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Following the official opening of the new Strontian Primary School last month, John Swinney, Deputy First Minister, visited Ardnamurchan High School.
During his tour, he visited two classes in particular – music and Gaelic- where particular strengths relating to the inclusive and innovative curriculum offered in these subjects was showcased.
His engagement visit included discussions with head teacher Christopher Millar-Craig on the challenges of staffing small schools and on promoting the rural educational agenda as well as sharing the excellent record AHS has in supporting young people to positive destinations beyond school.
Mr Swinney also met with all staff to listen to their views on the Curriculum for Excellence and discuss any concerns.
Mr Millar-Craig commented: ‘We are very proud of the positive and inclusive ethos and the excellent academic and vocational record our school has and are particularly pleased that Mr Swinney visited Ardnamurchan High School following the opening of Strontian Primary.
‘He took the time to engage with staff and pupils and listen to their views. This is especially relevant as Mr Swinney will be taking close interest in the forthcoming national conversations on the “refreshed narrative” on Curriculum for Excellence.’