Schools across the Stirling Council area are celebrating after receiving a record number of prestigious national awards from sportscotland.

The awards recognise the innovation and achievement of schools across Scotland in delivering physical education and extra-curricular sport. A total of 19 schools in the Stirling area were awarded gold status by sportscotland for their commitment to engaging all pupils in sporting activity:

  • Aberfoyle Primary School
  • Balfron High School
  • Bannockburn Primary School
  • Buchanan Primary School
  • Buchlyvie Primary School
  • Callander Primary School
  • Drymen Primary School
  • Dunblane Primary School
  • Wallace High School
  • Newton Primary School
  • East Plean Primary School
  • Fintry Primary School
  • Killearn Primary School
  • McLaren High School
  • Our Lady’s RC Primary School
  • Raploch Primary School
  • St Mary’s RC Primary School
  • Strathblane Primary School
  • Kincardine in Menteith Primary School

Around 150 pupils, teachers and teaching staff came together at the Albert Halls in Stirling on Wednesday 6 December to celebrate their amazing achievements.

During the event, each school received a commemorative plaque along with a gold award flag from sportscotland. Pupils and teachers were also able to share their achievements with one another and discuss the award worthy projects they had taken part in.

The schools were joined by Stirling Council’s Education Convenor Susan McGill, “It is amazing to see over 40 of our schools being honoured with sportscotland awards this year, including 19 at gold level. I am so proud of the hard work our schools undertake each and every day to make sure our children and young people have as many opportunities as possible to flourish. It’s been a great day at Albert Halls and I think we’ve all enjoyed learning about the different activities going on in schools across the Stirling area. Our teaching and support staff work hard to deliver varied and motivating sports curriculums and I think today shows that their hard work is paying off. A very well done to all.”

Stirling Council works in partnership with sportscotland as part of the Active Schools Network to ensure local schools provide our children and young people opportunities to engage, participate and reach their potential through sporting activity.

As part of the National Lottery funded programme, the sportscotland School Sport Award is a national initiative that is designed to encourage schools to continuously improve physical education and sport. The Award also encourages sporting links between schools and the communities around them.

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland added, “Congratulations to all the staff and pupils across Stirling who have achieved this award – they should be extremely proud of this fantastic achievement. Not only have they put physical education and sport at the heart of their school and local community, but they have managed to do so in a way that encourages all pupils to engage in physical activity whilst having fun at the same time.

sportscotland is committed to building a world-class sporting system for everyone, and a crucial part of that is putting young people at the heart. Working with our partners in local authorities and governing bodies of sport, we are creating closer links between physical education, school sport and club sport, which benefits young people by providing more and better opportunities to take part in sport.”

An additional 22 other schools in the Stirling Council area achieved silver status awards, with 3 schools being allocated bronze awards.