Longhaven pupils do Scotland proud

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Pupils from Longhaven School were honoured by local MP Eilidh Whiteford at the House of Commons this week.

The small Buchan school, which has only 15 pupils, beat off stiff competition to become the Scottish regional champions in this year’s TOTAL Green School Awards.

As Scottish champions, the Longhaven students attended the award ceremony at London Zoo last week to receive their certificate and a £1,000 cheque.

The children were joined by pupils from England and Wales to find out won the title of overall UK champions for 2012, which was awarded to an English school.

Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford invited the school pupils to the House of Commons during their visit to London. The MP has also tabled a Motion in Parliament congratulating the children on their huge achievement.

Commenting, Eilidh Whiteford said: “I’m so thrilled for the children. This is a magnificent achievement, particularly in light of the fact that the 15 pupils at Longhaven School have triumphed in an all-Scotland competition.

“It says much about the quality of education at the school and the commitment of the teaching staff that a small rural school like Longhaven has won this prestigious award.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Westminster and I was pleased to be able to host their visit and celebrate their achievement by tabling a Motion in Parliament.”

Meanwhile, Peterhead South & Cruden councillor Stephen Smith has proposed the school be given a ‘Pride of Buchan’ award for their achievement. The awards, which are made by Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan Area Committee, are to recognise regional or national achievements.

Commenting, Cllr Stephen Smith said: “This is tremendous news for the school. When you consider that Aberdeenshire Council wanted to close the school back in 2005 in the face of massive community opposition, to have come from that position to a point where the school is winning national awards it really tells us something about the standard of teaching which children can receive in our small rural schools.

“The award is well-deserved and I send my congratulations to the pupils and their Headteacher, Mr Loney.”