Head Teacher, Royal School of Dunkeld (Fixed Term until 12 August 2018) (PKC02390)

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Perth and Kinross Council
£50,319 per year
16 Sep 2016
05 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Head Teacher (Fixed Term until 12 August 2018) (PKC02390)
£50,319 (subject to job-sizing) 
Royal School of Dunkeld

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 the Royal School of Dunkeld as Headteacher of this delightful school, which currently has 156 pupils.

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

The Royal School of Dunkeld is set in a delightful location amidst beautiful grounds and the stunning scenery of Highland Perthshire in the historic cathedral town of Dunkeld. The school was founded on 2 February, 1567, when the Earl of Moray, in the name of King James VI, granted a royal charter for the foundation of a grammar school, “to be called for all time to come, The Royal School of Dunkeld.”   The town and community are rightly proud of our long heritage.

Our school is situated in spacious grounds in Little Dunkeld, close to the River Tay and we enjoy the benefits of an attractive, traditional building with a modern, well-appointed interior. We have worked hard over the years to develop our school grounds to support learning, to provide interesting, challenging opportunities for play and to create a series of habitats.

The traditional style of the building reflects the history and values of our community and the bright and spacious interior allows children the opportunity to respect the past while working in a contemporary learning environment.

The building provides seven spacious and well equipped classrooms with computer access and interactive whiteboards available in every class. The school has a fully networked ICT capacity to support all learning developments. We are a fully inclusive school with ramped access, disabled toilet, shower and changing facilities and a well resourced medical room.

We are very fortunate to have a bright colourful dining room and a newly refurbished kitchen on site which works closely with children and staff in our Health Promoting Schools practice and provides delicious and varied menus.

We also have a large and well equipped gym hall with separate changing rooms. Nursery and Primary 1 have become more open plan where we promote effective transitions through active and joined up learning through play.

We are all extremely proud of our Outdoor Learning Environment. We have an Interactive Maths area, a nursery play area and a nursery play garden. We also have a school garden and greenhouse where children grow their own fruit and vegetables to cook in the school kitchen. There is a den building forest, and a pond to learn about wildlife. Much to the delight of the children, we now also have chickens and the children collect and sell the eggs. In one corner of the grounds we have growing willow structures and our own orchard and a new developing area with outdoor musical instruments.

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 Child Social Care 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 is piloting the new Professional Update approach to 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 SCEL endorsed Leadership Development and 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 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.

The Individual

For further information, contact Sharon Johnston, Head of Education – Early Years & Primary on 01738 477447 or Jacquie Clow, Service Manager on 01738 476267.

Should you be invited to attend interview, you will be asked to provide 2 references, one of which must be your current or most recent employer. Therefore, when completing your application for this post, please ensure you provide contact details for two referees. If you are already employed as a teacher with Perth & Kinross Council, you are only required to provide 1 reference, which must be from your current head teacher.

As Perth & Kinross Council operates an open reference policy, the onus will be on you to provide us with your references.

Please note, as your references are required for the start of the interview process, it is important you approach your referees and ask them to complete and submit them by e-mail to recruitment@pkc.gov.uk PRIOR to the date of your interview. The job profile and reference template are attached to this advert for you to forward to your referees. You will not have access to them after the post has closed.

Please APPLY ONLINE. Facilities are available at all public libraries in Perth and Kinross. If you have a disability and require reasonable adjustments, please call 01738 475555 to discuss.

As part of our safer recruitment measures, Perth & Kinross Council carries out rigorous checks on the right to work in the UK, qualifications, employment history, including references, and fitness to undertake the post.

Some jobs may have been traditionally carried out predominately by one gender, but we would encourage you to apply if you meet the requirements, irrespective of your gender.

See also:
Royal School of Dunkeld - HT - Job Profile.doc