Teacher of Chemistry

Teacher of Chemistry (full-time, permanent, from August 2021)

Dollar Academy has been a co-educational day and boarding school since its foundation in 1818. Today, it provides an exceptional all-round education to around 1,300 pupils aged 5-18. Our focus is on encouraging the individual talents and ambitions of every young person, in a positive and supportive environment that fosters the development of transferable skills, self-confidence and strong personal values.

We are looking for a capable, forward-thinking and enthusiastic teacher to join an ambitious and successful department comprising six members of Chemistry teaching staff and a dedicated support technician.  The person appointed to this new post should have experience of teaching the full range of SQA Chemistry courses, although applications from newly-qualified teachers are also welcomed – the ability to offer a second subject, would be of interest but is not essential.  Our ideal candidate will demonstrate a genuine love of the subject, and will have an imaginative, creative and energetic approach to helping their pupils succeed.  Computers, interactive technology and web-based resources are an intrinsic part of Chemistry teaching and fluency with these, together with a thoughtful approach to their use, is essential.

We aim to help all our pupils achieve their full potential in Chemistry, to develop real confidence in their abilities and to appreciate the beauty and utility of the subject and we believe that experimental work, both illustrative and investigative, is at the core of every successful Chemistry course. Each teaching laboratory is equipped with its own fume-cupboard, a full range of standard glassware and apparatus, a visualiser and an interactive whiteboard with data-logging interface. There is also a dedicated Advanced Higher laboratory equipped to support advanced practical work. The department boasts a rotary evaporator, two UV/visible spectrophotometers, an FT-IR spectrometer and an extensive range of data-logging probes.

We currently prepare pupils for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher examinations. Knowledge of the Scottish education system would be an advantage, but is not essential.  In a typical year, around 100 pupils sit National 5 Chemistry with over 70% achieving grade A.  At Higher we generally present between 60 and 70 pupils, with results largely mirroring those at National 5.   We have an ambitious Form VI at Dollar, and Advanced Higher Chemistry is very popular with between 30 and 40 pupils studying the subject each year – two thirds of the cohort regularly achieve the top grade.   Whilst many of our pupils will go on to follow careers in engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine or dentistry, a significant number choose to study chemistry at university and former pupils of Dollar Academy are employed throughout the chemical industry and academia.

The Academy has an extensive co-curricular programme in which all members of staff participate.  Members of staff are encouraged to be involved in the wider life of the school.

The salary for the post will be in accordance with the SNCT salary scales with the Dollar enhancement of 10% in addition. It should be noted that the Chartered Teachers pay scale does not apply to teachers employed by the Academy.


It is a legal requirement for any teacher to be registered with the GTC Scotland whilst teaching in a Scottish school and your appointment is subject to confirmation of registration. All appointments are subject to receipt of a satisfactory PVG Scheme Record or Scheme Record Update from Disclosure Scotland.

Applicants should complete the Academy’s Teaching Staff Application Form and should also provide a covering letter.  A CV is optional.  These should be e-mailed by noon on Monday 10th May 2021 to: recruitment@dollaracademy.org.uk