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Education / Fair Isle primary seeks new head teacher

Fair Isle.

The UK’s most remote primary school – in Fair Isle – is looking for a new head teacher.

The primary serves children from early years through to primary seven, with a total of three pupils currently on the roll.

Fair Isle Primary School Parent Council chair Susannah Parnaby said: “Fair Isle has always been a connected isle and we are proud to have a school that has enabled our children to develop skills to equip them to pursue diverse careers across the UK and further afield.

“There are lots of opportunities for creative teaching – the children are always keen to get involved with our school garden, and to study the natural world and the island’s culture, with music, knitting and crofting important parts of this.

“For the right person, Fair Isle is a great place to live and provides the opportunity to build relationships with the children and a supportive local community.”

Shetland Islands Council’s quality improvement manager Robin Calder said it was a “tremendous opportunity” to join the community.

“With a permanent population of just 60, it’s a welcoming and close-knit community, and it offers a fantastic opportunity for any educationalist to develop both professionally and personally,” he said.

The post – which has a salary of £56,787 – is permanent and full-time, working 35 hours a week.

A relocation package applies to the post, it attracts a remote school allowance, and interview expenses are paid from within the UK.