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Gelston Primary SchoolGelston, DG7 1SH
£68,265 per year
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Full Time
35 hours per week


Headteacher Primary (7/04348)

Crossmichael & Gelston Primary School Partnership

HT05 £68,265


We are seeking to appoint a leader with vision and a passion for learning who will, along with a management team, lead learning at Crossmichael & Gelston Primary Schools. This post offers an exciting opportunity to shape educational provision within two dynamic school communities which have high aspirations for all.


Crossmichael & Gelston Primary Schools are both in the Stewartry District of Dumfries & Galloway. Both schools are rural schools and are located just outside the market town of Castle Douglas. Both schools enjoy fantastic facilities and their outlooks, over farmland are stunning. Castle Douglas has a vibrant community and has all major services and amenities. The wider area boasts many local industries including agriculture, forestry, and tourism. Good housing is very affordable, and the area is easy to reach by car and public transport.


The Headteacher role is non-class committed and is supported by Principal Teachers in each of the schools.


The schools are supported by active Parent Councils.


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.


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


A 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.


Applicants are required to be fully registered in primary education 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. 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.



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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:


For further information and an informal discussion, please contact Kenny Pullen, Schools’ Manager - People at

The proposed interview dates will be:

First Interview: 16th April 2024

Final Interview: 23rd April 2024.

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