Local authority has failed to find a suitable candidate for Tobermory High School
Mothers and fathers on Mull decided to take recruitment matters into their own hands as the local authority has failed to find a suitable candidate for Tobermory High School.
Despite two rounds of recruiting, the position has been vacant for eight months and Argyll and Bute Council is planning to list the job for the third time this Friday.
The school’s parent council is now using social media to try to boost the profile of the important role and highlight the benefits of island life.
This is the third time of advertising the post
Dawn Reade – Parent council member
Photographs of Mull’s colourful “capital” have been published on Facebook alongside the words: “Our children are waiting to welcome you.”
The posts encourage potential applicants to make the move to Mull.
Parent council member Dawn Reade explained: “This is the third time of advertising the post.
Mothers and fathers on Mull decided to take recruitment into their own hands on Facebook
“Unfortunately, the first two runs really didn’t attract that many applicants.
“We feel Mull is a pretty special place and if people know the job is coming up they might consider it even if they might not be looking for a new job.”
The school has 140 secondary students and 63 primary pupils.
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It has been seeking a new head since August 2016, when Craig Biddick left the post.
His predecessor, Jenny Des Fountain, who served the school from 1995 to 2011, is quoted in a welcome pack for applicants saying: “It’s the best job in Scottish education.”
Mrs Reade continued: “Our first post was just a photograph of Tobermory with words saying we are looking for a head teacher. It got a phenomenal amount of shares, around 3,000.
“The school had a few people phoning and inquiring so hopefully there will be a few people waiting for the job advert to go live.
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“We are just trying to get as many people as possible aware of the opportunity.”
Scottish schools are struggling to attract new head teachers and teachers, with the issue exacerbated in remote places.
Earlier this year, it emerged that the crisis had seen one primary school – Holy Family in Aberdeen – left without a permanent head teacher since January 2014.
It is not the first time that parents have attempted to tackle the porblme of replacing a teacher.
The posts encourage potential applicants to make the move to Mull
The Isle of Muck’s primary school recruited a teacher from Hampshire with a similar social media campaign, and Nairn Academy made a short video clip to attract interest.
An Argyll and Bute Council spokesman said: “This is a great opportunity for a head teacher to work with skilled staff and hard-working pupils to be proud of as well as to enjoy the benefits of island – living in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
“We make every effort to recruit skilled staff and this post is being advertised both locally and nationally.
“The school’s parent council has provided information for the recruitment pack and is promoting the vacancy on its website and on social media.
“We welcome their support in the recruitment process.”