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Head of Juniors

Job Reference teacheroo/TP/16/93

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Full Time Permanent
Commensurate with skills and experience
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St Margaret's School for Girls
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Package Description

  • St Margaret’s School operates its own salary scale which is above the national pay scale. The salary for this position will be dependent on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant.
  • Subject to satisfying eligibility criteria, the successful applicant will be automatically enrolled into the Scottish Teachers’ Superannuation Scheme, but will have the right to opt out.
  • Daughters of staff who attend the school will be eligible for a 50% remission on school fees.
  • St Margaret’s has an Employee Assistance Programme which offers free and confidential advice on both work and personal issues.

Job Introduction

Applications are invited for the post of Head of Juniors upon the retirement of a long-serving colleague. This post will offer an exciting leadership opportunity to a dynamic, well-qualified, experienced and forward-looking candidate.

Our junior school is a nurturing, vibrant and well-resourced learning environment where pupils are supported and encouraged to do their best and discover their love of learning. There is one junior school class in each year group up to 7 Junior where there are two classes. The Head of Juniors works closely with the junior school principal teacher in curriculum and other matters.

The Head of Juniors is a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), which will also include the Head of School, the Deputy Head (Academic) the Deputy Head (Pastoral) and the Head of Operations and Finance. Reporting to the Head, the Head of Juniors will lead the junior school staff.

Closing date for applications: 11th January 2023


Main Responsibilities

The following is a non-exhaustive list of responsibilities:

  • Developing and reviewing junior school policies relating to the curriculum, learning and teaching, tracking, assessment and reporting to ensure that they meet the developing needs of pupils and staff.
  • Responsibility for the day to day safety, wellbeing and care of junior school pupils.
  • Leading and managing junior school staff, including professional review and development.
  • Building strong relationships with junior school parents, ensuring that they are involved in and informed about their children’s learning, progress and wellbeing.
  • Managing the junior school budget and resources.
  • Overseeing and contributing to the junior school extra-curricular programme.
  • Creating timetables for classroom assistants and lunchtime support staff.
  • Making a significant contribution to the school’s quality assurance, self-evaluation and improvement planning processes.
  • Taking the role of Deputy Child Protection Co- coordinator for the whole school.
  • Contributing to meetings of the School Council with respect to junior school.
  • Contributing to activities relating to admissions and to the marketing and positive promotion of the school.
  • Developing close working relationships with the nursery manager and heads of department to ensure a smooth transition of pupils from nursery school into 1 Junior and pupils from 7 Junior into the senior school.
  • Acting as line manager to the after school care manager with a strong understanding of the requirements of the Care inspectorate, the junior school head will be called upon to support the after school care team on occasions throughout the year.
  • Sharing in SLT cover during school holidays; deputising for the Head as required.

The Ideal Candidate

It is likely that the successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of the following skills,
qualifications and experience:

  • A strong academic record and degree; registration or eligibility for full registration with the General Teaching Council of Scotland.
  • A strong teaching portfolio together with experience and success in curriculum leadership in a promoted post whilst in a leadership position.
  • An up-to-date knowledge of curriculum, assessment and learning and teaching developments.
  • An up-to-date knowledge and experience in supporting pupil wellbeing.
  • An understanding of the nature of an independent girls’ school and a commitment to meeting the intellectual, personal and social needs of girls from a range of backgrounds and abilities.
  • The ability to work with calmness and good cheer when under pressure; to be capable of discussing issues and ideas constructively and sensitively, and of working loyally as part of a team.
  • Well-developed communication skills both orally and in writing and the ability to relate well to girls and parents individually, in small groups or in larger gatherings.

About the school/organisation

Founded in 1846, St Margaret’s School for Girls is the oldest all-through girls’ school in Scotland and the only single sex school in Aberdeen. Today, it provides an exceptional all-round education to around 370 pupils aged 3-18. Recognised by The Sunday Times as the Scottish Independent School of the Year 2020, the school enjoys a fine reputation for academic excellence, is committed to extending access and offers a challenging and enriching education within a warm and inclusive environment.

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