Alan Bruce announced as new Keith Grammar School head teacher
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KEITH Grammar School's new head teacher is "settling in well" to his role after his first week in charge.
Alan Bruce, originally from Buckie, started at the school after the October holidays having been acting head teacher at Nairn Academy for the last 18 months.
Mr Bruce, who also worked with Highland Council and at Glen Urquhart High School, takes over from the retiring Jamus Macpherson.
He said: "I'm settling in well and I'm enjoying meeting the staff and kids.
"It has been hampered a bit by the restrictions we are under but I'm finding creative ways of meeting folk.
"I have had a virtual introduction and dipped into classes. I've been out and about at break and lunch times chatting to the pupils and they have been good and very welcoming.
"Everyone is curious to meet me and know who I am and when you start a new job you want to meet as many people as possible.
"With restrictions it is impossible to manage that. That has been one of the biggest challenges so far."
For Mr Bruce, taking on the role at Keith Grammar is somewhat of a homecoming – having grown up just down the road in Buckie.
He also believes the school has an incredible potential, which he has made it his aim to build on.
"I'm Buckie born and bred so coming back in this direction was a big thing," he said.
"I have been wanting to come back to Moray for a while. I know the area well and Keith Grammar was one of the schools I'd always wanted to work in.
"I think the school has so much potential. I want to acknowledge the hard work staff have done to get to this point.
"It doesn't happen in every school that staff and pupils work so well together with the current restrictions.
"I'm finding that the school is really community-orientated and tight-knit.
"I'm hoping to capitalise on that potential and move the school forward in a new direction."