With extensive experience, the new headteacher at Burnbrae Primary is aiming to make improvements over a three year period.
Since 1999 Debbie Beveridge (54) has previously worked as a headteacher at Temple, Langlaw, Wallyford and Campie primaries.
Having started at Bonnyrigg’s Burnbrae Primary on May 5, she said afterwards: “I am really excited to be at such a young school. I’ve been given a chance to grow with it in terms of my leadship, which is great.
“I have been made very welcome. It’s a busy time of year and has been very ‘full on’ but the school is running smoothly. I feel very much supported by my staff.
“It’s a nervous time for some children with nursery pupils coming into transition and older ones having a change of class teacher, and so I’ve been making myself highly visible in the playground and dining hall, just getting to know the children and let them know that I am approachable.
“The school is also growing, with an additional class and an increase in nursery children.”
Currently staying in Bonnyrigg, Debbie was born and raised in Edinburgh. She is married with an 18-year-old son.
A great believer in social justice and inclusion, she is looking to build an improvement plan over the next three years. This will include the four capacities of the Curriculum for Excellence which are: to be confident, creative, successful and effective contributors.
She added: “I want every individual to reach his or her potential by being creative, proactive and breaking down barriers.
“I think everyone should see themselves as a learner whether they are three, 30 or 54.
“I also want to see my pupils learning outdoors and in any situation - not just within the school environment.
“If we believe in ourselves and work together we will achive that.”
Her message to the school community is: “Grow confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined.”