Breadalbane Academy, a school for young people aged 2-18 years.
Teacher Of Gaelic / Gàidhlig – PKC08654
£28,113 – £42,336
Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy
An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and driven member of staff to join our Modern Languages department as a Gaelic teacher.
About the School
Breadalbane Academy- located in the scenic town of Aberfeldy, towered over by the Highland Perthshire mountains – has one of the most spectacular school settings in the UK. Its location makes it an ideal gateway to the Scottish Highlands, despite being just over 30 minutes commute from the City of Perth. Perth in turn has excellent motorway and rail links to Edinburgh and Glasgow, which can each be accessed in about one hour.
The Academy has a long and distinguished history, dating back to the 19th Century, which is complemented by our current high levels of attainment, reflected in our 2018 placing within the Sunday Times top performing 50 state schools in Scotland. We are an all-through school, catering for pupils aged 2 to 18, with a wide catchment stretching from the stunning wilderness of Rannoch Moor in the west to the bustling towns of Dunkeld and Pitlochry in the east.
The school has a Gaelic Medium provision in the primary which extended into secondary in session 2018/19.
In our most recent HMIE inspection the school was graded ‘very good’ in three out of five categories and ‘good’ in the remaining two. The school was particularly praised for its positive ethos underpinned by excellent staff-pupil relationships. These attributes were again picked up by a recent Nursery inspection (February 2017), which praised our nurturing environment and quality of leadership. The school was visited by a local authority team in May/June 2018 which also resulted in a very positive report which can be seen on the school website.
As well as excellent academic attainment, Breadalbane Academy also prides itself on the quality of its wider curriculum which stresses the development of the whole child. This has recently been recognised in a range of ways: the school was one of three finalists in the Scottish Education Awards STEM category in 2018 and in the Learner Pathways category in 2020. Additionally, our work in developing employability skills has been used to exemplify good practice on the national Education Scotland website; and our sector-leading outdoor learning programme is to be featured on the BBC’s “Adventure Show”.
Our state of the art Community Campus opened in December 2010 and provides an exceptional learning and working environment for pupils and staff, making ours one of the best equipped schools in Scotland. Our facility boasts a 25m swimming pool, an astroturf playing surface, a recording studio, a dance studio, and excellent ICT resources.
We are seeking a highly motivated professional to join our successful Modern Languages department and contribute to maintaining the school’s high standards at department and whole school level.
Further information can be found on the following websites:
About Working for Perth & Kinross Council
Perth & Kinross Council’s schools consistently perform above the national average for pupil attainment and receive positive inspection reports. The Council has invested heavily in new school buildings and facilities in recent years. Our schools work together innovatively to embrace new technology, for example with the Perth City Campus initiative.
The Council’s Education and Child Social Care departments are jointly managed at Director level and we have long advocated early intervention and support in children’s earliest years to improve long-term outcomes. The Council is also committed to ensuring positive outcomes for school leavers, with investment in Modern Apprenticeships and our innovative Careers Academy, increased opportunities for work experience and paid internships.
The Council is fully committed to investing in its staff, providing inductions, ongoing training and support with a view to retaining talented staff through succession planning. Perth & Kinross Council is piloting the new Professional Update approach to continuous professional development for teachers. We encourage staff to widen their horizons and make connections across the organisation, supporting their own and the Council’s development.
Living in Perth and Kinross
Perth and Kinross encompasses some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, while still being accessible and well serviced with local facilities. Perth, Scotland’s newest city is the area’s hub, providing culture, shopping, leisure and nightlife.
In the surrounding area, there’s world class fishing, walking routes ranging from marked forest trails to lofty treks in the mountains, great cycling routes both on and off road, numerous adventure sports facilities and an unsurpassed range of golf courses to satisfy all abilities, including 2014 Ryder Cup host Gleneagles.
Perth and Kinross receives a consistently high ranking in quality of life surveys. The area is renowned for its thriving cultural scene, which includes venues such as the fantastic Perth Concert Hall (Scotland’s newest) and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. The area boasts one of Scotland’s, and the UK’s, strongest events portfolios. Major sporting event such as the Johnnie Walker Golf Championships, Blair Castle International Horse Trials and the Etape Caledonia sit alongside high profile cultural events like Rewind to ensure there is always an exciting annual events calendar here.
The area has one of the fastest growing school age populations in Scotland with 100 new primary places needed per annum. Another brand new secondary school has been built in Perth to complement the existing four, and more than 25% of all school children in the area are educated at one of six state-of-the-art community campuses. These beautifully designed campuses offer a superb new learning environment, as well as high quality community facilities such as libraries, sports hall, dance and drama studios and conference space.
The area’s property market is very diverse, offering a mix of old and new and ,increasingly, a combination of the two as seen in imaginative conversions of old mills, steadings, churches and farm buildings, all of which can be found in and around popular towns and villages such as Blairgowrie, Crieff, Kinross, Scone, Auchterarder and Pitlochry. In outlying areas there’s an abundance of one-off properties, many with land. At the other end of the scale, the City of Perth offers urban die-hards everything from quaint stone built cottages to impressive period mansions, listed conversions, townhouses, modern apartments and executive developments.
For further information about this vacancy, please contact John Devine, Head Teacher at the school on 01887 822300.
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