Academy rector to leave

THE head teacher of Montrose Academy, George Stachura, is to leave the school in August after 11 years in the job.

Mr Stachura, who joined the Academy in September 1997 to take over from Harry Faulkner, has been seconded to the Educational Development Service within Angus Council, and will take up his new role, mainly focused on professional development, on August 17.

The secondment, for a period of up to three years, will be his last job before taking early retirement.

He said he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at the Academy, adding that his main source of pride came from watching youngsters grow up at the school and become adults.

He said: "It's been a delight and a privilege to be head at Montrose Academy. Hopefully the status of the school in the eyes of the community is as important as it has been. We're a focal point of the community and that's something we've always valued.

"I'm most proud of the kids. When you ask a head teacher or any teacher - no matter what they teach - we're most proud of the kids we teach.

"This school has an excellent and positive atmosphere about it. Part of that strength is the ethos we have here and there's an ease of relationship between pupils and teachers."

George started his career as a history and modern studies teacher at St Joseph's in Kilmarnock in 1972. He then went on to become principal teacher of modern studies before moving to Arran High School in 1984 to become assistant head teacher. He left there in January 1990 to take up position as deputy head at Knox Academy in Haddington before moving to Montrose in 1997.

During that time, and particularly in the last 10 years, the curriculum has seen radical redesign and evolution.

George said that his one regret about moving on to a new role was that he wouldn't be part of the new Curriculum for Excellence, which starts next term and allows more freedom for teachers, greater choice and flexibility for pupils and a single coherent curriculum for all children and young people aged 3-18.

He said: "Change is part of what we do; the pace of it is going to increase further and the Curriculum for Excellence is very exciting.

"It's a very exciting development and if I've one regret it's that I can't be here to help progress it."

He also offered some words of advice for successor: "I'd say enjoy it - it's a very good school. Enjoy the opportunities and the challenge the Academy offers."