Two years is enough for Crail

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A TRIAL joint headship of two East Neuk primary schools has been scrapped after a period of two years.

In a recent ballot, parents in Pittenweem voted to make the trial permanent but Crail overwhelmingly snubbed the scheme.

John McLaughlin, Fife Council’s area education officer, said: “Pittenweem was enthusiatic but Crail wasn’t.

“A joint arrangement can’t continue unless there is agreement among all parents on what is best for their community.

“They made the decision and in cases like this we are happy to run with that.”

As a result, Elaine Paterson will continue as headteacher at Pittenweem Primary and relinquish her responsibilities at Crail.

An acting headteacher will take over the post at Crail until a permanent position is filled, following advertisement of the vacancy in August.

Mr McLaughlin said there were probably various reasons why Crail parents wanted to ditch the joint headship trial, but given it was a simple vote procedure, he wished to desist from speculation.

“Some just wanted their own headteacher in their local area,” he said.