02 June 2021

Kellands leadership and continuous improvement praised as school receives digital recognition

Kellands Primary has become a Digital School in Scotland.

The Digital Schools Awards Scotland is a three-step programme to help schools assess progress and recognise excellence in the use of digital technology at nursery, primary, special education, and secondary school levels.

In order to receive the award, Kellands Primary School had to complete a rigorous self-evaluation process which included demonstrating the school has an acceptable usage policy, digital technology plan, a school website and writing a short statement outlining recent achievements and highlighting the use of tools, practices or initiatives.

The school is then assessed by an external validator who meets the head teacher, visits classrooms, and evaluates the self-assessment submission against a variety of criteria.

In her general recommendation, external validator Joanna Maclean, said: “Kellands Primary School recognise they are on a journey; they have come a long way, but they have ambitious plans for continuous improvement. I feel certain they will build on their successes to date, and continue to grow together.” She paid special tribute to the school’s technology team for their enthusiasm, drive and selfless approach to assisting those who need help the most.   

Kellands Primary School Head Teacher Graeme Mollison said: “Receiving this prestigious award is down to the hard work of all the staff at Kellands. I am very proud of what they have done with their hard work, creativity and dedication.”

Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “It is great to see the leadership and continuous professional development shown by Graeme Mollison and the technology team given the recognition it deserves. There have been environmental and monetary benefits to the school’s approach and a desire to equip children with the digital skills they need to succeed.”

Committee vice chair Cllr Rosemary Bruce added: “Many congratulations to Graeme Mollison and his dedicated team. I am delighted to see Kellands School has been chosen as a mentor school as I am sure the learning will be invaluable to other schools in Aberdeenshire.”

For more information about the Digital Schools Award Scotland please visit https://www.digitalschoolsawards.co.uk/