Admissions

Here at Impington Village College, we welcome applications from all students in our community and strive to provide the highest standard of education appropriate to each student’s age, interests and abilities. We are passionate about inspiring a future generation of learners, helping them to grow and develop, and preparing them for a world beyond the classroom. Surrounded by large grassy fields, ideal for whole-College events, our site sits in the beautiful village of Impington, located in close proximity to the cosmopolitan city of Cambridge. There are fantastic transport links to the city centre, with buses departing from directly outside the College every 20 minutes.

Our College is non-selective and we take students of all abilities, working with them throughout their time with us, so that they can achieve the academic results that they deserve. All College admissions are processed by the Cambridgeshire Local Authority (LA).

Throughout October, the College hosts a number of open evenings for prospective Year 7 and Year 12 families, where students and their parents are able to visit the College and see first-hand our facilities and hear about our curriculum, as well as listen to a number of talks from dedicated staff and our inspiring current student cohort. Full information about 2023’s Year 6 Open Evenings will be published at the start of term in September. 

Please do get in contact if you would like to request a September 2022 prospectus; a digital copy of our 2022 prospectus can be found here.

Year 6 Transition

Transition can be a challenging time for all students and at IVC, we provide a range of opportunities that support your child’s transition to ensure that everyone is as comfortable as possible with making the exciting leap into secondary education.

At our Open Evening in the Autumn term, there will be opportunities to meet teaching staff and ask questions about the curriculum and life at IVC, try out different activities from our amazing range of subjects, undertake a tour of the College site and see our striking Bauhaus buildings.  You can find out more information about our Open Evening events on the college website and you will be able to book tickets for our events via Eventbrite early in September.

In March, the College will have places at the College confirmed by Cambridgeshire County Council and you will receive a welcome letter from the Principal and a log in for you to complete the online information form for IVC.

In the Summer term there will be a presentation delivered by the Principal to give you a further, detailed insight into the transition process and life as part of the IVC community.

Once you have received this welcome letter, we would also like to give you an opportunity to request which language your child will study in Years 7 and 8 of the MYP. All students study French and one other language from a choice of either Spanish or German. Once your place is confirmed, if you do have a preference of a second language then please email to request your language choice before 1st May.

Although we would love to guarantee the language choice of all students, we do not promise either German or Spanish to any student. This would be unfair if some students get the choice and others do not, this is due to us having to arrange equal numbers in both Spanish and German and with choice, this is just not possible.

At the end of May, you will receive a letter confirming your child’s House, tutor group, teaching group and language. There will be a question and answer online event with the College Senior Leadership Team should you have any further questions.

In June, there will be a transition day where students join us at IVC for an educational experience but also a day focused on team building and getting to know other students within their teaching group. Students at IVC are not grouped on friendship.In the Summer term, there will also be a chance for a meeting with members of your house team to prepare for your child’s transition to IVC and whether there is any further support required to facilitate the transition process.

Partner Primaries

Impington Village College’s catchment area is defined as children living in the area of the following primary schools: Girton, Histon and Impington, Milton and Oakington. Please see our partner primary schools below:

Local Authority Admissions Information: Year 6

The LA administers the process of admission to Year 7. Parents are advised to consult the LA produced guide “Next Steps – Admission to Secondary School: a Guide for Parents”, which contains relevant dates and deadlines and the required application form. In conjunction with the LA, we have determined that the physical accommodation and facilities of our College allow for 240 students to be admitted to each new Year 7 cohort. This figure is the Published Admission Number (PAN). The Governors authorise the LA to offer places to students up to the PAN or agreed variation to it and the Governors authorise the LA to treat all application preferences equally.

When allocating places to Year 6 students, we do not discriminate on the basis of preferences expressed and interviews are not part of our admissions process.

Oversubscription criteria

Children who have a statement of special educational needs that names the College will be admitted. NB. Those children with a statement of special educational needs or education health and care plan that does not name the school will be referred to the Statutory Assessment Team (S.A.T) to determine an appropriate place.

When the number of applications received exceeds the number of places available, places will be allocated according to the following oversubscription criteria:

  1. Children in Care, also known as Looked After Children (LAC), and children who were looked after but ceased to be so by reason of adoption, a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order. This includes children who appear to the Admission Authority to have been in state care (i.e. in the care of or accommodated by a public authority, religious organisation or any other provider whose sole/main purpose is to benefit society) outside of England but ceased to be so as a result of being adopted only.
  2. Children of staff who have been employed at the College for at least two years at the time of application or have been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  3. Children who live in catchment area, attending Girton Glebe Primary School, Histon and Impington Park or Brook Primary Schools, Milton C. of E. Academy, Oakington C. of E. Primary School or Cambridge University Primary School and who have a sibling at the College (including in the sixth form) at the time of admission.
  4. Children living in the catchment area with a sibling at the college (including in the sixth form) at the time of the admission.
  5. Children who live in the catchment area who attend Girton Glebe Primary School, Histon and Impington Park or Brook Primary Schools, Milton C. of E. Academy, Oakington C. of E. Primary School or Cambridge University Primary School.
  6. Children who live in the catchment area;
  7. Children living outside the catchment area who have a sibling attending the College at the time of admission (including Sixth form)
  8. Children who live outside the catchment area who attend Girton Glebe Primary School, Histon and Impington Park or Brook Primary Schools, Milton C. of E. Academy, Oakington C. of E. Primary School or Cambridge University Primary School.
  9. Children who live outside the catchment area, but nearest the College as measured by a straight line.

In cases of equal merit priority will go to children living nearest the school by shortest straight line distance.

Notes:

  1. A child of compulsory school age and attending the College including Impington Village College Sixth Form, living in the same family home as the applicant at the time of the intended application.

In-year admissions

To apply for a place after the start of the school year, or for any other year group, parents should contact the Cambridgeshire ‘In-Year Admissions Team’ for an application form.

Telephone: 0345 045 1370
Email: .

The application form must be returned to the ‘In-Year Admissions Team’, who will then contact the College (if your preferred choice) to determine the availability of a College place. Once confirmed, parents will be contacted with a suitable start date. Where possible, Impington Village College tries to accommodate all in-year admissions.

Reserve lists

When an application is refused, the child’s details are automatically placed on a reserve list for the appropriate year group at the College, ranked according to the oversubscription criteria. For transfer to the College, the LA admissions team holds a reserve list on behalf of the Governing Body at Impington Village College, until the end of the Autumn Term in the initial year of intake. Parents will be contacted immediately if a place becomes available for their child at the College.

Appeals and reserve list

As admissions authority, the Governors of Impington Village College are responsible for ensuring an appropriate appeals mechanism and, if required, a properly administered reserve list for prospective students. Unsuccessful applicants who wish to appeal should contact the LA admissions.

Impington International College Admissions

For further details on deadlines and how to apply for our sixth form, Impington International College, please click here.

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