23 June 2021

"I want the absolute best for our children"

Angela Wotherspoon has been confirmed as head teacher of Alford Academy. 

She was depute head teacher at Mearns Academy prior to her new post following her predecessor Moira Milne announcing her retirement.

Speaking about her reaction to finding out she had been chosen as the new head teacher, Ms Wotherspoon said: “I just thought ‘wow’! I was just so pleased. I could have cried because I was so happy. I have wanted to be a head teacher for a while so just getting the call to say I had been successful was just fantastic. I was so delighted it was Alford Academy as well.”

Initially, Ms Wotherspoon started teaching in 1993 at Glenwood High School in Glenrothes, Fife, as an English teacher. In 1996 she became an acting principal teacher of guidance at the same school. A year later she performed the same role at Mearns Academy. In 2006, she was seconded to Cults Academy for 16 months as acting depute head teacher. In September 2007, she became acting depute head teacher at Mearns Academy before her position was made permanent in March 2008. In February 2019, she became an acting quality improvement officer within Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Service. She returned to her post as depute head teacher at Mearns Academy 23 months later.

Ms Wotherspoon was not initially drawn to a career in teaching but standing up in front of a class in the classroom, whilst completing her teacher training qualification at Jordanhill College in Glasgow, made her think ‘this is what I want to do.’ Speaking about what inspired her to become a head teacher, Ms Wotherspoon said: “I have always been quite driven and ambitious. I want the absolute best for our children. I have had a number of different roles and it was the next natural progression for me. I think I can bring the learning and experience I have to the head teacher role. It’s about getting the absolute best for our children and young people.”

Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “Many congratulations to Angela Wotherspoon for being selected to be head teacher at Alford Academy. She brings a breadth of useful experience which will serve her well. She also has plenty of enthusiasm and passion which will inspire and motivate teachers and pupils to continue to perform at high standards.”

Committee vice chair Cllr Rosemary Bruce added: “I too would like to wish Angela Wotherspoon well in her new role. She has earnt the opportunity to lead a school, and I am sure she will provide excellent leadership allowing Alford Academy to go from strength to strength.”