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Loretto RC Primary School Newbigging Musselburgh, EH21 7AH
£68,742 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

Vacancy Information

DHT/HT Salary Scale Point 6 (£68,742)

Days of Work:
Monday - Friday
To start asap.

Successful candidates will be recruited to a permanent post if they already have a substantive HT post and/or hold the Standard for Headship (through the SQH or Into Headship programmes). Successful candidates yet to achieve the Standard for Headship will be offered a temporary contract until such time as they successfully complete the now mandatory Into Headship programme, which must be within the nationally agreed timeframe of 30 months from appointment.

Loretto RC Primary School is a medium sized denominational primary school with a current roll of 171 serving the communities of Musselburgh, Whitecraig and Wallyford.

The 24 place nursery offers 1140hrs over 38weeks. It is non-denominational though almost all children transfer to P1 at Loretto RCPS. The school has seven primary classes. 

The school has 34% of pupils with English as an Additional Language from Nursery to Primary 7. There are currently 12% of pupils receiving Free School Meals and Clothing Grant.  Overall 62% of pupils live in SIMD deciles 2, 3 and 4 with 31% in SIMD 3. Our school attendance (94.6% for 2021-22) is in line with our cluster and East Lothian school average. Almost all our Primary 7 children transition to St. David’s RC High School in Dalkeith.

The management team in the school consists of the Head Teacher and Principal Teacher. Strengths and areas of expertise within the team are recognised and remits reflect this and our collaborative and shared approach to leadership. 

The part time Support for Learning teacher assists the HT and PT in strategic planning for teaching and learning and targeted personalised support. The school has 7 permanent class teachers.  There are currently 5 support staff members in school, a Senior Early Years Practitioner, one full time and one part time Early Years Practitioner. The office team of Business Support Administrator and School Auxiliary work closely and efficiently together. There are also visiting Music and PE specialist teachers and a visiting Brass Instructor. 

The school has benefited from very supportive parents through the work of Loretto Parent Partnership and continues to have very good engagement from pupils and families and has strong links with the local parish.

Building on previous professional learning, learning outdoors has blossomed with all classes showing co-operation, creativity and problem solving skills in a wide variety of outdoor learning activities. Children participate in national awards and have achieved P5 John Muir Award and P7 Pope Francis Award as well as being awarded Rights Respecting Schools Silver status and a registered Laudato Si (Eco) School.

The school celebrates the achievements of pupils through pupil leadership opportunities and weekly assemblies. The school community is outward looking and promotes Responsible Citizenship and Global Citizenship through or events and charity work.

Candidates applying for this post should seek advice on approval procedures for working in a Roman Catholic School.  Information can be found on the Scottish Catholic Education Service website: 

Further information on the school can be found at -

It is anticipated longleet interviews will take place on 21 September 2023

It is anticipated shortleet interviews will take place on 26 September 2023

Job Details

The role of the Head Teacher is, within the resources available, to conduct the affairs of both Schools to the benefit of the pupils and the communities they serve, through pursuing objectives and implementing policies set by East Lothian Council under the overall direction of the Executive Director, Education and Children's Services.

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job.  You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form.  You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work.  Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours.  Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Full GTCS Registration is required.

PVG Membership
This post is considered as Regulated Work with vulnerable children and/or protected adults, as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

All preferred candidates for posts carrying out regulated work with these groups will be required to become a PVG Scheme member, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if they are already a member, prior to any formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note: PVG member’s records are constantly updated with any new vetting information that arises. Any information that is disclosed on a PVG membership or update check, if relevant to the post being applied for, will be discussed with the applicant and investigated prior to any formal offer being made.

Please note:
If you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UKwebsite.

Additional Information

For additional East Lothian Council employment information please click on the following link:

Please Note - Pay arrangements for those starting after 1st day of school session
In accordance with Teachers Conditions of Service (SNCT - Appendix 2.19), Teachers who commence employment with East Lothian Council after the first day of the school session will have their salary for the remainder of the school salary year (which runs from 1 August to 31 July each year), ; recalculated to reflect how teachers accrue leave and pay.   

In these circumstances, a calculation will be carried out upon commencement of employment and leave and pay will be adjusted.  Further information will be provided to the successful candidate should this be applicable.

East Lothian Council Schools:
Further details on all East Lothian Council Primary and Secondary Schools, including individual school websites can be found here:

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