THE NEW head teacher of Sandwick Junior High School is to be Stuart Clubb, it was announced this week.
Mr Clubb, 40, is currently principal teacher of modern studies at Anderson High School, where he has worked for the last 16 years. The start date for his new appointment has yet to be arranged.
Mr Clubb was educated at Brae Junior High School (now Brae High School) and Anderson High School. He went on to graduate in social sciences from what is now Glasgow Caledonian University.
His interest in working with young people led him into teaching, and he spent his first year in the profession in Mid Yell Junior High School before moving to AHS. He has always taught modern studies, a subject which he describes as a “contemporary look at social, economic and political issues at local, national and international level, bringing history up to date”.
His new appointment at Sandwick, where there are approximately 300 pupils in total between the nursery, primary and secondary departments, will be a non-teaching one. But, he said, it will be “very important” to get into the classrooms sometimes to see what the pupils are doing.
Although he will be sorry to leave AHS, where has had “a lot of fond memories over 16 years”, he said he was “absolutely delighted” about his appointment and his main focus for the future will be his “exciting new challenge”.
He said: “I have only ever applied for new challenges when I felt the time was right. Working with young people is at the core of everything I have done.”
That interest is evident in the work Mr Clubb, a married father of four, has done outwith teaching.
He cites politics and sport as his interests, and has helped pupils through the Scottish Youth Parliament and is still involved in football coaching. “I’ve played football all my life, I only hung up my boots last year.”
As for his new job, he said he was looking forward to the opportunity of working with the parent council, student council and the wider community, of which the school is at the heart.
Head of schools Helen Budge, who was chair of the appointing panel, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the appointment of Stuart Clubb as head of Sandwick Junior High School and look forward to working with him as a member of the schools service wider management team.”
- MEANWHILE a team of pupils from Sandwick Junior High School head to Inverness today to take part in the semi-final of The Big Green Challenge debating competition. The competition, run by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, is designed to help pupils across Scotland gain a better understanding and awareness of renewable energy.
More than 120 secondary one to secondary three students from 25 schools across the Highlands and Islands took part in the first round of the competition in October, with the eight winning teams going through to the semi-final.
Pupils from schools in Arran, Alness, Speyside, Keith, Portree, Shetland, Gairloch and Orkney will compete in the semi-final round, with the winning four teams going through to the grand final at the end of January.