HEAD OF MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT
Following an internal promotion Dollar Academy is seeking to recruit a permanent, full time, Head of Mathematics beginning in August 2020. This post offers the opportunity to lead a large and successful department at this prestigious 5 – 18 HMC school of 1200 pupils. Dollar Academy is set in a beautiful central location, about 40 minutes north of Edinburgh.
We are looking for a capable and visionary teacher with the ability to run this ambitious, lively and highly successful department comprising nine members of staff. The successful applicant will be expected to lead by example and to be able to teach the full range of courses offered from Form I to Form VI. They will have the ability to teach at the highest levels with confidence and authority and, as such, an Honours degree in Mathematics or a closely related subject is required. We are looking for an individual who demonstrates a genuine love of Maths, enthusiasm for teaching it and an imaginative, creative and energetic approach to helping pupils to share this enjoyment. The successful candidate will also require the organisational and communication skills that are essential to the smooth running and successful development of a large department. Computers, interactive technology and web-based resources are now an intrinsic part of Mathematics teaching and fluency with these, together with a thoughtful approach to their use, is essential.
We aim to help all of our pupils to achieve their full potential in Mathematics and to develop real confidence in their ability. Throughout Forms I to V, pupils are placed in sets according to ability and those in lower sets benefit from small class sizes, whilst the upper sets are able to spend more time on sophisticated problems. The progress of all pupils is monitored closely through a programme of internal examinations and tests and, importantly, formal and informal discussion within the department.
We currently prepare pupils for SQA National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher examinations. At all stages we attach a great deal of importance to number work and the development of independent thinking. Pupils are encouraged to see Mathematics not as a collection of disconnected rules but rather as an exciting, coherent and intensely logical language with wide applications and inherent value. Many of our most able pupils choose to enter both the UK Mathematical Challenge and the Scottish Mathematical Challenge and we have experienced much success in both of these competitions.
In a typical year the great majority of pupils achieve grade A or B at National 5, with roughly 70% gaining a grade A. For the first time, in May 2020, a small number of pupils will be presented for National 5 Applications of Mathematics. Approximately 110 pupils sit Higher each year, with about 90% achieving grades A to C and, in recent years, 60% a grade A. Currently we present pupils for Advanced Higher Mathematics, Mathematics of Mechanics and Statistics with approximately 45 pupils each year taking these options. A number of candidates sit more than one paper and many pupils go on to read Mathematics, Science, Engineering or Economics at a broad range of universities.
The Academy has a rich co-curricular programme in which all members of staff are expected to participate.
The salary for the post will be in accordance with the SNCT main grade scales with the Dollar enhancement of 10% in addition.
Candidates should either be registered with the GTC Scotland, or eligible for registration.
Letters of application, accompanied by a completed application form (available on the school website www.dollaracademy.org.uk) should be sent to The Human Resources Manager, Dollar Academy, Dollar FK14 7DU (or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday 24th February 2020. Interviews will be held during week beginning 2nd March 2020.
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