North Cambridge Academy is one of the six schools in Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT). CMAT operates schools in a compact geographical area along the A14 corridor.  CMAT schools are located in Cambridgeshire, and there is also a school in Stamford on the boarders of Lincolnshire. Each of the CMAT schools is very different in the catchment it serves and this is recognised by the Trust.  Indeed, CMAT prides itself on understanding local context and making sure that the local community is at the heart of the school and the school is at the heart of the local community.  NCA is located to the north of the city of Cambridge, just 2 miles from the centre.  It is a small school with a current role of 440 pupils, but is growing in reputation and numbers.  It has a distinctive ethos and its pupil population are mainly drawn from the north of the city.  Its size helps create a friendly, vibrant and special atmosphere.  There is no question that every member of staff has a profound effect on the educational, developmental and aspirational progress of every one of its pupils. ‘If you joined teaching to make a difference then NCA is the place for you…’      Cambridge is one of the fastest growing regions in the UK and NCA is well positioned to meet this growth, as the expectation is that the current pupil population will rise quickly to 750.  Indeed, we are moving in to a brand new school in February 2016, to ensure that we can sustain this growth.   The whole site will be developed and completed by September 2016, and will include: ·         A 10 million pound ‘state of the art’ new school ·         A brand new co-located £250,000 Gymnastics Academy ·         A new cycling track for BMX and off road bikes ·         Community sporting facilities including sports hall and multi-use games area ·         Four new court floodlit tennis courts  Since CMAT took over the running of NCA in 2013 we have: ·         Been voted Most Improved School ‘Whole Education 2014’. ·         Significantly increased the pupil population.  ·         Been graded as a ‘good’ school by Ofsted (February 2015). ·         Winners of ‘Living Sport Secondary School of the Year 2015’. ·         Improved first entry results in every category and every subject (2014 and 2015). When you work at NCA you are part of a friendly team who value your hard work, your commitment and your desire to make a difference to the pupils and catchment we serve.     


North Cambridge Academy is situated in an ideal location to make learning fun, exciting and innovative.  We have established links with Cambridge museums, Children’s University, USAF, Ridgeons, CHYPS, Police Cadets, Cambridge Gymnastics Club and Cambridge United Football Club. NCA pupils have the opportunity to become museum ambassadors, which means they work closely with the prestigious museums situated in the heart of this University City.  The ambassadors have made films, been responsible for educational tours of the museums, and work with the Fitzwilliam Museum on the content of the new Arts Award.  CMAT ensure all newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and recently qualified teachers (RQTs) have quality training in their first and second year. These courses demonstrate to all teachers that although they are working in one school CMAT school it is an organization which stretches further and across two, soon to be three, counties. CMAT prides itself on schools working collaboratively and sharing ideas and the NQT and RQT course helps cement friendships and working relationships between schools and colleagues. Please watch our promotional video to see more information: https://youtu.be/_m9Cphfr8XI During the summer 2014, 60 pupils took part in the Arts Award, qualified as undergraduates from the Children’s University and took part in a free summer residential in Dorset We run a mentoring programme with the United Sates Air Force, USAF, and local businesses such as Ridgeons and CHYPS.  We have just started a police mentoring scheme and have established links with local 6th form colleges to further the sense of ambition in the young people we serve.  We have a Police Cadet unit, the only one in Cambridge City, starting in March 2016 and have facilities and coaches through the Cambridge Gymnastics’ Club, to ensure that attendance at NCA will foster an improved generation of gymnasts for the future.  We regularly work with Cambridge United Football Club on youth and development programmes.  We have a very varied programme of after school clubs and activities attended regularly by our pupils.  As part of directed time each member of the teaching staff offer at least one club a week. This forms part of the innovative and CMAT wide pledges system.  These clubs vary from ‘War Hammer clubs’ to ‘guitar’ and ‘baking’.  We have a vision to provide an education for the most disadvantaged pupils 364 days a year and are making huge strides with clubs, societies and local businesses to realise this potential.  Indeed, links with local businesses, groups and associations help ensure that we offer a varied diet to the young people of Cambridge and this marks NCA as different.     But, there is more to do and we are only prepared to employ staff with a fully committed desire to make the difference to all young people.  If you believe that you have the drive and determination to make every child succeed then NCA is the place for you.  ‘NCA is an exciting place to work where your ideas matter’   North Cambridge Academy will enshrine five core values: pursuing excellence; valuing people; achievement for all; outstanding experiences and extending boundaries. The Academy will be in the community, of the community and for the community. It will be an academy for all young people, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, faith, creed, ability or disability.

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When you join NCA you also join CMAT, which means we can offer the very best developmental opportunities for every member of staff.  Currently NCA staff are working with others in the Trust in many different ways: ·  CMAT has regular working parties across schools to develop teaching and learning, specific qualifications and our innovative CMAT pledges system. ·  Leaders from all the CMAT schools collaborate to create schemes of work and resources. · We have a CMAT wide intranet, where dialogue on the development of the Trust is discussed and shared and where internal adverts for positions across the Trust are advertised first. · NCA staff work across two schools; NCA and the ‘outstanding Swavesey Village College’ (SVC). NCA and SVC has joint leadership of a number of departments and experience from across the age ranges has helped secure better outcomes for pupils. Continuing Professional Development is vitally important and in the past 18 months staff from NCA have: · Attended initial teacher training courses (ITT).  One member of staff has recently gained QTS and another two members of staff are currently taking a conversion course to teach another subject. · Attended the ‘Good to Outstanding’ teaching courses through the CTSN (Cambridge Teaching School’s Network). · Attended specific management training courses.  Currently every middle manager is attending at least one middle management course.    ·  Attended PiXl courses and developmental meetings. ·  Two members of staff achieved a fully funded Masters qualification and are using the learning to help secure better pupil outcomes across two schools.   We are also valued members of ‘Whole Education’ and as well as winning the ‘most improved school 2014’ we also host teacher meets with the other CMAT schools as well as other schools within Cambridge City. Innovation and Research is also important and every member of the teaching staff has a QUILT (Quality in Teaching and Learning) target which, when written up, forms part of the NCA T&L newsletter.  The very best research projects go forward for CMAT wide publication.  If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for. By joining our School Talent Pool we'll know you're interested in working here when a future vacancy occurs.Join our School Talent Pool now!For more information about School Talent Pools visit www.eteach.com

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It started with a desire to provide high quality and dynamic education for everyone, right in the heart of our community and that desire has grown into the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT).

CMAT was formed in 2011 with this clear vision and we articulate it as the following statement – to provide high quality and dynamic education for all at the heart of our communities.

The Trust started life as Cambridge Meridian Education Trust (CMET) which was incorporated in March 2009 in order to enter the competition to promote the new schools at Northstowe a new town proposed between Swavesey and Cambridge. It was founded by those who already were passionate about education in the area – the governors and trustees of Swavesey Village College; an outstandingly successful and innovative school.

In March 2011 CMET became Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), a multi-academy trust, this enabled Swavesey Village College to convert to academy status, sponsor other academies, and help spread good education practice.

As a Trust we truly value the success of every child and we place the sharing of excellent education practice at the core of this value. We are committed to improving the quality of education and life in the county of Cambridgeshire, and its immediate surroundings. With this aim, the Trust operates from hubs in Cambridge and Peterborough and its staff, pupils and families are spread across the entire area from rural village to inner city estate.

As a Trust we are committed to maintaining these core principles and focus as we grow – working with schools where we believe we can help and who in turn can enrich and provide real benefit for the existing CMAT family.

Our academies have common values and core operational systems, which are applied locally, adapted to individual context and needs. By this simple expedient each academy retains their own local governing bodies, identity and individuality. The young adults who leave our care are prepared for the next stage of their education and are ready and confident to move forward in life.

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