Senior Leadership Team

Headteacher: Stephen Rafferty

The Head Teacher has overall responsibility for ensuring high standards in all a

reas of school life. At a time of almost continuous change in Education, the Head Teacher ensures coherence and progression through the process of Improvement Planning. The Head Teacher is responsible for ensuring high quality learning, teaching and assessment as well as for leading the development of the school curriculum; pastoral care of pupils; personnel management (including the recruitment and development of staff); and the overall management and allocation of school resources.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Leadership and Management of the school
  • Raising Attainment and Achievement
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Quality Assurance
  • Staff selection and recruitment
  • Improvement Groups co-ordination
  • Reporting on Standards & Quality
  • Improvement Planning
  • Complaint resolution
  • Financial management
  • Health & Safety
  • Advisor to Parent Council
  • Promotion of the school
  • Pupil Voice
  • Staff Induction

Depute Headteachers

Depute Head Teachers are responsible for the implementation of school policies, such as those relating to behaviour management and pastoral care.  Depute Head Teachers also play a crucial role in improving Learning and Teaching, raising attainment and assuring quality within link faculties, and across the school.

Each Depute Head Teacher has overall pastoral responsibility for a caseload of pupils and works closely with a Pupil Support Leader to ensure the welfare of pupils. Together, the Depute Head Teacher and Pupil Support Leader act as ‘key adult’ for pupils and the main point of contact for parents.

Depute Head Teachers take a close interest in the progress of individual students and encourage participation in all aspects of school life.


Karen Scott (Depute Head Teacher)

Specific Responsibilities:

  • 16+ Co-ordinator including SDS
  • Primary/secondary liaison co-ordinator
  • BGE curriculum management
  • S1-3 Tracking & Monitoring
  • Designated officer for JET/XL
  • Junior and senior award ceremony co-ordinator
  • Equality, diversity and anti-bullying
  • Head of House (Telford)
  • Link departments – Social Subjects, Business Education, Pupil Support, Support for Learning
  • Child protection designated officer
  • Positive behaviour/ethos policy
  • Tutor time co-ordinator
  • Manage and co-ordinate BGE (s1-3) admission and placements
  • Line manage, lead and co-ordinate the ASL Team including GIRFEC agenda
  • Link with partner agencies including CLD, education psychologist, CAHMS, WHYA, Counsellors, EWO, etc
  • Pupil Support Group (PSG) Co-ordinator
  • Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator
  • LAC and Young Carer Co-ordinator
  • Attendance Co-ordinator

Martin Ennis (Depute Head Teacher)

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Senior phase curriculum management
  • Senior phase admissions and placements
  • S4-6 Tracking & Monitoring
  • Whole school timetable
  • School website
  • Head of House (Redpath)
  • Probationer Induction Manager
  • Student regent
  • Internal & external examinations
  • School/college liaison
  • Career Ready co-ordinator
  • Business Links including DSYW
  • UCAS co-ordinator
  • 1:1 co-ordinator
  • LEAPS co-ordinator
  • S6 Prefects
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD) co-ordinator
  • Management of FHS collegiate activity time (CATS’s) and in-service programmes
  • Co-ordinate funded activities including School of Football
  • Link departments – Music/Drama, Art, HE/CDT, PE
  • Erasmus link

Neil Hunter – Business Manager

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Finance and Budgetary Monitoring
  • Health and Safety (delegated)
  • SQA Co-ordinator
  • Communications
  • Facilities Management
  • Absence Management
  • Human Resources
  • Continued Professional Development (non-teaching staff)
  • Statistical Returns
  • Parent meetings and reporting

John MacPhie – Senior Development Officer PEF

The PEF Senior Development Officer role was created through the Pupil Equity Funding to bring an additional member to the School Leadership Team with a specific remit for raising attainment for all and closing the poverty-related attainment gap.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for Inclusion/Attainment
  • House responsibility (Burns House)
  • Contribute to Senior Leadership Team
  • Link responsibility for Maths
  • Work closely with primary schools to identify learners’ levels of attainment and track these throughout the Broad General Education (BGE).
  • Profiling and tracking of skills through the BGE
  • Develop and sustain partnerships to support the attainment of vulnerable learners
  • Work with partners to develop and promote Family Learning
  • Build teacher professional practice in relation to:
    • Restorative approaches and culture
    • 1 in 5 Poverty agenda
    • Nurturing approaches

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