Sitting between the historic city of Cambridge and the famous racing town of Newmarket, Bottisham is an ideally suited East Cambridgeshire village for a range of people: London commuters, employees of the area’s science and technology companies and other local industries. As one can imagine, the area has increasingly become popular for families, wanting to lay down roots with opportunities abundant for their children.
Over-subscribed, popular and desirable, Bottisham Village College’s reputation has become central in families’ decisions to move to the area and enjoy the benefits of having this outstanding, unique and inspirational educational community on the doorstep.
It is a reputation we are proud of. It is a reputation that is fuelled by a commitment: to employ an outstanding workforce.
From teaching assistant to ICT technician, from finance to front of house, those of us working at Bottisham are committed to supporting students achieve their potential and, equally, supporting each other. Without question, this collaborative, friendly yet purposeful environment is at the heart of why our teachers and members of wider staff enjoy working here.
Which other aspects define working here as a teacher? A teaching ethos that is rooted in positive relationships with students;
- A commitment to the whole student, not just their examination outcomes;
- A commitment to supporting teachers to become beyond outstanding;
- A fair, effective and unwieldy approach to marking and feedback;
- A consistent behaviour policy, supported by senior members of staff presiding over detentions;
- An unrivalled bespoke data system, programmed by our in-house ICT staff;
- A vibrant, lively and sociable staff-room and staff events.
Over-subscribed and appealing, this college has a glittering future ahead of it: a £16m rebuild has just begun. Although in its infancy, the new buildings will be finished by Summer 2019.
However, as we know, school buildings are empty, soulless and lifeless shells; it is those who work within those walls who make the difference.