MP pays tribute to "inspirational" head teacher
THE head teacher at Calaiswood School in Dunfermline, Maureen Lorimer, has retired and has been saying her farewells to colleagues, pupils and parents.
She had been head at Robert Henryson School since 1996 and continued in that role when the additional needs support school moved into its new Calaiswood base in 2007.
Previously, Mrs Lorimer had worked at Lochgelly North School since 1984 originally as a teacher and later head teacher.
MP Thomas Docherty paid tribute to the contribution made by Mrs Lorimer over her career. He said, "She has been inspirational. The work she's done has been absolutely phenomenal."
Mrs Lorimer and colleagues were consulted closely over the design of the new school and the new facilities included features such as dark rooms and a hydro pool.
Mrs Lorimer said that even more important than the facilities was the high calibre of staff she has worked beside.
Calaiswood has around 50 pupils aged from three up to 18-years-old. With the retiral of Mrs Lorimer, the new head of the adjacent Duloch Primary, Deborah Davidson, will also become head of Calaiswood.
Mrs Lorimer said, "I'm sad to be leaving and it's been emotional but I'm also looking forward to being retired. I've been overwhelmed by things that have been said and given in the past days."
Mrs Lorimer will continue to do some part-time work in additional support needs in other areas but is looking forward to having more time to herself. "No more alarms," she laughed.