Teacher of Mathematics, Dollar

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Start date: August 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: The salary for the post will be in accordance with the SNCT main grade scales with the Dollar enhancement of 10% in addition.
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Dollar Academy is seeking to recruit a permanent, full time, enthusiastic and suitably qualified teacher of Mathematics beginning in August 2020. The post would suit both a newly qualified teacher or a more experienced teacher.  Knowledge of the Scottish education system would be helpful, but is not essential.  

This post offers the opportunity to join 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 enthusiastic teacher with the ability to inspire and motivate pupils in Mathematics.  The person appointed will be expected to teach the full range of courses offered from Form I to Form V. There is no immediate need to teach the Form VI Advanced Higher courses although an interest in this area would be preferred. An honours degree in Mathematics or a closely related subject is required. The successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm in the classroom and be able to adapt and fit in to this forward-thinking and ambitious department. 

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.  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. 

Candidates should either be registered with the GTC Scotland, or eligible for registration.   It should be noted that the Chartered Teachers pay scale does not apply to teachers employed by the Academy. 

Letters of application, accompanied by the 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 duncan-j@dollaracademy.org.uk) by Tuesday 19th November 2019.  Interviews shall be held during week beginning 25th November 2019.

All appointments are subject to receipt of a satisfactory PVG Scheme Record or Scheme Record Update from Disclosure Scotland. 

The Governors of Dollar Academy Trust is a charity registered in Scotland SC009888

More about Dollar Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 5 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Dollar, Clackmannanshire, FK14 7DU, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1259 742511
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Dollar Academy was founded in 1818 as the UK’s first co-educational day and boarding school and has been at the heart of Scotland’s educational development for 200 years. The school is the Sunday Times Scottish Independent School of the Year 2018.