An acting headteacher has been appointed at Blairgowrie High School after current head Gordon Miller was absent at the start of the new term.
Pupils were informed that Bev Leslie, a quality improvement officer with Perth and Kinross Council and a qualified teacher, will take over the reigns with immediate effect and until further notice in a letter last week.
The letter, signed by the local authority’s head of secondary education, Peter McAvoy, reveals Mr Miller intends to officially retire from his position at the end of October this year, after nine years in the post.
The Blairie understands that Mr Miller is absent due to health reasons.
Mr McAvoy’s letter, dated August 12, goes on to state the recruitment process to appoint Mr Miller’s successor is under way and is expected to be concluded in September.
The letter states: “I write to advise you that due to Mr Miller’s unfortunate absence from school from the start of the new session, Mrs Bev Leslie (quality improvement officer) will undertake the responsibilities as the acting head teacher of Blairgowrie High School with immediate effect and until further notice.
“As Mr Miller has confirmed his intention to retire from his post at the end of October, the recruitment process to appoint his replacement is now underway.
“I hope that we will be in a position to confirm the new head teacher during September.”
An Eduction Scotland inspection at Blairgowrie High in February last year found the school to be ‘satisfactory’ in only three of the five evaluated areas and ‘weak’ in two.
In response, Mr Miller was keen to stress the document “recognises many of the improvements made in the school since the last visit.”
He also acknowledged that “the report gives a clear indication of the priorities that we should address over the next few years” when speaking to the Blairie in March, and praised the work ethic of both staff and pupils.