05 February 2021

Ian Jackson confirmed as Meldrum Academy head teacher

Ian Jackson has been confirmed as Meldrum Academy’s head teacher.

He has been acting head teacher since Andrew Travis was seconded for 23 months to Education Scotland in February 2019 with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership.

Speaking about his confirmation in post, Mr Jackson said: “My main priority is taking school forward. To create a school community where the nurture and the growth of everyone is at the heart of all we do, ensuring everyone is equipped with the knowledge and skills to fulfil their aspirations. There is no better feeling as a headteacher that under your leadership you have enabled young people, families, staff and the community to grow and achieve great success.” 

Mr Jackson’s teaching career began in 1990 at Inverurie Academy where he was a design and technology teacher as a probationer. His first stint at Meldrum Academy was in 2002, when the school opened, as the Principal Teacher for Design and Technology. He then spent six years as Depute Head Teacher of Dyce Academy before returning to Meldrum Academy performing the same role.

Mr Jackson’s long and fond association with Meldrum Academy can be dated back to when he worked at Inverurie Academy as he was among those involved in the design of the Formartine school.

“I have been involved in the school throughout its history. From the design of the school to the current day. It gives me a great sense of pride as I steer the school to the next stage of its life,” he said.

Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “Many congratulations Ian! It is very pleasing indeed that someone with such fondness and passion for Meldrum Academy is now leading the school. I am sure pupils, teachers, parents and staff will see his infectious enthusiasm as they work collectively on building on the school’s achievements.”

Committee vice chair Cllr Rosemary Bruce added: “Strong and confident leadership is so important in the running of schools. I am certain that Ian will demonstrate this in abundance in his new role. I would like to wish him all the best in his new post and I look forward to seeing Meldrum Academy go from strength to strength under Ian’s tenure.”