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Northfield Academy Aberdeen, AB16 7AU
£94,644 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

Job Purpose:

Before applying for this job, it is important that you read the Applicant Guidance by clicking on this link and the Job Profile attached. These explain the job role and the type of person we're looking for.

Location: Northfield Academy, Aberdeen

Duration: Permanent, Full Time

Roles that require PVG Membership

Please note that with effect from 1 April 2023, where a role requires PVG membership, candidates will be required to meet the cost of the PVG membership. This applies only to roles with a full time equivalent salary of £30,000 and above. (Teaching roles and jobs at Grade 11 and above (currently £30,727 per annum / £15.97 per hour)

The Council will pay for the PVG membership cost initially, either £18 for existing PVG scheme members, or £59 for non-members, and this cost will be deducted from an employee’s first FULL month’s salary payment.

job purpose/about the role

To lead and manage the affairs of the school enabling the delivery of quality education through the appropriate involvement of the pupils, staff, parents, multi- disciplinary agencies and the communities it serves. This will be done in accordance with the authority’s strategic plan, the school’s/service’s improvement/service plans, the national improvement framework drivers and outcomes, in accordance with current legislation and within national and local agreements

Under Section 28 of the Education (Scotland) Act 2016, it is a pre-requisite for all teachers taking up their first permanent Head Teacher position to hold the Standard for Headship. If this is applicable to you, and you do not already hold this, you must be willing and able to achieve the Standard for Headship within 30 months of taking up the role

The post holder needs to hold as a minimum:

Full GTC Registration (Scotland)

Evidence of career long professional learning and participation in professional update

Evidence of experience in successfully leading and managing change and securing
school improvement

Demonstrable experience in a senior leadership post in an appropriate setting

PVG Membership

The postholder is able to demonstrate:

Experience of senior management responsibility in appropriate educational environment

Knowledge of the cycle of school improvement planning and resource allocation

Knowledge of the operation of effective self-evaluation for improvement, quality improvement processes and procedures and the production of Standards & Quality reports

Clear working knowledge of current initiatives and priorities in education

Knowledge and understanding of the provisions of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 2003

Effective management of human resourcing matters including industrial/employee relations and health and safety whilst continually improving performance of self and others in order to achieve excellence in service delivery and organisational capability

Strategic thinking, organisational and motivational skills

High order interpersonal skills to facilitate effective communication with colleagues, pupils, parents/carers and partners

Ability to promote and deliver equality of opportunity to staff and service users

Setting and securing high expectations and standards through the provision of professional advice, reviewing professional needs and performance and supporting career long professional learning of colleagues


About Us

Please see Job Profile and Candidate Pack for further details.

Aberdeen City Council is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Flexible Working

We are happy to talk flexible working and offer flexible working for most roles in the organisation meaning that many of our employees enjoy the freedom of choosing a working pattern that suits them as much as it suits the organisation.

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident Employer. If you consider yourself to have a disability and think you may require a reasonable adjustment to be made for this part of the selection process, or would like further information in relation to reasonable adjustments, please contact

Armed Forces

We are a forces-friendly employer, have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a silver award recipient in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. We have a specific email address for those in the forces, those who have left the forces, as well as their partners / spouses / families: We are able to answer questions about jobs and our application / selection process, as well as about our employee support provisions.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

We have a number of guaranteed interview schemes available to applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our roles and who:

  • have a disability
  • are care-experienced and aged 16-29
  • are aged 16-24 and live in Aberdeen City or have been to an Aberdeen City Council school and are applying for a Modern Apprenticeship (except Trades apprenticeships)
  • have done a Foundation Apprenticeship with Aberdeen City Council and are applying for any apprenticeships relevant to the area in which they did their Foundation Apprenticeship
  • are New Scots aged 16-24 and are applying for any apprenticeships

Further information can be found at

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  • Equally Safe at Work - Bronze
  • Scottish Living Wage
  • Carer Positive Employer in Scotland - Engaged