She also has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Strathclyde and successfully completed the Scottish Qualification for Headship.
The brand new school in Halfway is now well under construction and the progress that is being made can be seen on a daily basis, with the first of the new pupils to start in August having just enrolled, just as they have throughout schools in the area last week.
The state-of-the-art school is set to provide a first-class learning environment for the growing population in and around the area with separate catchment areas for the school and that for Hallside Primary being established.
The building is being constructed by Kier Scotland as part of the primary schools modernisation programme and will provide seven classrooms, gym hall, dining room, stage, staff facilities, library and IT suite, 21-space car park and MUGA pitch.
Councillor Jean McKeown, chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s education resources committee, said: “It is fantastic to see the new school take shape and it is an exciting opportunity for Mrs Speirs to take the new school forward, ready for pupils to start in August.
“This is the first brand new school to be built in the area for decades and it will be an asset to the wider community.
“It is testament indeed of this council’s ongoing commitment to education and giving our young people the very best start possible.”
On taking up the appointment, Mrs Speirs said: “I am delighted to join South Lanarkshire’s education resources as the head teacher of the new school in Halfway.
“I am ambitious for our pupils and believe that they should be given the opportunity to learn and develop new skills and knowledge, supported by dedicated and talented staff members, within a learning environment which is stimulating, attractive and meets the needs of 21st century learners.
“Our new school will be a happy, vibrant and innovative place in which to learn and work.
“I am looking forward to building a successful partnership with the children, families and local community to create a school which we will all be proud of!
“I look forward to working together with the parent council and families as we plan ahead for the opening of our school in August.
“This is a very exciting time for everyone involved.”