The standard of Gaelic teaching at a Lochaber school has been recognised with a top education award.
Ardnamurchan High received the Gaelic Education Award – Duais Foghlam Gàidhlig – at the prestigious annual Scottish Education Awards which celebrate the hard work and successes in schools throughout the country.
Gaelic Medium pupils at the school Kate Bradley, S5, and Rachel Ford, S1, were accompanied to the ceremony in Glasgow by head teacher Christopher Millar-Craig, Gaelic teacher, John MacInnes and Rachel’s mother, Margaret Ford, who is the principal teacher at Acharacle primary school,
Mr Millar-Craig said: “We are immensely proud of our Gaelic department at Ardnamurchan High – they thoroughly deserve this award. The department strives to create an inclusive ethos where the focus is on innovation and positivity.
“Staff ensure that learning is engaging and they provide the opportunity and context for Gaelic to be used outside the classroom in partnership with the wider community.
“At Ardnamurchan High we believe that languages are central to developing the key skills necessary to conquer the attainment gap and ensuring positive destinations for all. Our Gaelic ethos exemplifies our inclusive success in supporting young people to this end.”
Councillor Alasdair Christie, chair of Highland council’s people committee, congratulated the school on winning the Gaelic Education Award.
He said: “Well done to Mr Millar-Craig, the pupils and Gaelic department at Ardnamurchan High. Not only is this a great achievement for the school and the Lochaber area, it is an honour for this area to have such talent and dedication among its teaching staff and pupils.”