Bake-off success for Blairhall Primary School in Dunfermline
Pupils from Blairhill Primary School have shown their enterprising skills and won a prestigious Social Enterprise in Education Award that recognises excellence, innovation and success.
The pupils are one of only 65 Scottish schools to receive this award, which recognises the tremendous strengths, skills and confidence that pupils have brought to starting, growing and managing their innovative school based social enterprise, Blairhall Bakes.
The Social Enterprise in Education Programme was created as a partnership between the Social Enterprise Academy and the Scottish Government. Working with Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise initiative, the programme supports young people across Fife to develop their enterprise, employability and entrepreneurial skills, and to promote awareness of social enterprise as a way of doing business better in Scotland.
Blairhall Bakes is a hugely successful café run by pupils and its social aim is ‘to bring the small community of Blairhall in Fife together’. The pupils run the café and also bake products such as traditional Scottish shortbread and carrot cake.
They also share their art, poems, song and other work with their customers, and their long term aim is to make Blairhall Bakes a central part of their community.
Presented by Yvonne Strachan, Head of Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector for the Scottish Government at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, the event celebrated the fantastic achievements of schools from across Scotland who have set up inspiring social enterprises.
Cllr Altany Craik, Convener of Fife Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “The pupils involved have shown outstanding enterprise skills. They have succeeded in understanding their market and created a sustainable project that supports the Curriculum for Excellence and Developing the Young Workforce, Scotland’s youth employment strategy. Through their hard work they have been able to positively impact on their community and developed a keen social awareness.
“Supporting all our young people into positive destinations and getting more Fifers into rewarding work remains a top priority for Fife Council. In Fife, we recognise the crucial role that schools play in preparing pupils for employment. Over the last few years we’ve introduced a range of work-related and entrepreneurship programmes into our schools to create wider opportunities, develop a vibrant enterprise culture, produce motivated, work-ready pupils and promote social mobility.”
Elspeth Gow, Head Teacher at Blairhall Primary School, said: “We are incredibly proud of all the pupils who have wholeheartedly got involved in Blairhall Bakes. With the dedication of their teachers they have established a café that is a true asset to the Blairhall community, and is helping to bring the community together. All this while learning about the world of work and enjoying the experience.”
Claire Fraser, Education Co-ordinator, Social Enterprise Academy, said: “The pupils and teachers from Blairhall Primary School have shown a tremendous amount of dedication to create Blairhall Bakes. They have created a real asset to their community.”