As Head of Education in West Lothian, a significant strategic responsibility of the role includes the development and improvement of the Council’s learning estate. As a council, we are committed to a learning estate that is among the best in Scotland and we have an established track record of leading with innovative practice. The council strives to be amongst the best in the country with a dedicated, committed team who want each child and young person to reach their highest potential by targeting their individual needs in school buildings and learning environments conducive for teaching in the 21st century.
I am steeped in early years and primary education, having graduated in 1999, and have had the privilege of being head teacher in a number of early years and primary schools. Now in my role as Head of Education, I provide a clear statement of the council’s continued aspirations, vision and objectives to ensure education buildings support the provision of the best possible learning spaces for the pupils, staff and wider communities to benefit from. I have had the opportunity to be involved in the final stages of the delivery of additions to the West Lothian schools estate, namely Calderwood PS and the Winchburgh Campus, leading to the Senior Responsible Officer role for the delivery of a number of current projects, including Beatlie School and East Calder Primary School.