The College was for ten years a specialist Sports College. Whilst all specialisms now no longer exist, CVC’s commitment to the Sports College aims continues in three main areas:
· Whole school improvement
· The Community, including partner Schools
· The Physical Education Department
The Physical Education department remains the core element of the initiative. The advent of the status has meant major changes to PE and school sport at CVC. This includes advances in facilities, staffing and the teaching and learning of Physical Education.
The department currently has three part time and eight full time teachers. This includes the Head of Department, an Assistant Head of Department, a Head of Dance and three members of the senior leadership group within the team. The department also has a PE administrator, a specialist teaching assistant and a full-time PE specific cover teacher. In addition to the teaching staff there are several coaches linked to the college, specializing in Squash, Gym, Cheerleading, Hockey and Cricket. The coaches are used to assist in the delivery of high quality PE and develop the provision of extra-curricular activities. There are a high number of non-specialist teachers who assist in the extensive extra-curricular programme offered to all students.
At KS3 pupils are taught 5 x 50 minute periods of PE in the two week time table. Lessons are taught in doubles every week, with an additional single lesson once every two weeks.
Currently, the department follows the national curriculum requirements teaching a variety of activity areas; Games, Gymnastics, Dance, Swimming and Athletics. Health Related Fitness, Mountain Biking and Leadership are also taught in Yr 9. All Year 7 pupils take part in a week long OAA residential trip.
In addition to the ‘The Core’ PE programme during Key Stage 4, pupils can opt for the full course GCSE PE, Dance and BTEC Sport and Exercise options. These continue to be very popular options. Pupils gain an additional six lessons over the two weeks.
At Key Stage 4 there is a pathway structure, which gives students the opportunity to tailor PE to their needs and interests. Students can opt into Performance, Adventurous, Healthy Active Lifestyles and Leadership pathways at the beginning of year 10 and year 11. Each pathway is unique in what it offers with an opportunity to gain a level 1 leadership award in both sport and dance.
The department successfully delivers level 3 courses allowing students to progress beyond the age of 16 at Comberton Village College. The department offers students an AS and A2 progression in PE and Dance, alongside a BTEC level 3 in Sport and Exercise option. These courses are delivered within the outstanding facilities for both practical and theory, but also do look to engage local and regional organisations, for example Northampton Saints Rugby club and Loughborough University trips.
The department is committed to an inclusive approach. A number of pupils are selected to attend Sports Skills, a programme that develops self-confidence and physical competence in a caring and sensitive environment. Opportunities have been created for our More Able and Talented students in addition to on-going support and mentoring for our very talented athletes competing at a significant level. The department has also run a long standing programme named the Adventure Club, which supports the less confident students along with more confident and challenging students in an outward bound setting.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about Physical Education.
· Someone who will contribute to the outstanding teaching and learning within the PE department.
· An enthusiastic person who does not mind working hard.
· An excellent practitioner.
· Someone who has initiative and good communication skills.
· Someone who will contribute to an extensive extra-curricular programme.
· Someone who demands high expectations from the pupils in their care.
· A team player who wants to contribute to the success of the department.
· Someone who has Sixth Form experience would be desirable, but is not essential.
· Someone who would be keen to take on additional roles within the department should they become available.
- The ability to teach across KS3-5 to an exceptional standard.
- The potential to teach examination subjects at KS4 and KS5.
- Strengths in rugby and basketball would be desired, along with the ability to deliver trampolining, although not essential.
- An experience of teaching GCSE/BTEC Level 2 and BTEC Level 3 would be desired.
- Full commitment to extra-curricular is essential.
- The potential to lead and organise department events.
- Clean driver’s licence
- The ability to drive a mini bus is desired but not essential.
- The post may also have opportunity for the successful candidate to take on areas of responsibility within the department. This will be discussed at interview.