School on shortlist for award
Education gong finalists
A Cambuslang primary school has been shortlisted for a prestigious education award.
James Aiton Primary has been recognised for its efforts in raising attainment at next month’s Scottish Education Awards.
They will go up against Fallin Primary School in Stirling and Todholm Primary School in Renfrewshire for the raising attainment gong.
If successful, James Aiton, which is one of 12 attainment challenge schools in South Lanarkshire, will win a trophy, certificate and £400. They are already guaranteed £200 even if they finish as runners-up.
The school, who wanted to involve parents, raised attainment with their innovative ‘Come Dine With Me’ programme, in partnership with Home School Partnership and Chefs At School.
Over the past two years, pupils and parents have been involved in cooking classes at the school.
Pupils were then able to write about recipes and discuss their experiences culminating in every pupil writing their own book.
Reading, writing, listening and talking skills have improved across the school since the project started.
Acting head teacher Stephanie Scott has only been at James Aiton since February and she is delighted the staff and pupils are getting the recognition which they deserve.
“I only came in during the middle of this and I can tell it is so well-deserved,” she said.
“I’m the acting head and when I go to another school I would want to do this.
“Not only has it been successful in raising attainment levels, but there is a community aspect to it as well.
“I really hope we are lucky enough to win.”
Sponsored by our sister paper, the Daily Record, the Scottish Education Awards recognise the achievements of people who dedicate their lives to children and young people and showcase the valuable work and innovation in Scottish classrooms.
James Aiton is one of four nominations from South Lanarkshire.
Calderside Academy and Sanderson Primary School are also up for prizes along with Angela Sneddon, head teacher at Carstairs Primary.
All of the finalists will be invited to attend an awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday, June 7.
South Lanarkshire Council executive director of education resources, Tony McDaid, said: “I am delighted that for the first time South Lanarkshire Council has four finalists in the Scottish Education Awards this year.
“It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, pupils and parents that we have been recognised in this way.
“I wish all four of them the very best of luck and regardless of the result, making it this far is a fantastic achievement.
“The awards are a great way of celebrating the positive impact education can have on young people’s lives in this country and a wonderful event to be involved in.”
●Visit the website www. scottisheducationawards. co.uk
I really hope we are lucky enough to win . . .