The most enjoyable time of my career...

Depute head David Dickson has retired after 39 years. Pic: George McLuskie
Depute head David Dickson has retired after 39 years. Pic: George McLuskie

David Dickson has thoroughly enjoyed his teaching career, particularly working with colleagues and pupils at Viewforth High in Kirkcaldy.

The depute rector retired on Friday and told the Press he had mixed emotions about leaving the school where he has worked for more than 15 years.

David, who was brought up in Edinburgh, has been teaching for 37 years.

After attending university and doing teacher training his first post was at Armadale Academy in West Lothian where he taught geography.

He was there for two years before moving to Harris Academy in Dundee.

Then in 1983 he took up the post of principal teacher in geography at Whitfield High and after eight years he took charge of the TUEI project which involved building up links with local employers, helping young people into work.

The project ended in 1996 and David then became assistant rector at Craigie High School in Dundee.

In 1999 he accepted a promoted post - that of depute rector at Viewforth High.

David said he has seen a lot of changes over the years, particularly the move from Standard Grades to the Curriculum for Excellence, as well as changes in health and safety.

He said: “I remember taking my first geography field trip when the children would be travelling on a minibus with no seat belts which just wouldn’t happen today.”

David is also looking forward to the new school being built: “We are all anticipating the new school and I am looking forward to having a tour of the new Viewforth when it is built. We need to move to a new, modern and up-to-date building which will benefit the children as well as the community.”

But he told The Press he is sad to be retiring: “I have enjoyed every minute of my teaching career and the most enjoyable time has been here at Viewforth - seeing it become a good attaining school and watching it develop in the community.

“I have enjoyed working with my colleagues here - they are a very committed group of people and have been great to work with.”