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Flagship Schools Award

Ulster-Scots Flagship Award Presented to Harryville Primary School


The hard work by pupils and teachers at Harryville Primary School was rewarded on the 13th October with a presentation of an Ulster-Scots Flagship School Award from the Ulster-Scots agency.

The award was presented at a special assembly by Ulster-Scots Agency Education Officer Gary Blair, who praised the School for its excellent work and commended the teachers for their work in incorporating the Ulster-Scots, heritage, culture and language within the school.

Following the presentation, Mr Blair said “Everyone at Harryville Primary School has worked very hard to learn more about their Ulster-Scots identity and the Ulster-Scots heritage of their area and we are delighted that they have achieved Ulster-Scots Flagship status. Harryville Primary has been engaged with the Ulster-Scots Agency for many years having completed an After School Club and a series of school workshops. After the Flagship Programme was completed the school chose to focus on three specific themes: Lambeg Drum, Highland Dance and Scottish Country Dance. The school completed thirty weeks of study in these subjects and 19 pupils qualified for OCN Level 1 in Lambeg Theory and Practice earlier this year.”

School Principal Lesley Meikle said “We are absolutely delighted to be receiving the Ulster Scots School Flagship Award. Over the last number of years children and staff have taken part in many of the programmes offered and have had great enjoyment doing this. Two programmes stand out for us the lambeg drumming where children had the opportunity to learn about the history of the drums and then how to play them. We were delighted that the children achieved L3 accreditation and were presented with their awards at Stormont. The other highlight was the Highland Dancing. The children taking part learned new skills and the improvement in overall performance was amazing. We would like to thank Gary Blair and all the Ulster Scots team for providing us with these fantastic opportunities to take part and to learn more about our country.”

Joining the Ulster-Scots Flagship Programme is completely free. By registering to participate schools commit themselves to an eighteen month programme of work which, on completion, will lead to the award of Ulster-Scots Flagship School status. During this process participating schools will be supported by staff from the Ulster-Scots Agency and other specialist tutors.

Schools can express their interest in the Flagship Scheme through the Agency’s website

For further information, contact Gary Blair at the Ulster-Scots Agency on 028 9023 1113 or email


Download the Ulster-Scots Flagship Schools Programme Booklet


Download the Ulster-Scots Flagship Schools Programme Registration of Interest