Hunt for head goes to so­cial me­dia

The Oban Times - - News -

THE hunt is on for a head teacher for Mull’s high school.

The job has been va­cant for a year, de­spite two rounds of re­cruit­ing, af­ter the pre­vi­ous head teacher, Craig Bid­dick, left in 2016. Now Tober­mory Par­ent Coun­cil hopes to help Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil to boost its re­cruit­ment cam­paign, with an ap­peal and wel­come pack on Face­book.

‘It’s a big job,’ the par­ent coun­cil ex­plains, as the head teacher over­sees the is­land’s pre-school, pri­mary and high schools, plus ‘the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of Mull and cit­i­zens of the world’.

Tober­mory High School is rel­a­tively small, with 136 pupils and 20 teach­ers at se­condary level, and 62 pupils and five teach­ers in the pri­mary school, plus 22 chil­dren and two teach­ers in the pre-fives unit. Al­most all classes are in groups of 20 of fewer.

The full-time, per­ma­nent role, as­sisted by two de­putes and a prin­ci­pal teacher, pays £53,187 a year for 35 hours’ work per week.

Re­tired head teacher Jenny Des Foun­tain, head from 1995 un­til her re­tire­ment in 2011, is quoted on the par­ent coun­cil’s wel­come pack as say­ing: ‘It’s the best job in Scot­tish ed­u­ca­tion.’ The clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions is May 5.

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