New head teacher starts work in Rothesay

Patricia McCurrach, the new head teacher at Rothesay Joint Campus, started work on Monday, October 20, 2014.
Patricia McCurrach, the new head teacher at Rothesay Joint Campus, started work on Monday, October 20, 2014.

The new head teacher at Rothesay Joint Campus started work at the beginning of the new school term on Monday morning.

Patricia McCurrach, formerly depute head teacher at Lesmahagow High School in south Lanarkshire, is the first occupant of a new ‘head teacher of 3-18’ role created by an amalgamation of the posts of campus principal and head of secondary learning and teaching.

The reduction in the number of senior management posts at the campus was announced in June, when a spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Council said the move was the result of a fall in the number of pupils attending the campus.

The secondary head post had been filled on an interim basis, from the start of the new school year in August until the end of the autumn term on October 3, by Julie Fisher, depute head teacher at Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh.

Nine members of staff at Rothesay Joint Campus retired or moved on to other posts at the end of the 2013-14 academic year in June, but local councillor Isobel Strong told Bute Community Council this week that almost all the vacant positions at the campus had been filled, with the exception of the post of head of pupil support, though a new appointee to that job is expected to start work at the end of October.