Five schools win sporting accolades
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MORE than half of the Moray schools recognised as top of the league for their commitment to sport are from the Forres Associated Schools Group.
The sportscotland School Sport Awards recognise schools which place young people at the forefront of decision-making and planning of sport and PE while boosting opportunities to participate.
A record number of awards were handed out this year.
Alves Primary School has earned gold status, joining Forres Academy.
Anderson's Primary, Dallas Primary, Logie Primary, Mortlach Primary in Dufftown, and Elgin's Seafield Primary, St Sylvester's Primary and West End Primary all achieved silver status.
Scotland's Education Secretary John Swinney said: "The record number of gold ratings is testament to the hard work of teachers and staff across the country in putting sport at the heart of the curriculum."
Chief executive of sportscotland Stewart Harris added: "There is an undoubted value in sport being at the heart of school life."
Moray Council's educational resources manager, Kim Paterson, said: "Congratulations to Alves Primary, who this year were awarded gold status and join the eight other schools in Moray to be recognised with gold and silver awards by sportscotland.
"Knowing the amount of work that goes into offering a comprehensive sports programme within our schools and local communities, I'm thrilled that independent experts rated Alves Primary's programme so highly."
Funded by the National Lottery, the School Sport Award is designed to encourage schools to continuously improve extra-curricular sport.
To achieve bronze or silver, schools self-assess, however, for gold an extensive external assessment is also carried out by an independent panel of experts.
The award is supported by the Active Schools Network through all 32 local authorities.