Education / Council names new Fair Isle head teacher

Fair Isle.

SHETLAND Islands Council has confirmed that Gillian Maxwell has been appointed the new head teacher of Fair Isle Primary School, and will start working on the small island in February.

The new teacher, who will be moving to Fair Isle from the central belt with her husband and two young children, is replacing Ruth Stout as she retires after almost 30 years in the position.


The recruitment process for the job on one of Scotland’s remotest island communities attracted worldwide interest with many applications from outwith the UK. It draws a salary of almost £57,000 for a 35-hour week.

The primary school currently has a roll of three bairns but that will now increase to five.

A spokesperson for Shetland Islands Council said: “We can confirm that Mrs Gillian Maxwell will be starting in post as head teacher of Fair Isle Primary School in February 2022.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming her and her family to Shetland and working with her in Fair Isle.”