Head of Juniors – Teacheroo – Aberdeen


Head of Juniors | Aberdeen | Full Time | Commensurate with skills and experience

Founded in 1846, St Margaret’s School for Girls is the oldest all-through girls’ school in Scotland and the only all-girl school in Aberdeen. Today, it provides an exceptional all-around 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.

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.

As the Head of Juniors you will become 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.

Are you the right person for the job?

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

Your role will include but not be limited to

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, well-being 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

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