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New Headteacher for Armadale Academy

Graham Paris has been appointed as Headteacher of Armadale Academy.

27 March
Graham Paris

The former Depute and Acting Headteacher of Lasswade High School in Midlothian has taken on the permanent role of leading the school.

Armadale Academy serves the catchment of Armadale, Blackridge and Bathgate, and works closely across its wider cluster of primary schools to deliver a coherent curricular experience from ages 3 to 18.

Mr Paris said: "I am delighted and feel hugely privileged to have been appointed to the role.

"I am looking forward to working with students, staff, parents, partners and the wider community to deliver a shared, ambitious vision for the school moving forward. We have already started the process of shaping the school improvement plan for next session based on building on a number of clear strengths identified in the recent Education Scotland inspection report, as well as addressing our areas for improvement.

"I am committed to ensuring we deliver an excellent experience to our students and their families. My priorities are ensuring that students feel both happy and safe in school, alongside creating a calm and settled climate for learning where they can reach their individual potential.

"Armadale Academy is a school that has great potential. I am determined to build on the existing good practice across the school and ensure that moving forward, we are a school that the wider community can be proud of."

Graham has enjoyed a variety of roles within Secondary Education since graduating from Edinburgh University with a Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Physical Education.  

He first joined Ross High School in Tranent, East Lothian, taking up the post of Physical Education teacher.  Since then he has gained a wealth of leadership experience across Depute Headteacher, Principal Teacher Curriculum, Principal Teacher Student Support and Inclusion roles.  

Graham has furthered his professional knowledge of school leadership through ongoing work-based, academic study at the University of Edinburgh, completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Learning: Into Headship (with distinction) in 2017. 

Executive councillor for education David Dodds added: "We are delighted to welcome Graham Paris to Armadale Academy and West Lothian Council.

"Armadale Academy has made great strides in recent years, and we believe Graham is the best candidate to continue to deliver improvements at the school, ensuring young people are able to achieve their full potential." 

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