Head Teacher, Pitlochry High School (PKC02733)Vacancy posted: Friday, 6 January 2017
Salary: £57,672 - £57,672
Closing date: 22 January 2017
Job ref. no.: PKC02733
Head Teacher (PKC02733)
£57,672 (subject to job-sizing)
Pitlochry High School
About the Role
Are you still learning? Perth & Kinross Council seeks leaders who value fresh ideas.
Perth & Kinross Council is looking for someone who is willing to be brave, explore their own professional development and apply new learning. Are you an enthusiastic and confident person, an experienced teacher, ready to take the next step? Apply, and you could take on the exciting opportunity that exists at Pitlochry High School as Headteacher of this delightful all-through school, which currently has 337 pupils (193 Primary and 144 Secondary, S1-S4 only).
As Headteacher you will have responsibility for the development and delivery of continued high quality learning and teaching which meets the needs of all pupils. You will also be expected to lead quality assurance measures to plan, develop and monitor the continuous improvement of the school and implement local and national objectives.
About the School
Pitlochry High School is a combined Nursery, Primary and Secondary non-denominational, comprehensive All Through School providing education for Nursery, Primary and Secondary pupils up to the end of S4. The present building was opened in 1976 and it is situated on the eastern side of the town in East Moulin Road.
The Nursery was completely rebuilt and refurbished in 1995 and provides a modern, bright and spacious environment for our Nursery children.
The Primary department comprises of two large open plan areas which accommodate early education and upper Primary respectively. Outside, children in Primary have the benefit of both a tarred area and a playing field.
The Secondary department is housed in a two-storey block and again pupils have the benefit of both a hard surface area and a playing field outside.
All parts of the building are in a good state of repair and the internal environment is bright and well maintained.
Pitlochry High School serves the town of Pitlochry and its immediate surroundings and the nearby village of Killiecrankie. Logierait Primary and Blair Atholl Primary are the associate Primary schools and pupils from these schools would join us in S1.
Further information can be found on the following websites:
About Working for Perth & Kinross Council
Perth & Kinross Council's schools consistently perform above the national average for pupil attainment and receive positive inspection reports. The Council has invested heavily in new school buildings and facilities in recent years. Our schools work together innovatively to embrace new technology, for example with the Perth City Campus initiative.
The Council's Education and Children's Services departments are jointly managed at Director level and we have long advocated early intervention and support in children's earliest years to improve long-term outcomes. The Council is also committed to ensuring positive outcomes for school leavers, with investment in Modern Apprenticeships and our innovative Careers Academy, increased opportunities for work experience and paid internships.
The Council is fully committed to investing in its staff, providing inductions, ongoing training and support with a view to retaining talented staff through succession planning. Perth & Kinross Council promotes the Professional Update approach to ensure continuous professional development for teachers. We encourage staff to widen their horizons and make connections across the organisation, supporting their own and the Council's development.
Perth and Kinross provides a thorough induction programme for new Headteachers which will enable them to:
• be confident in their professional and corporate role and so have the freedom to focus on what is right for children and how to achieve it;
• demonstrate professional courage; a willingness to learn more about a diverse range of topics, in different ways and with different networks of people;
• focus on what is right and necessary to deliver their role effectively and have the knowledge and evidence to make the right decisions in the right way.
Living in Perth and Kinross
Perth and Kinross encompasses some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, while still being accessible and well serviced with local facilities. Perth, Scotland's newest city, is the area's hub, providing culture, shopping, leisure and nightlife.
In the surrounding area, there's world class fishing, walking routes ranging from marked forest trails to lofty treks in the mountains, great cycling routes both on and off road, numerous adventure sports facilities and an unsurpassed range of golf courses to satisfy all abilities, including 2014 Ryder Cup host Gleneagles.
Perth and Kinross receives a consistently high ranking in quality of life surveys. The area is renowned for its thriving cultural scene, which includes venues such as the fantastic Perth Concert Hall (Scotland's newest) and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. The area boasts one of Scotland's, and the UK's, strongest events portfolios. Major sporting event such as the Johnnie Walker Golf Championships, Blair Castle International Horse Trials and the Etape Caledonia sit alongside high profile cultural events like Rewind and the world famous T in the Park to ensure there is always an exciting annual events calendar here. The City of Perth is bidding for 2021 City of Culture status.
The area has one of the fastest growing school age populations in Scotland with 100 new primary places needed per annum. Another brand new secondary school is being built in Perth to complement the existing four, and more than 25% of all school children in the area are educated at one of six state-of-the-art community campuses. These beautifully designed campuses offer a superb new learning environment, as well as high quality community facilities such as libraries, sports hall, dance and drama studios and conference space.
The area's property market is very diverse, offering a mix of old and new and ,increasingly, a combination of the two as seen in imaginative conversions of old mills, steadings, churches and farm buildings, all of which can be found in and around popular towns and villages such as Blairgowrie, Crieff, Kinross, Scone, Auchterarder and Pitlochry. In outlying areas there's an abundance of one-off properties, many with land. At the other end of the scale, the City of Perth offers urban die-hards everything from quaint stone built cottages to impressive period mansions, listed conversions, townhouses, modern apartments and executive developments.
About Perth and Kinross Council
Perth & Kinross Council recognises the importance of having the right people at the right time with the right skills, abilities and attitudes to fulfil our aim of delivering excellent services to the communities we serve.
To help us achieve this, the Council aims to attract and retain employees who are committed to delivering excellent public services and making us a dynamic and innovative Council.
We employ a wide range of people from IT experts to social workers, not to mention accountants, designers, librarians, PR people, gardeners, drivers, planners, cooks, curators, HR professionals, classroom assistants, solicitors, environmental health officers, dog wardens, administrators...
We are committed to staff development and there are a number of career paths available. We operate an Employee Review & Development Scheme which ensures staff are aware how their efforts help the Council achieve its objectives and identify how they can develop and progress their careers to ensure we continue to provide effective services to the community.
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