Delay in replacing high school’s rector as job has to be readvertised

A replacement for high school rector Alan Williamson, pictured, is not expected to be appointed until October
A replacement for high school rector Alan Williamson, pictured, is not expected to be appointed until October
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THE forthcoming vacancy for head at Hawick High School is to be readvertised.

And it is not expected to be filled until around October.

Current head teacher Alan Williamson is leaving the role at the end of this term to take up the position of head at Lasswade Centre in Midlothian.

The Hawick post was advertised locally and nationally and it was hoped someone would be in place for the start of the new term.

But it has been revealed that, after a meeting at council headquarters with representatives from the parent council, Scottish Borders Council’s education department and local councillors, it was decided to readvertise the post.

Parent council secretary Dawn Nairn, who is on the selection panel along with parent council chairman Darren Thomson, told the Hawick News this week that the timescale – four weeks before the end of term with a potential four-week interview process – was mainly to blame for the poor response.

She said: “Unfortunately there was not enough applications to form a short list of candidates, therefore the decision by the panel was to re-advertise, although the small number of applicants does not detract from the strength of those who did apply and those candidates are still active within the process.”

It is likely that the post will be advertised nationally in late August or early September.

Mrs Nairn said: “We had hoped to have a new head in place for the start of the new school year, but our main focus, especially from the parents’ perspective, is to get the right person, hence our strong involvement in the recruiting process.”

In the interim, depute rector Susan Oliver has been appointed as acting temporary head teacher and is expected to be in the post until October or until the position is filled.

“Susan has worked closely and very successfully with Alan and the parent council for many years and we are more than confident that our school is in very good hands,” said Mrs Nairn.