The new acting principal of Rothesay Joint Campus says he is loving his new job - because of the “fantastic” pupils he has met since taking up the post.
John Lawson spoke to members of the Rotary Club of Rothesay on Thursday at his first public engagement since starting work on Bute on November 25.
Mr Lawson, who previously worked as a quality improvement officer with Glasgow City Council’s education service, but has had a home on Bute for 12 years, said: “My initial impressions are that I love the school, and it’s because of the pupils. They really are fantastic.
“I was called over by a group of boys the other day, who just asked ‘can you sit with us, because you haven’t sat with us yet’. Things like that have been repeated all the way through the school.
“I’ve come to see Glasgow as where I work and Rothesay as where I live. All I needed to do was pack a few more ties and get on the train, and that was me starting work nine days ago.”
Mr Lawson, whose links to Bute stretch back to childhood holidays at Kilbride farm in the north of the island, was appointed after campus principal Wendy Brownlie was seconded to a new post with Argyll and Bute Council leading on the ‘Professional Update’ teacher re-accreditation project, to be introduced across Scotland in 2014.