Prizegiving for Waid pupils

Waid Academy Rector Ian Hughes with senior award winners
Waid Academy Rector Ian Hughes with senior award winners

IT was a day of celebration for Waid Academy pupils recently as the annual prizegiving ceremony took place.

Rector Ian Hughes said of the event, which is much looked forward to by pupils and staff each year: “Our award ceremony is more than just the handing out of awards.

Senior award winners at Waid Academy with rector Ian Hughes

Senior award winners at Waid Academy with rector Ian Hughes

“It is a celebration of friendship, of belonging, of community, of development and progression, of good positive relationships in early adult life, of strong learning, of assessments, achievements and tribulations, of knowing that the staff care for learners and their future and of the excellent support given throughout the year.”

Mr Hughes added that at the heart of everything was learning, which helps to produce young adults who will take their rightful place in the society of the future.

He said the academic year had got off to a pleasing start following a number of improved exam results.

“Every learner in S4 last year gained at least five recognised awards at National level giving them a sound basis for their future whether it be training, employment or Further/Higher Education.

“Waid learners achieved, in some cases significantly, higher than the predictions. The improvement last year could be attributed to working together. The hard work of our learners and school staff over the session combined with the tremendous support we have had from parents, carers, families and others who work closely with our youngsters has made a difference.”

As well as detailing a number of developments in the new curriculum, Mr Hughes also referred to Skills Development Scotland figures from last year which showed 97 per cent of Waid pupils had gone on into secure destinations, be it university, college or work.

He spoke of a number of achievements by current pupils, including three who have completed Open University courses, which were introduced in S6 to complement learning. Thirteen pupils have also achieved their bronze Duke of Edinburgh award with six going on to work for their silver. The school has also broken its record of volunteering under the Saltire Awards scheme with 47 pupils completing over 7000 hours of volunteering.

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