PUPILS at Dunbar Grammar School will have a new headteacher after the summer break.

John Johnstone was confirmed as the “preferred candidate” to succeed Claire Slowther at the secondary school in April.

Yesterday (Tuesday), members of East Lothian Council’s education and children’s services committee rubberstamped the appointment.

Mr Johnstone spent six years at the secondary school as a pupil and also enjoyed a short placement when he was starting his teaching career.

Now, he will move from Edinburgh’s Castlebrae High School, where he is depute headteacher, to take on the role of headteacher at the East Lothian school from August 12.

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When the news was announced earlier this year, Mr Johnstone, who was also a goalkeeper for Dunbar United, told the Courier he was “thrilled and honoured” to be selected.

He said: “I am confident that my experience in education, leadership, and my passion for fostering a positive learning environment align well with the values and goals of Dunbar Grammar School.

"I am committed to promoting excellence, nurturing the personal growth of students, and fostering a culture of inclusivity and diversity within the school.

"I am excited about the opportunity to work in my local community with the dedicated staff, students, and parents at Dunbar Grammar School.

"Together we will continue to collaborate with all stakeholders to create a supportive and enriching educational experience for all students.

“Thank you once again for this incredible opportunity.

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"I am thoroughly looking forward to coming home and beginning this new chapter in my career as the headteacher at Dunbar Grammar School."

Mrs Slowther confirmed last year that she was stepping down to take on the role of head of the secondary school at the British Vietnamese International School (BVIS) in Hanoi.

Meanwhile, a familiar face will also greet pupils at Pencaitland Primary School.

Debby Crossan has been acting headteacher at the school and will officially become headteacher later this month.