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. We currently have around 1,800 11-18 pupils on roll including our new sixth form centre that opened in September 2011.
Our pupils are well motivated, staff morale is excellent and examination results at KS4 are outstanding: 80% of students attained grades 9 – 4 in Maths and English last academic year and 39% of all grades were A*/A: whilst at A-level 84% of grades were A* - C or 9 - 4. At KS5, the Sixth Form’s results are in the top 5% nationally for student progress made against predictors, with 40% of all grades in 2016 at A*/A grades.
THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
The Department staff work in sixteen laboratories. In the main school, there are fourteen laboratories and there are two laboratories in the sixth form centre. In the main school upstairs, there are five laboratories and one prep room. The downstairs area comprises nine laboratories, the Science office and three prep rooms, pond and conservation area.
The team of Science teachers currently comprises fifteen full-time and seven part-time specialists. There are three Heads of Subject who lead the group of teachers delivering their subject in KS4 and KS5, and oversee the development and delivery of their subject in all key stages. The Head of KS3 oversees the management and development of the KS3 course. Also, there are people in posts of Head of Interventions, Head of L3 BTEC Science and a Deputy Head of Science. Three members of the department are AST’s. There is a strong sense of teamwork and consistency of approach, both as a whole department and within subject groups. This is supported by a comprehensive and detailed set of schemes of work for all key stages. The department has the support of six laboratory technicians. In addition, close working links with Special Needs Department mean that we receive in-class support from Special Needs Teaching Assistants. The department has had a long involvement with teacher training and currently is involved in mentoring students as part of the school’s Initial Teacher Training partnership with the University of Cambridge and the School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme.
We have active links to local industry and scientists and are a STEM test-bed school. We have a thriving Science club, enter pupils for science competitions, run Science themed events during the school’s Activities week and involve pupils in a range of competitions and trips during a typical year.
The Science Department has consistently achieved a high level of success at G.C.S.E. All of the pupils are entered for GCSE Science and in 2017 the GCSE results for Science were A*-C 86%, A*-A 45% and Triple results were in the region of 96% A*-C and 67% A*-A. At KS4, there is the new GCSE 9-1 Science curriculum, where we follow the AQA Trilogy Science series. Staff usually teach their Science specialism at KS4.
Since September 1997 pupils have been able to opt to take the three separate GCSE science subjects in Year 10 and 11. Currently in year 10, 130 students, and in year 11 110 pupils, follow this option. The A* to C pass rate in each Science typically exceeds 95%.
The school opened a new sixth form in September 2011. The A-level syllabuses taught are OCR Biology, OCR A Chemistry and OCR B Advancing Physics (possibly changing for Sept 2018). In the current year 12 and year 13 we are running three Biology, two Chemistry, three Psychology and two Physics groups.
The post will become available from 2nd January 2018. We would welcome applications from candidates with any Science specialism. The person appointed will be expected to teach across the sciences in KS3 and at KS4 initially. We are seeking to appoint someone who has:
· good subject knowledge
· enthusiasm for Science and the ability to convey this to pupils
· a working knowledge of the National Curriculum in Science
· 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 Science department and a school that has professional development as a core value.
As you will now be aware, we know our Science Department is outstanding but all of us are aware that a good department has to be constantly reviewing and developing its philosophy and practice.
The successful candidate 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.