Boarding School, Scotland - Lathallan School

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Head of Science


Ian Smith, Head of Science

My interest in science and especially chemistry started at a very young age when I asked for a chemistry set for my 8th birthday.  I remember having my own little lab in the garden shed.  Being taught by an amazing chemistry teacher further developed his interest in chemistry.  I graduated with a BSc (Hons.) in Physical Sciences majoring in Chemistry for Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology.  The Physical Sciences majoring in Chemistry degree consisted of studying mathematics, physics and chemistry for the first two years, then specialising in chemistry for years three and four.

After graduating from R.G.I.T. I followed a one-year PGCE teaching course at the Aberdeen College of Education, qualifying as a teacher of chemistry and physics and then took up an appointment at Inverurie Academy and remained there for 6 years. I then moved to Ellon Academy as Assistant Principal Teacher of Chemistry and held the post for 8 years.  During my time at Ellon Academy I was seconded as a curriculum development officer for the implementation of the new Standard Grade qualifications where I was involved in writing teaching materials and delivering inservice courses for chemistry teachers across Scotland.  I left Ellon Academy to take up the post of Principal Teacher of Chemistry at St. Machar Academy and after 8 years in post, moved to Cults Academy as Principal Teacher.

While teaching at Inverurie Academy I learned to ski and progressed to taking the Ski Leader qualification and taught skiing at weekends for the Grampian Region Outdoor Education Department.  At Inverurie academy and Cults Academy I have accompanied and led ski trips to Austria, France, Switzerland and the USA.  Skiing with pupils provides the opportunity to get to know pupils out with the chemistry class, and improves the working environment in lessons.