‘Superhead’ to lead St Margaret’s and other local Catholic schools

The historic appointment of a first ‘superhead’ of the Borders four Roman Catholic schools has been made.

Karen Gray takes up the £52,290 post in August, having been acting head of both St Margaret’s schools in Galashiels and Hawick, and at St Joseph’s in Selkirk, since April.

Mrs Gray took over temporarily after Scottish Borders Council’s attempts to attract a suitable candidate earlier in the year drew a blank.

But now she will take charge permanently of all four schools, the fourth being Halyrude in Peebles where Kate Brown is currently head.

Yvonne McCracken, SBC’s head of schools services said: “We are delighted to have appointed Karen Gray, currently senior education officer at Council HQ, as the new headteacher of the four Roman Catholic schools.

“She has been headteacher of St Margaret’s and St Joseph’s in the past and has been working across three of the four schools over the last five months.”

The controversial proposal for the Buccleuch Terrace school to share a single-head teacher was approved by Scottish Borders Council at the beginning of the year following a consultation exercise, despite fears amongst parents that the job would be too big for one person.

But welcoming news of the superhead, St Margaret’s Primary School Parent Council chairman Joanne Maybury, said: “I am very happy to hear that an appointment has been made. It is good news for the school.”