Young ambassadors are leading the way

Pupil Young Leaders and Ambassadors, Bo'ness Academy.
Pupil Young Leaders and Ambassadors, Bo'ness Academy.

Bo’ness Academy has initiated a new youth leadership scheme under the guidance of principal teacher of health and well-being Jonathan McWhirter.

Taking sport as their 
template, the nominated 
pupils will be tasked with 
organising events such as the annual school sports day.

They will also be tasked with developing links with the academy’s feeder 
primary schools and developing ‘‘health and well-being’’ across the school.

The group comprises around 30 pupils from S3-S6 who are managed by a team of six ‘‘young ambassadors’’.

To become an ambassador, potential recruits have to go through an interview 
process as there can only be two per year group.

The ambassadors then manage the young leaders through key designated key projects.

This, in turn, develops the pupils’ skills in curriculum areas such as ‘‘Skills for Life, Learning and Work’’.

Jonathan McWhirter said: ‘‘We are delighted to set up this leadership programme for the pupils.

‘‘We hope it will help the pupils develop skills such as organisation, planning and teamwork.

‘‘The pupils will also develop their sports coaching skills and help to improve the primary/secondary transition links with our feeder primary schools.’’