Head Teacher

Midlothian Council

  • Location: Bonnyrigg
  • £57,300 per annum, JS-236-250
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Please see description
  • Reference: MID02565

Job Description

Currently, Midlothian has 6 secondary schools, 32 primary schools (19 of which have nurseries) and 2 stand alone nursery schools. Our special school, Saltersgate, provides support for children with a range of physical, social, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. 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.

At Hawthornden Primary School, we have a motto which you will see in various places around the school: “Learning Today Tomorrow Forever.

This is how we see our school, a place where we work together with all our partners to ensure we give our pupils the highest quality learning today, preparing them for the future.

At Hawthornden Primary we strive to provide a happy, caring, secure and stimulating environment for all our learners, in which their individual interests, abilities and needs are recognised and nurtured.We are situated in the Poltonhall area of Bonnyrigg , which is situated eight miles outside Edinburgh in a thriving community.

The Senior Management Team comprises of Head Teacher, 3 Depute Head Teacher’s and 3 Principal Teachers. We have visiting teachers specialising in Music, PE, Art and French.

It is a double stream school, presently with 14 classes, and we have a Special Provision which hosts children from across Midlothian who have SEBD.

Our building is set out in 4 blocks with large, bright classrooms. Each classroom has a Smartboard and we have an ICT suite which the children are timetabled for each week.

Developing our playground to make it as enjoyable and stimulating as possible has been our focus over the past few terms, our school grounds are open and spacious with a field and MUGA which children access, and teaching staff use effectively for outdoor learning and Physical Education. We also have an outdoor classroom, a trim trail and other outdoor equipment.

As a school we build close links with our local community and Lasswade High School. There is an active and very supportive parental body that support extra-curricular activities and a range of successful fund-raising events.

Hawthornden is a thriving learning community in which our teachers, along with our pupils are encouraged to take on leadership roles to further their own development. This allows us to grow and learn together.


Visit our website at hawthornden.mgfl.net and follow us on Twitter @hawthorndenps for more information.


Long Leet Interviews for the above post will be confirmed at a later date.


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: www.gtcs.org.uk

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: www.disclosurescotland.co.uk

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

28 October 2018

Applications must be made online at myjobscotland.gov.uk

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