Fife pupils learn the importance of further education

Pictured:  All the kids with their awards kids who took part in the competition, with centre Cllr Bryan Poole, MSP Jenny Gilruth and St Andrews University Julie Ramsay
Pictured: All the kids with their awards kids who took part in the competition, with centre Cllr Bryan Poole, MSP Jenny Gilruth and St Andrews University Julie Ramsay

The results of a special initiative to promote the importance of further education to primary school pupils were on show in Glenrothes this week.

A specially selected group of pupils from across the Glenrothes area, including pupils from Thornton Primary School, gathered at Auchmuty High School as part of an awards ceremony recognising the effort they have already made on the First Chances Foundation programme.

The First Chances Foundation programme works with P7 – S2 pupils who take part in a number of activities throughout the year, both at the St Andrews University campus, and in the local community.

At the end of each school year, pupils attend a residential summer school.

Parents also have the opportunity to attend showcase events as well as information sessions designed to promote the benefits of higher education.

Funded by the Robertson Trust in partnership with St Andrews University and Fife Education, the innovative programme aims to raise the aspirations and attainment of selected pupils from P7 throughout their high school journey, with continued support into higher education.

Julie Ramsay, director of admissions at the university was joined by Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth and councillor Brian Poole, Fife Council’s spokesman for education, children, young people and families to praise the work done so far and to award certificates.