Principal Teacher - Newtongrange Primary School

Midlothian Council


From £45,150 per annum Full Time Contact: Human Resources Reference: MID04109

Job Description


Principal Teacher


Full Time

Currently, Midlothian has 6 secondary schools, 32 primary schools (19 of which have nurseries) and 2 stand alone nursery schools.  Saltersgate, is Midlothian’s school which provides support for children with a range of complex additional support needs.  The schools range in size from our smallest primary school with around 20 children to our largest secondary with over 1200 pupils.  We have a diverse range of school catchments, from rural to urban settings. We are fortunate to have a growing number of new build schools, with 15 of our primary schools and 1 secondary having been built within the last 10 years and several new builds planned.

Newtongrange Primary School is a non-denominational school for children living within the Newtongrange community. The school is built next to the park in the centre of the village. The school roll is currently 420 learners.  There are currently 15 primary classes from P1-P7 including composite classes and our Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) setting currently offers 62 full time places.  Within the school building, there is a gym hall, dining hall, school library, nurture room, Expressive Arts/ STEM room and other learning spaces. There are playground facilities at the rear of the school and classes have access to the local park to enrich learning and play.

The school is part of the Newbattle Learning Community and most of our P7s transfer to Newbattle Community High School. There are strong links with the high school and with the other primary schools in the learning community.

At Newtongrange Primary School we provide a safe, caring environment where every child is valued as an individual and where diversity is celebrated. We believe it is important that individual talents and interests are promoted and we aim to provide wider curriculum activities both within and outwith school to support and extend skills for life, learning and work.

Newtongrange Primary School is a values based learning community where we take pride in developing all aspects of children’s learning. We have high, but realistic, expectations of our learners, both in terms of working hard in class and life outside the classroom. We encourage our learners to consider the needs of others, to be helpful and polite and to look after their surroundings.

We are committed to building effective partnerships with parents and the wider community so that together we can share the important task of preparing our children for the opportunities and challenges of the future, and ultimately to enable them to achieve their full potential and follow their dreams.  We offer parents opportunities to share their child’s learning through regular planned activities.

We have a highly committed staff of teachers, Early Years Practitioners (EYP) and school support staff who provide high quality learning and teaching experiences, and who contribute to the daily running of the school. We have visiting specialists for music and PE. Children can participate in woodwind and brass instrumental tuition. Playground and dinner hall supervisors help the children to develop play, stay safe and enjoy the wider experiences in school. There is a Breakfast and After School Club on site.  The senior leadership team consists of a Head Teacher, two Depute Head Teachers, two Principal Teachers and an Acting Development Officer supporting Pupil Equity Funding interventions.  

Interviews: W/C 6th December 2021.


Pre Employment Checks/Requirements for Teaching Positions

If you are successful, our offer of employment will be conditional on satisfactory completion of pre-employment requirements, such as medical screening, two written references, one which must be from your most recent/current employer, verification of your original qualifications and your eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. Registration with the General Teaching Council and a satisfactory PVG check for Regulated Work with Children will also be essential.

General Teaching Council Scotland

Teachers applying for permanent posts should be fully registered with the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS). For further information on registration please visit:

Regulated Work with Children

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.

Successful candidates will require a PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children. You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you. The fee for a Full PVG Scheme Membership is £59. You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 6 consecutive pay periods. The fee for a PVG Scheme Record Update is £18. You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 2 consecutive pay periods. If your employment concludes before the amount is re-paid in full, the outstanding balance will be deducted from your final salary. If you are an existing employee the Council will pay the cost of the Application Fee.

In your application we ask for information under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We ask you to disclose any unspent convictions. Disclosures should be made by writing to or emailing the Employment and Reward Manager, in confidence, giving details of the offence(s), penalty and date(s) of conviction. Applicants should note that failure to disclose a conviction which is subsequently advised through a Disclosure Scotland check may result in the withdrawal of any offer of appointment.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily debar an applicant from working with Midlothian. Decisions regarding suitability for positions of trust which are subject to vetting will be dependent on the nature of the position, together with the circumstances and background of the offence(s).

For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit:

How to Apply

Please apply on-line. Facilities are available at all public libraries in Midlothian.

If you have difficulty applying for this post or in accessing the attached documents, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please call 0131 271 3063 to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team stating the post reference number.

Closing Date

Wednesday 1st December 2021

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