We are pleased to share the news of the appointment of Mrs Clare Smith as the new Head of Senior School from 1st August 2021. Mrs Smith will succeed Mr Mike Elder who is retiring after 27 years at Robert Gordon’s College.

Mrs Smith joins the College from Wellington School in Ayrshire where she is part of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for strategic and operational leadership of Nursery, Junior and Senior School. Clare began her teaching career as a Teacher of History and Modern Studies, spending 14 years at Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow where she was promoted to Head of Department and Head of Year. Clare holds a MA (Joint Honours) Degree in History and Politics from University of Glasgow, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from University of Glasgow and is taking the Masters-level Into Headship qualification with Education Scotland and University of Glasgow.

Clare and her husband Thomas are looking forward to their move to Aberdeen with their two children this summer. On confirmation of her appointment, Clare shared: “I believe passionately in the power and importance of a first-class educational experience for all young people. The need for strategic leadership in education has never been greater as we prepare future generations for an increasingly complex world. My experience of working in schools has confirmed that I am committed to complicated and challenging issues and believe school leaders have an important role to inspire and support teachers and, ultimately, improve outcomes for pupils. I look forward to bringing my family and being fully involved in the Robert Gordon's community.”