School on short­list for award

Ed­u­ca­tion gong fi­nal­ists

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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.

I re­ally hope we are lucky enough to win . . .

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