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Head Teacher - Turriff Academy

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Maria_Walker_180Thank you for your interest in the Head Teacher post at Turriff Academy. I hope this recruitment microsite gives you a good idea of who we are and of the role we are seeking to fill.

Aberdeenshire Council is one of Scotland’s leading unitary authorities. We cover some 2,500 square miles with a population of approximately 236,000. The Council has a strong reputation for delivering excellent public services and value for money. We excel at partnership working with agencies and authorities throughout the region and are not afraid of showing leadership on complex and challenging issues. As well as our external audiences, we have 15,000 employees, each of whom are ambassadors for the Council. For the second year running Aberdeenshire has came out top amongst the country’s 32 local authority areas in the annual Bank of Scotland Quality of Life Survey.

We need a Head Teacher to provide leadership at Turriff Academy and to work with other partners in the local community and beyond. We need someone who will relish the opportunity to promote their ideas and further enhance the school experience for our young people. We are looking for dynamic personalities, leaders in their field, committed to excellence and ready to work in an expanding part of Scotland.

If you wish to discuss the post, on an informal basis, please contact Wilf Weir, Head of Service, tel 01224 664094.

Closing date 16th September 2011


Maria Walker
Director of Education, Learning & Leisure

Job Title

Head Teacher



Position Location

Turriff Academy, Turriff

Job Purpose

  • To bring leadership, good management and strategic direction to the school
  • To conduct the affairs of the school to the benefit of the pupils and community it serves
  • To take responsibility for whole school policy, its implementation and evaluation
  • To manage and develop the school curriculum and learning and teaching provision
  • To develop, articulate and promote an agreed set of values for the school

Main Duties

  • Leadership, Good Management and Strategic Direction of Colleagues: Lead, manage and support staff in pursuing the agreed objectives of the school and the Authority and implementing all agreed policies
  • Curriculum and Quality Development. To ensure that the needs of the school community are met by the provision of an appropriate high quality curriculum
  • Whole School Policy and Implementation. To lead the development of whole school policies and their subsequent implementation and evaluation
  • Working with Partners. To develop good partnerships and relationships with external partners and stakeholders and to promote the inclusive school in the community
  • Learning and Teaching. To contribute to the delivery of a quality education to pupils in accordance with authority and school policies


Experience/Qualifications/Personal Qualities


  • Experience at Head Teacher or Depute Head Teacher level
  • Evidence of success in management of change and school improvement
  • Lead role in development of cross-curricular areas and whole school issues
  • Very good understanding of national curriculum policies and priorities
  • Registered or eligible to be registered with GTC Scotland
  • Participation in further professional development and training
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team (member and leader)
  • Awareness of requirements of post of Head Teacher and ability to relate past experience to these
  • Very good communicator (orally and written)
  • Strategic thinker
  • Ability to translate vision into action
  • Very good organisation and administration skills
  • Ability to delegate and prioritise
  • Ability to make balanced and decisive judgements


  • Contribution to development work at authority or national level
  • Experience of working with other services and outside agencies
  • Very good understanding of local curriculum policies and priorities
  • Postgraduate degree qualification in education or management, or equivalent
  • Competent in the use of ICT, including application to learning and teaching

This job profile is not exhaustive; it is intended to indicate the general level of duties and responsibilities for the post.

How To Apply

To apply for this post please click on this link. You will be required to upload your CV, supporting statement and any other additional information into one document.

If you wish to discuss the post on an informal basis, please feel free to contact:

Recruitment & Selection Timetable

Closing Date 16 September 2011
Assessment Day 5 October 2011
Longlist Interview Day 6 October 2011
Visit to Turriff Academy 6 October 2011
Shortlist Interview tbc

Security Checks

Criminal Conviction

Due to the nature of this post it is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and convictions whether spent or unspent must be declared. Candidates called for a short-list interview will therefore be required to complete a declaration form. Guidance will be provided with the invitation to the short-list interview. Any information given will be treated in strictest confidence and information provided about convictions that are deemed to be irrelevant will be disregarded.


An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Check will be required for the successful candidate.

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act (2006)

You must be eligible to work in the UK. The successful candidate will be required to provide original evidence of his/her eligibility to work in the UK, for example your National Insurance number and passport or birth certificate.

Canvassing Candidates

Candidates should note that canvassing members of the Council, directly or indirectly, in connection with this post shall disqualify you.

Evidence of Qualifications

Candidates will be required to bring evidence of their qualification in the format of original copies of certificates etc to the short-list interview.

Provision of False Information

Candidates should also note that the provision of false information or the omission of material information in your application, or at interview, may lead to the offer of employment being withdrawn.

Politically Restricted

This post is politically restricted and disqualifies you from holding political office should you be successful.

  • For more information please view the attached guidance. [28kb PDF]

Guaranteed Job Interview Scheme

This scheme guarantees an interview for people with disabilities who meet the essential criteria for the job. Please state if you wish your application to be considered under this scheme.


Aberdeenshire Council - An Employer of Choice

Apperentice joinerAberdeenshire Council is a premium employer, offering employees the opportunity to work more flexibly – enabling them to balance work and personal commitments, achieving greater variety in what they do. We promote work life balance, respecting and allowing employees their individual right to a fulfilled life inside and outside work, while ensuring quality of service to the community.



Welcome to Aberdeenshire

PortsoyAberdeenshire offers the best rural quality of life in Scotland. In a survey conducted by Bank of Scotland in 2010. For the second year running the area came out top amongst the country’s 32 local authority areas in the annual Quality of Life Survey, which highlighted the area as having some of the healthiest and most well-off residents.

The authority has regularly been polled at the top of previous surveys carried out by the Bank of Scotland.

As well as coming top of the survey in 2009, Aberdeenshire came top overall for the best quality of life in 2007; in May 2008 the area had the best quality of life amongst rural areas in Scotland; and in November 2008 came second in the list of areas enjoying the best overall quality of life. In March 2009 it also came out top amongst ten other rural local authorities in the Bank of Scotland’s Rural Quality of Life Survey.

The latest survey found that residents of Aberdeenshire tend to be in good health and have a relatively higher than average life expectancy of 78 years.

According to the Bank of Scotland’s survey, the employment rate in Aberdeenshire is 80 per cent with many residents enjoying high incomes with weekly average earnings of £647.

On several indicators, Aberdeenshire ranks above the Scottish average, including school qualifications where 83% achieve five or more SCQF level 4 awards compared to the Scotland average of 78%.

Aberdeenshire Council is an award-winning council and has had a number of high profile successes. Our work on sustainability has been widely recognised throughout the UK, as has the council's innovative Kaizen improvement programme which won a top European award. In addition the council has won a raft of awards through Cosla, the National Transport Awards, the Northern Star Business and Tourism Awards and the Young Local Authority of the Year. Also, the Council was voted the Best Large Council to Work for 2008 in The Times Best Councils to Work For and the only Scottish authority named in the top 25 list.

Aberdeenshire was found to have high employment, one of the highest life expectancies and low crime rates. People living in the area earned above the Scottish average of £549 a week, lived until the age of 77 on average and had a good general level of health. Aberdeen also has the most hours of sunshine in Scotland.

Tim Crawford, group economist at Bank of Scotland said: "A strong economy, along with good schools and a low crime rate have helped Aberdeenshire to become the area with the best quality of life in Scotland in 2007."


Aberdeenshire from mountain to sea - the very best of Scotland

BeachAberdeenshire has a huge variety of activities for visitors and residents alike. It covers an area of just under 2,500 square miles and has a population of around 236,000.

The area boasts stunning scenery, plenty of open space and is steeped in history and tradition.

Among its outdoor attractions are large country parks, nature reserves, hill walks and mountain bike tracks - with the Cairngorms National Park sitting partly within the Marr area. In addition, there are many sporting pursuits to suit all ages and abilities from fishing, skiing, horse-riding and golf.

BanchoryThousands of visitors are attracted each year to the area's Castles and Whisky Trail, Royal Deeside and Royal country estate Balmoral Castle as well as ancient standing stones, museums, historic houses and gardens and a thriving traditional arts and music scene.

Those looking to settle in Aberdeenshire may choose to live in one of the bustling towns, or in the rural heart of the area. Our communities are well served by community centres, libraries, 17 secondary schools and 153 primary schools. The city of Aberdeen also has a lot to offer with a vibrant nightlife, universities and colleges, theatres, entertainment and shopping. All these factors make for a lively, thriving area of Scotland which offers all the attractions of modern times in the scenic beauty of its unspoilt landscapes.

Getting here

Aberdeen AirportAberdeen is well connected to the rest of the UK and Europe by land, sea and air.

The road and rail networks connect Aberdeen to all the major Scottish cities. Travel time by car to Edinburgh is approximately two hours, to Glasgow a little over two and a half hours and to Dundee about one hour.

There are direct and overnight sleeper trains to London each day, as well as direct services to Birmingham and Plymouth. There is also an hourly service to Edinburgh and Glasgow, with regular connections to the south.

As well as being the principal British port serving the oil industry and a key centre of the fishing industry, Aberdeen also offers ferry and cargo services to Orkney and Shetland, Scandinavia, the Faroe Islands and Northern Europe.

Aberdeen International Airport is only 15 minutes drive from the heart of the city centre. It is convenient and well-connected to the strategic centres throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide. With around 12 airlines operating flights across 30 destinations, there is a good deal of choice on fares and routes.

Flight Times to Aberdeen

Flight Times to Aberdeen
United Kingdom Europe
Belfast 1 hr Amsterdam 1 hr 50 mins
Birmingham 1 hr 40 mins Barcelona 3 hrs
Edinburgh 35 mins Bergen 1 hr 35 mins
Glasgow 50 mins Copenhagen 1 hr 40 mins
Humberside 1hr 10 mins Dublin 1 hr
Kirkwall 50 mins Esbjerg 1 hr 15 mins
Leeds / Bradford 1 hr 20 mins Faroe Islands 1 hr 15 mins
London Gatwick 1 hr 45 mins Haugesund 1 hr 20 mins
London Heathrow 1 hr 40 mins Palma 3 hrs 25 mins
London Luton 1 hr 20 mins Paris 2 hrs 5 mins
Manchester 1 hr 15 mins Stavanger 1 hr
Newcastle 1 hr    
Nottingham 1 hr 30 mins    
Shetland 1 hr    
Teeside 1 hr 10 mins    
Wick 40 mins    


About Aberdeenshire

Balmedie Beach Summer ProgrammeMaking a move in your career is more than getting a new job. It's about making sure that your family life is enhanced and that you all benefit from what’s on offer in Aberdeenshire.

There are a number of factors, which we think you'll want to take into consideration before applying for this post. More information is available on request, but we've provided a few details on areas, which we think will help you to choose Aberdeenshire for your next career move.


Career and work opportunities

There's no better place than Aberdeenshire to expand your career horizons. Unemployment is currently less than 1% making it the ideal place for job hunters. As a result of the discovery of oil and gas, Aberdeen City and Shire have become a centre for engineering and technical services. Of course, whisky is a major industry in Scotland but there are also opportunities in IT and mobile technology.

Your home

DunnotarNo matter where you choose to live in Aberdeenshire, you're never far from open country or the north east coastline. Even if you choose to live in the heart of Aberdeen City itself, less than half a mile from the city centre you’ll find Aberdeen beach – a two-mile stretch of golden sand lined by an esplanade.

House hunting is made easier for you by the existence of the Aberdeen Solicitors Property Centre (ASPC). Over 90% of properties for sale in the area are advertised through ASPC and they have a handy website at www.aspc.co.uk

Finding a solicitor

SolicitorOnce you find a property that meets your requirements you should contact a solicitor who will understand the Scottish system of property purchasing. They will deal with the marketing of property and act for sellers and buyers and will also help to arrange mortgages and insurance.

It is normal practice in Scotland to arrange for a survey of the property to be carried out before you submit a formal offer through your solicitor. The survey should list any significant defects and repair work. If you need to arrange a mortgage, your lender will usually require proof that a survey has been carried out.

If more than one party is interested, a closing date for offers is usually fixed and generally the highest bid for the property will be accepted. Properties are generally offered for offers over, although occasionally you will find fixed price homes. Your solicitor will provide you with advice throughout the process.

Your Family

Education facilities in Aberdeenshire have an excellent reputation for quality and innovation. We have the smallest average primary school class size at just 22.4 pupils and 85% of S4 students gained 5 awards at level 4 or better.

Four Nobel prizes have been awarded to Aberdeen’s research and academic institutes and five secondary schools were rated in the top 20 of the best secondary schools in Scotland.

Dunnottar Primary SchoolPre-school education – all three and four year olds are entitled to a free, part-time or pre-school place. They are usually delivered over five sessions a week (each of around 2 ½ hours) over the school years.

Further education - Aberdeen College and Banff & Buchan College provide education for people who are older than 16 years.

Higher education - across Scotland there are 21 institutions, providing a full selection of courses at sub-degree, degree and postgraduate levels.

Aberdeen's higher education and research facilities are internationally respected, particularly with regard to medicine, agriculture, life sciences, management and related disciplines. It is home to two universities, the University of Aberdeen and The Robert Gordon University.

Social Work Services are well developed providing high quality care. The Social Work inspectorate (SWIA) have confirmed that we play an important role in many communities. Resources are well managed and vulnerable people are appropriately safeguarded.

Turriff Academy

Turiff_Academy_180Turriff Academy is a dynamic, inclusive and high attaining school with a strong sense of purpose and an excellent reputation within its local community. We are looking for a lively and enthusiastic individual to provide strong leadership to the school and other community partnership agencies including the associated primary schools.


Science ClassIn addition to our rich and varied curriculum, pupils are offered an extensive programme of extra curricular activities in line with the school’s commitment to promoting achievement in its widest sense.

We are at the heart of the local community, and can offer you the chance to build an even tighter bond. Staff and pupils alike enjoy a positive attitude to school, which creates an exciting, motivating atmosphere for all.


Turriff Area

Combine_Harvester_180Turriff is situated 34 miles north west of Aberdeen, and is a thriving little marketing town which supports the local farming community. It is a very friendly, growing town with a rising population of a little over five thousand. The crime rate is one of the lowest in Scotland.

Turiff_in_bloomThe town has a busy High Street and Main Street with plenty of shops. There is a large department store (which is famous in the north east) called Celebrations which also has a very nice restaurant. Turriff also has four banks, a post office, and two chemists. A well known supermarket provides food shopping and the larger towns of Huntly and Inverurie are within a radius of about 22 miles. 


Turriff has many amenities including a swimming pool and a sports centre. There is a very popular football team with a good football ground and new stand who have just been promoted to the Highland league.



The Haughs is a well equipped popular play area in the local park. This is where the Turriff Show is held every August. It is the largest 2 day agricultural show in Scotland. Famed for its livestock and horse exhibitions, there are also many other interesting things to see and over 250 trade stalls. This year saw the 140th edition of this show which attracts exhibitors and spectators from all over Scotland and beyond. During the 2 days the town really buzzes and there is a real sense of excitement.



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