Published 22 November 2019

Braehead Primary School in Dumbarton is the latest school to be presented with a prestigious Gold Award for its outstanding  programme of sports on offer to pupils.

The sportscotland Gold School Sport Award is a national initiative designed to encourage schools to continuously improve physical education and sport.

Delighted pupils and staff received the award in recognition of their work to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils through increased participation in Physical Education and Sport, both within and outwith the school.

Pupils take part in a range of sports including cross country, athletics, netball, dodgeball, basketball, football, rugby, tennis, judo, dancing, kickboxing, cycling, cricket, gymnastics, golf, swimming and  trampolining. Pupils were introduced to open water swimming and shinty this year.

The school has built up a close partnership with external sporting clubs including the  Loch Lomond Rugby Club; Harp netball Club;; Camanachd Shinty Association; Dumbarton Football Club; Kirktonhill Tennis Club and Dumbarton Golf Club.

Pupils  also attended the Additional Support Needs  sports festival with Kilpatrick School  were the winners of the WDC Rugby Festival this year.

The awards was presented staff and pupils with the award on  Friday, 15 November.

Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said: “It’s testament to the work of a variety of partners, including thousands of pupils, parents, volunteers and teachers, that we can now say this is a record-breaking year for the School Sport Award. Each and everyone involved should be very proud of this fantastic achievement.

“There is an undoubted value in sport being at the heart of school life. With that in mind we are committed to helping build a Scotland where sport is a way of life and young people in schools are central to this.”

To achieve a Bronze or Silver sportscotland School Sport Award, schools self-assess their current practice. However, to gain Gold status an extensive external assessment is also carried out by an independent panel of experts.

Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Educational Services, said: “This is fantastic recognition for the school and everyone involved deserves huge credit. West Dunbartonshire Council are committed to improving the life chances of our young people and having an active healthy life from a young age is key to being healthy as an adult.  I would like to congratulate Braehead on receiving this award and for encouraging their pupils to lead active lifestyles. We are delighted that Braehead Primary joins Edinbarnet Primary, Kilbowie Primary and St Mary’s Primary, Clydebank,  in being awarded gold status this year, taking the number of gold schools in the area to 10, and a further 13 schools achieved silver status.” 

Anne McFarlane, Head Teacher, added: “I would like to thank our dedicated teachers who have worked hard to receive this prestigious award. This award recognises the outstanding work and commitment  by our pupils, staff, parents and our volunteers to ensure all our children have the opportunity to  enjoy a variety  of sports.  Our school community has also formed great relationships with external sporting organisations and I would like to thank them for their time, help and support in introducing new and traditional sports to our pupils. ”