Academy pupils first to achieve gold standard

Councillor Ian McLaren presents the pupils with their Pride in Place certificate.

Councillor Ian McLaren presents the pupils with their Pride in Place certificate.

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Forfar Academy pupils have become the first in Angus to win their school the top award in a council-run citizenship programme.

The school has achieved Gold status in the Pride of Place Recognition Scheme and the youngsters involved in the project were presented with their certificate by Forfar councillor Ian McLaren.

The scheme is aimed at schools, school groups, youth clubs and organisations and acknowledges activities involving young people taking a pride in their local area.

Mr McLaren said: “I’ve been out on litter picks with the school pupils over the last month or so and have seen their hard work at first hand. Not only that, I have also seen the difference that their efforts have made over that time.

“The academy and the town should be very proud of their commitment.”

Each activity earns the youngsters points that go towards a gold, silver or bronze award. Participants are encouraged to submit photos that highlight their work.

Activities cover a range of topics including tackling litter, recycling and waste management, outdoor learning, improving school grounds, contributing to community space, learning about community issues and being involved with community people and business.

Any school, group or organisation interested in joining the scheme and making a difference to their community can contact Angus Council’s Communities team at PiPAWard@angus.gov.uk