Bridget McAleer Achievement Award

Bridget McAleer was the very first Head Teacher of the combined boys and girls St Conval’s Primary School (1878 – 1881): a fitting person to name our special achievement award after!

Learning doesn’t just involve reading, writing and counting but includes the whole range of things children do and encounter not only in the classroom but around the school, at home and in the wider community. The Bridget McAleer Achievement Award helps St Conval’s Primary recognise and celebrate these important life skills and wider achievements.

All St Conval’s pupils are automatically enrolled onto the Bridget McAleer Achievement Award and work with their teachers each Friday to identify targets for the following week. A space is included on each pupil’s personal record card to record their on-going wider achievements such as winning a swimming badge or taking part in a music or dance competition.

The Bridget McAleer Achievement Award is organised under the four Curriculum for Excellence capacities: Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Effective Contributors and Responsible Citizens. Pupils work towards Bronze, Silver and Gold across each of the seven levels:

Entry Level (approximately Primary 1)
Infant Level 1 (approximately Primary 2)
Infant Level 2 (approximately Primary 3)
Junior Level 1 (approximately Primary 4)
Junior Level 2 (approximately Primary 5)
Senior Level 1 (approximately Primary 6)
Senior Level 2 (approximately Primary 7)

Our young learners gain recognition for such things as being able to dress themselves independently, helping out with chores at home, making a difference in the local community, preparing a meal for their family and doing a random act of kindness. Bronze, silver and gold certificates are awarded across all levels and a special gold badge is awarded upon completion of Entry Level, Infant Level 2, Junior Level 2 and Senior Level 2.

If Bridget McAleer was still around today, I know she would be as proud as I am of the incredible achievements of St Conval’s pupils!



Our sincere thanks to St Michael’s Primary School, Dumfries (particularly Ruth Cubbin, Principal Teacher), for their generous support in helping St Conval’s develop the Bridget McAleer Achievement Award.


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