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Graduating as a Biology teacher in 1995 and having spent the last 14 years as Headteacher at Larbert High, Jon Reid was appointed to the role of Director of Education at the end of March 2024.

Jon has spent the majority of the last 29 years working  in various roles in Falkirk secondary schools. Within four years of graduating he took up the position of Principal Teacher of Biology and Assistant Head Teacher at Graeme High between 1999-2003 before moving to Larbert High as Depute Headteacher In 2004.

Moving on to Drummond High in 2007 as Headteacher, he returned three years later to head up Larbert High where he oversaw a significant period of growth and expansion at the  largest non-denominational school in Scotland.

Under Jon’s leadership, Larbert High secured the best inspection report in Scotland in 2017, under a new inspection framework, where the school received an ‘excellent’ (the first in Scotland) for Leadership of Change and ‘very good’ for all other evaluations, including attainment and learning and teaching: significant impact in terms of overall attainment levels and positive destinations.

Now with a wealth of experience, local knowledge and drive to improve positive destinations for all pupils, Jon will navigate the Council’s Education Service through a period of transformative change.

Jon Reid said: “I have worked in Falkirk schools for the majority of my professional career, alongside thousands of young people, their families and outstanding professionals across the Council. 

“It is the greatest privilege to have been appointed to the role of Director of Education in Falkirk, and I will lead the service through the transformational changes required in order to further improve outcomes for our young people. 

“I want to ensure that every young person in Falkirk has the best possible start to their education and has the ability to move on to a high quality destination when they are ready to leave school. 

“I look forward to working with everyone in the Council, our partners and families in order to ensure that  we will achieve this together.”

Jon is no stranger to working at a corporate level with two part time secondments under his belt at the Council. The first in 2017 as the Senior Phase Opportunities for All Coordinator focussing on developing the strategic relationship with Forth Valley College and the school leaver destinations (SLDR). Two years later he was part of a team  looking at transformational projects within education which led to the realisation of the Connected Falkirk programme which has provided all pupils (P6-S6) with their own 1:1 device.

Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council added: "Jon Reid's appointment as Director of Education marks a pivotal moment for Falkirk's educational landscape.

“With a distinguished career spanning nearly three decades within our schools, Jon brings not only a profound understanding of our community but also a steadfast commitment to excellence.

“His leadership at Larbert High, exemplified by outstanding inspection reports and tangible educational achievements, underscores his capability to drive positive change. I have every confidence that Jon's vision, experience, and dedication will propel our Education Service to new heights, ensuring that every young person in Falkirk receives the exceptional education they deserve."