Head teacher’s post is vacant at Spittal Primary
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