Comhairle appoints new Head teacher

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are delighted to announce that Frances Murray from Stornoway has been appointed the new Head Teacher of the Nicolson Institute.

This is an historic appointment as she will be the first female Head Teacher of the prestigious school. A former Dux of the Nicolson Institute, Frances has both an Honours degree and an M. Phil from the University of Glasgow and is currently completing her doctoral studies, also through the University of Glasgow.

Upon completion of her teaching training at the Jordanhill Campus in Glasgow, Frances began her working career with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. She spent sixteen years teaching English at Castlebay Community School on Barra before returning to her home town in 2003 to take up post as Principal Teacher of English at the Nicolson Institute. Frances rose through the ranks to become Deputy Rector of the school and in April 2010 became Learning Community Principal.

Commenting following her appointment Mrs Murray said:“I am delighted to be returning to the Nicolson Institute at a time when a new curriculum and a new building will provide wonderful educational opportunities for the young people of the island. A talented and hard working staff, a supportive education department and Parent Council, and the goodwill of the wider community will all be vital to our success at this exciting time for education.”

Chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee, Councillor Morag Munro commented: “I very much look forward to welcoming Frances as the new Rector of the Nicolson Institute. This is a key role within the Education and Children’s Services Department and I look forward to working with her on the key issues and challenges ahead.”