Ben Wyvis Primary starts programme that is fit for a Prince

Issued by SkillForce

Pupils at a Highland primary school in Ross-shire are the first in the region to take part in a programme that has been given the Royal seal of approval.

In August, pupils in P5 at Ben Wyvis Primary School serving Conon Bridge and Maryburgh will start The Prince William Award. The innovative new programme, backed by the Duke of Cambridge, helps children and young people develop self-confidence, resilience and good character.

Tania Mackie, Headteacher at the school, is delighted to be able to offer this new programme at Ben Wyvis Primary, she said: “One of the school’s aims is to enable our young people to develop skills to support life-long learning.

“Our school motto is ‘be the best you can be’ and we see the Prince William Award as a fantastic opportunity for pupils involved, to achieve their full potential both within and outwith the classroom.”

The Awards were launched earlier this year by the Duke of Cambridge.

Chairman of The Highland Council’s People Committee, Cllr Alasdair Christie said: “We are very pleased that Ben Wyvis Primary is the first school in Highland to offer their pupils the chance to work towards The Prince William Award.

“Instructors, who are predominantly ex-Service personnel, visit the school on a weekly basis to deliver workshops and lessons that encourage pupils to consider and develop import character traits such as resilience and confidence.  The Prince William Award’s ethos of working with ex-Service personnel complements the Council and Partners Armed Forces Community Covenant and we warmly welcome this.”

Ben Slade, Chief Executive of SkillForce, the charity behind the Prince William Awards, said:

“The programme was launched last year, and the results have been fantastic.

“The Award was established to support the great work that is happening at schools like Ben Wyvis Primary School. That is why we are so delighted that the pupils at the school will be the very first in Highlands to benefit from this.”

30 Jun 2017