Tuesday, 21 May 2024

‘Self-isolating’ headteacher who was spotted at airport leaves £90k job

A headteacher in Scotland has lost her £90,000-a-year job after she was allegedly spotted jetting away on holiday, while claiming to be in Covid self-isolation.

Alicia Reid, 54, head of Stranraer Academy in Wigtownshire, was videoed by a pupil at Glasgow Airport on October 7, 2021, as she waited in the queue for a flight to Turkey, with the student then sharing the footage on Snapchat.

The caption on the social media site read: “Miss Reid is that you? It looks so much like her.”

She was duly suspended on full pay for 18 months and Dumfries and Galloway Council have now confirmed that she has left her position at the school, although it is unclear whether she has been sacked or left with a pay-off.

The letter to parents read: “For your information, Ms Alicia Reid has left employment. We thank Alicia for her contributions and wish her the best in her future endeavours.”

Earlier in the day on October 7, Reid allegedly told colleagues she needed to go home after being “pinged” as a close contact of someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

The father of the pupil who shot the video told the Scottish Mail on Sunday at the time: “My daughter was really shocked to see her headteacher there.

“I heard her say, ‘It’s Miss Reid! What is she doing here?’.

“She started filming and posted the images to let her friends see.

“We had no idea of the effect it would have because we didn’t know the teacher was supposed to be off self-isolating.”

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The airport sighting came after parents were repeatedly encouraged not to take their children out of school during term time.

One frustrated parent at the time said: “It seems it’s one rule for some and one for others.

“We get warned not to book holidays during school time, but apparently the headteacher seems to think those warnings don’t apply to her.”

Reid’s position in the school was taken over by acting head Jamie Farquhar, who is still in the role.

The Daily Mail reports that the council spokesman said: “The acting headteacher continues to provide leadership and management to the school with a focus on the needs of learners.

“Officers will be in contact with the chair of the parent council, with a view to recruiting and appointing to the post of headteacher at Stranraer Academy in due course.”

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