Teacher Of Physics At Stewart's Melville College

Vacancy posted: Friday, 13 January 2017

Salary: £Schools' own scale, dependent on qualifications and experience
Location: Edinburgh

Closing date: 27 January 2017

A well-qualified enthusiast is required from August 2017 to teach at all levels up to Higher and Advanced Higher (equivalent of ‘A’ Level) in a thriving Department.  A readiness to contribute to the school’s extra-curricular sports programme is also essential.  Applicants should be registered, or eligible for registration, with GTC Scotland.


Stewart's and Melville College is the result of a merger in 1972 between Daniel Stewart's College, founded in 1814, and Melville College, founded in 1832.  Since 1989 the Edinburgh Merchant Company, which had administered Daniel Stewart's from its foundation, has delegated powers to the Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools’ Governing Council.

Stewart's Melville College is a school for boys aged 12 - 18.  There are approximately 740 boys, of whom about 25 are boarders.  The School enjoys an excellent academic reputation and prides itself on the range of musical, dramatic and other extra-curricular opportunities offered to its boys.  The playing fields, astroturf and pavilions at Inverleith and Arboretum underpin a fine tradition in rugby, hockey and cricket and boys also have access to excellent athletics facilities on the site.

Since 1978 the school has been twinned with The Mary Erskine School.  Through this arrangement, the senior schools are separate and single-sex but are each led by the Principal, while all the girls and boys below the age of 12 are educated together in the ESMS Junior School. Senior school boys and girls come together in orchestras, choirs, dramas and musicals, as well as in numerous outdoor education projects and in the Combined Cadet Force.  Since August 1999, the Sixth Year has been a genuinely 'twinned' experience, with boys and girls jointly comprising a single academic, pastoral and social unit.


The School surrounds the majestic buildings designed by David Rhind for Daniel Stewart's College in 1855.  Most of the other buildings are relatively modern and facilities have been notably enhanced during the past decade.  The Sixth Form Centre and Swimming Pool were completed in 1999; a Performing Arts Centre built in 2007; all departmental facilities have been completely renovated and refurbished in the last few years including the Physics, Biology and Chemistry departments.


The Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools are committed to the all-round personal development of all children in their care.  Their education is underpinned by nine values: appreciation, commitment, confidence, enthusiasm, grace, integrity, kindness, respect and responsibility.

The school follows its own curriculum prior to examination years.  The Curriculum for Excellence is not followed.  Boys generally sit the public examinations prescribed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.  It is normal for boys to sit a combination of eight subjects at National 5 level and to proceed to Higher courses in S5.  The vast majority return for a final year in Sixth Form, with almost all taking Advanced Highers.


There are approximately 70 teachers at the school.  They are supported by an excellent team of staff, whose high standards make a major contribution to the quality of the school.


All teaching and support staff participate in a three-year cycle of professional review.


Teachers are expected to play a full and active part in the extra-curricular life of the school.  The ability to contribute to the Games programme, the Combined Cadet Force (particularly the RAF section) or the Duke of Edinburgh Award would be most welcome.


The Physics Department consists of four full-time teachers with a full-time, fully qualified technician in support.  It is a well resourced department with 4 teaching laboratories, 2 prep rooms, 2 store rooms and a technician’s room.

A set of 30 laptop computers is stored in the department.  They are used with interfaces to allow data-gathering and analysis or to run simulation programs.  Four laboratories are fitted with projectors and tablets.  In addition there is a PC in the department for staff use.

The department places great emphasis on pupils experiencing stimulating and purposeful practical work to complement the theoretical material.  To this end, the department is well-equipped with a wide variety of physics apparatus.

All pupils study science in S1 and teachers in the Physics Department take a share in this teaching.  All pupils study physics in S2 and a minimum of one science at National 5 level in S3 and S4.  The department currently offers Higher in S5 and Advanced Higher in Sixth Form.  The uptake of physics courses is high, with physics being a most popular subject choice, and the Department has an excellent record of results in external examinations.


This is a permanent, full-time post commencing in August 2017.  The successful candidate will be accountable to the Head of Physics at Stewart’s Melville College.  He/she will be expected to teach at all levels up to and including Advanced Higher.  The department is looking for a dynamic and innovative teacher who has a real enthusiasm for Physics and the teaching of it.  A willingness to make the most of the department’s resources, including the use of ICT in the laboratories, will be an important quality of the successful candidate.


Remuneration will be on the school’s own scale and is substantially above that paid in the State Sector, and is dependent on qualifications and experience.  All teachers are entitled in term time to school lunch, free of charge, in return for supervisory duties.

Please note that the school operates a no smoking policy and smoking is not permitted on the school campus at any time.


Teachers with children at the Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools are entitled to discounts of 60% of fees for classes P4 to P7 and 75% for both senior schools.

Contact Name Lydia Lawson
Telephone 0131 347 5870
Contact Instructions Applications should be in the form of a letter addressed to Mr J N D Gray, Principal, Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools, and should be supported by a full Curriculum Vitae along with the names, addresses and contact details of two referees. They should be sent by email to recruitment@esms.org.uk or by post to the address below. Further information can be found on our website, www.esms.org.uk.
Address HR Administrator
Erskine Stewart's Melville Schools
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