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New head teacher takes up the role at Auchterless

By David Porter

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Caroline Roche has been appointed as the new head teacher at Auchterless
Caroline Roche has been appointed as the new head teacher at Auchterless

Caroline Roche has been confirmed as the new head teacher of Auchterless Primary School.

She was principal teacher at Fraserburgh North Primary School prior to taking up her new post.

Speaking about her reaction to finding out she had been selected as the new head teacher, Mrs Roche said: “I am delighted. I am so excited about the road ahead for Auchterless.

"I already feel really at home here.

"It’s like a big family and a lovely place to be.

"I went through to tell the children I had got the job and we did a conga around the school because they were all really excited too.

“The children have taken to me so well. I really feel like part of the gang already and they are so enthusiastic and cheery.

"Even on the days when I don’t have a class they come to the office and chat.

"They are really open and lovely kids.”

Making sure everyone is happy, settled, and progressing well and building relationships are Mrs Roche’s immediate priorities.

Longer-term she would like to optimise the use of the community and to put Auchterless on the map, use the school’s outdoor space, make Auchterless a relevant part of the school’s curriculum and continue the ethos of the school.

Mrs Roche’s undergraduate degree was in Traditional Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland which she describes as a passion project. From those studies she decided to pursue a career in primary school teaching because it offered a more holistic career.

Her probationary year was at Dales Park School in Peterhead.

She then taught at Arnage School.

After that Mrs Roche worked in the nursery for a year at New Pitsligo and St John’s School.

She then worked in a post providing social, emotional and behavioural support for children in the whole Mintlaw cluster before becoming principal teacher at Fraserburgh North School.

Mrs Roche has the following guidance for any teacher considering becoming a head teacher.

“Take the opportunities when they come."

"Even if you are class committed the whole time, there’s always opportunities to push something through, so find something that you are passionate about and be the specialist on that.

Councillor Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “Many congratulations to Caroline Roche.

" I am sure her enthusiasm and passion for teaching will rub off on the pupils inspiring them to learn and reach new heights.

"Pupils, parents and carers will find her approachable, warm and supportive. I am looking forward to seeing the progress Auchterless School will make under Caroline Roche’s capable leadership.”

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