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Can fen land get you out of a ditch?

Head of learning support Cromwell Community College, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire community colleges were pioneer comprehensives a long time before the 1964 government circular which spread the initiative across the rest of the country.

Chatteris is deep in fen country. In the 17th century, the Dutch engineer Vermuyden began an ambitious project to drain the Fens. Two huge canals were constructed, thus adding to a network of ditches and dykes begun by the Romans.

Vermuyden's romantically named Forty Foot drain runs, or rather seeps, through Chatteris, quite close to the school.

The college is an 11-16 school with nearly 750 on roll. The successful applicant will be the school's special needs co-ordinator and will lead a team of 14 learning support assistants. Learning support is a "key part of the school's inclusion policy": pupils get back-up in mainstream lessons as well as being withdrawn for small-group work. There are four responsibility points available for someone with the right mix of enthusiasm and experience.

Cambridge, Huntingdon and Peterborough are all within easy striking distance and a tall man standing on a molehill could most likely see all three.

Contact the school on 01354 692193, or e-mail: office@cromwell.cambs-schools.net

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