Centre of the Year in the UK and Ireland

Presented by Alasdair MacRae, Head of Business Development & Customer Support, SQA

Richard Maltby, Castle Rushen High School, with award
Castle Rushen High School, Isle of Man

Castle Rushen High School (CRHS) are winners of the Centre of the Year in the wider UK at the SQA Star Awards 2018.

CRHS is the first school on the Isle of Man to become an SQA centre. The school decided that SQA qualifications (Skills for Work: Engineering Skills and National 5 in Practical Cookery) met the needs of pupils intending to leave at age 16. They learned skills that local employers in engineering and in hospitality and catering, were looking for. The courses have proved popular and engagement in lessons has improved.

Other schools on the island are interested in offering the qualifications and CRHS has shared what it has learned. It is also exploring project-based approaches to excite and engage learners.

Martina Höfner, Esteem Limited, with award
Highly Commended, Martina Höfner, Esteem Limited, Glasgow


David Forth, Hull Trinity House Academy, with award
Highly Commended, David Forth (l), Hull Trinity House Academy