4th July 2013
An open letter to the pupils, parents / carers and staff at Kingussie High School and Grantown Grammar School
RE: With Sadness and Excitement…
I moved to Scotland from Plymouth in 1999 and spent a wonderful year living at Glenmore Lodge. It was the start of a long-term association with The Lodge and perhaps more importantly a relationship with the Cairngorms National Park and the Strathspey Valley. This area has always felt like home and over the years I’ve returned hundreds of times to visit lifelong friends and enjoy the beauty of the Cairngorms and the rapids of the River Spey.
In the turn of the millenia I had to move away from the Cairngorms in search of employment as a Teacher that was a little more substantial than casual supply work. I was eager to seek opportunities that would to allow me to move back ‘home’. As my career progressed in the central belt I first looked for Geography Teacher posts, then Head of Geography posts and then Faculty Head posts.
Finally, following a four-year secondment to our national education agency, Education Scotland where I was the National Adviser for Emerging Technology and three years as Depute Head at Musselburgh Grammar School in East Lothian. I applied for and was successfully appointed as Depute Head at Grantown Grammar School in June last year.
I can honestly say that the last 12 months at Grantown Grammar School has been the most enjoyable and rewarding of my professional career. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful young people, a passionate parent body and a dedicated teaching force, who are led by a hard working and kind Head Teacher, Irene Carson.
I feel genuinely sad to be leaving Grantown Grammar but I am equally excited to have been offered the Head Teacher post at Kingussie High School. A school which I have remained passionate about and interested in since assessing some of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Groups nearly 15 years ago!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who I have worked with this year within the Grantown Grammar Learning Community and a further opportunity to introduce myself to members of my new Learning Community in the Kingussie High Associated School Group. I look forward to working with you and meeting as many of you face-to-face in due course.
End dates, start dates, contracts, paperwork, forms etc. are still to be confirmed / completed, so until we all know more - have a great summer (if it arrives!).
I am very much looking forward to my new adventure.
A version of this letter also appeared in the Strathspey & Badenoch Herald on 4th July 2013.