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  • Ref no: MID02771
  • Published: 28/2/19
  • Closes: 15/3/19
  • Location: St Andrews RC Primary School Gowkshill, EH23 4DA
  • Salary: £52,725
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

Job Description



Midlothian is one of the fastest growing Councils in Scotland and is rightly proud of its thriving school community with 2 nursery schools, 30 primary schools, 6 secondary schools and 1 school dedicated to supporting young people with complex additional support needs. Within our schools, staff work with pupils with a range of needs and abilities, and schools vary from large to small and rural to urban. Many of them have been replaced or upgraded as part of our exciting and on going programme of improvement of the school estate.

We actively encourage applications from senior leaders with a proven track record in school improvement and raising attainment. Applicants will hold a leadership post in the relevant sector, will be able to evidence significant improvements in outcomes for learners and will be driven in terms of quality leadership and positive outcomes for Young People.

Applicants must be practising Catholic and will require Church Approval for the post of Headteacher.

St Andrew’s RC Primary is situated in the locality of Gorebridge. As a denominational, co-educational school our catchment area is fairly wide, taking in Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stobhill and outlying villages such as North Middleton. We also attract children from outside the area, as well as a number of children of other, or no, denomination and several children from mixed ethnic backgrounds. We currently accommodate 160 children in seven classes from P1-P7. We also have a nursery class, which can cater for the needs of twenty 3 and 4 year old children on a part-time basis, in a morning or afternoon class and eight children on a full time basis.   The school also has a Complex Needs Provision with space for 16 pupils.

At St Andrew’s we put children at the centre of everything we do. We set high aspirations and expectations for all of our learners and provide innovative and inspiring learning opportunities to meet all learner’s needs. We provide high quality leadership and actively promote a secure and happy Catholic Christian environment, which extends into a close partnership between school, home, parish and the wider community. With our colleagues in the St David’s High School Learning Community we aim to develop our children holistically within a culture and ethos of mutual trust and respect. All staff appointed are expected to support the aims, mission, values and ethos of the school.

If you are eager to join a progressive Council that strives for real and sustained quality improvement as part of an ambitious and committed staff community, and be offered significant opportunities for career long professional development as a senior leader, we want to hear from you.

For more information about the school visit our website and follow us on twitter @standrewstweets

Long Leet Interviews for the above post will be on 19th March 2019


Pre Employment Checks/Requirements for Teaching Positions

If you are successful, our offer of employment will be conditional on satisfactory completion of pre-employment requirements, such as medical screening, two written references, one which must be from your most recent/current employer, verification of your original qualifications and your eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. Registration with the General Teaching Council and a satisfactory PVG check for Regulated Work with Children will also be essential.

General Teaching Council Scotland

Teachers applying for permanent posts should be fully registered with the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS). For further information on registration please visit:

Regulated Work with Children

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.

Successful candidates will require a PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children. You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you. The fee for a Full PVG Scheme Membership is £59. You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 6 consecutive pay periods. The fee for a PVG Scheme Record Update is £18. You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 2 consecutive pay periods. If your employment concludes before the amount is re-paid in full, the outstanding balance will be deducted from your final salary. If you are an existing employee the Council will pay the cost of the Application Fee.

In your application we ask for information under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We ask you to disclose any unspent convictions. Disclosures should be made by writing to or emailing the Employment and Reward Manager, in confidence, giving details of the offence(s), penalty and date(s) of conviction. Applicants should note that failure to disclose a conviction which is subsequently advised through a Disclosure Scotland check may result in the withdrawal of any offer of appointment.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily debar an applicant from working with Midlothian. Decisions regarding suitability for positions of trust which are subject to vetting will be dependent on the nature of the position, together with the circumstances and background of the offence(s).

For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit:  

How to Apply

Please apply on-line. Facilities are available at all public libraries in Midlothian.

If you have difficulty applying for this post or in accessing the attached documents, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please call 0131 271 3063 to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team stating the post reference number.

Closing Date

15th March 2019