School successes celebrated at Scottish Education Awards

SQA's John McMorris (2nd from left), presenting representatives from Castlebrae Community High School with the Employability and Creativity across Learning Award

The Scottish Education Awards are an annual celebration of excellent work taking place in Scottish classrooms. Across a number of categories, the Awards recognise schools and practitioners who have shown exceptional dedication to the education of our country’s children and young people.

SQA gathered with finalists and school pupils to see the winners announced at the Awards ceremony. SQA attended as sponsors of the Employability and Creativity across Learning category, which showcases inspiring examples of schools using innovative practice to promote the world of work.

Finalists for this award were: Castlebrae Community High School, Edinburgh; Park School, East Ayrshire, and; St Albert’s Primary School, Glasgow.

These schools impressed the judging panel with their efforts to ensure that all their pupils are gaining skills which will develop their creativity and help them access employment opportunities.

At the ceremony, the award was presented to Castlebrae Community High School. The school was commended for their three year partnership with the Edinburgh International Festival. The residency programme gives pupils the opportunity to attend artist-led workshops, as well as dance and theatre productions.

John McMorris, Director of Business Development at SQA, presented the award. He said: “By taking a creative approach, the schools who make up our category finalists have embedded a culture of respect, ambition and achievement. All the pupils in these schools are provided with skills which are opening up new opportunities, and which will benefit them as they join the world of work. It is a privilege for SQA to help celebrate the profound positive impact of schools’ dedication to their learners.”

SQA congratulates all the finalists and winners of the Scottish Education Awards 2018.