The winner of Scotland's Enterprising School's (SES) inaugural Indigo Award for Scotland's Most Enterprising School 2020 has today been announced as Breadalbane Academy, Perth & Kinross Council.
At SES, we are honoured to work with practitioners and schools across Scotland and are always inspired by the dedication and enterprising spirit on display. The current pandemic has tested the creativity and resilience of all, and as we have come to expect, Scotland's teachers,school staff and pupils have risen to the challenge, and have done so at an admirable pace.
We believe that now, more than ever, our young people face an unpredictable future. They need to have the skills and attitudes to deal with setbacks and disappointments in a positive way and to continue to learn for the rest of their lives. In a rapidly changing world, young people need to be prepared with the skills to not only find and retain employment but to explore the possibility of creating it for themselves and others.
It's heartening to see schools engaging with enterprise education to equip our young people with the skills and attitudes to overcome setbacks in a positive way and to find, retain and even create employment in an increasingly unpredictable future. We are delighted to be able to recognise the commitment of Scotland's teachers, school staff and pupils through the Indigo Award for Scotland's Most Enterprising School 2020.
We previously shared some of the great work being done by Breadalbane Academy with their Birks Bags Company, a project where the young people sold reusable hessian bags; you can read that Interesting Practice here.
The award was open to Primary, Secondary and ASN schools in Scotland, with the winner receiving a personalized SES Award, £500 towards their enterprise education strategy, celebration through our social media channels and nomination for the European Entrepreneurial Schools (TES) Award 2020.
Thank you to Indigo for providing support and especially to Elizabeth Lambley for judging. Thank you also to Roz Thomas of CREATE Highland and Judith Munro of University of the Highlands and Islands who were also on the judging panel.
(The school's) approach has been built entirely around the needs of its local community, looking to solve local issues and support its community to thrive. It has also made 'enterprise' one of its key values and that comes through. They make the most of what they have and do it with an entrepreneurial spirit. This is an entry that has a clear vision and passion for enterprise learning.
Both Currie Community High School, City of Edinburgh Council and Stirling High School, Stirling Council came joint Highly Commended; and St Andrew's & St Bride's High School, South Lanarkshire Council, was commended by our judges.