School gains top marks for pupils’ project performance

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NEWBATTLE Community High has won a prestigious local government excellence award.

The Midlothian school was named as the winner in the Solace Best Team category of this year’s Cosla Excellence Awards for its Peak Performance Academies project.

The school also won a silver award for the project in the Achieving Better Outcomes category.

The Cosla Excellence Awards are held annually and aim to showcase “the very best of Scottish local government”.

Councillor Peter Boyes, cabinet member for education, said: “I am absolutely delighted to hear that Newbattle High School won the prestigious Solace Best Team category at the Cosla Excellence Awards.

“This award is a tribute to the hard work, skill and dedication of the pupils, teachers and parents at Newbattle. I want to congratulate the whole school community at Newbattle on their remarkable success.”

As the Academies project developed, S3 and S4 pupils were able to select up to two subjects in which they could specialise by attending extra lessons.