Head teacher’s post is va­cant at Spit­tal Pri­mary

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have con­firmed they are on the look­out for a new head teacher at Spit­tal Pri­mary.

For­mer head, Lorna Harvey, has moved on to a new po­si­tion with Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land.

Graeme Mur­ray is cur­rently con­tin­u­ing in his role as act­ing head un­til a re­place­ment is found.

There had been some con­fu­sion over the future of Mrs Harvey at Spit­tal.

The Re­former un­der­stands she has not been at her post for months.

Par­ents were sent a let­ter from Anne Rooney, head of ed­u­ca­tion in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, be­fore the be­gin­ning of term telling them of the sit­u­a­tion.

This week, Ms Rooney told the Re­former: “Mrs Harvey who was the head teacher at the school and played a sig­nif­i­cant part in en­gag­ing with pupils, families and the com­mu­nity as they pre­pared to move from the old build­ing into the fan­tas­tic new build­ing.

“Mrs Harvey has been suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing a new po­si­tion with Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land, the na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion which pro­vides sup­port for learn­ing and teach­ing and for the con­tin­u­ing pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment of teach­ers. We wish Mrs Harvey ev­ery suc­cess in her post and thank her for help­ing to take the school for­ward with the team of teach­ers and sup­port staff.

“We are now work­ing closely with mem­bers of the par­ent coun­cil and forum as we make ar­range­ments to ad­ver­tise for the post of head teacher.”

It is un­der­stood Mrs Harvey has been out of the role due to ill-health, but no ex­pla­na­tion has been given to par­ents.

One par­ent at the school, who did not wish to be named, said the sit­u­a­tion was “strange”.

They added: “As far as I can tell, Mrs Harvey was off for months be­fore the end of last term, but no-one had told us why.

“I always felt (for­mer deputy head) Carol Neil should have been given the job back in 2011. The new guy seems to be quite good though, I’d like to see him get the job full-time.”

Happy days Lorna Harvey with pupils from Spit­tal Pri­mary

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