Depute Head Teacher, Kirkwall Grammar School

Vacancy posted: Friday, 23 December 2016

Salary: 51,687 - 51,687
Location: Orkney Islands

Closing date: 22 January 2017
Job ref. no.: ORK01447


Kirkwall Grammar School

Depute Head Teacher

35 hours per week
Temporary for minimum of 6 months
£53,685 (including Distant Islands Allowance)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled teacher/manager who is committed to improvement and excellence. You will be joining a Senior Management Team and other teams of staff who are dedicated to providing the best for all young people.

Orkney lies eight miles north of the Scottish mainland and is the smallest local authority in Scotland. There is a strong cultural life and visitors world-wide are attracted to the scenery, history and archaeology. Orkney is home to a community of about 22,000 residents and among its many attributes, offers a safe environment, excellent educational and recreational facilities, a community spirit, and an exceptional quality of life with reasonably priced housing.

Kirkwall Grammar School is one of two six year secondary schools in Orkney with a catchment area covering the town of Kirkwall, the East Mainland, and many of the outer isles. The current school role is 735 pupils. Almost all secondary aged pupils with additional support needs in the county attend their local community school. Kirkwall Grammar School however is additionally and specifically resourced to meet the needs of those with the most complex needs.

The school serves a dispersed population and the journey to school for many of the pupils involves travel by bus, ferry or plane.

The school has only recently been rebuilt and the new building opened its doors to students for the first time at the start of 2014. The new Kirkwall Grammar School was part of an ambitious investment programme which also saw the development of a new hall of residence for students, living on the outer isles, who attend Kirkwall Grammar School for all or part of their secondary education.

The new school 'campus' also includes community sports facilities and the Orkney Theatre (which can be used by the school).

Kirkwall Grammar has a reputation for high standards and has a strong emphasis on achievement in a wide range of areas such as sports, arts and enterprise. Parents, pupils and staff have high expectations of the school. Many students have the opportunity to benefit from educational visits 'off island' or abroad during their time at the school.

In 2014 inspectors form Education Scotland (HMIE) found that young people learn and achieve well at Kirkwall Grammar School. The full report (along with the additional evidence report) can be found on the Education Scotland website:

More about Kirkwall Grammar School can be found on the school's website:

Applicants must be registered or in the process of registering with the General Teaching Council for Scotland and be able to demonstrate that they have, through both experience and professional development, met the criteria in the Standards for Leadership and Management.

Salaries are based on the SNCT Salary Tables and include a Distance Islands Allowance. We also offer a generous relocation package.

For a discussion about the post, or further information about living and working in Orkney, please contact: Don Hawkins, Head Teacher, Kirkwall Grammar School, tel: 01856 872102, email

It is anticipated that interviews will be held week commencing 13 February 2017

Closing Date: Sunday 22 January 2017

Please note that interview and resettlement expenses will be paid for this post.

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About Orkney Islands Council

Forget images of remote islands - Orkney is well served by superb modern transport links.

Forget the idea of a few people in the middle of no-where - Orkney is home to over 20,000 people.

Orkney may bring to mind certain images, but the chances are they are, to say the least, a little off the mark. Sure, we're a bit off the beaten track, but the needs of our community are just the same as anywhere else. And, as a result, the opportunities we can offer you are comparable with those you'll find elsewhere. Of course, there are a few differences: for starters Orkney consists of 100,000 hectares spread over 70+ small islands (19 of which are inhabited), so, like our service users, you'll need to make the most of the transportation links which are vital to Orkney's social and economic well-being.

Orkney Islands Council may be the smallest local authority in Scotland, but we can offer some big challenges. And big opportunities. This could be your big chance to make the move, and make a difference.

OIC has an impact on many aspects of everyday life. With around 1,800 staff, we are also the countyâ€â„¢s biggest employer.

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