An extension of Aberdeenshire Council’s pioneering PeterDeen project is to be officially launched in Fraserburgh this week, as FraserDeen, with support from NESCol, AFC’s Community Trust and Score Group.
Score Group has doubled its funding for the scholarship programme which aims to transform the lives of young people through an innovative, alternative curriculum, now totalling £4,000.
The young people taking part in FraserDeen will be able to enjoy the benefit of NESCol facilities, the use of the James Ramsay Pavillion in the town, tailored inputs from the Council’s Work With Young People Team, a number of core classes at Fraserburgh Academy and of course the expert coaching and training delivered by AFCCT.
This innovative partnership format was launched last year in Peterhead and has already seen recognition at a national level winning the SPFL (Scottish Professional Football League) Trust’s Community Project of the Year Award.
Attendance rates from participating pupils has gone from below 40% to beyond 90%. The alternative curriculum specially devised for them includes coaching sessions and the opportunity to focus on skills for life as well as continuing to work on core subjects such as English and Maths.
Last year’s PeterDeen scholars are continuing with the programme in S4 and have been joined by new S3 peers. Students are encouraged to celebrate their own achievements and develop as independent, responsible and creative young people with a lifelong interest in learning and self-development.
Councillor Gillian Owen, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee commented: “We hope the scholarship programme in Fraserburgh will be just as successful as it has been in Peterhead. We’re really excited to welcome in our new scholars, and once again recognise the significant value of partnership working. We are very grateful to all of the organisations supporting this programme.”
Conrad Ritchie who is managing director of Score International Limited explained: “We are delighted to continue our support of Peterdeen and welcome the inclusion of Fraserburgh Academy to this award winning programme. It is important that we identify those that require a different approach within mainstream education. Everyone deserves the chance to maximise their potential and Fraserdeen will allow this to happen.”
Steven Sweeney, community operations manager at AFC Community Trust added: “Thank you to Aberdeenshire Council, NESCol and Score Group for their invaluable support of the FraserDeen Scholarship. We are excited to work with our Fraserburgh Academy and CLD colleagues to help the young people further develop their skills for life, learning and work.
“The FraserDeen Scholars will have many achievements to celebrate in the future, and it is up to us to work together as a partnership to keep them on track. AFCCT as AFC’s Partner Charity wish to support the whole of the north-east, so we are really excited to be working in Fraserburgh communities and hope we can play our part in a successful first year and beyond.”
Robin McGregor director of Learning from NESCol commented: “As an institution that is committed to transforming lives and supporting regional development, North-east Scotland College is delighted to be working with our local partners in support of the FraserDeen initiative. With so many young people from the Fraserburgh area already attending the Fraserburgh Campus on a full time or school links course, supporting the FraserDeen initiative is another great way to help support effective transitions from school to further and higher education, and enhance the learner journey.
“We look forward to welcoming the FraserDeen scholars to the College and working with them and the project team throughout the year.”
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