The High School of Glasgow is the first recipient of the Western Front Association’s (WFA) newly introduced Quality Mark which the School has achieved under the leadership of Mr Chris Mackay, Principal Teacher of History.
The Western Front Association is a charity whose objective is to educate the public in the history of the Great War (1914-1918) and schools are important partners in achieving this objective. The Quality Mark has been introduced to recognise excellence in teaching and learning about the First World War. To be awarded the Quality Mark, schools undergo a rigorous audit of their curriculum, teaching and learning in history and across the curriculum and extracurricular activities such as battlefields trips.
Eve Wilson, WFA Education Trustee, said:
The High School of Glasgow should be very proud of this achievement under the leadership of Chris Mackay. The assessor was particularly impressed by the prominent part the First World War plays in the curriculum, the uptake of history as an option and the excellent results attained. She also commented on the commitment demonstrated by the opportunities for students to go on battlefield tours and to participate in Western Front competitions.”
Chris Mackay, Principal Teacher of History, said:
I'm very happy that the work carried out by the School has been recognised by the WFA. The High School has a great heritage and it is important that we continue to share it with the younger generations, both in the classroom and on the Battlefields trip."
Accreditation lasts for three years and brings with it a number of benefits:
A certificate and plaque
The opportunity to use a special logo on stationery and publications
An invitation to attend the WFA Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph once during the three years of accreditation
Last session, The High School of Glasgow was awarded the Western Front Association’s Malcolm Doolin Memorial Award for research into the Great War by schools and it was named as a runner up in this year’s competition.
With the School set to celebrate its 900th anniversary since its commonly accepted foundation date of 1124 next year, history and heritage runs like a golden thread throughout this modern place of learning.