A WEE COUNTY school begins a new era by welcoming its next headteacher today.

Steven McGuckin has taken the helm at Alloa Academy, after previous head Mr Colin Bruce was appointed as chief education officer for Clacks.

Originally trained as a PE teacher, Mr McGuckin has joined the academy from Balwearie High School where he spent the last decade as depute head and, latterly, acting headteacher.

Mr McGuckin said: "It is an absolute privilege and I am excited about taking up the role as headteacher of Alloa Academy.

"I am determined to ensure that every young person receives the best and is supported and challenged to achieve their full potential.

"At the heart of my vision is the commitment to high standards, inclusion and improving outcomes for all young people.

"I look forward to working within a strong and innovative local authority in Clackmannanshire as we strive towards the aspiration for equity and excellence."

The incoming head, who took up the role today, Monday, August 29, had previously gained leadership experience at Larbert High as principal teacher and depute headteacher.

He added: "I cannot wait to meet all the young people, parents, carers, staff and local community partners that join together to make Alloa Academy such a caring, successful and forward-looking school.

"I look forward to being able to lead the school into the next phase of its sustained improvement and growth."

The change of leadership comes as Mr Bruce left the post after five years at the academy.

Waving goodbye in his capacity as headteacher, Mr Bruce added: "I have relished being headteacher at Alloa Academy over the past five years and I am very proud of the school and the community.

"It is an exciting time in education across Scotland. In my new role I aim to provide excellent services for children, young people, families and communities.

"I am fully committed to lifelong learning, giving children the best possible start in life as they progress from nursery to school and beyond."