West Lothian's tough action represents a significant departure for councils, now under greater public pressure than ever to tackle underperforming schools.
Alastair McTaggart, aged 51, took early retirement without enhancement and has been replaced by a new management team of John Low, head of Linlithgow Academy, and Karen hapman, depute head at St Margaret's Academy, Livingston. A permanent head is expected to take over later this year.
The secondary has performed poorly against national benchmarks and failed to match expectations despite substantial injections of cash through the Scottish Executive's new community schools initiative.
West Lothian said that it had identified a number of areas of concern and had "decided that a new appointment should be made to lead the school forward".