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