Preparing to succeed – Scottish Education Awards 2014

Scottish Education Award winners

SQA's Alistair McKay (centre) presents Calderglen pupils, Jordan Adams and Euan Slevin, with their Scottish Education Award 


An ambitious strategy to enhance pupil employability and personal development at Calderglen High School in East Kilbride has won the prestigious Enterprise and Employability Award for secondary schools at the Scottish Education Awards.

The accolade, sponsored by SQA, recognises Calderglen High School’s achievement in embedding skills for learning, life and work across all curricular and extra-curricular areas throughout the school. The school’s focus on developing skills and boosting employability has been central to improving attainment and achievement for all pupils.

Calderglen High has embraced several different practices and activities that contribute to the overall success of their employability and personal development strategy.  In particular, the school has nurtured constructive relationships with businesses, Skills Development Scotland and the local community, amongst others, to bring learning to life by demonstrating its practical application in the workplace. This progressive approach to partnership working not only equips pupils with core skills but prepares them to succeed in their chosen path.

The other finalists in the Employability and Enterprise (Secondary) category were Castlebay School in Barra for creating a culture that encourages pupils to gain the most from their education through qualifications tailored to the individual and St Ninian’s High in Kirkintilloch for developing a curriculum that recognises the achievement of all young people and ensures progression to positive post-school destinations.

Find out more about the Scottish Education Awards.