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Holybrook Academy welcomes Scotland's First Minister

Earlier this week, Hollybrook Academy in Govanhill, welcomed Scotland’s First Minister, Nicole Sturgeon, and Glasgow City Councillor Liz Cameron, to the launch of its Radio Station. Also in attendance were the school’s business partners KMPG and BBC Scotland and the Radio Station’s mentors, Sunny Govan Radio. The whole school was entertained by live music from local band, Static Union, before pupils interviewed their guests.

The project, led by pupils from all year groups, was made possible by a funding from Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow (DYWG). DYWG are responsible for increasing industry links with education and getting more young people into work. Part of this work includes souring a lead business partner for secondary schools in Glasgow. DYWG forged the relationship between Holbrook and BBC Scotland and they will work together to introduce young people to different employment sectors and help develop the skills that employers are looking for.

Speaking of the radio station and the partnership with Hollybrook, Tommy Weir from BBC Scotland said:

“We are delighted to be partnered with Hollybrook Academy and my colleagues enjoyed working with the young people on their Christmas Pantomime to help them develop their skills and confidence in recording the event. The radio station is a terrific new resource for Hollybrook and we look forward to future projects with the school”

Pupils are hoping to use the Radio Station across all areas of the curriculum in the future to record and deliver online programmes and to encourage even closer links with business and the local community. They have already developed skills that will be easily transferable to the wold of work and life beyond secondary school, such as increased confidence, working in a team and an ability to communicate clearly. Both staff and pupils feel confident that the Radio Station will bring many benefits to the school and to the wider community for years to come.