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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    20 May 2024 at 12:59am

  • Date listed

    19 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teacher

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Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£30,291.00 - £47,452.00 Annually (FTE) plus additional TLR1 (currently £9,272 p/a)

Head of Maths job summary

Cottenham Village College is seeking to appoint a full time Head of Maths to join a successful and thriving subject team. This is an exciting opportunity for the Head of Maths to support colleagues within the department to enhance their effectiveness in the classroom and beyond and be accountable for raising standards of student attainment and achievement within the department, monitoring and support student progress.

The successful candidate will be an experienced and excellent classroom practitioner with a track record of strong outcomes.

We are committed to a knowledge-rich curriculum and a traditional approach to teaching, behaviour and culture. We believe that schools must teach powerful knowledge, ’the best that has been thought and said’ and an ‘entitlement curriculum’ for all. We believe in explicit instruction and have been greatly influenced by Lemov’s ‘Teach Like A Champion’, Rosenshine and recent developments in cognitive science. We believe that the creation of a scholarly culture that is warm and strict, disciplined and joyful, where there is ‘purpose not power’, ensuring impeccable behaviour, where teachers can focus on teaching and pupils can focus on learning, underpins everything

We are values-driven, and our vision is to provide an inclusive, aspirational and academic education for all our students, so that all of them will learn, thrive and lead successful lives. We are unapologetically ambitious for every child, no matter what their background, prior attainment or needs. We want to ensure that all our students have the option to be able to go to university or aspirational alternative. We are not going to reduce expectations because of a child’s background or home life, or because they are new to English or have a special education need. In fact, the opposite is true. It is our job to redouble our efforts to help children overcome these barriers so that they can flourish.

We value our staff highly and treat workload very seriously. Our systems are high leverage, ensuring you can really focus on your core purpose – teaching, in a sustainable way, unhindered by bureaucracy or poor behaviour.

What we offer:

  • Huge support and progression opportunities
  • A knowledge-rich curriculum built on ‘powerful knowledge’ influenced by the importance of subject-specificity, and by thinking such as Rosenshine and Lemov.
  • Collaborative planning with centralised, shared units of work and resources
  • A feedback policy focused on whole class feedback – no onerous marking policies
  • Disruption-free learning
  • Highly visible/supportive senior leaders who will support you
  • Centralised detentions, including homework detentions
  • No formal graded lesson observations – just ongoing ‘no-stakes’ feedback cycles to develop our practice
  • Excellent ongoing CPD, career development and promotion opportunities across the Astrea Cambridgeshire region
  • Opportunity to complete NPQs
  • An unrivalled professional progression model
  • A very pleasant location in beautiful Cambridgeshire

    What we are looking for:

    The successful candidate will be:

    • A highly effective maths teacher.
    • Aligned to our values and mission. If you are the type of person who fits with our culture, you will love working here.
    • Someone who passionately believes that all children can achieve, no matter what their starting point, background or needs. Someone that does not make excuses for what children can achieve.

    Interested in applying?

    If this is something you are interested in, looking for a new challenge, have a passion for education or maybe all of the above, take a look at the Applicant Brief to find out more about the role and how to apply.

    We actively welcome visits and would be delighted to show you around our academy to appreciate fully our excellent learning environment.

    If you are joining us from another school, academy or trust we recognise your continuous service date with confirmation from your current employer. This can positively impact a number of entitlements and can be discussed in more detail at interview.

    We encourage early applications and reserve the right to interview and close early should a suitable candidate apply.

    Astrea Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to satisfactory background checks including references and enhanced DBS checks.

    All queries should be directed via email to recruitment@astreaacademytrust.org

    Commitment to safeguarding

    Astrea Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and staff. Every child should feel safe and should be protected from any form of child abuse. We have robust policies and procedures that support our commitment to Safeguarding, this includes our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. The in-house Safeguarding teams at each Academy work in partnership with families and safeguarding partners to ensure the safety of children is paramount. We are committed to ensuring that all staff access regular, contextual safeguarding training to meet the needs of the local community.

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    About Cottenham Village College

    School type
    Academy, ages 11 to 16
    Education phase
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    School size
    879 pupils enrolled
    Age range
    11 to 16

    Welcome to Cottenham Village College, part of the Astrea Academy Trust, a highly-successful 11-16 mixed academy situated close to the beautiful city of Cambridge; here you will find hard-working, well-behaved students and friendly, dedicated staff who are committed to a fully inclusive, comprehensive education.

    The college was established in 1963, one of several village colleges in the region that were the inspiration of educational pioneer Henry Morris, who believed that the school should be at the heart of its community and that education should be a lifelong process. This vision of a school that serves and involves its whole community, that fosters high aspirations and inspires a love of learning is as central to our ethos today as it was when it opened.

    Through a highly-ambitious curriculum at CVC, we aim to foster students’ curiosity, unlock their potential and raise their aspirations, as well as ensure that students achieve high levels of attainment that will open doors for their future. A stimulating and broad curriculum also places students in a strong position to question and debate the world around them, making them intellectually resilient and prepares them for citizenship in a democratic society. We believe this is a right of all students and one which is liberating and empowering.

    We are equally proud of the wider curricular provision at CVC, both in formal lessons and outside the classroom. Our extensive range of extra-curricular activities, including sports, music, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme and residential trips, help to give all students a fully-rounded education and creates opportunity for their personal, as well as their academic, growth.

    Cottenham Village College is a friendly, positive and exciting place to work and to learn and we take great pride in the high standards our students consistently achieve. We have very high expectations of all members of the College community and provide an inclusive, friendly and supportive environment in which everyone can thrive and achieve. Students leave as happy, well-qualified and well-motivated individuals who go on to excel in local sixth forms, colleges, universities and the wider world.

    I hope you find the information on the school’s website useful. If there is anything you cannot find, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you wish to visit the school to see it for yourself, please contact the school and we would be delighted to show you around.

    Zoe Andrews, Principal

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