We’ve got a new £1m school ... now we need a teacher!

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Peter Hitchens - By Bill Caven

A SCOTS vil­lage that raised nearly £1 mil­lion to build a school is fac­ing a new chal­lenge – find­ing a head teacher.

Last year vil­lagers proudly opened Scot­land’s first com­mu­nity-owned pri­mary school, hav­ing raised £950,000 to re­place the pre­vi­ous di­lap­i­dated build­ing with a modern, wooden-clad fa­cil­ity.

But just weeks later, head teacher Pamela Hill quit her post to move away from Stron­tian, on the Ard­na­mur­chan penin­sula, Argyll.

Now, the 400-strong com­mu­nity is ad­ver­tis­ing for a new teacher to take up the £46,500-a-year post.

Vil­lagers fear that if they can­not find a re­place­ment, the school – which they worked so hard to build and has 29 pupils – could be forced to close. Jamie McIn­tyre, a con­cerned par­ent, said: ‘It has pre­vi­ously been a bit of a chal­lenge to at­tract peo­ple within the teach­ing pro­fes­sion to any­where in the High­lands. So, I can­not think it will be any dif­fer­ent here.

‘Hous­ing is of­ten a ma­jor is­sue as af­ford­able prop­er­ties are in short sup­ply. We are hop­ing that the prospect of work­ing in a brand new school will en­cour­age peo­ple to ap­ply.’

High­land Coun­cil, which be­gan the re­cruit­ment process within days of Ms Hill’s res­ig­na­tion in early Novem­ber, said: ‘We have man­age­ment ar­range­ments in place to cover the school.’

QUIT: For­mer head Pamela Hill

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