Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar win big at Scottish Education Awards

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Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar won the prestigious Gaelic Award at this year’s Scottish Education Awards.

Sponsored by Education Scotland and The Daily Record, the award was presented to pupils and staff from the Gaelic school at a ceremony in the Hilton Glasgow Central on Wednesday June 5.

The Gaelic Education Award included three finalists – Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar, Sgoil Stafainn and Sgoil Bhaile a’ Mhanaich –  and recognises the development of a progressive culture and continuous innovation in relation to Gaelic medium and Gaelic learner education.

‘We are thrilled and delighted to have won this award,’ said head teacher John Joe MacNeil. ‘Four years ago, we set out a vision to ensure our youngsters were learning at the heart of our language culture and community and I am delighted we are seeing this vision embedded across our school community.

‘Thank you to our dedicated and hardworking staff who give our youngsters such an array of opportunities using their language skills in and out of the classroom.  Thank you to all our families and partners for their continued support. Thank you to our inspirational youngsters who pride themselves in our language and culture every day and are the future of our language.’

Bòrd na Gàidhlig sponsored this category and congratulated Mr MacNeil on the school’s success.

Ingrid Henderson, chairwoman of the Parent Council, added: ‘We are very pleased the school has been recognised at a national level for the outstanding work it does for all our children.’


Pupils and staff from the Gaelic school celebrate receiving the award in Glasgow. NO F25 Gaelic award 01