Jodie is in charge as Musselburgh Grammar School appoints first female head in 400 years

The first female head teacher in 400 years at Musselburgh Grammar School is gearing up for her new role.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 3:34 pm

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Jodie Hannan, currently head teacher at Edinburgh’s Drummond Community High School, has been selected to replace Colin Gerrie, who is leaving at the end of June. Colin is to become Head of Greenfield International School in Dubai, leaving Ms Hannan to make the switch in August.

A spokesperson for East Lothian Council said: “We’re all pleased to confirm this appointment and look forward to welcoming Ms Hannan to East Lothian’s education community. She brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the role and we know she will be well-supported by staff, pupils and families.”

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A first in 400 years: Jodie Hannan

Ms Hannan said: “June 2021 will mark five years of my headship at Drummond. It has been an incredibly rewarding role, and we have all worked very hard, and successfully, to make Drummond the school of choice for our community and ensure that all our young people have the best experience possible in school to prepare them for life after school.

“I’m very proud to be appointed the first female headteacher of Musselburgh Grammar, and also really proud of how Drummond has grown and developed over the past five years. It feels like a good time to take up the headship of Musselburgh Grammar: it’s brilliant new challenge, a big change, and change that is invigorating for everyone.

“This was my first headteacher post and has been quite the journey, particularly leading during lockdown.

"Drummond’s brilliant staff, enthusiastic and supportive parents, and most importantly, wonderful students see us through all the challenges, and there is so much more potential.”

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