when the job of rector of Viewforth High School was advertised Lynn Porter had no hesitation in applying.
And the infectiously bubbly former depute head of Glenrothes High, who just took up her post yesterday (Wednesday), can’t wait to get her teeth into her new job.
“I am really excited about getting started. Yesterday was my official first day in charge, but as it was an in service day, followed by half term, I won’t get to meet the whole school until Monday.”
Lynn (45), who lives in Markinch with her husband and daughter, is taking over the reins of Viewforth for the next 23 months while Adrian Watt is on a secondment project.
And, having taught modern studies and economics at Kirkcaldy High School from 1990 to 1993, she is no stranger to the town.
“I know quite a bit about Viewforth and the reputation of the school for giving added value to its students as well as its whole ethos was what drew me to the post.
“I know that the staff here all go the extra mile for their pupils and provide a first class service to them.
“There is also great support for the school from the local community and that is something I would like to build on, maybe getting more people to be involved in the life of the school through regular community meetings to see what we can do for them and vice versa. Things like taking part in charity work and volunteering can give youngsters extra skills. I would also like to have local businesses coming in to give advice to our students on job interview skills and things like that, so they can get a real taste of what going for an interview whether for a job or for college or university would be like.”
Lynn, who hails from Johnstone on the west coast, plans to start her new job by holding assemblies to introduce herself to the pupils and talk about what she knows about Viewforth and her expectations for the school.
“There are lots of great things already taking place here and I am not going to come in and change those. I want to continue building on pupil attainment because that is the gateway to what happens next for them and it is important to give them the best chances. Our pupils deserve the best deal and that’s what I want to help deliver.”