The Modern Languages Department is a dynamic, innovative and forward-looking one in which staff are dedicated to achieving excellent standards of pupil attainment and to fostering a high level of enthusiasm and motivation for learning languages. Results at GCSE are excellent and in the 2004 Ofsted inspection (the last time subject specific inspection was carried out) the department was given the highest rating of excellent for its overall provision, and subsequent whole school Ofsted inspections have confirmed this.
We work hard to enhance the profile of modern languages for all pupils in the school. Part of our on-going development work is the liaison with our partner primary schools to introduce Spanish at KS2. Since September 2006 Spanish has been the first foreign language taught at KS3. French and German are joint second languages studied from Year 8 onwards.
We strive to enable language learning to flourish outside the classroom. To this end we have pioneered several key projects that have achieved regional and national status and recognition. These include Spanglovision, the Spelling Bee, Language Leaders, Language on Film and most recently Sing to the Future. Over the past decade we have also expanded and developed the range of international opportunities on offer to students. We have thriving, well-established exchanges with Germany, France, Spain and Peru. Some of our exchanges and trips also have cross-curricular dimensions.
There is a strong emphasis in the department on teamwork. We are committed to the development of new, original and innovative resources, which both challenge and stimulate. All members of the department embrace and share new ideas, which enhance the teaching and learning of pupils across the age and ability range. As a department, we are also highly committed to Initial Teacher Training and welcome ITT students to the department each term. All members of the department are involved in the training and mentoring process. In this way as well as through research activity, we maintain very close links with the University of Cambridge’s Department of Education.
The department consists of thirteen languages teachers and three foreign language assistants. The management structure of the department is currently a Director of International Education and Research (who line manages the Head of Department), a Head of Languages who is also Head of KS4/5 French and 2nd in department (and Head of KS3 Spanish). Supporting the languages team are also the Head of KS4/5 Spanish, Head of German (and AST), Head of KS3 French and Language Projects Co-ordinator, as well as other full-time languages teachers. Languages department and outreach / international work are supported invaluably by a Language College administrator and Languages Administrator.
We have a suite of 8 classrooms, all of which are equipped with ceiling-mounted data projectors. 3 of the rooms have IWB. In addition, we have extensive access to an ICT room equipped 30 new computers and a Sanako language laboratory system.
At the end of February of Year 7, pupils are set according to ability. All pupils currently study Spanish only until the end of Year 7, when the majority begin to learn German or French as well. At the end of Year 9, pupils choose to study Spanish or French/German or two languages, which can be Spanish and German, Spanish and French to the full GCSE award. The vast majority of pupils studies at least one language to GCSE in KS4. In our thriving Sixth Form, we offer A level in Spanish, French and German with consistently excellent results.
We are looking for an MFL teacher, teaching Spanish and/or French to at least KS4. The ability to also teach German would be an advantage, though not essential. We would welcome applications from newly qualified and/or experienced teachers, including those returning to teaching. We offer a full induction support programme.
We are seeking to appoint teachers who have:
· excellent subject knowledge in Spanish and /or French (with German an advantage)
· the expertise and willingness to teach MFL to KS3 and KS4
· very good teaching skills, including a confident use of ICT
· enthusiasm for languages and the ability to convey this to pupils of all abilities
· the ability to work well in a team and very effective communication skills
· a commitment to contributing to the success of the whole college
The successful candidates will need to meet the requirements of the general teacher job description and person specification on the college website.
We believe the College can offer you a very good professional environment and a lively and friendly place in which to work. If you like what you have read and would like to be part of Comberton Village College, we would welcome your application.
All staff are inducted in child protection processes and have a responsibility to operate within the school’s framework in this.