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St Joseph's Primary School,Lewis Street, DG9 7AR
£62,625 per year
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Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week


Headteacher Primary (7/09127)

St Joseph’s RC Primary & St Ninian’s RC Primary

HT03 £62,625

Combined Roll: 42


We are seeking to appoint a leader with vision and a passion for learning who will, along with a management team of two Principal Teachers, lead learning at this soon to be formed partnership between St Joseph’s RC Primary, Stranraer and St Ninian’s RC Primary, Newton Stewart. This post offers an exciting opportunity to shape educational provision within two school communities which have high aspirations for all. 


St Joseph’s RC Primary is situated in the town of Stranraer, on Loch Ryan. There is a ferry port in nearby Cairnryan with regular services to Ireland. St Ninian’s RC Primary sits within the ‘gateway to the hills’ town of Newton Stewart. The A75 Euroroute links the towns and is a 30-minute drive. The towns are very picturesque, and both have the advantage of being close to the sea.  The area offers excellent opportunities for leisure and recreation. These include walking (on beaches, in forest and on hills), sailing, fishing, cycling (both on and off road), a wide selection of golf courses, tennis together with a range of indoor facilities.


Both schools sit within the district of Wigtownshire in Dumfries & Galloway. St Joseph’s RC Primary is associated with Stranraer Academy and St Ninian’s RC Primary is the Douglas Ewart High School, Newton Stewart. The current school rolls are 35 at St Joseph’s RC and 11 at St Ninian’s RC. Each school will benefit from having a Principal Teacher. The schools both have well-established Parent Councils which are supportive of the life and work of the schools.


Dumfries and Galloway’s approach to Education looks to combine the traditional values, ethos and atmosphere of this unique corner of Scotland with fresh 21st Century thinking.  We are seeking to appoint a leader with vision and a passion for learning who will lead learning within this new partnership. The post represents an excellent opportunity to be innovative in developing our culture of sharing and learning.  Our authority has been recognised as having a clear focus on building staff skills to improve learning and teaching, raise attainment and develop strong leadership.

Applicants will have proven leadership qualities and experience in primary education and be committed to very high standards of achievement.


A significant recruitment incentive of up to £6000 may be available to the successful


significant relocation package of up to £5000 is available to the successful candidate. Please see the attached removal expenses document for further information. Please follow the link to the Council’s Relocation Policy.


In line with Section 21 (2A) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 the successful candidate for this post will require to have the approval of the Roman Catholic Church.  Applicants are advised that it is their responsibility to obtain such approval and this must be done at the same time as submitting the application form. The necessary documents can be downloaded from the Scottish Catholic Education Service web site at:

Applicants are required to be fully registered in a secondary subject with the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS), Clerwood House, 96 Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6UT and be able to demonstrate that they have, through both experience and professional development, met the criteria in the Standard for Headship.


This post is considered as Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.   Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG scheme update check prior to formal offer of employment being made by Dumfries and Galloway Council.


Applicants who have been resident outside the UK within the last 5 years, if offered a position, in addition to a Disclosure Scotland Check, will be required to provide a completed police record check from the police authority in the country or countries in which they were resident.


Please note – Pay arrangements for those starting after 1st day of school session


In accordance with Teachers Conditions of Service (SNCT – appendix 2.19), Teachers who commence employment with Dumfries and Galloway Council after the first day of the school session will have their salary for the remainder of the school salary year recalculated to reflect how teachers accrue pay and leave.  In these circumstances, a calculation will be carried out upon commencement of employment and pay and leave will be adjusted. 


Information regarding the national pay and leave calculation can be accessed at: 2 Appendix 2.19 Final Version June 2018.pdf


For further information and an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Rodger Hill, Schools’ Manager at

The Closing Date for Applications is: Sunday 11 June 2024.

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