College students ‘turing’ the world thanks to £1m funding

Students from Impington Village College flew to India in March after the college received £1m in funding

Students from Impington Village College flew to India in March after the college received £1m in funding from the Turing Scheme. - Credit: Impington Village College

Students at Impington Village College and its sixth form have been ‘turing’ the world after receiving £1m of funding from the Turing Scheme. 

The UK Government set up the Turing Scheme to provide schools with funding for students to experience life-changing opportunities abroad. 

In March, more than 40 Year Seven and Year 12 students from the college flew to India, touring Delhi and Jodphur, and visiting Osian for a camel ride. 

As part of the trip to Jodphur, students visited a partner school there to help with a project for SKSN - a residential school for the physically challenged. 

Students attended school lessons and raised money for much-needed equipment.

Students from Impington Village College flew to India in March after the college received £1m in funding

Students from Impington Village College flew to India in March after the college received £1m in funding from the Turing Scheme. - Credit: Impington Village College

A parent of a Year Seven student who attended the India trip said: “The trip to India provided our son with a better understanding of the world and a greater appreciation of the diverse societies that it contains. 

“The trip surpassed our expectations, and his eagerness to share all that he has learnt is a testament to the quality of preparation, planning and execution of the visit.” 

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The college’s second trip was to Italy in early April for Maths, Arts and Latin/Classics students in Years Nine and 10. 

Students spent three days learning with Italian students at a school in Rome and one further day was spent sightseeing there, visiting the Colosseum, Villa Borghese and the Sistine Chapel. 

Students from Impington Village College flew to India in March after the college received £1m in funding

Students from Impington Village College flew to India in March after the college received £1m in funding from the Turing Scheme. - Credit: Impington Village College

The Latin/Classics students were offered a separate excursion to Pompeii. 

The college’s principal, Victoria Hearn, said: “For some of our students, this was their first experience of travelling abroad and they were thrilled to have the opportunity to experience a new culture first-hand. 

“At Impington, our students take the International Baccalaureate, and so there is a great emphasis on international-mindedness.” 

Students from Impington Village College flew to India in March after the college received £1m in funding

Students from Impington Village College flew to India in March after the college received £1m in funding from the Turing Scheme. - Credit: Impington Village College

Victoria added: “The opportunities that the Turing Scheme has offered to our students is incredibly valuable to their learning, as well as helping to develop them into more well-rounded, respectful individuals.” 

Students are currently visiting Zaragoza in Spain (April 23-30) and, after that, the next trip will be to Le Puy en Valley in France during May 8-15. 

Several more international excursions are planned over the summer term. 

Students from Impington Village College flew to India in March after the college received £1m in funding

Students from Impington Village College flew to India in March after the college received £1m in funding from the Turing Scheme. - Credit: Impington Village College

Students from Impington Village College flew to India in March after the college received £1m in funding

Students from Impington Village College flew to India in March after the college received £1m in funding from the Turing Scheme. - Credit: Impington Village College