Depute Headteacher

Favourite Dumfries & Galloway Council
Ref no: DGA03264
Closes: Wednesday, 21st March 2018
Published: Tuesday, 6th March 2018
Location: Wallace Hall Academy & Primary School,Manse Road
Salary: £52,725 per year
Hours: 35.00 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Position Type: Full Time
Organisation: Dumfries & Galloway Council
Category: Education
Sub-category: Depute / Headships


Depute Headteacher (1FTE)
Wallace Hall Academy
DHT06 £52,725

Dumfries and Galloway’s approach to education looks to combine the traditional values, ethos and atmosphere of this unique corner of Scotland with fresh 21st century thinking. This post represents an excellent opportunity to be innovative in developing our culture of sharing and learning. As a member of the senior leadership team, you will work collaboratively with our partners and provide vision, direction and support to all in our school communities.

Wallace Hall Academy is a rural secondary school in Thornhill, which is situated 13 miles north of Dumfries. The secondary school roll is just under 550 with a primary role of 185 pupils and an ELC with approximately 50 pupils. In January 2010 we moved into our new school building which has excellent facilities. The school is now run as a 2-18 establishment with one Headteacher.

Our school vision statement is: “together we grow, learn and achieve”. We strongly believe that we provide an environment where all staff and pupils are supported, empowered and challenged to reach their full potential. All stakeholders were consulted on the eight capacities of the school: curiosity, creativity, critical skills, communication, collaboration, compassion, composure and citizenship.

We enjoy a close partnership with our five cluster primaries and we have an extensive transition programme in place for both our cluster and our non-cluster P7 pupils. Approximately 25% of our school roll comes from outwith our catchment area. Our strong academic reputation and continued development of a more inclusive and flexible curriculum are seen as major strengths of the school and appeal to many parents and pupils.

Our school is dynamic and vibrant with a commitment to the development of both pupils and staff and the creation of a positive learning community. We presently have 50 teaching staff and 22 support staff and have built strong links with a wide variety of partner agencies including the Parent Council and the local Queensberry Estate. Our pupils and families are supported by a dedicated and professional team including a highly skilled support staff who play an integral part in enhancing our positive ethos and culture of achievement.

We are an innovative school which recognises its strengths and continues to build capability in almost all areas but we are also fully committed to developing new ideas and challenges to ensure that the improvement agenda is always to the fore.

We are seeking to appoint a full time (1FTE) Depute Headteacher.

Applicants will have proven leadership experience in secondary education and be committed to very high standards of achievement. Applicants for teaching posts must be registered in the relevant sector with the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS), Clerwood House, 96 Clerminston Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6UT

This post is considered as Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. Preferred candidates are required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update prior to formal offer of employment being made by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Applicants who have been resident outside the UK within the last 5 years, if offered a position, in addition to a Disclosure Scotland Check, will be required to provide a completed police record check from the police authority in the country or countries in which they are resident.

For further information please telephone Mr Barry Graham at Wallace Hall on 01848 332120 or email him at:

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