St Columba’s School is an HMC, non-denominational School founded in 1897, initially as a School for Girls. It has been co-educational since 1982 with equal numbers of boys and girls. The current roll for the entire School, from Nursery to Senior VI, is 640. The Junior School is situated a quarter of a mile from Senior School and has a roll of 220.The School currently holds Investor in People status at Gold level.
The first thing you notice at St Columba’s is the warm welcome. This is in part the result of our size. Teachers know each pupil by name. Indeed, recognition of the individual is an important feature of the School’s vision; considerable effort is made to create an environment which allows us to identify and nurture the unique talents and skills of each student, and encourage all of them to realise their full potential. Our success is evident not only in the excellent academic results achieved, regularly placing St Columba’s as one of the highest performing schools nationally, but in the impressive young people whom you will meet in our classrooms, at an international debate, or on a rugby field: they are polite, articulate and quietly self-assured.
There has been significant investment in facilities, including the opening of an additional Junior School building in 2001. Between 2014 and 2016, a number of major developments of the School’s facilities have been undertaken including: the refurbishment of the Science building; the replacement of the Astro turf hockey pitch; and a major development of the Junior School grounds. The extension to the Senior School which opened in October 2016, includes a pastoral care suite, a new library, 13 new classrooms and faculty bases. Taken together, these developments represent a significant investment in the future of the School.
In June 2011, St Columba’s was inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education. The report which is exceptionally positive is attached separately.
We are seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic and inspirational Teacher of History and Modern Studies to join our highly successful Humanities Faculty from August 2019.
The Humanities Faculty currently consists of one full time teacher of History; one full-time teacher of History and Modern Studies; one full-time teacher of Modern Studies; one part-time teacher of History; one full and one part-time teacher of Geography; one part-time teacher of Geography and RMPS and one part-time teacher of Business Management.
The Humanities Faculty is highly regarded within the school community teaching pupils in Transitus (Primary 7) through to Senior VI.
Candidates are presented for National 5 History and Modern Studies in SIV; candidates take seven National 5 subjects during SIII and SIV. Higher grade is offered to SV pupils and Advanced Higher in SVI. Results at all stages are excellent. The Faculty provides enrichment to the curriculum through participation in various local and country wide competitions.
The post is aligned to the SNCT scales, reviewed in April each year; with a further St Columba’s enhancement. Fee restriction of 50 per cent is granted for the education of the children of members of the teaching staff after one year’s service. Energy, vision, good communication skills and the ability to motivate pupils will be crucial attributes for the successful candidate.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute fully to the extra-curricular life of the School.
The School has a comprehensive Professional Review and CPD programme in place.
Letters of application and CVs with the names and email addresses of two referees should be sent to the Rector by noon on Friday, 22 February 2019 either by email to email@example.com or by post to St Columba’s School, Duchal Road, Kilmacolm PA13 4AU. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 4 March 2019.
Please note that applicants must be registered or eligible for registration with the General Teaching Council of Scotland. The appointment will be subject to membership of The Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.
Candidates are welcome to contact Mr Rob Arbuckle, to discuss the post informally. Please note that the School will be closed for half-term from 18th February therefore initial contact should be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.