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									                                KINGSBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

                           APPOINTMENT OF TEACHER OF MATHS

DETAILS FOR APPLICANTS

1.      THE POST

        We believe we can only sustain excellence by appointing the very best staff. This is a great
        opportunity for a mathematician to teach Maths to A Level and join a team of committed,
        specialist teachers in excellent department accommodation.

        A recruitment/retention package may be available.

        We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Posts are subject to
        enhanced disclosure.

2.     DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

       The department consists of 12 team members who are enthusiastic and committed to the
       learning ethos developed in the College. We provide a range of teaching styles within the
       classroom with the extensive use of digital projectors and interactive whiteboards (IWBs). The
       department has a high profile within the College and runs events like Masterclasses, national
       challenges, Primary days, financial days and guest lecturers, as well as working on collaborative
       projects with departments across the college.

       At Key Stage 3 we have taken advantage of the abolition of SATs to trial a two year Key Stage
       using the opportunity to engage students in real-life mathematics with a view to embedding
       functional mathematics into Key Stage 4.

       At Key Stage 4 we follow the AQA modular B specification. A few of our students have the
       option of taking the Free Standing Maths Qualification (FSMQ). Our CVA score is in the top
       quarter nationally and we expect to attain a 75% A*-C pass rate at GCSE this year.

       AS and A2 results have been outstanding over the last two years and uptake has been
       exceptional with over 50 starting AS courses this year. We use the AQA Specification B and
       run courses in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, and Statistics.

3.     THE COLLEGE’S FACILITIES

        The market town of Kingsbridge is located at the head of the Salcombe estuary, an hour’s
        drive from Exeter and 45 minutes from Plymouth. It is ideally placed for those who love the
        sea or walking on Dartmoor, whilst neighbouring Totnes is a thriving centre for the avant
        garde arts.

        The College is situated on the edge of the town with wonderful views over the surrounding
        countryside. Extensive building programmes have resulted in enviable facilities. These include
        a purpose built Art and Technology block of 12 studios and workshops, a large building
        opened in 2002 to give us a Hall with professional quality sound and light systems and tiered
        seating; an aesthetic movement space; a Music suite with nine practice rooms; and many high
        quality classrooms. In 2006 we opened a full size artificial turf pitch; in 2007 we opened a
        £2.8million Sixth Form Centre which has been deliberately designed to form a bridge between
        school and an aspirational world of business and higher education. We have refurbished our
        laboratories and added tennis and basketball courts. In addition the College has daily use of


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        the Quayside Leisure Centre which includes a large sports’ hall, squash courts, fitness suite and
        superb swimming pool. We also opened in 2007 a refurbished building as our Student Support
        Centre where we group all the services and agencies which help us fulfil our aim of helping
        each individual to thrive. In September 2010 we opened a new £2million English & Literacy
        Centre with a teaching block of 8 classrooms with additional facilities for one-to-one tuition.

4.     STAFF AND STUDENTS OF THE COLLEGE

        Kingsbridge is a comprehensive Community College with 1350 students on roll, including over
        300 in the Sixth Form. There are approximately 75 full time and 14 part time teachers, with
        over 110 support staff.

        Relationships between staff and students here are excellent. We see evidence of this in the
        time which staff devote to giving students individual help out of classes and the time and
        energy they commit to trips. Our students are generally well motivated and responsible, and
        we receive many plaudits when they are out and about on visits. Of course we also have our
        share of those who present challenges, and our systems are well developed to cope with
        these. We are a fully comprehensive college, with plenty of able students who go on to
        universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

5.      ICT

        In 2007 we gained the National ICT Mark as affirmation of the work we have been doing to
        promote e-learning. All classrooms have at least one computer and a digital projector and
        most also have interactive whiteboards; staff have laptops; we have invested in the FROG VLE
        and are a national pathfinder for online reporting to parents. Our numerous ICT suites are
        augmented by sets of laptops on mobile trolleys. We want to appoint staff who are excited by
        the new ways of learning, by technology and who have the vision and drive to make the most
        of these new opportunities to change learning and prepare our students for life and work in
        the 21st century.

6.     THE CURRICULUM

        We have an admission number of 203 students in each year group which we organise into
        eight mixed ability tutor groups of 25/26 students. They are taught in mixed ability groups at
        Key Stage 3 except in English, Maths, MFL and Science; as they move up through the College
        we add extra teaching groups. In Year 8 approximately half the students begin a second
        foreign language, Spanish.

        20% of the time in Year 7 is based on the RSA Opening Minds curriculum which focuses on
        ensuring that students acquire skills in learning that they need for now and for life. For two
        years we have been gradually embedding the Co-Operative Learning strategies based on the
        work of Dr Spencer Kagan.

        Our Sixth Form offers a wide programme of A2, AS, National Diploma and NVQs. We are
        very proud of the breadth of our curriculum with many opportunities for enrichment as part
        of the Sixth Form which prides itself on being a thriving community of its own.

7.      SPECIALISMS

        We are a Specialist Science College which also incorporates Maths and Leading Edge School.
        At Easter 2007 we were designated a High Performing Specialist School and added a second
        specialism in the Arts.

8.     CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT



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        We are very clear in our belief that the staff are our best resource, and invest a lot of time and
        resources in continuous professional development. We are constantly looking to innovate,
        with for example a Staff Journal published twice yearly to spread good practice and with close
        links with local HE institutions; we are also a base for School Centred Initial Teacher Training
        (SCITT) in Drama and Music. We have a good track record of support for NQTs, with a
        regular seminar programme as well as individual mentoring and support.

        We have recently been focussing our CPD on developing Co-Operative Learning and also our
        own model of coaching. Our policy is to train our own staff who can then lead others; we
        have, for example, recently been sending people to Florida to train at the Kagan Institute. All
        staff are currently in learning triads, using coaching skills to help develop each other’s
        expertise. If you have an aspiration, we will help you to fulfil it. We have IIP status.

9.     EXTRA CURRICULAR

        We have a thriving extra-curricular programme which is always changing and always
        developing. We will discuss with you at interview how you would like to contribute to this
        programme.

        We run many sports teams who achieve County and national success, and stage many different
        concerts and drama productions throughout the year. Other clubs and activities range from
        chess to model aeroplane flying! We hold a Challenge Week at the end of the Summer Term
        where students opt for residentials or daily activities, with options ranging from residentials in
        France, Holland and Spain to narrowboating on Midlands canals.

        There are many other trips and visits which enhance the curriculum including a Technology
        residential in London to look at all aspects of design, English and Drama residentials in London
        and Stratford, a Media Studies residential in Manchester and Hollywood, Geography and
        Biology field trips and so on. In recent years we have had expeditions to South America,
        Africa, China and Borneo. We have a student exchange with our partner school in Bangkok.
        Staff would not give up this time if they did not enjoy working at Kingsbridge with our
        students, and we are enormously appreciative of their time and goodwill. As a result of these
        international links, the College has achieved the International Schools’ Award for the second
        time.

10.     ACADEMY

        We were one of the first Trust Pathfinders three years ago, and we formed a Trust in 2008 as
        a way of raising aspirations and helping us to improve standards. Our Partners range across
        business, HE and charities and span the Arts and Sciences. They are the Royal Society of Arts,
        Manufacture and Commerce (RSA); Plymouth University; National Marine Aquarium; Rio (a
        community Arts organisation), AstraZeneca PLC and University College Falmouth. From
        January 2011 we have converted to Academy, following the invitation to do so to outstanding
        schools. We will dissolve the Trust but continue to work with our partners informally. We
        always want to be at the forefront of national initiatives when they will benefit our students.

11.     QUALIFICATIONS

        It is the Governors’ Policy to ask to see original certificates for all qualifications of A Level or
        equivalent, and above, at interview.




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12.    PERSON SPECIFICATION

 CATEGORY                    ESSENTIAL                                                       DESIRABLE
                              Successful experience of teaching subject in placement or
 Experience                    a previous school

                                Ability to teach subject to GCSE & A Level                   Potential to be a
 Knowledge/Skills/              Degree and QTS                                                middle leader
 Understanding/                 Ability to communicate effectively: orally and in writing
 Qualifications                 High level ICT skills

                                Adaptable, flexible
 Personal Qualities             Able to take responsibility and show initiative
                                Good health and attendance record
                                Enthusiastic and inspiring
                                Able to command respect
                                A team worker




13.     APPLICATION

        Please complete :
        a) Enclosed Application Form (leave the additional information section blank)
        b) CV
        c) A letter outlining how your experience, knowledge, skills and personal qualities equip you
            for this post at the Community College. Refer specifically to how you enthuse and inspire
             students in your lessons.

14. CLOSING DATE
     Please apply online as soon as possible through our website:
     www.kingsbridgecollege.devon.sch.uk

          Final closing date: 9am, Thursday, 17th February 2011




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