Head Teacher, Newhill Primary School, Blairgowrie (PKC04260)

14 Apr 2018
20 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Description

Head Teacher (PKC04260)
£57,300 (subject to job-sizing)
Newhill Primary School, Blairgowrie

About the Role

Due to the forthcoming retirement of our current Headteacher, an exicting opportunity has arisen to lead Newhill Primary School which is set in the picturesque market town of Blairgowrie, in eastern Perthshire.

Could you make a difference to the future lives of the children in Perth & Kinross? Do you have aspirations to be one of our next leaders? Would you relish in ensuring all of our children reach their potential?

We are looking for a highly motivated leader with a passion for excellence and who has the energy and skills to make a difference. If this describes you, read on and apply!

In joining Perth & Kinross Council, we will encourage you to be dynamic, bringing fresh ideas and apply new learning whilst providing a comprehensive Headteacher induction programme and supporting your professional development and growth.

In return, as Headteacher you will have responsibility for the development and delivery of continued high quality learning and teaching which meets the needs of all pupils. You will also be expected to lead quality assurance measures to plan, develop and monitor the continuous improvement of the school and implement local and national objectives.

Hear what our existing Headteachers say about working and living in Perth & Kinross.

Click here to view a short video about the school.

About the School

Nestled on the banks of the river Ericht, Newhill Primary School is part of Blairgowrie Community Campus. The school shares the campus with St Stephen's RC Primary with each school retaining its unique identity.

Opening in 2009, the Campus offers a wide range of facilities for all members of the community. In addition to the state of art classrooms, facilities also include purpose built music and drama spaces, a well-equipped hall, three external multi-use games areas and a large grassed sports pitch. The playground is also an exciting area for the children to play and learn, incorporating an external courtyard, an outdoor amphitheatre and a variety of play equipment.

Newhill Primary currently has a roll of 380 accommodated in 15 primary classes. In also has a nursery unit with a hub attached to the school with 64/72 (includes 8 hub places) and 2 year old provision. This is an exciting opportunity to take on the role of head teacher within a shared Campus which provides many benefits for the children, parents and staff of both schools. The school is managed by a Senior Management Team comprising of the Headteacher and two Depute Headteachers who are not class committed. Newhill offers a welcoming, secure learning experience where praise, encouragement and respect help children reach their full potential. Children's opinions, ideas and efforts are valued with staff making every effort to ensure that children work to the best of their ability, are polite and caring towards others and feel good about themselves. Working in partnership with pupils, parents, staff and the local community the school encourages a love of learning with work displayed in classrooms and around the Campus. The school is working towards it's Gold Level Rights Respecting School status and actively encourages an ethos of respect.

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About Working for Perth & Kinross Council

Our schools consistently perform above the national average for pupil attainment and receive positive inspection reports. The Council has invested heavily in new school buildings and facilities in recent years. Our schools work together innovatively to embrace new technology, for example with the Perth City Campus initiative.

We are fully committed to investing in its staff, providing inductions, ongoing training and support with a view to retaining talented staff through succession planning, why not visit our ECS Learning Hub to find out more. Perth & Kinross Council promotes the Professional Update approach to ensure continuous professional development for teachers. We encourage our staff to widen their horizons and make connections across the organisation, supporting your own and the Council's development.

A thorough induction programme for new Headteachers enables you to:
  • be confident in your professional and corporate role, so you have the freedom to focus on what is right for children and how to achieve it;
  • demonstrate professional courage; a willingness to learn more about a diverse range of topics, in different ways and with different networks of people;
  • focus on what is right and necessary to deliver their role effectively and have the knowledge and evidence to make the right decisions in the right way.

The Council's Education and Children's Services departments are jointly managed at Director level and we have long advocated early intervention and support in children's earliest years to improve long-term outcomes. The Council is also committed to ensuring positive outcomes for school leavers, with investment in Modern Apprenticeships and our innovative Careers Academy, increased opportunities for work experience and paid internships.

The area has one of the fastest growing school age populations in Scotland with 100 new primary places needed per annum. Another brand new secondary school is being built in Perth to complement the existing four, and more than 25% of all school children in the area are educated at one of six state-of-the-art community campuses. These beautifully designed campuses offer a superb new learning environment, as well as high quality community facilities such as libraries, sports hall, dance and drama studios and conference space.


Living in Perth and Kinross

Looking for a change of scenery? Perth and Kinross encompasses some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, while still being accessible and well serviced with local facilities. Perth, Scotland's newest city, is the area's hub, providing culture, shopping, leisure and nightlife.

In the surrounding area, there's world class fishing, walking routes ranging from marked forest trails to lofty treks in the mountains, great cycling routes both on and off road, numerous adventure sports facilities and an unsurpassed range of golf courses to satisfy all abilities, including 2014 Ryder Cup host Gleneagles.

Perth and Kinross receives a consistently high ranking in quality of life surveys. The area is renowned for its thriving cultural scene, which includes venues such as the fantastic Perth Concert Hall (Scotland's newest) and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. The area boasts one of Scotland's, and the UK's, strongest events portfolios. Major sporting event such as the Johnnie Walker Golf Championships, Blair Castle International Horse Trials and the Etape Caledonia sit alongside high profile cultural events like Rewind to ensure there is always an exciting annual events calendar here.

The area's property market is very diverse, offering a mix of old and new and, increasingly, a combination of the two as seen in imaginative conversions of old mills, steadings, churches and farm buildings, all of which can be found in and around popular towns and villages such as Blairgowrie, Crieff, Kinross, Scone, Auchterarder and Pitlochry. In outlying areas there's an abundance of one-off properties, many with land. At the other end of the scale, the City of Perth offers urban die-hards everything from quaint stone built cottages to impressive period mansions, listed conversions, townhouses, modern apartments and executive developments.


The Individual

For further information, contact Sharon Johnston, Head of Education (Early Years & Primary) on 01738 477447 or Jennifer Sorrie, Quality Improvement Officer on 01738 476371.

Please APPLY ONLINE. Facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross. If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475000 to discuss.

Should you be invited to attend interview, you will be asked to provide 2 references, one of which must be your current or most recent employer. Therefore, when completing your application for this post, please ensure you provide contact details for two referees. If you are already employed as a teacher with Perth & Kinross Council, you are only required to provide 1 reference, which must be from your current head teacher.

As Perth & Kinross Council operates an open reference policy, the onus will be on you to provide us with your references.

Please note, as your references are required for the start of the interview process, it is important you approach your referees and ask them to complete and submit them by e-mail to PRIOR to the date of your interview. The job profile and reference template are attached to this advert for you to forward to your referees. You will not have access to them after the post has closed.

Please APPLY ONLINE. Facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross. If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.

As part of our safer recruitment measures, Perth & Kinross Council carries out rigorous checks on the right to work in the UK, qualifications, employment history, including references, and fitness to undertake the post.

Some jobs may have been traditionally carried out predominately by one gender, but we would encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements, irrespective of your gender.

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