‘I feel privileged to have arrived at Kinlochleven High School having previously been employed at Keswick School, swapping one beautiful setting for another.’ Said Mr Joe Hannaway, the new Depute at Kinlochleven High School. ‘One of the things that drew me to Kinlochleven was the fantastic sense of community at the school when I visited during the months of September and October. Despite being in the early stages of my employment, I have received the warmest of welcomes from everyone I have encountered, for which I am truly grateful.
My career has taken me to some of the most amazing places in the UK, from the stunning scenery of the Lake District to the majestic landscape of Lochaber. I have operated in a variety of roles previously, supporting students through their induction into the school, guiding them through the options process and finally by facilitating their next steps upon leaving the school, whether that be to higher education, training or employment.
I am passionate about supporting our young people in their endeavours, offering them advice, guidance and encouragement on a journey that will hopefully result in success for every student. Furthermore, I am certain that I can make a significant contribution to the wider life of the school, working closely with a fantastic team of staff to ensure that all of our students produce the desirable outcomes that will provide a foundation on which they can build a successful career.
On a personal and professional note, even though I fully recognise that exam results are a vital component for many careers, I firmly believe that it is equally important that students receive a varied education, one where they learn how to be well rounded citizens, contributing positively to society, recognising that success comes in many forms, often resulting from emotional as well as academic intelligence. Indeed, it has been my experience that students positively thrive in an environment where their wellbeing is woven into the very fabric of the community, allowing them to feel safe, secure and supported, while affording them the opportunity to realise their full potential.
Given that I am new to the area, I would actively encourage you to introduce yourself should you see me around school, or anywhere else for that matter!
I look forward to meeting many of you in the weeks and months to come.’