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National award for Bracoden Primary School in Gardenstown


By Jonathan Clark

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A GARDENSTOWN school has been presented with an award that recognises schools that lead learning that has a "significant and sustained impact" on teachers and children.

Bracoden Primary School pupils at a coffee morning.
Bracoden Primary School pupils at a coffee morning.

Bracoden Primary School has received the Excellence in Professional Learning Award for Schools and Learning Communities from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland).

The school joins 19 other schools and teacher learning communities from across Scotland that have received the award.

Head teacher Lorraine Butler said: “Bracoden Primary School is a school with aspirational ambitions for everyone.

Bracoden Primary School in Gardenstown.
Bracoden Primary School in Gardenstown.

"Since joining the school in 2017, I have seen improvements made and celebrated year on year.

“A thirst for being the best we can permeates every area of learning. We are driven and precise in what we want to achieve.

"Winning this Excellence Award in Professional Learning is testament to the high standard of the school.

“A big thank you to my team for all their hard work and dedication.”

Pupils at Bracoden Primary School take part in a Rememberance Service.
Pupils at Bracoden Primary School take part in a Rememberance Service.
Pupils planting a tree to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.
Pupils planting a tree to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.

Aberdeenshire Council's head of education Vincent Docherty added: “Our school teams do a fantastic job of supporting each other and making the best of a whole host of professional learning opportunities.

“It is brilliant to see Bracoden’s efforts being recognised nationally and I know their work will be of real benefit to the children of the school.”

Dr Pauline Stephen, chief executive and registrar at GTC Scotland, the teaching profession’s independent registration and regulation body, said: “It is vital teachers are able to learn within a culture of professional trust and positive relationships.

"Our award recognises how teachers’ professional learning is being supported in our schools and learning communities.

"The commitment to learning throughout a teacher’s career helps ensure trust and respect in the teaching profession and positively impacts on the experiences and outcomes for learners.”

A cheque is presented to Poppy Scotland.
A cheque is presented to Poppy Scotland.

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