School re­mains closed

Buchan quest goes on for head teacher

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN WALSH

Ed­u­ca­tion chiefs have been un­suc­cess­ful in their search for a head teacher for a tem­po­rar­ily closed pri­mary school, de­spite ex­tend­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line for a third time.

Long­haven School, near Peter­head, closed at the be­gin­ning of the Easter hol­i­days af­ter it failed to find a new head teacher.

It also has another two se­nior va­can­cies which need filled.

Yes­ter­day at a meet­ing of the ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee, Vin­cent Docherty, head of ed­u­ca­tion, con­firmed the ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod was ex­tended for a third time at the end of April but no suit­able can­di­date had come for­ward.

The school’s five pupils have now been re­lo­cated to Bod­dam, Burn­haven and Hat­ton.

Mr Do­herty stressed the school had not been moth­balled and in­sisted the plan was still to re­open.

East Gar­i­och coun­cil­lor Mar­tin Ford said in hind­sight the staffing is­sue should not have been a sur­prise to ed­u­ca­tion bosses.

“With the num­ber of very small schools we have got and the level of recruitment prob­lems we have, this is not go­ing to be the last time we have a sit­u­a­tion like this,” he said.

A fur­ther up­date will be given to coun­cil­lors in Oc­to­ber.

Mean­while, the com­mit­tee also agreed to ask the pub­lic their views on the fu­ture of the moth­balled Strachan School.

The author­ity made the decision last June af­ter the its pupil roll plum­meted over a num­ber of years.

“This is not go­ing to be the last time we have a sit­u­a­tion like this”

AP­PEAL: Long­haven pupils Aaron Thom­son, Alex Ste­wart, Char­lie Camp­bell-Groat and Jack Lo­gan

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