ST AIDAN’S High School in Wishaw has landed a top prize in the 2012 Scottish Education Awards.
The school received the accolade at a ceremony in Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel for its work in the area of health and wellbeing.
Assessors from the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland visited the school in May to view the work being done on health promotion and personal support to the pupils.
The assessors were escorted by senior students to see the curriculum inserts to health, sample the activities that students can engage in, meet parents and hear from students how they are helped by personal support strategies.
The school already has the Gold Status as a Health Promoting School and has adopted a motto that ‘No pupil is to be anonymous in St Aidan’s’.
Headteacher Tony Rooney said: “This award endorses the work of staff and students to promote good relationships across the school.
“I am delighted that this is receiving due recognition since we have such a wonderful group of staff and students at St Aidan’s.
“All subject departments contribute to the development of health and wellbeing through courses, conferences and the use of partners.”
Elaine Shuel, principal teacher of biology and health, added: “Our partners enjoy coming to work with the young people in the school and we benefit immensely from their input.”
Assessors highlighted the number of seniors supporting younger students through buddy schemes and said the support network was a key factor in building confidence and self-esteem.