THIS week reporter David Friel talks to Gordon Moulsdale, new head teacher of the soon to be amalgamated Bishopbriggs High and Thomas Muir High schools.

Born and raised in the town, the 43-year-old is a former pupil of Bishopbriggs High and has been teaching for over 20 years.

Did you always want to have a career in teaching?

I did well with my exams at school, but I had never really thought about teaching. In the late 1970s, it wasn't very common for people to apply for university, but I chose to go for it and studied maths at Strathclyde.

At the end of our third year quite a few people from my course were going to Jordanhill to a year-long teacher training course and that's where I ended up as well.

As soon as I started my first teaching placement I realised it was the right career for me and I spent 22 years at Smithycroft Secondary, Govan High and Hillpark Secondary before taking up this post.

Has teaching changed at all over the last twenty years?

I'm not sure the job has changed all that much, although society definitely has changed.

I think relationships between children and adults have become a lot more complex.

But I don't find it any more difficult to establish clearly in the minds of pupils what the parameters are, and what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.

If you are willing to give your total commitment to helping the pupils, it is a very rewarding job.

What's the best aspect of being a head teacher?

From a very early stage in my career, I have been driven by a strong desire to improve the lives of young people through my work – whether that be teaching in the classroom or taking a sports club after school.

I want pupils to improve, not just in an educational sense, but in a social and vocational sense. Despite initial fears, I have found that as a head teacher I can have an even bigger impact on the lives of pupils.

I'm very much a 'hands-on' head teacher and I will always make time to chat to pupils and get to know them.

What impact will the amalgamation of Bishopbriggs High and Thomas Muir have?

There is absolutely no reason why the new school can't become one of the best in the country – the facilities will be top-class.

Coming from Bishopbriggs, I feel privileged to be given this opportunity to lead the pupils into this exciting new chapter in the history of the town.

We have already held some joint events with pupils from both schools and more will follow over the coming months. I am certain that there will be no tension between pupils from the two schools.

In their own right, Bishopbriggs and Thomas Muir are two very good schools. Together, the opportunities are endless for every pupil.

What are your long-term hopes for the school?

I want to see this school compete at the top nationally in every area, but I also want to see pupils progress – academically and as people.

It is my aim that every pupil will leave this school with an abiding memory, regardless of their ability in the classroom.

There are a lot of good staff at both Bishopbriggs and Thomas Muir and the pupils will be in very good hands.

What do you get up to away from school?

I am a member of Cawder Golf Club and play off an eight handicap.

I love football and played with Campsie Black Watch, Drumchapel Amateurs and also the Scotland amateur side for a number of years. I still play sevens regularly with old colleagues.

Aside from that, I enjoy going on holiday and just relaxing. But at the moment I don't have a lot of spare time for that!

Getting to know you:

First record: Roxy Music – 'Virginia Plain'

First car: Ford Sierra

Book currently reading: 'October Men' by Roger Kahn

Favourite holiday destination: New York

Favourite film: 'Cool Hand Luke'

Famous person most like to meet: Bill Clinton