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First head to fill gap at Gaelic school

It is almost a case of back to the future for those trying to find a permanent head-teacher for Inverness's Gaelic primary school, with the original head coming back to fill the gap.

Highland Council will have to advertise for a ninth time in four years for a head teacher for Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis, but a familiar face is returning in the meantime.

Recently, the school's head James Lyon was appointed head teacher of Grantown Primary School and will take up his new post at the start of the new school session in August. Mr Lyon was acting head at the Gaelic school from Easter 2013 and was appointed permanent head teacher in November 2013.

When the school opened in 2007, it was the first purpose-built Gaelic-medium school in Scotland. Apart from Mr Lyon there has only been one permanent head teacher, the first one. Janet Macleod was appointed prior to the school opening in August 2007 and remained until April 2009.

Since then no fluent Gaelic speaker has been keen to take the job and there has been a series of acting heads. One, like Mr Lyon, a Gaelic learner, had applied for the permanent headship, when the council ended up having to advertise it as a "Gaelic preferred" job.

But now Mrs Macleod has been appointed acting head. She will undertake the role for the first term of the 2014-15 school session, until the October break.

Councillor Alasdair Christie, chairman of the education, children and adult services committee said: "I am delighted that we have made an excellent interim appointment. Mrs Macleod's experience and knowledge will be tremendous assets for the school."

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