Former Vale of Leven Academy head teacher Duncan Penny

Duncan Penny, who was a former head teacher at Vale of Leven Academy, has died at his home in St Andrews. He was 81.

He grew up in Sandyhills, Glasgow, son of William and Catherine Penny, and brother to Sadie and Elspeth.

Obituary Head Teacher Duncan Penny
Duncan Penny

After graduating from Glasgow University, he attended Jordanhill College for teacher training before starting work at Uddingston Grammar in 1958.

He became assistant head teacher at Clydebank High School and then head at Vale of Leven Academy, near Dumbarton, in 1981.

Mr Penny went on to become president of the Association of Head Teachers and Deputes in Scotland in 1993.

Outside work, he was a keen sportsman, holding the positions of captain of Thorn Park Tennis Club in Bearsden and president of the West of Scotland Lawn Tennis Association in 1986.

It was while playing tennis that he met his wife-to-be, Elma Dunbar.

Mr Penny completed four marathons between 1982 and 1985, each time raising money for his school. He also played hockey for Eastbank FPs.

He is survived by Elma and their children and grandchildren.

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