Scottish schools shine on awards shortlist
This is the first year Scottish schools have been eligible for what is now a UK-wide competition, and out of the hundreds of schools that entered, seven from Scotland have reached the final round.
St Ninian's High in Kirkintilloch has been successful in two categories: Secondary School of the Year and Outstanding Sporting Initiative. The school has previously won Scottish Headteacher of the Year, Guardian Teacher of the Year and is currently shortlisted for Most Enterprising Secondary School in the Scottish Education Awards.
Two other secondaries have made it through: Shawlands Academy in Glasgow, for Outstanding Sustainable School of the Year, and Northfield Academy in Aberdeen, for Outstanding Staff TrainingDevelopment Initiative.
The Aberdeen school did not receive a training budget from the local authority in 2008-09 because of pound;24 million savings having to be identified, it writes in its submission. So it developed "creative and sustainable approaches to overcoming this to provide a comprehensive CPD programme, using other budgets".
Primaries have done well too, with St Mirin's in Glasgow being shortlisted for Outstanding Primary School of the Year, and a joint project by St Michael's and Glenmanor in North Lanarkshire in line for the Outstanding Community Involvement Award.
Finally, two special schools in Renfrewshire have been shortlisted: Kersland for Special Needs School of the Year, and Corseford for Outstanding ICT Learning Initiative of the Year.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel, London, on June 17.