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St. Aidan's High School Is Nominated


St Aidan's High School in Wishaw has been nominated for Secondary School of the Year at the TES School awards.

The school is one of eight short listed, and the only one from Scotland, for the UK-wide award which recognises dedication in preparing young people for their future.

Tony Rooney, Head Teacher of St Aidan's HS, said: "We're absolutely delighted with this news and this recognition could not have been achieved without a team of staff who are committed to doing 'extraordinary' things for their students.

"Our submission argued that we know our school well and the needs of the students we teach, that we have planned accordingly, and that we have created the right support climate to allow them to thrive.  What we do is geared to meet their needs - that we all believe that our efforts should be to ensure that 'No child is anonymous in St Aidan's HS'."

The submission by the school outlined improvements in academic achievement in spite of a backdrop of deprivation.

North Lanarkshire being one of the most deprived areas in Scotland and research has found that one in three pupils attending St Aidan's come from the bottom two deprivation deciles and 50% of students belong to the bottom 3 deciles.  

Mr Rooney continued, "In spite of these challenging circumstances, we are performing well in academic achievements: we have moved from one in 21 students attaining 5+ Highers in 2006 (4.6%) at the first sitting in S5, to one in 8 (12.6%) in 2014. 

"To do so, students from such deprived areas need to be supported and as staff we have risen to the challenge: through our declared personal support agenda, tutor time and the emphasis on building relationships with students, and of course extensive supported study, where staff give willingly of their time.

"We have opened up horizons for our students through trips and visits, external speakers and plays - the list is endless.

"I think we should all feel proud of our efforts, and the unstinting support that everyone offers to our children, and within the context of what we do, 'our children' is an apt way to describe life in St Aidan's HS  - this nomination reflects so well on all staff."  

The TES Schools Awards are now in their seventh year and recognise outstanding contribution to education made by teams and individuals both inside and outside schools.

Andrew Sutherland, Executive Director of Learning and Leisure Services, said: "Congratulations to everyone at St Aidan's High School on their nomination. This is a highly prestigious award and reflects the commitment of everyone associated with the school to provide pupils with outstanding opportunities through a wide range of learning and extracurricular activities.  I wish them every success in the finals in June."

The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony in London on June 19.