New head expected next year

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A replacement for the scandal-hit position of headteacher at Arbroath High School is expected to be sought in the new year.

It is understood that the position will be advertised next term as a result of current incumbent, Gillian Rew (47) being the subject of a report submitted to the procurator fiscal following allegations of drunken behaviour on an S6 school trip to Lockerbie in September.

Once the allegations had emerged Mrs Rew, former depute rector of Morgan Academy in Dundee, was suspended by Angus Council’s education department and did not return to her post after the October break.

Director of people at Angus Council Margo Williamson said: “As you are aware, Doreen Redfern, the headteacher of Arbroath Academy has, since October, been acting as interim headteacher at Arbroath High School.

“This is due to the continuing suspension of a senior member of staff at the high school. It is clear the investigation into allegations, leading to the suspension, is taking significantly longer than was anticipated.

“As such, until all matters relating to this can be resolved, I consider it appropriate to move to appoint an acting headteacher to provide a longer-term arrangement for Arbroath High School.

“At the beginning of next term, I intend to invite notes of interest from all Angus Council depute headteachers to be interviewed for the acting position.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland can confirm that a 47-year-old woman has been charged in connection with an incident on September 21 at Lockerbie.”