Hunt for head teacher at Tober­mory moves 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 pack de­scribes fur­ther in­cen­tives for ap­pli­cants, say­ing pupils are ‘friendly, wel­com­ing, easy to chat to; in­for­mal yet re­spect­ful’, and ‘the worst a Mull traf­fic jam gets is a flock of sheep or a herd of High­land cows on the road.

‘Af­ter work and at the week­ends, there is a whole is­land to ex­plore. Your new place of work is at the heart of this is­land com­mu­nity. While the is­land lo­ca­tion is cer­tainly at­trac­tive, be­ing re­mote brings its own chal­lenges.’

Par­ent coun­cil mem­ber Neil Hut­ton said it stepped in to help af­ter sim­i­lar par­ent coun­cils on Iona, Tiree and Ar­ran launched their own re­cruit­ment cam­paigns on so­cial me­dia.

‘We want to en­cour­age peo­ple to think about a life­style change,’ he said. ‘If you are com­ing from a city en­vi­ron­ment there are fewer fa­cil­i­ties; there are less choices but the choices are richer. I think it is a lovely place to live, with a strong com­mu­nity, and it is also a re­ally nice school.

‘The peo­ple who work here are very com­mit­ted.’

The clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions is May 5.

Can­di­dates are as­sured the pupils are ‘friendly, yet re­spect­ful’.

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