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Stranraer AcademyMcMasters Road, DG9 8BY
£70,116 per year
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Full Time
35 hours per week


Depute Headteacher Secondary

Stranraer Academy

HT06 £70,116 Subject to Job Sizing


Stranraer Academy, a refurbished and modernised six-year comprehensive, non-denominational school, serves the area of Wigtownshire called the Rhins and is one of fifteen secondary schools in Dumfries and Galloway. The current school roll is 992. There are 12 associated primary schools with pupils coming from small rural communities to large urban areas. The school benefits from an active and well-established Parent Council who are supportive of the school and work collaboratively to ensure the school is an integral part of its community. The current senior management structure consists of a Headteacher, four Depute Headteachers and a School Support Manager. Stranraer Academy has an extensive campus and underwent a major refurbishment in 2010. The school has generous playing fields and sports facilities.


Stranraer Academy is situated in the town of Stranraer which lies on the shore of Loch Ryan. It is the second largest town in Dumfries and Galloway, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The population, including the surrounding area, is nearly 13,000. Stranraer is an administrative centre for the Wigtownshire area. The main industries in the area are the ferry port, with associated industries, tourism and agriculture. A wide variety of occupations, including services such as health, are widely available. It is an area with good facilities and strong communities committed to their schools.


Good housing is affordable, and the area is easy to reach by car from Dumfries (1h 30 mins), Glasgow (2h). There are convenient road and rail links.


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. 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 at all levels.


A significant relocation package of up to £5000 may be available to the successful candidate (Permanent positions only). Please see attached guidance for further information.


Applicants for teaching posts must be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), Clerwood House, 96 Clermiston Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6UT in the appropriate sector.


This post is considered as Regulated Work with Vulnerable Children and/or Protected Adults, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007. From 28 February 2011, 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.


Required Information


As part of the recruitment and selection process we ask that you provide ONE completed reference alongside your application form and will be read in conjunction with your application form.


Please note that it is your responsibility to gather a reference and forward the completed document to the relevant contact within the School.  The reference should be submitted prior to the closing date.  The reference for this vacancy should be emailed to:


National Pay and Leave Calculation


Please refer to important information in the attached briefing note or to Part 2: Appendix 2.19, Pay and Leave Specification.


For further information and an informal discussion please contact Jamie Farquhar, Head Teacher on 01776 706484 or email


Further information regarding the school can be found at:




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