Published: 23/05/2018 19:00 - Updated: 18/05/2018 11:06

Judy Murray helps school film go viral

Written byNicole Webber

 

Gairloch High video
A tongue-in-cheek video aimed at recruiting new staff to Gairloch High has garnered celebrity attention.

PUPILS at a Wester Ross school seeking to fill its two top posts have created an online buzz in their bid to help recruit the right people.

Enterprising youngsters at Gairloch High School took matters into their own hands when the £52,725-a-year head teacher and £48,033 depute posts fell vacant at the same time.

An upbeat three-minute YouTube video they put together has already caught the eye of Judy Murray, mum of tennis legend Sir Andy and now a TV favourite thanks to a recdent stint on the hit show Strictly Come Dancing.

Ms Murray took to Twitter to tell her 240,000 followers: "You’ve got to love this. School in stunningly beautiful north-west Scotland looking for a head teacher and a deputy head so the pupils made this fabulous video."

In it they highlight in storytelling form why their school is so wonderful and ask others to spread the word.

Hundreds have already shared their earnest effort.

Director of care and learning at Highland Council, Bill Alexander, is also backing the appeal, impressed that pupils are "setting the job spec for new school leaders".

The depute head of the school will retire this summer and the current head teacher, Isobel MacKenzie, was only at the school for a 23-month secondment.

Mrs MacKenzie said she had grown very attached to the school and if it was closer to her home in Lochaber, she would not be leaving. She added: "The idea for the video was a mix of staff and pupils. They have done a wonderful job."

She said she was amazed their story had been shared by Judy Murray.

"Knowing what followers she has online, I was astonished but it will help to put Gairloch High School on the map," she said.

The school provides six years of secondary education to pupils living within the area bounded by Second Coast in the north, Kinlochewe to the south and Shieldaig to the south west.

Pupils in the video say that the school is "small and friendly" and that "everyone knows each other really well".

They show footage of the beautiful scenery surrounding Gairloch, highlighting their hopes to protect the stunning environment. Although small in size, they make up for it in ambition.

The teenagers are also quick to point out what they are looking for in their new leaders.

"We want you to have pupils as the focus," they said, "and to be interested in what we are doing and help us access lots of opportunities."

Applications for the head teacher can be submitted until May 21.

The 35-hour a week, permanent position will pay £52,725 a year and applications from Gaelic speakers are encouraged.

The depute head position is a similar contract and applications will be accepted until May 28. That job will pay £48,033 a year.

Visit www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/highland-council/jobs/head-teacher-secondary-gairloch-high-school-hgh06152-116399

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