Edinburgh schools are top of the class in national award finals

Four individuals or schools from Edinburgh have beaten off stiff competition from across Scotland to be selected as finalists at the Scottish Education Awards 2013.

Ellen Muir, Headteacher at Pilrig Park Secondary School has been shortlisted for the Headteacher of the Year Award. Ellen has reached the finals thanks to the positive atmosphere she creates in the school and confidence she builds in her pupils. Ellen believes in the 'pupil voice' and that it is very important to improving children’s learning. She has made Pilrig Park School a reflective school where pupils are truly listened to and their needs met.

Ellen is an outstanding, creative leader and her innovative ideas are a strength that is felt by the whole school community.

Other finalists from Edinburgh are Angela Verity, Kaimes School Teacher of the Year, Woodlands School for the Aiming High Award and Prospect Bank School in the Learning Through Technology Award category.

City of Edinburgh Council Education Convener, Councillor Paul Godzik, said: “In Edinburgh we have a wealth of talented teachers working in great schools and I’m delighted that we have so many finalists in this year’s Scottish Education Awards. It’s also great to see that all four nominations come from our special schools sector. I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of all our staff and wish our finalists the very best of luck.”

The finalists will attend an awards ceremony in Glasgow on Monday 10 June where judges will unveil the winners of each award category.

People in Edinburgh are being thanked for nominating their local schools, nurseries or individuals into the Scottish Education Awards 2013 so that their exceptional achievements can be recognised.

The awards, which celebrate the achievements of schools and teachers across Scotland, are open to all publicly funded schools, including secondary, primary, nursery and special schools. There are also categories to recognise and reward the dedication of teachers, head-teachers and support staff across the country.   

For further information visit http://www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk/

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