Highland Schools are top of the class as national awards finalists announced for Scottish Education Awards 2013.

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A top teacher from Sutherland and Sleat Primary School on the Isle of Skye have beaten off stiff competition from across Scotland to be selected as finalists at the Scottish Education Awards 2013.

Jim A Johnston, Headteacher at Farr High School, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim will retire in August and will have worked at the school for forty years, symbolising his service and devotion to Farr High School.

Jim has sustained high levels of enthusiasm and commitment throughout his career and has always shown respect for pupils and staff alike. There is truly an open-door policy with Jim and he has allowed the less confident to flourish and the confident to aim higher.  

Jim’s unique style inspires both pupils and staff and the unique and caring quality the school exudes, which has been nurtured by Jim A Johnston.
Sleat Primary School has been named as a finalist in the Gaelic Language Award category in recognition of the opportunities offered to pupils to further their language skills.

The school successfully fosters confidence and skills in the Gaelic language and seeks active involvement and participation from pupils. The children are given the chance to be creative, successful and confident in Gaelic at all levels of fluency.

Councillor Alasdair Christie, Chair of The Highland Council’s Adult and Children’s Service Committee said: “We are very proud to have two nominations for the Scottish Education Awards 2013 in The Highland Council area. I am particularly pleased that we have an individual nominated, Jim Johnston, Head Teacher of Farr High School and delighted that Sleat Primary is also in the running. I wish them all the best at the awards.”

Jim and Sleat Primary School will join finalists at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Monday 10 June 2013 where judges will unveil the winners of each award category.

People in the Highlands are being thanked for nominating their local schools, nurseries or individuals into the Scottish Education Awards 2013 so that their exceptional achievements can be recognised.

The awards, which celebrate the achievements of schools and teachers across Scotland, are open to all publicly funded schools, including secondary, primary, nursery and special schools. There are also categories to recognise and reward the dedication of teachers, head-teachers and support staff across the country.   

For further information visit www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk

23 May 2013