Judgement day for Forfar Academy after nomination

The technical department at Forfar Academy was the centre of attention last Tuesday when a panel of judges visited the school.

The school has been short-listed for a Scottish Education Award joining Middleton Park School, Aberdeen City and Brydekirk School, Dumfries and Galloway for the Learning and Technologies Award.

Staff, pupils and some of the visitors at Forfar Academy on Tuesday as part of the judging process for the Scottish Education Awards.

Staff, pupils and some of the visitors at Forfar Academy on Tuesday as part of the judging process for the Scottish Education Awards.

During an open afternoon at the school the panel of judges, which included Alison Drever, senior education officer with Education Scotland; Tony Rafferty, NHS 24 programme manager and Martyn Cosh, Head of Education MPS Training, were given an insight into the variety of projects being undertaken at the school.

Representatives from local businesses, parents and Angus Councillor Lynne Devine also attended the open session during which they met with staff and were treated to demonstrations by pupils of their work.

The judges were impressed with what they saw and the winner will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony in the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow on June 10.

Forfar Academy was shortlisted for the Learning and Technologies Award thanks to its forward-thinking approach to teaching Design Technology-related subjects.

It runs five new national courses which feed directly into engineering and construction career pathways, such as Engineering Science and Graphic Communication.

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

People in Angus are being thanked for nominating their local schools, nurseries or individuals for the Scottish Education Awards 2014 so that their exceptional achievements can be recognised.

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.

The Scottish Education Awards were first launched in November 2001 by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Daily Record, with the specific aims of celebrating the successes and recognising the achievements taking place within Scottish education.

There is a wide variety of categories to enter which are linked to the Curriculum for Excellence Programme and that also recognise the dedication and commitment of teaching staff and education.

Further information about the awards is available online at www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk