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Saltersgate 3 Cousland Road, EH22 2PS
£71,223 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

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Job Description


Salary - HT/ DHT11* £71,233
* Subject to job sizing


Full time - 35 hours per week

Currently, Midlothian has 6 secondary schools, 30 primary schools and 4 standalone Early Learning and Childcare settings. Our special school, Saltersgate, and special provisions in each locality provide support for children with a range of physical, social, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. The schools range in size from our smallest primary school with around 50 children to our largest secondary with approximately 1,600 pupils. We have a diverse range of school catchments, from rural to urban settings. 

Saltersgate School is situated within the Dalkeith Schools Community Campus and has capacity for around 100 children and young people with a wide range of complex and profound additional support needs. The school is a non-denominational primary and secondary school whose catchment area extends to the whole of Midlothian. It provides accommodation to meet both the needs of the classroom and specialist subject teachers. The school also accesses the campus facilities consisting of swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, gym halls, fitness suite, and assembly hall and outside sporting areas. 

The school leadership team consists of a Head Teacher, 2 Depute Head Teachers, and 4 Principal Teachers. The school team consists of teaching staff, support staff and a range of health professionals including nursing, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists. Our school vision is to deliver a curriculum that is purposeful, sustainable and enjoyable for all pupils and equips each young person with skills for life, learning and work. 

Long leet interview date: Week Commencing 5th September 2022
Short leet interview date: Week commencing 12th September 2022


Pre Employment Checks/Requirements for Teaching Positions

If you are successful, our offer of employment will be conditional on satisfactory completion of pre-employment requirements, such as medical screening, two written references, one which must be from your most recent/current employer, verification of your original qualifications and your eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.  Registration with the General Teaching Council and a satisfactory PVG check for Regulated Work with Children will also be essential.

General Teaching Council Scotland

Teachers applying for permanent posts should be fully registered with the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS).  For further information on registration please visit:

Regulated Work with Children

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007.  Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.

Successful candidates will require a PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children.  You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you.   The fee for a Full PVG Scheme Membership is £59.  You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 6 consecutive pay periods.  The fee for a PVG Scheme Record Update is £18.  You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 2 consecutive pay periods. If your employment concludes before the amount is re-paid in full, the outstanding balance will be deducted from your final salary.  If you are an existing employee the Council will pay the cost of the Application Fee.

In your application we ask for information under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  We ask you to disclose any unspent convictions.  Disclosures should be made by writing to or emailing the Employment and Reward Manager, in confidence, giving details of the offence(s), penalty and date(s) of conviction.  Applicants should note that failure to disclose a conviction which is subsequently advised through a Disclosure Scotland check may result in the withdrawal of any offer of appointment. 

Having a criminal record will not necessarily debar an applicant from working with Midlothian.  Decisions regarding suitability for positions of trust which are subject to vetting will be dependent on the nature of the position, together with the circumstances and background of the offence(s).

For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit:

Job Advert

The Post
This is an exciting opportunity for a creative problem-solver and an exceptional, inspiring and experienced individual. 
The main priorities are to:
• Provide professional and systems leadership for Saltersgate School, promoting the highest possible standards in order to maximise the levels of achievement for all pupils in a caring and enriching environment;
• Build on the shared vision and ethos of the school and continue to think creatively to push the possibilities of the educational provision in order to maximise potential for all our community; 
• Build positive relationships with all members of the school community, showing positive attitudes to them and building strong relationships.
The Person
Our next leader is someone who:
• Is highly motivated and dynamic with an excellent track record in school management either as an existing Head Teacher or an experienced and aspiring leader who is working towards the Into Headship qualification; 
• An experienced educational professional with experience in leading education provision for children and young people with complex and profound ASN. 
• Has experience with working with a range of partners including Allied Health Professionals to provide bespoke education packages for children and young people with a wide range of ASN.
• A clear track record in delivering an innovative and meaningful curriculum from 5-18 to enable children and young people to develop life skills to enable effective transition into society.
• With the vision and foresight to develop and communicate updated values, vision and aims for the school in line with the ongoing Midlothian ASN Review.
• Has strong interpersonal skills, has a collaborative leadership style, empowers staff and builds effective teams.
• Is passionate about making a difference to the lives of children.
Membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme will be essential on taking up appointment along with GTCS Registration. 
You are required to be fully registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and to model all behaviour expected of a teacher in Scotland in line with the relevant Professional Standards. As of 1st August 2020 all successful candidates appointed to a permanent Headteacher role in Scotland are required to hold the Standard for Headship, through completion of the Scottish Qualification for Headship (SQH), Flexible Route to Headship (FRH) or Into Headship. For those appointed, who do not yet hold the Standard for Headship, you will be required to complete the Into Headship qualification within 30 months of appointment. Please note: candidates who already or have previously held a permanent Headteacher position are not required to complete the Into Headship programme and will not need to complete it within 30 months of appointment.

Closing Date

Sunday 28th August 2022



Please apply on-line. Facilities are available at all public libraries in Midlothian.

If you have difficulty applying for this post or in accessing the attached documents, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please email to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team stating the post reference number.