Jan in running for top education award

Jan Murdoch, second right, with judges Billy Gibson and Lesley Joyce, extreme right, and the school's principal teacher of English, Marie Glendinning.
Jan Murdoch, second right, with judges Billy Gibson and Lesley Joyce, extreme right, and the school's principal teacher of English, Marie Glendinning.

A SCHOOL librarian in Ellon has been shortlisted for a leading education award.

Jan Murdoch, who works at Ellon Academy, is among three finalists in a category of the Scottish Education Awards 2013.

The network librarian was entered for Education Supporter of the Year and two judges visited the academy last Thursday to assess her nomination.

Billy Gibson, of the National Parent Forum, and Lesley Joyce, from the Scottish Qualifications Authority, spent the day speaking to staff, pupils and Jan.

The award recognises those within the school or pre-school setting who support children, young people, staff and the life of the school and wider community.

HMIe inspectors visited Ellon Academy in 2008, and identified one of the school’s key strengths as the impact of the library on the development of pupils.

The report directly referenced Jan Murdoch’s work to promote reading for lifelong learning and effective research skills.

Jan’s nomination was submitted by the school’s principal teacher of English, Marie Glendinning.

She said: “Jan’s reputation across the school is unparalleled. Every pupil, S1 – S6 and every member of staff teaching and non-teaching has a positive comment to

make on her contribution to the school.”

Lauren, an S5 pupil, said: “She always put pupils first and does her best to give everyone the best experiences.”

Jan told the Times: “I feel very humble to be nominated. I just like to get on with my job

“It’s not just about me, I think it is recognition for the whole school which is a good thing.”

Finalists in all categories will attend a ceremony in Glasgow in June.