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Contingent Commander

Job Reference schooltalent/TP/11692/1062

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Full Time Permanent
Remuneration is dependant on skills and experience
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Outdoor Learning/Pursuits
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Operational/Professional Services

The Role

Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools (ESMS) are recruiting for a permanent Contingent Commander to join ESMS on a full-time basis. ESMS are very proud to have a well-established and thriving CCF contingent which has over 250 cadets in both Army and RAF sections. 


ESMS staff are passionate, pioneering and strive for excellence in everything they do. We value the incredible contributions they make to school life, we invest in their careers and we support their ambitions so that they flourish professionally and personally. 


This is a full-time permanent position available from 15 August 2024 that will require a flexible approach. Remuneration will be from £41,823 to £45,357 per annum, on the ESMS Support Staff Salary Scale J dependent upon qualifications and experience. 


ESMS is a vibrant, friendly and welcoming family of schools, set in beautiful grounds in the heart of Edinburgh. Our Schools have always been pioneers of rounded education. Children’s education is underpinned by our nine values: appreciation, commitment, confidence, enthusiasm, grace, integrity, kindness, respect and responsibility. From virtual reality headsets in the classroom to developing one of the first outdoor learning programmes in Scotland, we are always searching for new ways to develop the whole child. 

Staff are offered a range of benefits including: a generous holiday allowance, enhanced sick pay, family friendly policies, use of the Schools’ swimming pool and fitness room outside school hours, membership of the ESMS Discount and Benefits Scheme, including a range of discounts at 130,000 retail and entertainment locations. 

ESMS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and Disclosure Scotland. 




In order to apply for the role, applicants must visit to submit their application. 


Any enquiries about this position should be directed to Morven Wrinn, HR Assistant, at or by phone on 0131 347 5867.


The closing date is 12pm on Friday 24 May 2024. We anticipate interviews will be held on Friday 31 May 2024. 


About ESMS

Welcome to the ESMS, a vibrant, family of independent schools, for 3-18 year olds, in the heart of Edinburgh. We offer a co-educational nursery and  junior school, single-sex but closely twinned secondary education and a co-educational sixth form. At the ESMS family of schools we pride ourselves on our holistic approach to education which means that we place as much emphasis on opportunities and activities outside of the classroom as we do on what happens in class. We offer over 300 clubs and societies as well as wide-ranging opportunities in sport, music and drama, outdoor education, trips and community involvement, all with the intention of helping your child discover their talents, learn or explore something new, have fun and make new friends.

Our Vision is to be a pioneer of rounded education in Edinburgh, giving every child the opportunity to excel.

Our Mission is to develop grounded, resilient, accomplished children, with strong values who go out into the world equipped with everything they need to lead full and happy lives.



  • We offer an outstanding, well-rounded education, to a diverse group of children
  • We take time to build strong relationships and to help our children feel happy, safe and secure so that they thrive emotionally and socially and academically
  • We provide an unrivalled range of activities outside the classroom, enabling our children to discover and develop their natural talents
  • We inspire children to aim high and achieve strong academic results
  • We give children every opportunity to seize and embrace every challenge that life throws at them
  • Our teachers inspire innovative thinkers with a love of learning that will last a lifetime
  • Our children develop the confidence to use their voices
  • Our nine values embed character, inspiring children to develop good hearts, make good decisions and improve the world around them.

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