Leadership Team

Tom Black

Headteacher

I started my teaching career in Glasgow as a teacher of Physical Education in Hillpark Secondary School. Within the same school I was promoted to the post of Assistant Principal Teacher of Pupil Support, before moving to Stirling High School to take up the role of Faculty Head - Physical Education. I then began my career in Senior Leadership in Airdrie Academy as Depute Headteacher, moving onto Bannockburn High School as Headteacher. In 2014 I was appointed to the role of Headteacher here in Lornshill Academy. I am thoroughly enjoying my time as Headteacher of Lornshill Academy and I am fully committed to ensuring our school is inclusive, high achieving and at the heart of our wider community.

Hayley McMaihin

DHT (Personal Support) - S1 Year Head

I started my career at Dunfermline High School, teaching Modern Studies. I then had the opportunity to join Lornshill Academy and was promoted to PT Pupil Support. This was a role I thoroughly enjoyed, working closely with young people and their families. In 2015 I was promoted to the Senior Leadership Team where I am currently responsible for the strategic overview of Personal Support. I am committed to ensuring Lornshill Academy continues to be a fully inclusive school where all young people and families feel valued.

Chris Somerville

Pathways Co-ordinator - S2 Year Head

I began my teaching career as a teacher of English at Larbert High School in Falkirk. After a very rewarding six years there, I left to take up the role of Principal Teacher of English at Craigroyston Community High School in Edinburgh. In 2012, I was delighted to be appointed to the role of Faculty Head of Languages & Literacy here at Lornshill Academy. I have thoroughly enjoyed growing the Languages Faculty into a high achieving, forward thinking and inclusive team. I am currently enjoying my new role as Pathways Co-ordinator where I am supporting the leadership team in moving forward our curriculum structures and pathways to better meet the needs of our pupils.

Ewan Murray

DHT (Curriculum) - S3 Year Head

I started my teaching career in Dumfries High School where I was promoted to Acting PT of Science before moving on to a PT Pupil Support role where I was responsible for creating an alternative to exclusion provision. I moved into an acting DHT role within the school before moving into my current role as DHT at Lornshill Academy in 2005. I have held many roles in this time and currently I am looking to design a curriculum that will do justice to the young people of our local community.

Gerry Clancy

DHT (Performance) - S4 Year Head

I started my teaching career as a Probationer Teacher in St Luke's High School in Barrhead before moving to Woodfarm High School for four years. I moved to Lornshill Academy in 2008 as Faculty Head of Mathematics & Numeracy. This was a rewarding role working closely with pupils to improve their mathematics and numeracy skills. In 2014 I was promoted to Depute Headteacher. I have a strategic responsibility for School Performance, where I am committed to ensuring that our young people achieve their full potential.

Phil Arnold

DHT (Improvement) - S5/6 Year Head

I started my teaching career as a teacher of PE in Glenwood High School in Glenrothes before moving to a permanent post at Stirling High School in 2005. I took up a post as PT Pupil Support at Buckhaven High School then moved to be Faculty Head of PE at Inverkeithing High School. I moved in to Senior Leadership as DHT at Bannockburn High in 2012 before moving to Lornshill Academy in 2014. I really enjoy working as part of the Lornshill community and leading our school improvement journey and staff development to provide the best experience possible for our young people.

Heather McMahon

Faculty Head - Languages and Literacy [Humanities] - (Acting)

I started my career at Lornshill Academy in 2006 when I arrived as a newly qualified teacher. Since this period I've worked as a Teacher of English within the Languages Faculty, taking on specific responsibility for Literacy Across the Curriculum and the BGE pupil experience. In 2018 I was appointed to the role of Curricular Leader of Languages (Acting) and I am enjoying the challenge and scope of leading this vibrant and committed team. I am passionate about the importance of Literacy skills, both in school and beyond, and love working positively with pupils and staff to ensure that young people achieve the best possible outcomes.

Richard Burrell

Faculty Head - Social Subjects [Humanities]

I started my teaching career as a Modern Studies probationer in Whitburn Academy in 2009 before moving to a permanent post at Earlston High School. I spent three years as a Modern Studies teacher before being promoted to a Principal Teacher of Social Subjects & RMPS post at Jedburgh Grammar School. I moved back to Earlston High School as Principal Teacher of Social Subjects & RMPS in 2015 before taking up the same role in Lornshill Academy in August 2017. I am passionate about learning and teaching, building strong relationships and self-improvement. Being part of the Lornshill Academy community is a genuine privilege and I am proud to be part of a school community that is so forward-thinking, welcoming and keen to drive forward. It is a pleasure to work with our fabulous staff and young people every day!

Sara MacAulay

Faculty Head - Mathematics and Numeracy [STEM]

Sara MacAulay taught Mathematics in the Falkirk area for a number of years before joining the staff of Lornshill Academy as Faculty Head of Mathematics and Numeracy in 2016.

Mairi Buchan

Faculty Head - Enterprise [STEM]

Having taught Business Education in schools in the Falkirk District and East Dunbartonshire, I joined Lornshill Academy in the year 2000. I was delighted to be appointed to Acting Principal Teacher of Business Education and Computing a few years later, then as Faculty Head of Enterprise in 2009. I have responsibility for Business Education, Computing Science and Home Economics. I am in a very privileged position, each day witnessing our young people develop and grow as they pursue their individual goals and being part of their journey.

Stuart Steel

Faculty Head - Design & Technology [STEM]

Coming from a prior professional career in Design and Development Engineering, I started my teaching career as a teacher of Design & Technology in Stirling High School in 2006 with a passion for technical education. I studied a Postgraduate in Educational Leadership in 2010, and briefly secured a sideways teaching role at Bannockburn High Shool in 2012. I then moved into my current role of Principal Teacher of Design & Technology in 2013. Within this role I really enjoy working with the community of Lornshill, being part of a highly professional team leading, developing and improving our approaches towards the best STEM experience for the young people we serve.

Ruth Douglas

Faculty Head - Science [STEM]

Iaian Kirkpatrick

Faculty Head - Creative Arts [Creative & Health]

I began my teaching career as an NQT in Wallace High in Stirling and within the same school I secured my first permanent post as a Teacher of Music. After 7 rewarding years I moved on as I was appointed to Faculty Head of Creative Arts at Lornshill Academy in December 2014. During my time here I have enjoyed growing the faculty into a vibrant hub, within the centre of the school, where the young people can further develop their skills through the Arts.

Bruce Taylor

Faculty Head - Physical Education and Health & Wellbeing [Creative & Health]

I began my teaching career at Grangemouth High School where I secured a full time permanent position at the end of my probationer year. I enjoyed ten excellent years working as part of a dynamic and driven Physical Education team. I was fortunate to work collaboratively with many staff across the school in a broad range of initiatives and found my role leading our Probationer Programme particularly rewarding. In April 2018 I moved to Lornshill Academy to become Curricular Leader of the Faculty of Physical Education. I am fully committed to working closely with all members of our school community to ensure our young people are are given the best opportunity to succeed, both during their school years and beyond.

Ashley Black

Principal Teacher - Learning Centre [Personal Support]

I started my teaching career in 2006 at Brannock High school as a probationer teacher of Physical Education. I then moved to Airdrie Academy where I undertook various roles from Pupil Support to Support for Learning. During my time at Airdrie Academy I took up a seconded role within North Lanarkshire Authority as a teacher of Looked After Children. I was delighted to join the extended leadership team at Lornshill Academy in 2017 . Currently I am enjoying my role as Principal Teacher of the Learning Centre and in particular developing the nurturing, caring and inclusive environment within the Faculty.

Kirsty MacKay

Principal Teacher - Pupil Support [Personal Support]

I started my teaching career in the PE Department of Thomas Muir High School, Bishopbriggs in 2002. On completing my probation year, I spent a year teaching PE and being Active School Co-coordinator in two West Dunbartonshire schools. I took up the post of PE teacher and Active School coordinator here at Lornshill in 2004. In 2008 I was promoted to Principal Teacher (Pupil Support) in Devon House, a job which I very much enjoy. As Principal Teacher of Pupil Support my job is very wide and varied and I try to keep the Devon pupils at the heart of everything I do.

Laurie Dodds

Principal Teacher - Pupil Support [Personal Support]

I started my teaching career as a Biology Teacher at Boness Academy then worked at Wallace High in Stirling before joining the staff at Lornshill Academy. It was here that I became a Principal Teacher of Pupil Support and can honestly say that I have loved every minute in this role and feel very much part of the wider Lornshill community.

Steven Rennie

Principal Teacher - Pupil Support [Personal Support]

I started my teaching career as a probationer teacher of Physical Education at Bannockburn High School. I spent 6 years at Bannockburn High School and during this time I was Acting Faculty Head of Health and Wellbeing for 2 years. I felt I needed a change and I wanted to challenge myself so I moved to Lornshill Academy in the summer of 2017 to secure a post as Principal Teacher of Pupil Support. I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Lornshill Academy and I am keen to do continue to provide the best experience for our young people and our local community.

Lesley Dixon

Principal Teacher - Pupil Support [Personal Support]

Lesley Dixon worked as a teacher of Chemistry in Stirling High School before joining the staff of Lornshill Academy as Principal Teacher of Pupil Support in 2013.

Dave Sharp

Principal Teacher - Pupil Support [Personal Support] (0.6FTE)

I came into teaching having previously worked as an Electronic Engineer at Ferranti in Edinburgh following my apprenticeship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I left this role and returned to full time education to undertake a BED Honours Degree in Technology at Moray House. I have spent the majority of my teaching career since at Lornshill in the role of a Teacher of Technical Subjects and PT Pupil Support starting in 1994. I have also taught at Mclaren High in Callander and St Modans in Stirling as well as spending time as a teaching fellow at Dundee University developing resources for undergraduate and post graduate courses in Pupil Support.

Tracey McEwan

Principal Teacher - Pupil Support [Personal Support]

I started my teaching career as a teacher of English in Dunoon Grammar School in 2012. Having completed a student placement in Lornshill Academy in 2011, I was delighted to return in 2016. At the start of this school year I was promoted to an acting position of Principal Teacher of Pupil Support. I am currently responsible for working with pupils in the Senior Phase and this role has been a great opportunity and something I'm passionate about. I have really enjoyed working with pupils and their families and am invested in providing support and guidance to ensure the wellbeing of our young people.

Foster Douglas

Acting Principal Teacher - Attainment & Achievement

I began my teaching career as a Design and Technology teacher at Inverclyde Academy in Greenock. After only a few months, I secured a permanent post at Buckhaven High School in Leven. In 2012, I was eager to move back home to Glasgow and was delighted to have the opportunity to join Lornshill Academy. In 2018, I was promoted to the Leadership Team in the post of Acting Principal Teacher of Attainment and Achievement. I am committed to raising attainment and celebrating achievement, with a passion for preparing and supporting our amazing young people in Lornshill for the challenges ahead and in realising their full potential.

Darren Leslie

Acting Principal Teacher - Learning & Teaching

I started my career at Eyemouth High School as a Probation Teacher where I was fortunate to be mentored by an inspirational PT. My first full time post was at Ross High School where I spent 3 great years as part of an energetic, dynamic PE department. I then moved to Kinross High School until i moved to Lornshill Academy in 2018. I am now Acting Principal Teacher of Learning & Teaching where I will be focusing my efforts on creating a culture of continual improvement so that we can provide the best possible learning experiences for the young people and community which we serve.