Head Teacher - Beeslack Community High School
Salary: £77,124 * Subject to job sizing
Currently, Midlothian has 6 secondary schools, 30 primary schools and 4 standalone Early Learning and Childcare settings. Our special school, Saltersgate, and special provisions in each locality provide support for children with a range of physical, social, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. The schools range in size from our smallest primary school with around 50 children to our largest secondary with approximately 1,600 pupils. We have a diverse range of school catchments, from rural to urban settings.
Beeslack High School is a non-denominational secondary which serves the communities extending from the north of Penicuik towards Loanhead and is the secondary school associated with Glencorse, Mauricewood, Roslin and Bilston Primary schools.
The school, which was founded in 1984, is situated in the beautiful grounds of a spacious 17.5 acre site, formerly part of the estate of Beeslack House, and is a highly attractive and inspiring setting for young people to learn and develop.
We provide secondary education for young people aged 11-18 years where effective partnership working has been a key element of the drive to improve outcomes for young people. Beeslack also provides an excellent resource for the local community through its long-established and highly valued community education programme.
Beeslack Community High School offers pupils a range of opportunities to develop their skills for learning, life and work both through the curriculum and our extensive range of extra-curricular activities. In S1 -3 pupils follow a broad general education in 8 curricular areas. In the senior phase pupils have the opportunity to study for a range of qualifications at N3,4,5, Higher and Advanced Higher level with approx. 47% of S6 pupils progressing their studies at college or university. Following a review of our Curriculum we are embarking on a very exciting journey in extending the learning opportunities for our young people in school, Midlothian and beyond.
At Beeslack Community High School we set high expectations for all of our pupils and want them to have aspirations, ambitions and be open minded for their journey beyond school.
We are an inclusive school that values all of its pupil's contributions. Particular strengths of the school are the relationships between pupils, parents and staff and the attainment and achievements of our young people.
The teaching complement comprises 54 fte class teachers and 11 learning assistants. The Head Teacher, 3 Depute Head teachers and 12 Principal Teachers (7 Curriculum and 5 Guidance and Support for Learning) form the Management Team.
This is a particularly exciting time as the site has just been approved for the new Beeslack Community High School Replacement, and is due to be complete by August 2026. The statutory catchment consultation for the new school is due to start in autumn 2022. The Head Teacher will play a pivotal role in the design and planning of the school to ensure that the spaces within the school deliver state of the art learning and teaching facilities.
Are you looking to be part of an exceptional team of leaders who are invested in all young people and in our journey to self-improvement? Applications are invited from dynamic and enthusiastic professionals who have the vision and energy to sustain and promote the current standards of achievement and ensure the continued development and progress of the school.
Interview Dates: Long Leet WC 22/09/22 Short Leet WC 29/09/22
Pre Employment Checks/Requirements for Teaching Positions
If you are successful, our offer of employment will be conditional on satisfactory completion of pre-employment requirements, such as medical screening, two written references, one which must be from your most recent/current employer, verification of your original qualifications and your eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. Registration with the General Teaching Council and a satisfactory PVG check for Regulated Work with Children will also be essential.
General Teaching Council Scotland
Teachers applying for permanent posts should be fully registered with the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS). For further information on registration please visit: www.gtcs.org.uk
Regulated Work with Children
This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.
Successful candidates will require a PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children. You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you. The fee for a Full PVG Scheme Membership is £59. You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 6 consecutive pay periods. The fee for a PVG Scheme Record Update is £18. You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 2 consecutive pay periods. If your employment concludes before the amount is re-paid in full, the outstanding balance will be deducted from your final salary. If you are an existing employee the Council will pay the cost of the Application Fee.
In your application we ask for information under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We ask you to disclose any unspent convictions. Disclosures should be made by writing to or emailing the Employment and Reward Manager, in confidence, giving details of the offence(s), penalty and date(s) of conviction. Applicants should note that failure to disclose a conviction which is subsequently advised through a Disclosure Scotland check may result in the withdrawal of any offer of appointment.
Having a criminal record will not necessarily debar an applicant from working with Midlothian. Decisions regarding suitability for positions of trust which are subject to vetting will be dependent on the nature of the position, together with the circumstances and background of the offence(s).
For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit: www.disclosurescotland.co.uk
Please apply on-line. Facilities are available at all public libraries in Midlothian.
If you have difficulty applying for this post or in accessing the attached documents, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please email to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team stating the post reference number.
Sunday 28 August 2022