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Flagship Schools Award

Ulster-Scots Flagship Award presented to Longstone Primary School


Eighteen months of hard work by pupils and teachers at Longstone Primary School, Ahoghill was rewarded on 5th December 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 Longstone Primary School has worked very hard to learn more about their Ulster-Scots identity of their area and we are delighted that they have achieved Ulster-Scots Flagship status”.

School Principal Lemund Moody expressed her delight at receiving the award as recognition of all the hard work that underpinned teaching and learning about Ulster-Scots within her school. “I would like to thank the Ulster-Scots Agency for providing the range of activities that we would not have been able to access otherwise, for adding value to the curriculum and for inspiring our pupils to learn more about their Ulster-Scots heritage. Our pupils have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the scheme. They have been able to experience all aspects of the Ulster-Scots culture including music, dance, language, history and art and have benefitted from many learning experiences from playing traditional instruments, learning about their ancestry and trying on period costumes and also singing Christmas songs in Ulster-Scots (including ‘Jengle Bells’).  They also got to participate in the ‘Our Artists’ project and were involved in researching the local artist John Luke and got to star in the film made for the online resource. All these experiences would not have been possible if not for the Ulster Scots Agency and this wonderful programme.”

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