Principal Teacher Health and Wellbeing - St David's High School

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Ref no: MID02227
Closes: Sunday, 25th March 2018
Published: Monday, 12th March 2018
Location: St Davids RC High School 1 Cousland Road
Salary: £48,033 per year
Hours: 35.00 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Position Type: Full Time
Organisation: Midlothian Council
Category: Education
Sub-category: Principal Teaching

Job Description



PT6 (143 – 159) £48,033


Full Time

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 1200 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.

St David’s High School Dalkeith is looking to appoint committed and enthusiastic permanent Principal Teacher Curriculum - Health & Wellbeing to join a successful and dynamic teaching team in Midlothian’s most improved secondary school.

Our current roll stands at around 600 drawn from the towns and villages across Midlothian and from Musselburgh and south Edinburgh. We have a high number of placing requests every year from families who are attracted by the caring and inclusive ethos of the school built, on our ASPIRE values of Achievement, Service, Perseverance, Inclusion, Respect and Excellence. Our students are our greatest assets and we are very proud of their successes and achievements, particularly their consistently outstanding SQA Exam attainment.

The school management team consists of Headteacher; 2 Deputy Headteachers; 9 Principal Teachers (Curriculum Leaders); 3 Heads of House and a Principle Teacher - Inclusion.

In recent years we have enjoyed recognition nationally for our work on building resilience in our learners working in partnership with Napier University and our cluster primary schools. Our students also enjoy opportunities to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including trips both abroad and closer to home and we are rightly renowned for the quality and standard of our musical performances, productions and achievements.

We are fully committed to implementing the work of Hattie’s Visible Learning and Dweck’s Growth Mindset in our learning and teaching strategies and are also taking a whole school approach to embedding Nurturing principles in all aspects of our work.

We are a Roman Catholic School and as such Catholic Church Approval must be granted for staff appointed to teaching posts in the school (please see SCES website). We are committed to providing a welcoming learning environment for all our students irrespective of faith, with all students and staff supporting our caring and inclusive school ethos.

The school shares a Campus facility with Dalkeith High School; Saltersgate Special School and Woodburn Primary School and is situation at the east end of the Edinburgh City Bypass approximately ½ hour from Junction 3 of the M8 and 30 minutes from Edinburgh City Centre.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Donny MacDonald, Head Teacher on 0131 654 4702.

Interviews will take place week commencing 16 April 2018


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

Sunday 25 March 2018

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