Becoming the new head teacher of one of Kirkcaldy’s biggest primary schools feels “like coming home” for Ewan Trousdale.
For Kirkcaldy West Primary is where Ewan (38) began his teaching career back in August 1998, and where he spent seven happy years before moving on.
He recalls: “I was interviewed by Bill Page, the headmaster before last, in the office which is now mine, and I am so thrilled to be back here. It really feels like I’ve come home.
“I started here in 1998, just when we had the maggot infestation in the roof, and the school had to be closed while the building was fumigated!”
Not the most auspicious start, but Ewan recalls his times at the West as some of his happiest in teaching so far.
“There were a great bunch of teachers when I started here and they really helped me to settle in and find my feet. There are still around a dozen of them here today, and they are doing the same thing all over again!”
He says his main priority in the coming weeks is to build relationships with the pupils, teachers and parents, and to learn the names of all the pupils! And with 17 classes of 479 pupils, as well as up to 120 in the nursery, that won’t be an easy task.
“The West used to be known as the best in Kirkcaldy, and I want to get it back up there, where it belongs,” he said. “We have a fantastic bunch of children and teachers and we are working together to see what can be done to improve on the great things already under way here.
“We are, and always have been, limited for space with the Victorian design of the building, so that’s something we’re looking at. The Curriculum for Excellence is continually evolving and we are working hard to ensure that we are giving our youngsters the best possible start. We also have plans to invest in our ICT facilities.
“I’m so excited to be back where it all started and every day I look forward to coming in to school and meeting new challenges.”
Ewan has planned a ‘Meet the Heidie’ day in November and takes time every day to visit every classroom – something he says takes him 45 minutes.
A learning experience
Ewan began his teaching career at Kirkcaldy west primary in August 1998.
He worked there for seven years before moving to Donibristle Primary in Dalgety Bay in 2005 as deputy head teacher.
He spent four years there before moving to Rimbleton Primary, Glenrothes as acting head teacher, initially just for six weeks, but extended to almost a year, then made permanent in 2010.