STAFF and students at Largs Academy will this week bid farewell to one of the school's longest serving teachers.
Alan Sturrock is stepping down having been head of PE at the secondary for many years.
Alan was one of the victims of the Largs Academy bus crash tragedy in 2002, suffering ankle injuries.
Despite the injury, he was able to carry on in his role running the physical education department.
Alan says he is looking forward to retirement.
He leaves as the school settles into its new state-of-the-art home and Mr Sturrock says he is highly impressed with the sports facilities at the school.
It boasts one of the biggest gymnasiums in the UK and shared sport facilities with KA Leisure and Inverclyde Sports Centre.
Of many highlights during his career he picked out witnessing the Largs Academy football team winning the Scottish Schoolboy Shield in 2010, which was managed by Lawrie Baker. 
Many of the pupils have gone on to have footballing careers including Iain Fisher and Creag Little who now feature prominently for Largs Thistle, and goalscorer Euan Lindsay, who will be working at the new campus in August. 
Mr Sturrock said: "After the bus crash, I hurt my ankles, and it is now going up to my knees and I can't join in as much activities as I'd like to.
"It is 23 years I have been at the school now, and I figured it was a good time to leave after the big move.
"We have been at Inverclyde Sports Centre and we share their facilities and it is just stunning.
"The view with the hills in the background and the sea is lovely.
"It is great to work with them and there are now so many opportunities for the pupils, and our own games hall is tremendous.
"Largs Academy won the Under 18 Ayrshire football shield last week, and David Ewing got the player of the year award, so it is great to see the school doing so well in its sporting endeavours."
Alan was one of those injured in the bus crash in Dijon which tragically claimed the life of teenage pupil Katherine Fish. 
Other teachers were also injured including former Largs Academy English teacher David McCluskey, 34, who lost an arm in the accident. 
Jeanette Gray, 50, a history teacher, suffered multiple arm fractures and a number of pupils also suffered serious injuries in the crash.