1. THE COLLEGE
Comberton Village College was opened in 1960. As a Cambridgeshire Village College, it was designed to be a centre for the life of its community and to provide quality education for pupils aged between 11 and 16. This remains the case today.
In 1974, the school became fully comprehensive and, in April 1993, it became grant-maintained. It changed to a Foundation School and more recently became a Foundation School with a Trust: the Comberton Educational Trust. In February 2011 the school became an Academy overseen by the Cam Academy Trust. The pupil roll is around 1,800 while over 2,000 adults use the college for a wide range of continuing education and leisure activities. A £7 million building programme was completed in 2003 that has significantly enhanced a whole range of the school’s facilities, including major new leisure facilities. A further £4 million building project provided further specialist teaching and learning facilities across a range of subject areas and has been in use since September 2009.
Our Sixth Form opened in September 2011 following the completion of a £9.5 million building project. It offers a strong suite of academic courses, across the subject areas as well as applied courses. This exciting development has enabled students from Comberton to complete their sixth-form studies with us as well as providing opportunities for students from other local schools. There are over 500 students in the Sixth Form who have achieved consistently high results year on year.
2. 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 field trips across both years of study in the upper and lower sixth including a residential field trip in Yr13 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.
3. THE VACANCY
The post is available from September 2020 for a full-time 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.
There is the opportunity for a suitable candidate to take on additional responsibility as KS5 Subject Leader.