Ex-PE teacher is new rector

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HAWICK High’s new rector says he is relishing the prospect of taking the school forward and forging closer links with the local community.

The Hawick News can reveal that Kevin McClory, 41, will take over the helm at the 1000-pupil secondary at the beginning of next year.

Mr McClory, a native of Stranraer who started his career as a physical education teacher at Dunbar Grammar, is currently depute head teacher of St Kentigern’s Academy, a Roman Catholic comprehensive in Blackburn, West Lothian.

The post has remained unfilled since the departure of former incumbent Alan Williamson who left to take up a similar position in Lasswade at the end of the last session.

An attempt to recruit a successor before Mr Williamson’s departure was unsuccessful and the post was re-advertised nationally in September and a short list drawn up.

During the hiatus, depute head teacher Susan Oliver has fulfilled the role of interim rector and she will continue to do so until Mr McClory takes over.

“I’m delighted and honoured to be coming to Hawick and to maintain and build on the solid foundation set by Alan Williamson,” said Mr McClory, who lives in Edinburgh.

“I was very impressed with Hawick during my interview visit and I appreciate the role the High School plays within the community.

“I am very much looking forward to improving attainment and further fostering these community links.”