Saints alive

25th February 2005 at 00:00
Insiders will not be surprised that Tom McDonald was selected last week to be the new heidie of Holyrood - the major Glasgow seat of learning, that is, not the parliamentary version.

McDonald has made a habit of taking the helm at Catholic schools without the giveaway "Saint" to identify them. He came via Lourdes and All Saints to Holyrood, the sort of names that used to confuse potential employers - but just for a minute, as they asked candidates what school they went to.

So we offer our congratulations and trust that McDonald will not need the patience of a saint to lead Holyrood, which has "the largest pupil roll in Europe", according to its website. With more than 2,300 charges, he inherits the results of the work of the late Father Michael Lynch, one-time Catholic Church rep on the former Strathclyde Region's education committee, who thought that size was all.

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