Edinburgh Schools are top of the class as national awards finalists

Four Edinburgh Schools have been recognised in the list of finalists for the Scottish Education Awards 2012

Four schools from Edinburgh have beaten off stiff competition from across Scotland to be selected as finalists at the Scottish Education Awards 2012.

Gracemount High School, Stenhouse Primary School, Woodlands Secondary School and Trinity Academy have all reached the final of the prestigious awards and will attend a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow on Tuesday 12 June 2012 where judges will unveil the winners of each award category.

Ashleigh Kennedy, a history teacher from Gracemount High School, is amongst the finalists from Edinburgh after the judges shortlisted her for the coveted Probationary Teacher of the Year Award.

She is described by colleagues as an exceptional young lady who is an inspiration to staff, pupils and parents. Ashleigh is passionate about her subject and brings learning to life for her pupils through innovative teaching methods.

The judges recognised that Ashleigh has very clear leadership ability and is an asset to Gracemount High School.

Stenhouse Primary School will join Ashleigh as a finalist at this year's award ceremony after reaching the final stages of the Gaelic Language and Culture in Learning Award.The school has been delivering Gaelic language to pupils through a Gaelic Learners in Primary School (GLPS) programme for several years. All pupils from P5 to P7 attend weekly, 45 minute lessons and taster sessions. Gaelic certificates are awarded regularly to pupils for effort and achievement.

Links between the school and Historic Scotland have also been established and the children trained with the Gaelic learning officer for Historic Scotland to become junior tour guides for Edinburgh Castle.

The judges were impressed by Stenhouse Primary School's pro-active encouragement of Gaelic language and culture in the school. Through their creative involvement with other organisations the school has created opportunities for students to view their learning in a way that points to career prospects in the future.

Woodlands Secondary School is also a finalist for the Enterprise and Employability Across Learning Award (Secondary) to recognise and reward the school's innovate approach to helping their students gain transferable skills for future life and work.

They are also joined by Trinity Academy who are in the running for the Global Citizenship Award for their relevant and cohesive programme of events that help students to engage in learning about citizenship and different cultures.

Director of Children and Families at the City of Edinburgh Council, Gillian Tee, said: "I am delighted that such a large number of Edinburgh schools and teaching professionals have been chosen as finalists for this year's Scottish Education Awards. They demonstrate the excellent teaching talent we have in the city and I pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of the staff involved. I would like to congratulate them and wish them the very best of luck."

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 the awards website.

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