New head for Scotland's only Jewish school

By Stephanie Brickman, February 25, 2010

Scotland's only Jewish school has appointed a new head. Vanessa Thomson will take charge at Glasgow's Calderwood Lodge Primary in April, replacing Christine Haughney, who is moving to the highly regarded Hutchesons' School as head of primary.

Ms Thomson, 43, is currently acting head at another Glasgow primary. She looked forward to experiencing the school's "unique Jewish ethos" and building on its success "by developing learning and teaching with the needs of each pupil at the heart of all we do".

Calderwood Lodge has 145 pupils and a nursery with 80 places. The school maintains an important role in a dwindling community and over 70 per cent of pupils are Jewish.

Parent council chair Tony Tankel expressed delight that the school had "secured such an excellent new head. Vanessa Thomson has a great vision of how to take the school forward."

Last updated: 4:38pm, February 25 2010