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Head Teacher, Bathgate Academy, 147.10 - WEL05165

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Head Teacher, Bathgate Academy, 35 Hours per week, Closing date 26th September 2021

After 1 August 2020, Education Authorities can only appoint the following categories of people as permanent Head Teachers:
  1. People who have achieved the Standard for Headship.
  2. People appointed as permanent Head Teachers of a public school, a grant-aided school or an independent school on or before 1 August 2020.

A person who has not yet achieved the Standard for Headship may be appointed as a head teacher, provided the appointment does not exceed 30 months.

Bathgate Academy is a non-denominational six-year comprehensive school with a roll of around 1000 pupils. The roll is projected to grow significantly in the medium term due to significant new housing development in the area. The roll includes a mix of young people across each SIMD decile with pockets of significant socio-economic deprivation.

The Senior Leadership Team includes the Headteacher, three Depute Head teachers and an extended Leadership team of Principal Teachers.

Effective cluster working ensures continuity with five associated Primary schools: Balbardie, Blackburn, Murrayfield, Simpson and Boghall.

The school aims to provide a secure, supportive and challenging environment based on mutual respect where staff and pupils develop their skills to the highest level. They also seek to promote education as an active partnership through home and wider community links. The school vision statement underpins school improvement: educating the whole person, in a spirit of enquiry, to judge wisely, act fairly and live well.

We are keen to employ a diverse workforce that reflects the people of Scotland. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and particularly from groups currently under-represented, including people with disabilities, those from minority ethnic communities or from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds

West Lothian Council are committed to far reaching changes to the way we deliver our Education Services. These changes include giving you the support and environment that you need to get on with your job and develop your abilities. Our dedication is demonstrated by the whole council achievement of the Investors in People Standard and always aiming a little higher in our service delivery and improvements.

A relevant teaching qualification and registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland is essential.

This post is considered Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. Successful candidates will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment and the cost will be met by the candidate.

The fee for a Full PVG Scheme Membership is £59 or Existing Member is £18. The £59 cost (where appropriate) will be deducted from your salary over a 1 or 3 month period by repayment schedule. If your employment concludes before the amount is re-paid in full, the outstanding balance will be deducted from your final salary.
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