The saga surrounding scandal-hit Arbroath High School head teacher Gillian Rew has reached an end with Angus Council.
The Courier can reveal that Mrs Rew has now officially left the authority’s staff after failing in a bid to fight her sacking over allegations of inappropriate drunken behaviour on a senior school trip more than a year ago.
The popular teacher’s spectacular fall from grace resulted from allegations that emerged after a trip to Lockerbie in September 2014 the exact nature of which has never been revealed.
She was suspended from the Arbroath post she took up after moving from the position of depute rector at Morgan Academy in Dundee late in 2013.
Mrs Rew also found herself at the centre of a criminal investigation after a report was submitted to the procurator fiscal in relation to the alleged Lockerbie incident.
However, the Crown Office subsequently took the decision not to prosecute Mrs Rew following “full and careful consideration” of the matter.
Angus Council then sacked her after an internal disciplinary hearing and, although the decision was appealed, it is understood it was recently upheld.
Staff and pupils at the secondary are understood to have been informed of the outcome.
A spokesman for the council said: “We can confirm that a senior member of teaching staff who was previously suspended from their post is no longer employed by Angus Council.”
The top job at the 920-pupil secondary will now be advertised. Bruce Pandrich was appointed acting head at the school in February.
The council spokesman added: “Interim measures remain in place and the vacant post at the school concerned will be advertised in due course.”
Mrs Rew may still face action from the General Teaching Council for Scotland and it is understood the matter has been referred to the body under normal practice in such situations.