School remains closed
Buchan quest goes on for head teacher
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