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Penicuik High School 39a Carlops Road, EH26 9EP
£23,969 - £24,889 per year pro rata
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Position Type:
Term Time Part Time
27.5 hours per week

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Currently, Midlothian has 6 secondary schools, 32 primary schools (19 of which have nurseries) and 2 stand alone nursery schools. Our special school, Saltersgate, provides support for children with a range of physical, social, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. The schools range in size from our smallest primary school with around 20 children to our largest secondary with over 1500 pupils. We have a diverse range of school catchments, from rural to urban settings. We are fortunate to have a growing number of new build schools, with 15 of our primary schools and 1 secondary having been built within the last 10 years and several new builds planned. The Education Authority is developing capacity and capability within its systems and structures and is ambitious and forward thinking.

Penicuik High School is a co-educational, non-denominational school built in 1937 and situated on the south-western boundary of Midlothian.  The school is one of two schools which serve the community of Penicuik. Structural changes to the original building have improved some facilities and access but the school is due for refurbishment and some rebuilding and this is scheduled for the current site over the next two years.

The Penicuik Associated Schools Group comprises Cuiken, Strathesk, Cornbank and Sacred Heart Primary Schools.  The current roll is 650. Roll growth will be steady over future years and depending on future developments across the learning estate the roll is expected to grow to over 900 pupils. The school is supported by a very active School Parents’ Association who are our de facto Parent Council.

For more information on all aspects of our school and our improvement journey please visit the schools comprehensive website

Evidence of basic literacy and numeracy at Standard Grade General level or SVQ2 in Early Years Care and Education, or National Certificate unit in Childcare & Education, or equivalent competency, to enable the jobholder to communicate effectively with staff and pupils, and provide sensitive support.

The jobholder must be familiar with child development and able to respond to the needs of individual pupils. Jobholders should have previous experience of working in this field of work.

To be fully competent in the role jobholders will be required to undertake additional training courses eg first aid, team teach etc.

If the post is within a Nursery Environment then the Jobholder must be registered with or obtain membership with the SSSC within 6 months of appointment. In order to register you must currently hold the relevant qualifications or be willing to work towards attaining these qualifications within the first year of registration. For further information about the qualifications recognised by SSSC for registration in a Support Worker role, please see

CLOSING DATE - 15 October 2023 

INTERVIEW DATE - week commencing 23 October 2023

Vacancy Information

Position Title: Learning Assistant ASN 

Directorate: Children, Young People and Partnerships

Location: Penicuik High School 

Contract Status: Permanent

Hours of Work: 27.5

Working Pattern: to be confirmed

Weeks per year: 39

Please note that it is Midlothian Councils policy that successful applicants will be appointed to the first point on the salary scale.

Based on you working 27.5 hours over 39 weeks per year the minimum actual salary for this position is £15,789.59 per annum.


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 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. For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit

Additional Information

If you have difficulty applying for this post or accessing 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.

Midlothian Council is currently undergoing a period of transformation, changing and improving the way it delivers services in Midlothian. As a consequence, there are a number of existing employees for whom we are committed to seeking suitable alternative employment within the Council in accordance with our legal obligations. Candidates are advised that, for some vacancies, internal candidates in this situation will be interviewed before the wider selection pool and a slightly longer delay may be experienced before application outcomes can be advised to you. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

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