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  • Ref no: EAL04996
  • Published: 27/8/2020
  • Closes: 13/9/2020
  • Location: Whitecriag Primary School, Whitecraig Crescent, Whitecraig, EH21 8NG
  • Salary: £61,590.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

This position has expired.

Vacancy Information

DHT/HT Salary Scale Point 7

Days and Hours of Work:
Monday - Friday
To start ASAP

Whitecraig Primary School is a non-denominational, co-educational school serving the village of Whitecraig and surrounding area.

The school was built in 1958 and is all on one level, with wheelchair access at the main entrance and Nursery.  There are five classrooms, a Nursery, a Support for Learning Room, Library, a large hall (which is used for PE, assemblies, shows etc. and also serves as the dinner hall) and a general purpose (GP) room.  The school is fortunate to have an extensive playground and outdoor space. The school has its own kitchen and staff who provide freshly cooked meals.

The current school roll is 126; 97 pupils in P1 – P7, and 20 pupils attend the Nursery in the morning and 9 children attend in the afternoon.  The school has five classes, four of which are composite classes (P1, P2/3, P3/4, P5/6, P6/7), catering for the seven stages of primary education.  The breakdown of composite classes may change from year to year depending on the number of children in the school.   All classes (whether composite or not) contain pupils of different abilities and levels of development. We know that friendship groups are important and we encourage children to mix with their friends at break and through whole-school events. 

We believe that the pupils at Whitecraig are central to all that we do and they can make important contributions to their own education and the effective running of the school.    The secondary school catchment area is Musselburgh Grammar School.

Further information on Whitecraig Primary School can be found at:-

Longleet interviews are scheduled to take place on 2 October 2020
Shortleet interviews are scheduled to take place on 8 October 2020

Please Note:
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.

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 Depute Chief Executive, Resources and People 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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