A TEAM effort involving local secondary schools and Inverclyde Council has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.

The Senior Phase Group, a partnership supporting S5 and S6 pupils from Port Glasgow High School, St Stephen’s High School, and Notre Dame High School and the council’s Community Learning and Development team, was highly commended at the SQA Star Awards.

The group developed a learning plan to engage young people in education who were failing to thrive in the traditional school environment. 

Pupils attending the group studied for SQA Personal Development and Volunteering Skills Awards, whilst working on local volunteering projects, including at Belville community garden and Parklea Branching Out charity.

Many of the students continue in school, or move on to further education or employment.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: “I have been overwhelmed by the dedication of our winners and have been privileged to hear moving stories of learning journeys. Our winners are an inspiration to us all.

“The SQA Star Awards shine a light on the incredible support provided to learners by teachers, lecturers, schools, colleges, employers, and training providers, encouraging them to reach their potential, and it is right that we give our exceptional centres the recognition they truly deserve.

“This evening the excellent work of our colleagues in schools, colleges, workplaces, and training centres, and the achievements of young people and adult learners have been recognised, and we are delighted to shine a spotlight on their success.”

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “These awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise the hard work and achievement of people across Scotland, and of our education and training providers.

“It is absolutely right that we should celebrate these achievements which demonstrate the best in Scottish education and training. I would like to congratulate all the winners and wish them every success for the future.”