Forfar Academy scoops top award

Mr Bob Baldie, Sophie Fitzpatrick, Caitlin Adam and head teacher Melvyn Lynch at the awards ceremony.
Mr Bob Baldie, Sophie Fitzpatrick, Caitlin Adam and head teacher Melvyn Lynch at the awards ceremony.

Forfar Academy scooped the Learning and Technologies Award at the prestigious Scottish Education Awards, held in Glasgow last Tuesday.

The school won the accolade thanks to its proactive and innovative Design Technology department, which offers five new national courses which feed directly into engineering and construction, inspiring students to consider a career in the industry.

In recent years the school has also successfully raised enough money to install several pieces of technological equipment which enhance pupils’ learning significantly.

The school received a trophy, a certificate and a £500 cheque.

Forfar Academy’s achievements are testimony to its commitment to developing a culture and ethos that promotes ambition among its students.

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.

Forfar Academy was announced as one of the finalists, along with Middleton Park School, Aberdeen City and Brydekirk Primary School, Dumfries and Galloway

The school was visited by a team of judges who spent over two hours meeting with staff in the design technology department, led by principal teacher Bob Baldie, viewing a number of successful projects carried out by pupils at the school, and speaking to parent representatives to gauge the role the department plays in the local community and its cluster schools.

Commenting on this latest award Mr Melvyn Lynch, head teacher at Forfar Academy said: “I was absolutely delighted to be in the audience recently at the finals of the Education Scotland Awards 2014 in Glasgow, when the judges voted Forfar Academy first place in the ‘Learning and Technologies’ category.

“This is an outstanding achievement in a prestigious competition and fully recognises the excellence of the pioneering work available to pupils through the Angus Young Engineers Club at the Academy.

“Congratulations to Mr Baldie, staff and pupils for this outstanding achievement and a richly deserved award against very strong competition.”

Mr Baldie and Mr Lynch attended the awards ceremony with senior pupils Caitlin Adam, recipient of the Don & Low bursary, and Sophie Fitzpatrick, winner of the Forfar Rotary Prize for Technology.