Head teacher leaving Gaelic school in Inverness
- 3 July 2014
- From the section Highlands & Islands
A Gaelic school which was at the centre of a four-year search for a permanent head teacher is losing the teacher appointed to the role last November.
James Lyon took over as head at Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis in Inverness, having been acting head there for a number of months.
Parents have now been informed that he will be moving elsewhere.
When the school opened in 2007, it was the first purpose-built Gaelic-medium school in Scotland.
However, for four years, Highland Council had difficulties filling the head teacher role.
A teacher from Sweden who was acting head at the school was interviewed for the job in November 2012 but was not appointed.
At the time a European minority languages organisation raised concerns about making a non Gaelic-speaking appointment.
The European Language Equality Network wrote to Highland Council asking it to consider alternative ways to fill the post with a Gaelic speaker.
Mr Lyon, who was on secondment from Ardersier Primary School and a Gaelic learner, is also a professional football referee and has officiated at Old Firm games as well as a Scottish Cup final.
He has been appointed head teacher of Grantown Primary School.