Barra finalists at SQA awards

Castlebay Community School on Barra has been shortlisted for a host of categories at this year’s SQA Star Awards.

The school has been shortlisted for no less than three awards including Lifelong Learning Centre of the Year, Partnership of the Year and Sustainable Development Educator of the Decade.

Former sixth year pupil Grace MacArthur has also been nominated as in the Lifelong Learning Candidate of the Year category.

The Star Awards recognise the individuals who work towards and organisations that deliver SQA qualifications that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to learning.

Representatives from the school have been invited to join other finalists at a glittering ceremony at Glasgow Clyde College’s Anniesland Campus on Friday, November 7th for a night of celebration.

They will be joined by students, teachers, schools, colleges, employers and training providers from across the country who will be recognised and rewarded for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the success stories that have taken place within Scottish education over the past 12 months.

This year SQA will also present a special prize to the ‘Sustainable Development Educator of the Decade’. Marking ten years of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, this unique award will recognise the achievements of an individual, school or college that has contributed to the aims set out by the UN, to fostering the values, attitudes, knowledge, skills and confidence in young people who need to engage with the environmental challenges our society faces.

In all, fifteen awards will be presented on the night for categories including School and College Candidates of the Year, the Academic Excellence award, Appointee of the Year and SQA Champion.

Of the category winners, two will be chosen to collect SQA’s distinguished “Pride o’ Worth” awards; so named after the SQA motto and taken from Robert Burns’ poem, “A Man’s a Man for A’ That”.

SQA will also offer its highest accolade, the SQA Fellowship, to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to education and training in Scotland.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: “The SQA Star Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise learners for their achievements but also acknowledge the outstanding work of our centres – the schools, colleges, training providers and employers who deliver our qualifications. The ceremony gives us a chance to thank the people who give our learners the guidance and encouragement they need to realise their potential. I congratulate all the finalists on making it this far in the competition and wish them the very best of luck on the night!”

The SQA Star Awards will be hosted by TV and radio presenter Kaye Adams and is supported by a number of sponsors, including Education Scotland, the SCQF Partnership and Skills Development Scotland.