Head Teacher - Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pairce (Parkside Primary School)

Vacancy posted: Friday, 7 December 2012

Salary: 52,290 - 52,290
Location: Edinburgh

Closing date: 21 December 2012
Job ref. no.: EDN004734

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Head Teacher
Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce (Parkside Primary School)
Salary: 52,290 (subject to completion of job sizing)
Hours: 35 per week

Salaries will be in accordance with the Scheme of Salaries and Conditions of Service for Teaching Staff in School Education.

Thèid fàilte a chur air tagraidhean airson dreuchd Ceannard-sgoile airson a’ chiad Bun-sgoil shònraichte airson Foghlam Tro Mheadhan na Gàidhlig ann am Baile Dhùn Èideann.

Anns an Lùnastal 2013, fosglaidh Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce anns an togalach far an robh Bun-sgoil Bonnington roimhe ach a tha a-nis air ath-sgeadachadh às ùr. Le dùil gum bi an àireamh sgoilearan anns a’ chiad dol a-mach timcheall air 220, tha sinn a’ sireadh Ceannard-sgoile a tha làn-ionnsaichte, dìcheallach agus dealasach gus sàr-àrainneachd foghlaim a lìbhrigeadh do sgoilearan tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig.

Thathas an dùil gun cumar agallamhan airson na dreuchd seo san Fhaoilleach 2013 agus gum bithear ag amas air ceann-latha tòiseachaidh don tagraiche a shoirbhicheas anns a’ Ghiblean 2013.

Feumaidh tagraichean a bhith clàraichte no airidh air roghainn clàraidh leis an GTCS. Bidh e deatamach gum faighear ballrachd fo Sgeama Dìon Bhuidhnean So-leònte mus gabhar an dreuchd.

Bu chòir gun cuirear tagraidhean a-steach tro làrach-lìn www.myjobscotland.gov.uk

Ma tha thu airson ceistean a thogail mu ghnothach sam bith mun dreuchd seo mus cur thu tagradh a-steach, rach ann an conaltradh ri Dàibhidh Wright air 0131 469 3413.

Applications are invited for the post of Head Teacher at the City of Edinburgh’s first dedicated Gaelic Medium Education Primary School.

Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce (Parkside Primary School) will open in the newly refurbished former Bonnington Primary School building in August 2013. With an initial pupil roll of approximately 220 pupils with provision for a 40:40 Nursery, we are looking for a well qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic Head Teacher to provide an excellent educational experience for pupils delivered in the Gaelic Medium.

It is planned to hold interviews for this post in January 2013 with an anticipated start date of April 2013 for the successful candidate.

Applications should be made via www.myjobscotland.gov.uk

Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce, which will open in August 2013, will be Edinburgh’s first Gaelic-medium primary and nursery school, and only the third dedicated Gaelic primary school in Scotland. The school is located in north Edinburgh and its catchment will encompass the whole of Edinburgh. Places are, however, available for pupils from a wider area.

Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce is being formed on the foundation of the highly successful Gaelic unit of Tollcross Primary School, a unique educational environment in Edinburgh which has thrived on a shared educational experience, where teachers, parents and children are actively involved in all aspects of school life, curricular and extra-curricular.

The school will benefit from the commitment and enthusiasm of excellent teachers, the support of a strong school community, an active parent group and the collaboration of the wider Gaelic community.

Tollcross Gaelic unit opened in 1988 with 7 children and has grown in size and stature and so the school roll now stands at 180 with 30/30 nursery places. Numbers joining P1 have risen particularly sharply in the last few years, with intakes of between 30 and 40 children in each of the last 4 years. It is expected that the vast majority of children currently in Gaelic-medium education at Tollcross Primary School will transfer to Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce.

The flourishing of Gaelic-medium education at school and nursery level has been accompanied by a large increase in participation in cròileagan playgroups in Edinburgh, with more than 100 children participating in 5 well-attended sessions every week across the city. This success has been particularly evident through rapidly growing attendance at recently-created cròileagan groups in the area closest to the new school in north Edinburgh and Leith. Numbers attending cròileagan and nursery have in the past proved an accurate indicator of future intakes into school.

The establishment of Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce provides an exciting opportunity to build on the strong base of exceptional education provided at the Tollcross unit whilst developing and enhancing the learning environment through use of Gaelic throughout the school. The school will benefit from a large and newly- refurbished school building with space for the school population to expand to over 400 as well as a 40/40 nursery space. The long-standing focus of the Tollcross unit on traditional Gaelic and Scottish culture and, in particular, music will be central to the new school, as will developing and expanding extra-curricular activities of all kinds.

It is hoped and expected that the school will provide a focus for the wider Gaelic community, will promote Gaelic culture and the benefits of bilingualism, and will have a high profile, in Edinburgh and beyond. The current unit thrives on the strong multicultural, multilingual and wide-ranging social background of Tollcross and it is expected that this heritage will be maintained and developed in coming years.

Building on an outstanding educational record, strong parental and community support, the increasingly acknowledged benefits of bilingual education and flourishing participation in GME at all levels, the successful transition to a new school and the bright future of Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce are assured.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of this post prior to submitting an application, please call David Wright on 0131 469 3413.

This post is considered Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. From 28 February 2011, preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG scheme update check prior to a formal offer of employment being made by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Closing Date: 21 December 2012
Ceann-latha deireannach Dihaoine 21 Dùbhlachd 2012

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