Highlands & Islands

Inverness Gaelic school set to grow in size

Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis
Image caption Highland Council has been trying to fill the post for three years

A Gaelic medium education school in Inverness at the centre of difficulties with the appointment of a head teacher looks set to increase in size.

Highland Council has been attempting to fill the post at Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis for about three years.

In a separate development, council officers have recommended a feasibility study into expanding the school.

An annex could be created on the site to accommodate pre-school children and P1 and P2 pupils.

Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis has more than 160 primary school pupils and almost 100 nursery pupils.

When the school opened in 2007, it was the first purpose-built Gaelic-medium school in Scotland.

However, Highland Council has been struggling to appoint a head teacher.

Last year, a European minority languages organisation raised concerns about the authority making a non Gaelic-speaking appointment.

The European Language Equality Network wrote to the council asking it to consider alternative ways to fill the post, such as appointing a Gaelic speaker and giving them managerial support.

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