Congratulations to Alexandra Parade Primary School on becoming finalists in the Scottish Education Awards 2011 in recognition of the school’s vision, values and aims in the following categories:
- The Aiming High Award, which recognises schools who are providing opportunities for all children to have full and vibrant access to education, removing barriers where they exist.
- The Health and Wellbeing Award, which recognises schools developing the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing of children and young people.
- In addition to being shortlisted in those categories, Linsey Hay is in the running for the coveted accolade of Headteacher of the Year. The award recognises headteachers who provide inspirational leadership, who motivate and involve staff, children and young people across the school, bringing learning to life, and inspiring all to fulfil their potential.
The award judges have acknowledged Linsey’s “dedication and commitment to teaching”.
Glasgow City Council attributes the success “to the hard work of staff and pupils”, and to the headteacher, whose “inspirational style” is “much admired” as “a progressive leader” who “includes staff and parents at every level of decision making to ensure the school is part of the wider community.”
The Council explains further:
At Alexandra Parade there is an exceptional ethos of inclusiveness which is often praised by volunteers, students and visitors. There are a variety of committees in the school to ensure a strong student voice in key matters. The school has an active Pupil Council to organise charity ventures and make changes to the school’s Promoting Positive Behaviour scheme. The Bounceback Committee evaluate the new resilience lessons used in classes to tackle bullying while the Eco Committee have just applied for their first green flag.
The school also has a nurture class which provides high quality support for the most vulnerable young people and supports children with social and emotional difficulties.
[Lindsay] has created a highly successful Roll of Honour to encourage pupils to take pride in each other. A Hit Squad, comprising a group of senior pupils, has also been trained to help combat bullying in the playground. For staff, extra training is always encouraged and supported by Lindsay. The school has also developed a Parents in Partnership programme with social work services and outside agencies to promote a positive relationship between child and parent.
Winners in each category will be announced at the award ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow on Tuesday 14th June 2011.