A remote primary school with just four pupils in the Shetland Islands is looking for a new headteacher - could it be you?

The lucky candidate would be overseeing four primary school-aged children with another in the nursery on the island of Foula. 

At 4.9 sq miles, Foula has a permanent population of 28 people and is located 16 miles to the west of Shetland.

It is thought to be among the most isolated and exposed inhabited places to live in the UK, with perhaps its only competition being the Fair Isle which is found 44 miles south.

The current teaching headteacher, Beverely Macpherson, is retiring after four years of running the single-room school.

Here's everything you need to know about the unique teaching opportunity and how you could start your next adventure. 

Shetland Island's Primary school looking for new headteacher

Foula Primary is a non-denominational school, which serves pupils from early years through to primary 7. 

You'll find it on the eastern side of the island where it is protected from the Atlantic weather by Foula’s highest hill.

In addition to the classroom, the school also has a nursery, kitchen and community hall.

Built in 1992, the school features a large and colourful outdoor space with a community playground and a solar panel array which is part of the island's renewable electricity scheme.

It also has a Poly-crub (polytunnel) which was funded by the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for the school and the local community to share.

The once-in-a-lifetime job advert, listed by the Shetland Islands council, reads: "Are you a Head Teacher or aspiring Head Teacher looking for an exciting new challenge? Do you dream of being part of a friendly, dynamic island community with a slower pace of life?"

The successful Head Teacher won't be alone either and will be supported by an ELC practitioner, art instructor, IT instructor and school administrator over a variety of part-time hours. 

How to apply to be the new headteacher on Foula

On top of the relevant qualifications and registration experience, the council is also looking for a candidate with a "can-do attitude, vision, energy, initiative, good communication skills and self-discipline."

The full-time role (35 hours per week) comes with a £61,374 per annum salary, relocation expenses and a three-bedroom house.

They also pay interview expenses from within the UK and the deadline closes Monday, June 6 2022.

The island has daily flights from Tingwall airport near Lerwick on Shetland’s mainland during the summer and there also three ferries a week during the summer too.

For more information about the incredible role, visit the myjobscotland website.