FORRES Academy will be advertising for a new head teacher after the summer term, following the news that current head, Laurence Findlay is to take up a post with Moray Council.
His job is one of two senior appointments made by Moray Council to its recently established department of education and social care.
Mr Findlay has been appointed to the post of head of schools and curriculum development.
Graham Jarvis, currently the department’s transition project manager, has been appointed to the post of head of lifelong learning, culture and sport. They are expected to take up post early September.
Commenting on the appointments, Councillor Anne Skene, who chairs the council’s children and young people’s services committee, said: “It is very encouraging that these posts have attracted wide interest, both internally and externally.
“We had a strong field of candidates who have been subject to a rigorous selection process involving a number of tests and interviews. I’m delighted with the calibre of the staff appointed and have no doubt that they will provide the expertise and leadership needed to take our important services forward.”
The new department has seen significant review and restructure since its inception in April of last year. Important developments are scheduled for the end of next month when a report on the further integration of children’s services will be considered by councillors.
A new post of head of integrated children’s services will also be advertised nationally around that time.
The council’s corporate director for education and social care, Sandy Riddell, said the appointments heralded another important milestone for the new department.
“A range of planned changes are being developed and implemented ahead of schedule and without doubt the move towards greater integration provides an exciting opportunity to strengthen our services further,” he said.