School Inspection Teacher Found Dead

A primary head teacher who disappeared after an inspectors' visit to her school has been found dead.

Irene Hogg, 54, failed to turn up at Glendinning Terrace Primary in Galashiels following the Easter weekend.

The school had been visited by officials from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education - the Scottish equivalent of Ofsted - before the Easter break.

It was feared the "depressed" teacher may have been concerned about the school's performance in the review.

Education officials from Scottish Borders Council attended the school yesterday afternoon to speak to parents about her disappearance.

Initially, Lothian and Borders Police appealed for information after becoming concerned for her welfare.

Later, her car was spotted near Hownam, south of Kelso, and her body was found nearby soon afterwards.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances. A post-mortem examination is to be carried out.

A statement issued by Scottish Borders Council said: "We are all deeply shocked and distressed by this tragic news.

"We will make a more detailed statement in the near future but at the moment our focus is on providing support to Miss Hogg's pupils and colleagues.

"We would like to extend our profound sympathy to her parents and family. This is a dreadful loss."


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