it a global perspective, something which teachers at IIC have always been keen to focus on and draw out in students at the college.

Impington International College
Impington International College

A notable example of this approach is IIC’s decision to have small class sizes throughout all of its teaching, promising high contact time with teachers and a close-knit environment that sparks conversation.

IB programmes also place a strong focus on the holistic experience of an individual’s education and development. The IB encourages independent learning and the development of essential life skills and this is something that IIC has placed particular focus on over the last 30 years.

Through creativity, activity and service (CAS) and service learning, students take part in an extraordinary range of extra-curricular experiences including: primary teaching, debating workshops, sport fixtures, baking, and many more.

These experiences allow students to broaden their learning and personal development, fostering a comprehensive range of human attributes that go beyond academic success.

As the team at IIC celebrate the past 30 years and the wonderful journey that everyone at the college has been on, it is the perfect time to look ahead to the next 30.

Whatever changes in education take place over the upcoming years, what will continue to stand the test of time is IIC and the IB’s united mission: to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world.

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