Mintlaw Academy is “on the cusp of something really good” according to its new headteacher.
Alan Horberry says he has been made to feel very welcome at the Buchan school and is relishing the challenges ahead.
Having previously worked as a Modern Studies teacher throughout Aberdeenshire for the past 20 years, Alan had more recently served as deputy headteacher at Meldrum Academy for the past seven years.
He told the Buchanie: “I have been struck by the warmth of staff and pupils in their welcome towards me. The youngsters have been very polite and have a great willingness to say hello in the corridors.
“I have found a lot of positives in my first few days here. There is a real friendly atmosphere about the place, a sense of calm and order.”
He continued: “There is potential at Mintlaw which attracted me to the position. It’s on the cusp of something really good and can be a leader in many areas.
“It’s unique in the range of staffing experience. Some staff have been here for over 30 years, some of the staff are brand new out of university so you get a great range of experience.”
He said: “At the moment I’m still looking, learning and listening. I have set time aside to have a chat with every member of staff.
“I have been very impressed so far by them all. It’s been very refreshing to see staff so energetic at this time of the year. I admire that in the teachers here, they are still enthusiastic even at the end of term.”
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s education, learning and leisure committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mr Horberry onboard as head teacher of Mintlaw Academy and wish him all the best in his new role.
“Mintlaw Academy is well supported by dedicated staff who aim to deliver the best education opportunities for pupils and I am sure Mr Horberry will be a great addition to the team, bringing as he does over two decades of teaching experience in Aberdeenshire schools to the role.”