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

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

In the three decades that IIC has provided the world class education programme to its students 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, providing them with the knowledge they need to be able to go on and achieve excellence in whatever paths they choose.A key draw of the IB and one that has made it so successful at IIC is its international focus. Welcoming students from over 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, independent study 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. One of the most notable examples of this approach is IIC’s decision to have small class sizes throughout all of its teaching.Through this, IIC promises its students high contact time with teachers and a close-knit environment that sparks conversation. This approach was highly valued by alumnus Giovanni Galvano: “the teachers at IIC aren’t just there to teach you; they are truly interested in what you are doing and how you think and feel about what you are learning, [encouraging] a reflective and inquisitive way of learning”.Alongside their academic nature, 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, including time management and presentation techniques 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.

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