Full Time / Part-time
UPS / MPS – ECT applications welcome
Required September 2023
We are a highly successful, community centred, comprehensive school with Teaching School status in a pleasant rural setting only 5 miles from the centre of Cambridge. We currently have around 1900 11-18 pupils on roll, including Comberton Sixth Form which was established in 2011 in a purpose built sixth form extension.
Our pupils are well motivated, staff morale is excellent and examination results at KS4 are outstanding. Pupil outcomes across KS4 and KS5 place us amongst the best secondary schools and colleges in the country. The school has consistently been rated by Ofsted as Outstanding over very many years. In addition to offering GCSE Maths, we also have well established programs offering GCSE Statistics, Level 2 Further Maths, Level 3 Algebra and Level 1 Number and Measure to both stretch and support our KS4 cohorts. At KS5 we find that more students chose A Level maths than any other A Level, and we aim to have a maths qualification to suit students who wish to continue engaging with the subject post 16 including Core Maths, Further Maths and Maths Enrichment options where students can support the students in the younger year groups with their maths.
Teaching maths at Comberton Village College is about more than producing good grades, with a significant focus on developing our pupils to be well rounded mathematicians. We offer various Maths Challenges – with AMSP and the UKMT, we run trips and we have curriculum immersion opportunities throughout the year to students of all years. Comberton Village College is also an AMSP Partner school and three AMSP Area Coordinators are based at our college.
We are seeking to appoint an excellent teacher to join our vibrant and friendly maths department. Our philosophy is to play to the strengths in our team: we have a fully resourced KS3-5 curriculum to support staff wellbeing and pedagogical development, but staff are also encouraged to teach in the way which works best for them and there is no requirement to use the centrally planned resources or to teach topics in a particular way.
This is an exciting time to join our maths department: The Cam Academy Trust are proud to be the base for the Cambridge Maths Hub. In this role we are helping every school and college access locally tailored and quality support to develop the teaching and learning of mathematics. Many new members of the Comberton maths department have gone on to lead work groups for the Maths Hub or to work for them on secondments.
The department is involved with various NCETM and Maths Hub projects and has recently become involved with the Teaching for Mastery project, with Secondary Mastery Specialists based at the school. We are proud to be a teaching school and many members of the department have a significant focus on initial teacher education and continuing professional development. Experimenting with teaching techniques is encouraged with several members of the department being involved in research. We look forward to welcoming new team members and the ideas they bring to the department.
The school has moved to one-to-one devices for students, with all students in years 7-10 now having their own iPad. All staff also have their own iPad, as well as their own laptop, which can be used for projecting and interacting with student devices. We feel that we are still at the early stages of adopting the use of this technology and we are excited to see how we grow with this.
For suitably experienced candidates, we can offer the opportunity to teach lessons at Comberton Sixth Form. This could be teaching a class from our large cohort of A Level Maths or Further Maths pupils. We were early adopters of the Core Maths qualification and now have growing numbers of students taking this option so you could also teach this exciting course.
We have a strong track record of supporting and developing our teaching staff. Our programme includes:
• Continuing support for those in their ECT years through a guaranteed place on the highly rated Developing Effecting Teaching programme. This includes four days of specialist pedagogic support and observation opportunities.
• ECTs also benefit from additional non-contact time that can be used for coaching, observation and co-planning with an identified mentor drawn from the experienced staff in the maths department.
• For experienced teachers the school appreciates the need for time out to reflect on what makes excellent practice. Teachers are offered a place on the Developing Outstanding Teaching programme which features four days looking at high-level skills and strategies for the classroom including a focus on how coaching and mentoring can develop other colleagues and lead change in the department.
• Staff are also encouraged to participate in the many excellent Maths Hub work groups which the Cambridge Maths Hub offers.
• Many of our maths teachers have been supported to complete their Master’s in Education degree.
• For staff interested in supporting new teachers, we offer access to the development opportunities offered through our teaching school alliance (camteach.org.uk), including opportunities to develop as an ITT or an ECT mentor.
For further details and an application form please visit our website www.combertonvc.org. Roles in other schools in the CAM Academy Trust may also be available for the right candidate.
If you would like to see an overview of the whole school including the maths department, please go to: www.combertonvc.org/about-us/open-evening.php.
Pre-application visits to the college are welcomed and encouraged. For further information about the role or to arrange a visit, please contact Kara Earl, Head of Mathematics, at email@example.com
To apply for this position please submit a completed application form and covering letter (consisting of no more than 2 sides of A4 when printed) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am on Tuesday 9th May 2023.
Please note that we do not accept CVs.
The Cam Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, prohibition from teaching check, section 128 check (as required) and a medical questionnaire.
We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is as important as safeguarding against any other vulnerability. As such, all staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We believe that everyone should be treated with respect whatever their race, gender, sexuality, religious belief, special need, or disability. As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection we fully support the Government's Prevent Strategy.