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Head teacher leaving Gaelic school in Inverness

Bun-sgoil GhĂ idhlig Inbhir Nis
Highland Council has previously had difficulties filling the head teacher vacancy at the school

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.

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