Cowie Primary School has been recognised for their efforts in fostering a positive culture of reading for pleasure by being highly commended for a First Minister’s Reading Challenge Award.

This is the latest in a series of accolades which have been given to primary schools across Stirling Council for their commitment to promoting reading among pupils.

In this session, Cowie Primary has been ‘highly commended’ by judges in the School and Community Partnership Award. This follows their success in winning a reading challenge award two years ago.

Head Teacher, Paula Harris said: “This award is in recognition of our school’s ongoing commitment to sustaining our positive reading culture and encouraging all our children to read for pleasure. We have developed successful partnerships within our wider community to support this, including with our families, the local library and other local schools within Stirling.”

Cowie Primary is among eight Stirling Council primary schools who recently received Reading School Gold Accreditation from the Scottish Book Trust. Strathyre Primary School, Gargunnock Primary School, Riverside Primary School, Thornhill Primary School, Callander Primary School, Bridge of Allan Primary and Kincardine-in-Menteith Primary School also received the accolade.

Allan’s Primary School, Braehead Primary School and Newton Primary School received their Silver Accreditation from the Scottish Book Trust and Bannockburn Primary School received their Core Award.

Children and Young People Committee Convenor, Cllr Susan McGill said: “I’m delighted at the recognition that Cowie Primary School has received in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge Award.

“Indeed, all twelve of the Stirling Council primary schools which have been recognised by the Scottish Book Trust are a testament to staff and pupils for developing and sustaining a love of reading and everybody involved should be incredibly proud of themselves.”

Vice Convenor Cllr Christine Simpson said: “Being highly commended in the School and Community Partnership Award is a huge achievement for Cowie Primary and reflects the work that has been done by staff to nurture a positive culture of reading as well as the eagerness of pupils to sustain good reading habits.

“The recognition from the Scottish Book Trust for twelve of Stirling Council’s primary schools points to a nurturing environment which encourages future teaching and learning for our young people.”