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  • Impington Village College
    New Road
    CB24 9LX
  • Head: Ms Victoria Hearn
  • T 01223 200400
  • F 01223 200419
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Cambridgeshire
  • Pupils: 1,389; sixth formers: 283
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Year 7 entry, Tuesday 28 September; Year 12 entry, Thursday 21 October (booking via eventbrite)
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 30th November -0001
    • 2 Full inspection 30th November -0001

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Our guides were keen to show us the science block including the plants and pond. They were very excited about the ducklings that had hatched and were hoping to show us some. ‘The international students really raise the game in the sixth form,’ said one parent, ‘and the locals follow accordingly, excellent.’ The performance school, a cross denomination of all the arts combined, actively supported by pupils throughout the school; Oliver! recently staged to rave reviews. Its ethos is very much of a community college. Open to all, with adult lessons held on site and a room for the community to use during the day...

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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

International Baccalaureate: middle years - middle Years is a programme for ages 11-16.




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2020, Victoria Hearn. Previously director of learning at Larkmead School (as well as the school’s pupil premium co-ordinator). One of the youngest secondary school principals in the country. History degree from Durham (First Class Honours in History) and then a PGCE from Merton College, Oxford. Has been at the school for seven years, including as assistant principal and vice principal.


At 11 from local primary schools in Histon and Impington and the surrounding villages. Increasingly oversubscribed. Entry to the sixth form is more complicated. For the Diploma Programme you need at least seven GCSEs with an average of 5s (including English language and maths); for the IB Career-related Programme you need at least five 4s at GCSE (ideally including English language and maths and preferably with a 5 in your area of specialism).

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

The Special Needs team provides flexible and supportive provision for a wide range of special educational needs at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. The College is fully accessible for students with physical disabilities. Enhanced resource provision from the local education authority funds specialised facilities and support for students with physical disabilities. The Specialist Post-16 Provision (SPP) is specifically designed for post 16 students with moderate learning difficulties. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty Y
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired Y
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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