Teacher of Physical Education, Cambridgeshire

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Comberton Village CollegeCambridgeshire
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Start date: 1st September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS - with possible TLR for an appropriate candidate
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

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 Business who can start in September 2019 . We currently have around 1800 11-18 pupils on roll including our sixth form centre that opened in September 2011.

Our pupils are well motivated, staff morale is excellent and examination results at KS4 are outstanding: 87% of students attained grades 9 – 4 in Maths and English last academic year and 43% of all grades were 9-7: whilst at A-level 87% of grades were A* - C, and 36% of all grades were A* - A. The Sixth Form’s results are in the top 5% nationally for student progress made against predictors. 

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. 

Department Ethos

The fundamental beliefs of the department are based upon: Participation and Attitude, Leadership and Teamwork, Health and Wellbeing and Excellence for All. As a department we aim to build a legacy of: Life-long Activity and Enjoyment while developing Employability Skills.

The department is committed to providing high quality Physical Education and School Sport through outstanding Teaching and Learning.


The department is able to teach in first class facilities. The school has a dance studio, multi-purpose performance hall, sports hall, two gymnasiums one of which includes two integral sports laboratories, climbing wall, one fitness suite and separate free weight facility, a high performance full sized astro turf football pitch, eight tennis courts, four netball courts, redeveloped playing fields (space for two full sized hockey/rugby/football pitches). The school is also able to use three on site squash courts and an outdoor swimming pool. 


The department currently has four part time and nine full time teachers. This includes the Head of Department, an Assistant Head of Department, a Head of Dance and four members of the senior leadership group within the team. The department also has a PE administrator and PE technician, 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, Tennis 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.

The Curriculum

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.

 Pupils take part in Inter-form competition throughout KS3. During one year a form group will take part in at least 6 competitions, including two inter-form fitness runs that take place off school site. The competition culminates in the annual ‘inclusive’ Sports Days.

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 students.  

The department successfully offers level 3 courses allowing students to progress beyond the age of 16 at Comberton Village College. The department offers students an A Level PE progression, alongside a BTEC level 3 in Sport and Exercise option and A Level Dance. 

The department is committed to an inclusive approach. A significant 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 Gifted 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.

Extra-Curricular Physical Education and School Sport

The department provides a flourishing after-schools programme. Our ‘Sport for All’ ethos encourages all pupils to attend the clubs that take place between 3 and 6 pm. Activities offered include Football, Netball, Rugby, Hockey, Basketball, Rounders, Dodgeball, Cricket, Badminton, Tennis, Squash, Running, extensive Dance clubs, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Rowing and Handball. The broad menu of after school Dance opportunities culminate in a showcase event at the end of each term which allows families to view the progress of the many Dance disciplines completed beyond the school day.

School teams compete against other district school in a series of friendly and competitive fixtures and tournaments. In addition to these, pupils compete in county and national competitions in a range of sports. The competitive opportunities have more recently been extended by the competition management structure, of which one full time representative is based at Comberton Village College. 

Partnerships & Further initiatives

The department has worked hard to be part of a range of key partnerships. Comberton Village College is part of the CAM Academy Trust.  Comberton have continued their partnership with the Youth Sports Trust (YST) as a premium member. This has given the department the opportunity to be represented on assessment working groups and attend the recent YST Conference. Other partnerships, led by the PDM and specifically employed Primary Specialist staff, work closely with our feeder primary schools and partner secondary schools. Other links in the past few years include work with a number of Higher Education institutes, including Cambridge, Northampton and Essex Universities. The department has been heavily involved in various projects, such as the SKY Living for Sport project.  

For further details and an application form please visit our website www.combertonvc.org.

To apply for this position please submit a completed application form and covering letter to Mrs L Atherton, HR Manager, via email on latherton@combertonvc.org by 3pm on Wednesday, 22nd May 2019.  Interviews will be held on Friday 24th May 2019.  Please note that we do not accept applications by CV.  

Job location

More about Comberton Village College
Address: West Street, Comberton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 7DU, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1223 262503