Dalry Primary School takes home top education award

The Edinburgh school won the Creative Learning Award at the prestigious Scottish Education 2015 Awards on Wednesday (10 June).

The school was awarded the top prize as a result of their unique and creative approach to teaching and developing pupils’ skills both in and outside of the classroom.

Head Teacher Grant Gillies said: "We are absolutely to receive the Creative Learning Award. Dalry is a rich and unique school with a hugely diverse community. This award celebrates the hard work all of our pupils, staff, parents and stakeholder partners who combine to make it the most magical school.

"Creativity is at the core of our approach and we believe that skills must be transferred into real contexts. Our publishing work is great example where children lead the project and produced a high quality book that is sold in all good bookstores!”

Councillor Paul Godzik, Education Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "I'm delighted that Dalry Primary School has been successful in the Creative Learning category. Their win just shows the wealth of talented education staff we have working in our great schools. This year we had a record number of finalists so well done to all our nominees which reflects so well on all the hard work and dedication of all our staff.”

Other City of Edinburgh Council shortlisted finalists incldued Stenhouse Primary School for the Gaelic Education Award. The school offers a broad range of Gaelic projects and activities in addition to language learning in the classroom, allowing pupils to integrate Gaelic into the wider curriculum. The school has also established links with schools in Lewis and Harris, offering pupils the opportunity of exchange visits, giving them the experience of a Gaelic speaking rural community.

Michele Price, an Outreach Worker who supports the needs of service children and their families, was shortlisted for the Educational Supporter of the Year Award. Michele has been recognised for her efforts in supporting families during times of deployment and transition, as well as helping with their emotional wellbeing.

Drummond Community School was also nominated for the Creative Learning Award, and Gracemount High School was shortlisted for the Learning Through Technology Award.

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 www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk

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