An­other year, an­other head for Gaelic school £53k top job may go to non-speaker

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Rosie Jar­dine said: “We want to pre­serve the na­ture of the school as much as pos­si­ble but we wouldn’t cut our nose off to spite our face if it came to it.”

A non- Gaelic speaker has been ap­pointed once be­fore, when James Lyon took over as head teacher in 2013 fol­low­ing a pro­tracted four- year search i nvolv­ing eight sep­a­rate at­tempts to ad­ver­tise the job.

Mr Lyon, a for­mer foot­ball ref­eree, lasted only eight

Rev Jan Steyn with the bible and, inset, Rev Dr Don­ald Caskie. months be­fore he left for the top job at Gran­town Pri­mary, closer to his home in For­res, Mo­ray.

Janet Macleod was the school’s first head teacher but left af­ter two years in 2009 to pur­sue other projects.

She re­turned as act­ing head teacher in 2014 af­ter the de­par­ture of Mr Lyon.

She was then re­placed by Annie MacPhee, who was sec­onded from her role as a sup­port for learn­ing teacher at a nearby school. In the mean­time, a row broke out be­tween par­ents when for­mer act­ing head Annika Jans­son left the school in Novem­ber 2012 af­ter not be­ing of­fered the head teacher’s role de­spite be­ing the only can­di­date.

It fol­lowed a vo­cif­er­ous cam­paign by Co­mann nam Parant Inbhir Nis, a Gaelic par­ent or­gan­i­sa­tion, that only a Ga e l i c - s p e a k i n g teacher should be given the role.

In­ver­ness coun­cil­lor Ken Gowans, whose daugh­ter went to the school, said: “If we can’t re­cruit within the Gaelic­s­peak­ing com­mu­nity we’ll have to look at it again.”

A High­land Coun­cil spokes­woman said the author­ity wanted to ap­point a Gaelic speaker but wouldn’t be drawn on the next step if an ap­pro­pri­ate can­di­date couldn’t be found.

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