Former Ullapool and Plockton teacher given council award

Pictured (left to right) are Councillor Jimmy Gray, David Charnley and journalist Ian MacDonald

Pictured (left to right) are Councillor Jimmy Gray, David Charnley and journalist Ian MacDonald

A former teacher in the high schools at Plockton and Ullapool was among those recognised at the recent Highland Council Quality Awards.

Technical Studies teacher David Charnley received a Community Award at the Inverness awards ceremony earlier this month. He was nominated for the award by the Bettyhill, Strathnaver and Altnaharra Community Council for devoting his time, skills and energy to creating a strong technical hub at Farr High School and for inspiring pupils, many of whom have gone on to have considerable successes.

Mr Charnley moved to Plockton High School from Edinburgh in 1971. He became head of the technical department in 1983 and was involved in developing a new curriculum during the 1980s and 90s, including the Higher Still Develop­ment Programme. He was seconded from Plockton to the Education Advisory Service for four years, promoting enterprise and industry links, before serving as depute head teacher at Ullapool High School for seven years prior to his retirement.

His first ‘retirement’ was short-lived, however, as he was asked seven years ago by Farr High School if he could ‘help out’ as they were having recruiting problems. He has decided to call it a day once again, and was presented with retirement gifts at Farr recently.

Mr Charnley said: “It has been a great place to work and very satisfying to get back into a workshop and make things with pupils and adults.”