Teacher of Home Economics and Hospitality

Vacancy posted: Friday, 13 January 2017

Salary: 26,895 - 35,763
Location: Dumfries and Galloway

Closing date: 27 January 2017
Job ref. no.: DGA01943


Teacher of Home Economics and Hospitality (7/05297)
Wallace Hall Academy
Unpromoted Teacher Scale - £26,895 - £35,763

Wallace Hall Academy is a rural secondary school in Thornhill, which is situated 13 miles north of Dumfries. The secondary school roll is just under 570. In January 2010 we moved into our new school building which has excellent facilities. The school is now run as a 2-18 establishment with one Head Teacher.

Our school vision statement is Working together to achieve more. We strongly believe that we provide an environment where all staff and pupils are supported, empowered and challenged to reach their full potential. All stakeholders were consulted on the values of the school and through debating different positive psychology virtues it was agreed that our values are to model, nourish and encourage an enthusiasm for learning, courage, kindness, fairness, integrity and optimism.

We enjoy a close partnership with our five cluster primaries. However, approximately 25% of our school roll comes from outwith our catchment area. Our strong academic reputation and continued development of a more inclusive and flexible curriculum are seen as major strengths of the school and appeal to many parents and pupils.

Our school is dynamic and vibrant with a commitment to the development of both pupils and staff and the creation of a positive learning community. We presently have 50 teaching staff and 22 support staff and have built strong links with a wide variety of partner agencies including the Parent Council and the local Queensberry Estate. Our pupils and families are supported by a dedicated and professional team including a highly skilled support staff who play an integral part in enhancing our positive ethos and culture of achievement.

We are an innovative school which recognises its strengths and continues to build capability in almost all areas but we are also fully committed to developing new ideas and challenges to ensure that the improvement agenda is always to the fore.

The Wallace Hall Home Economics Department has recently received a major refitting and upgrade in order that Home Economics and hospitality can be delivered to all ages from Nursery to S6. The teaching kitchen has fully installed convection ovens which allow students to learn cooking skills in the most modern equipment. The hobs can be raised and lowered, enabling students of all ages to experience cooking. The department also boasts a fully operational professional kitchen and hospitality restaurant. This kitchen includes convection ovens, so pupils can develop skills learned in the teaching kitchen, and other specialised equipment such as water baths, vacuum packing equipment, an industrial combination oven, industrial mixers and a blast chiller. Students are timetabled to use the kitchen in order that they can develop skills which prepare them for a career in professional hospitality. One day a week the students take bookings for the restaurant, create a menu, order produce and serve a 3 course meal with a range of coffees to members of staff who pay for the food. This is a resource which has developed relevant skills including cooking, budgeting, front of house and menu design. It is a ground breaking resource which is sector leading in its design, usage, and relevance to transferable skills within school and post education transitions into the hospitality industry.

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Applicants for teaching posts must be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland, Clerwood House, 96 Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6UT in the appropriate sector.

This post is considered as 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 formal offer of employment being made by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Applicants who have been resident outside the UK within the last 5 years, if offered a position, in addition to a Disclosure Scotland Check, will be required to provide a completed police record check from the police authority in the country or countries in which they were resident.

For further information please contact: Barry Graham, Headteacher on 01848 332120.

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About Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dumfries and Galloway is the third largest region in Scotland. It covers 2,380 square miles and has an estimated population of 148,060 - that's around 60 people a square mile compared with the Scottish average of 168.

Our Council has a clear vision:

"to make Dumfries and Galloway the best place in Scotland to live, learn, work, visit and grow."

It also has a set of values that underpin all its work. These are:
• Customer First
• Continuous improvement
• Equality and diversity
• Local decision making and service delivery
• Openness and communication
• Team work and partnership
• Trust and honesty
They work to achieve that by delivering the actions in the Community Plan for Dumfries and Galloway the Corporate Plan for the Council and the Single Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Government.

The Council delivers its services through five departments with a staff of just under 8000 people. Also included within the Council are the Police and Fire and Rescue Service.

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