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Education / Inspectors say Sandwick school has made good progress

Sandwick Junior High School. Photo: SIC

NO further follow-up visits to Sandwick Junior High will be required by inspectors amid confidence that the school has the capacity to improve.

Meanwhile a new headteacher has been lined up to lead the school after the summer holidays.

Andrew Hunter, an experienced headteacher employed by the City of Edinburgh Council, will take up his post on 14 August.

He is taking over from Shetland Islands Council’s early years manager Samantha Flaws, who has been acting head since June last year.

She came into post following a mixed inspection report in 2019, and a follow-up visit in 2022.

A third visit was then scheduled for early 2023.

The council has confirmed that inspectors from Education Scotland visited the school this week.

Inspectors say the school has made good progress and that no more visits are required. 

A follow-up letter from Education Scotland will be sent to parents and carers in due course.

Sandwick Junior High School is also currently recruiting in a number of areas, including an early learning and childcare manager and an art teacher.

It is understood a new maths specialist is due to join the school in August, while officers are also in the process of shortlisting for a temporary music teacher post.

The school is also in the process of reviewing primary staffing arrangements for 2023/24.

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