More than 20 senior pupils at Pupils at Park Mains High School in Erskine are top of the class after scoring straight As in their exam results.
Seven S5 pupils achieved the top grades in their Highers a further 14 S4 pupils excelled in their National 5 exams with straight As.
Park Mains Headteacher Michael Dewar, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of our pupils for their hard work and achievements, but these two groups in particular on their outstanding achievements last session.
“It is testimony to their hard work and also to the efforts of the entire school community, staff and parents in particular, in supporting their learning.”
Renfrewshire is one of the first three local authorities chosen to take part in the new national Young Scot Attainment Challenge partnership, which will enable young people to take part in activities and opportunities and get the most out of their Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC).
The project by the Scottish Government, Young Scot and partnering local authorities, was launched today in Paisley by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, with some of the young people it will benefit.
Photo: Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney at the Young Scot Attainment Challenge launch
The partnership scheme with Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government Improvement Service, will run over three years and eventually involve six councils, with the first stage also focussing on North Ayrshire and the Highlands.
It follows the success of an earlier initiative by Renfrewshire Council which harnessed the smart chip technology in the Young Scot Card, where bus tickets for local company McGill’s were pre-loaded onto the cards.
The project will help young people to be more mobile and be able to attend groups, clubs, health activities or opportunities which might not have been possible because of distance or cost.
It also offers specific groups of young people Young Scot Card discounts with opportunities focussing on health and well-being.
They are also offered the opportunity to volunteer and take part in skills development during Year of Young People and at the same time collect Young Scot rewards and experiences along the way.
The project aims to support the Raising Attainment Challenge by improving their access to services and experiences that can help make a difference to their lives.
Renfrewshire’s Year of Young People Champion, Cllr Michelle Campbell, said: “We are pleased and proud that the work of the Council’s Youth Services and our partners has inspired the Young Scot Attainment Project.
“We want to ensure that all young people reach their potential no matter what their start in life and this project allows us to make sure all young people across Renfrewshire have access to learning and other opportunities.
“Financial barriers, such as transport and the cost of the school day are reduced, which raises the ambitions of young people and helps their money go further.
“At the heart of the project has always been to offer targeted help without stigma and in the Year of Young People, through this groundbreaking initiative we can continue to tackle inequalities and improve attainment for all our young people.”
Photo: Renfrewshire YoYP Champion Cllr Michelle Campbell & John Swinney
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “We know that educational inequality can have significant repercussions. It is totally unacceptable that some young people have their life chances narrowed by circumstances out of their control.
“That is why I am extremely pleased to launch the Young Scot Attainment Challenge partnership today, an exciting new project which offers a totally different approach to supporting improvement in attainment, challenging rural poverty and tackling inequalities in a non-stigmatising way.
“By using the Young Scot card, young people can access services and products that may otherwise be inaccessible to them – it is such a simple idea but could make the world of difference.
“The Scottish Government is committed to closing the attainment gap in our schools and addressing the root causes of poverty and inequality. This project will help to deliver on that ambition, address inequalities facing young people living in Scotland, close the attainment gap and empower young people to reach their full potential.”
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said: “The Young Scot Attainment Challenge partnership is such an exciting and innovative way to bring some meaningful bespoke entitlements to young people. Through the Young Scot card we can continue to close the attainment gap across Scotland.”
Congratulations to the following Park Mains pupils for sitting and passing the following exams:
Logan Boyd S4 Grade 3 Trombone
Zoe Kerr S4 Grade 3 French Horn
Maria Holton S4 Grade 3 Flute (passed with distinction)
Rachael Hepburn S4 Grade 3 Flute (passed with merit)
Chloe Taylor S3 Grade 3 Flute (passed with merit)
Eilidh Speirs S3 Grade 3 Clarinet
In conjunction with the many other strategies employed by the school to support young people who are applying to university, I would like to offer you the opportunity to visit the school for a S5/6 Parents’ Information evening on Tuesday 28th August, 2018 at 7.00 pm in the school assembly hall.
The evening is aimed at parents of S5/6 pupils who will be applying for university this session, and for parents of S5 pupils who are considering an application next year.
S5/6 pupils applying through UCAS are very well supported by PTs Pastoral Care and are guided step by step through the process. The aim of the evening is to give you further insight into the UCAS process. It is hoped that the presentation will allow you to further support pupils with their application.
The evening will consist of input from myself, Mr Wilson (Acting DHT), Mrs L MacKay (Careers Advisor SDS) and Ms Notman from the University of Glasgow.
Could I also take this opportunity to alert you to the upcoming UCAS exhibition which will take place on Tuesday 18th September, 2018 from 9.30 am until 3 pm. Further information about the event will be provided at the information evening and will be available on the school website.
I look forward to meeting you on the evening.
Colorfoto will be in school on Thursday 30 August 2018 to take the new S1 pupils and the current S4 pupils individual photographs. They will also be in school on Friday 31 August 2018 to take S5 and S6 pupils individual photographs and also as a year group.
Pupils will be allocated a time slot in their registration class to go to the assembly hall where their photograph will be taken. Pupils will be given an information card from Colorfoto with their details on it to allow parents to log on to the Colorfoto website to order their child’s photograph pack. The schedule for the times each class should attend will be in the pupil bulletin next week and also displayed across the Street Area for pupils to check.
Pupil should wear full school uniform.
Forms to request a locker are now available from the office.
- Please note – Payment should NOT be made before this date or to your teacher. Forms and money should both be handed in together at the allocated time.
- Pupils should report at the start of the morning interval only and have exactly £15 or a cheque made out to “Park Mains High School”.
- Please check the Information Screens in school, the Bulletin and the school website for information updates.
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|3rd Year||Wednesday||29 August||Morning Interval||Assembly Hall|
|4th Year||Thursday||30 August||Morning Interval||Library|
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