Acting head for Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis

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

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An acting head teacher has been appointed at a Gaelic school which was at the centre of a four-year search for a permanent head teacher.

Janet Macleod, a fluent Gaelic speaker from Skye, was the first head teacher at Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis in Inverness when it opened in 2007.

She will return to the school and remain in the role as acting head until the October break.

The school had a permanent head but he left earlier this month.

James Lyon, a Gaelic learner, took over as head at Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis in November last year, having been acting head there for a number of months.

He has been appointed head teacher of Grantown Primary School.

Expanding school

Alasdair Christie, chairman of Highland Council's education, children and adult services committee, has welcomed Mrs Macleod's appointment.

He said: "Mrs Macleod's experience and knowledge will be tremendous assets for the school and I would like to thank her for agreeing to work alongside the school and the community, as we start the process of filling the post on a permanent basis."

Hamish Fraser, chairman of the council's Gaelic Implementation Group added: "Janet Macleod's appointment gives me enormous pleasure.

"She was the school's first head teacher and I am pleased that she will return to see confident and successful Gaelic pupils in an expanding school. Indeed, these are testament to her vision and efforts during the school's formative years."

Highland Council will be advertising for a permanent, fluent Gaelic-speaking head teacher.

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.

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