We are a highly successful, community mixed comprehensive school with Teaching School status in a pleasant rural setting only 5 miles from the centre of Cambridge and are currently seeking to recruit a teacher of Geography who can start as soon as possible. We currently have around 1800 11-18 pupils on roll including our sixth form centre that opened in September 2011.
Comberton Village College has worked significantly with other schools and in outreach projects from 2001 onwards. This dates from various of the designations the school received between 2001 and 2007:
• Specialisms in Sport, Languages and Applied Learning
• Training School and Leading Edge Status
Associated with this, 15 teaching staff were designated as Advanced Skills Teachers and have worked in different ways with other schools.
Comberton Village College has received a full Ofsted inspection on three occasions since 2000: in 2004, 2007 and 2013. On each occasion, the overall effectiveness grade has been ‘outstanding’. In the latest inspection in 2013, every aspect of the school’s provision was judged to be ‘outstanding’. This included the first ever judgement on Sixth Form provision where both teaching and achievement were both clearly deemed already to be ‘outstanding’. The short summary was:
“Comberton Village College is a highly successful school which enables its pupils to achieve not only academic excellence but also to become mature, confident, thoughtful and rounded individuals with clear goals for their future lives”.
Pupil achievement is consistently high. Typically at KS4, 80% of pupils achieve at least 5+ 9 - 4 grades, including English and Maths, at GCSE or equivalent with 40% of grades at 9-7. Value added measures indicate excellent progress for all types of students. Achievement has been excellent from the outset in the Sixth Form with the significant majority of all grades achieved by students being A*- B. University admissions are very strong including students gaining places on competitive courses at the most selective universities, including Oxbridge.
THE GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT
The Geography 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. The department places a high value on enquiry led learning and uses a diverse range of teaching and learning styles.
Currently, at Key Stage 3 we cover a range of units including ‘What does the future hold for Antarctica?’, ‘Why is the UK coastline so varied?’, ‘Microclimate Investigation’, ‘People on the move’, ‘Can we protect ourselves from natural hazards?’ and ‘Development – are we all equal?’. At Key Stage 4 we follow the new AQA course with topics on natural hazards and urban issues and challenges. The department consistently achieves excellent exam results and we are constantly developing strategies to maintain and improve on these standards.
Many of our students continue studying Geography at A level in our sixth form. We follow the new AQA specification with units on natural hazards, changing places, water and carbon cycles and coasts in Year 12, as well as population and resources and global systems and governance in Year 13. We run fieldtrips across both years of study in the upper and lower sixth including a residential field trip in Y13 for students NEA.
There is a strong emphasis in the department on teamwork. We are committed to the development of 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. The department is involved in the mentoring of ITTs, and in this way we maintain very close links with the University of Cambridge’s Department of Education, with which we frequently collaborate.
The department currently consists of 5 full-time members of staff. Pupils are taught in mixed-ability groups at KS3 and KS4. Uptake at GCSE is very good with four sets per year group being the norm. There are currently two groups in Year 12 and two groups in Year 13.
The post is available from 1st January 2019 for a teacher who will have a majority timetable of Geography across KS3-KS5. We are seeking to appoint someone who has:
• good subject knowledge and is able to teach Geography to KS5
• a strong sense of team work and willingness to contribute
• a desire to improve their own and departments practice
• enthusiasm for Geography and the ability to convey this to pupils
• a working knowledge of the National Curriculum in Geography
• successful teaching skills, including use of ICT
• efficient and systematic working skills
• effective oral and written communication skills
• a commitment to contributing to the success of the whole college
The post will offer excellent opportunities for development in a dynamic and successful Geography department and a school that has professional development as a core value.
We are always looking to develop and evolve our practice and as such this role would be suited to a Geography practitioner who is keen to share their passion of the subject through the development of all aspects of the curriculum.
The successful candidate will need to meet the requirements of the general teacher job description and person specification on the college website.