Oakington Primary School

Oakington Church of England Primary School
Water Lane
CB24 3AL

Telephone: 01223 232328


Impington Village College

Impington Village College was founded in 1939 and occupies a beautiful site just north of the vibrant city of Cambridge. Our main building has the distinction of being designed by Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus (the arts and design school that was a major influence on modernism in the 20th century), and is Grade 1 Listed.

Impington Village College
New Road
CB24 9LX


School: (01223) 200400
Community: (01223) 200411
Sixth Form Centre: (01223) 200402
School Fax: (01223) 200419


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for any inquiries about sixth-form 16-19

The land adjacent to Impington Village College was home to Thomas Burgoyne (died 1470) said to be of Impington and London. He is described as a lawyer, Under Sheriff of London (1441 -70) , MP Cambridgeshire 1442; London 1445 -6; Bridgewater 1447. He married twice and had 6 children at the time of his will in 1468. Thomas and Alice were probably the children of his second marriage. Thomas the son was to become the tenant of Chyeney’s Manor in Longstanton. A family of lawyers the Burgoynes appear to illustrate how medieval England began to move away from a feudal system, controlled by the king and nobility, to a more socially mobile society which saw the partial demise of the ruling classes (eg: knights and minor aristocracy.) There was an upward mobility of shrewd business men and opportunists who were able to use the economic and social turmoil of the age to their advantage. The Burgoyne family of Impington and Longstanton represent an example of this process which later resulted in the establishment of what is now known as the “middle class”. Certainly the behaviour of the Burgoynes can be regarded as opportunistic. There is no question that they social climbers who pursued this agenda to the point of near banditry, in some cases, and via the courts in others. Later on the Burgoynes would turn against their family and friends with ease when land acquisitions were at stake. For generations of the Burgoyne family social advancement seemed to be their priority and they were arrogant, and determined, enough to cause problems for both the nuns of Denny Abbey and the Cheyney’s of Fen Ditton and Longstanton.

Reference: The Sign of The Talbot – The Burgoyne Family of Impington & Longstanton by HAE Stroude and JA Lane – CRO / LDHS Archives