Categories: Community, Education


Published date : 30 Apr 2019

On Friday (26th April) the local MSP for Mid-Fife and Glenrothes, Jenny Gilruth, visited Parkhill Primary School in Leven to meet with various pupil groups to discuss politics, the local Leven community and her role as MSP. The local MSP committed to meet with pupil councils in her constituency last year as part of Year of the Young People.

Parkhill Primary School is an active force in the local community. The school regularly organises food collections for Levenmouth Foodbank, and is classed as both a ‘Health Promoting School’ and an ‘Eco-School’.

Meeting with both the Travel Action Group and the Primary 1 to Primary 7 Pupil Council representatives, the MSP, a former teacher herself, answered questions about her job as the local constituency MSP as well as the work of The Scottish Parliament.

Speaking after the visit, Jenny Gilruth MSP, said:

“I was delighted to visit Parkhill Primary School last week. It was a great opportunity to speak to pupils about what they enjoy about growing up in Levenmouth and about what things they think need to improve. Last year was the Year of Young People and it’s important that elected members listen to the voices of the next generation. I was really impressed by the work of the Travel Action Group and their traffic control campaign. I look forward to returning to Parkhill Primary soon to take part in one of the Travel Action Group’s patrols, and I would like to thank headteacher Susan Harper, and all the pupils I met, for all their hard work in our local community”.

Susan Harper, the Headteacher of Parkhill Primary School, added:

“The Pupil Council members enjoyed hearing about some of the aspects of the job of a MSP –they had been finding out about skills and qualities required for certain jobs as part of their learning of the World of Work. They were able to express their views to Jenny about living in the local Leven area and had some ideas about how to make it even better! Jenny also took time to meet with TAG-the Travel Action Group. She heard about their relentless campaigning to keep cars out of their school street. They were delighted to hear that Jenny will accompany them on one of their patrols at 2.45pm.”

In 2018, the Scottish Government committed to take action to secure more positive experiences for children with additional needs. By working with local governments, the aim is to improve the consistency of support across Scotland through improved guidance, and to build further capacity to deliver effective additional support.

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