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James Lyon appointed head at Gaelic school in Inverness

Bun-sgoil GhĂ idhlig Inbhir Nis
Image caption Highland Council has had difficulties filling the head teacher vacancy at the school

A permanent head teacher has been appointed at the Gaelic primary school in Inverness after a four-year search.

James Lyon will be the new head at Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis, having been acting head there for a number of months.

Mr Lyon, who is learning Gaelic, has been appointed following interviews which were held on Friday.

When the school opened in 2007, it was the first purpose-built Gaelic-medium school in Scotland.

However, for the last four years, Highland Council has had difficulties filling the head teacher role.

A teacher from Sweden who was acting head at the school was interviewed for the job in November last year but was not appointed.

At the time a European minority languages organisation raised concerns about making a non Gaelic-speaking appointment.

The European Language Equality Network wrote to Highland Council asking it to consider alternative ways to fill the post with a Gaelic speaker.

Mr Lyon, who was on secondment from Ardersier Primary School, is also a professional football referee and has officiated at Old Firm games as well as a Scottish Cup final.

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