They have had a bit of practise at running local government in Stirling; they’ve been doing it for a long time. The great big castle might be a bit of a clue.

The main population centre of the area is around the historic city of Stirling and the surrounding lowland villages, with the more northern parts – more highland in appearance – sparsely populated.

This gives the council an interesting mix, from small rural schools and facilities through to larger, city centre schools and centres; parts of the Lommond and Trossachs national park also are within the Strling Council area.

Given this mix of concentrations of population and geographic spread there are 40 primary schools in Stirling and seven secondary.

Four of these schools are new PPP (Public Private Partnership) secondary schools: Balfron High was a PFI (Private Finance Initiative) project with Dunblane, Stirling, Wallace, St Modan’s all PPP Public Private Partnership. Bannockburn and McLaren have  had major refurbishments.

 Stirling is also a university city which was designated as Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence by the Scottish Government in 2008 and also has an international degree programme partnerships in Singapore, Oman and Vietnam. This gives the city a really vibrant atmosphere and a unique identity.

Stirling Council’s work has been recognised by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities at its annual awards with gold and special awards for its redesigned waste services system.

It all makes for a great mix, enabling people to grow and develop their careers in an area which goes from a buzzing city to remote Highland landscape; from an ancient city to a modern university with international links.

And its location, between Glasgow and Edinburgh means that there is even more on offer, and international air links, only a short distance away in either direction. This central location means that commuting is also possible, so a move to Stirling does not necessarily mean having to uproot your family and children if your career’s next move takes out of the area.

Property prices are holding steady in Stirling with the average property price set at £176,052.

Stirling is a strategic place from where you can build your career and watch it grow and you can keep up-to-date with council jobs on offer here at HIJOBS.

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