January 24, 2017 | Leave a Comment

There have been some recent changes in staffing at NBHS. As you know, Mrs Moore and Mr Roderick have now left the school, both taking up posts in Edinburgh City. Our depute Mrs Neri, who had been on secondment to East Lothian Council for eighteen months, has now returned to her substantive post here at NBHS and we are delighted to have her back. Among her duties, Mrs Neri is in charge of pupil support, she is the S6 year head, and she is the depute link with Law House. Mrs Cairns, who has been acting depute during Mrs Neri’s secondment, will be leaving us at the February break. We are very grateful for all that she has done for the school community in her time at NBHS and we wish her well as she returns to Dunbar Grammar School. Following a rigorous selection process, we have appointed Mr McCallum to the vacant depute post. He is currently teaching in Edinburgh City and starts with us after the half-term holiday. Once we have our new senior management team fully in place, I will share details of remits with you.

At the start of this term Mrs Rankine, one of our English teachers, took up an acting post as a principal teacher at Knox Academy. This is a well-deserved opportunity and we wish her every success in the role. We are delighted that Mrs Rankine’s classes are being taken over by Ms Cahoon, an experienced English teacher who has taught in Canada and London, as well as here in Scotland. Recently, we have also welcomed Ms Dudgeon to the pupil support team and Ms Mitchell as a science technician.

Following the February break, we will have a new guidance teacher for Fidra House.  Mrs McCormack, who has been a wonderful member of staff at NBHS for many years, is leaving and she will certainly be missed, especially by the pupils of Fidra House. Mrs McCormack has played a leading role in promoting positive mental health in school, including the launch of our mental health app. Our new guidance teacher, Mr Orr, is currently working in Scottish Borders.

Later in the term, we will be welcoming Mr Frew to the post of principal teacher of business education and computing, and we hope to recruit a new computing teacher to the faculty, too. Familiar faces will soon be seen in the science and performing arts faculties, as Dr Scott and Mrs Loudon return from their maternity leave.  We are very grateful for all that Ms MacLeod has done for the pupils in her time in the music department and we wish her well as she moves on to a new school.

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