Award winning council

Argyll and Bute boasts people to be proud of!

Every day Argyll and Bute council employees are working hard to deliver services that contribute to all aspects of our communities’ lives.

From our pupils and teachers to our communities and partners, we are working together to award winning standards!

Here is news on just some of our achievements.

2018

Professional Development

Talent Management team picks up S1 jobs award

The council’s HR and OD team won the award for best Apprenticeship/Graduate scheme at S1 Job Awards.

Council’s Community Outreach Worker used as an exemplar across the country

Heather Tierney, Community Outreach Worker in the Telecare team – following an external verification visit from SQA, the assessors said that Heather Tierney’s work was excellent and can be used as an exemplar. Heather’s work will be used as an example of good practice across the country for those studying Telehealth care.

Council’s website achieves top ranking in SOCITM Better Connected survey

The council’s website achieves a four star status in this year’s SOCITM Better Connected survey. The annual survey tests local authority websites for ease of use as well as accessibility for those with disabilities. Only 39 local authorities across the UK achieve a four star status, out of a total of 418 councils.

Council’s Communications Team nominated for In-House Team of the Year

The council’s Communications Team was shortlisted in the PRCA Awards for In-House Team of the Year.

Excellence in Education

Pupils celebrate exam success

School pupils in Argyll and Bute celebrate exam success with 100% of National 3 and 4 students passing and more Higher and Advanced Higher pupils achieving pass marks than last year.

Dunoon Grammar School scoops Top Prize

Dunoon Grammar School scooped one of the Weekly Tenner Challenge prizes, beating other 26,000 young people participating across the UK.

Drumlemble Primary School sccops fourth eco flag

Drumlemble Primary School has scooped its fourth Eco-Schools Green Flag. Run by Keep Scotland Beautiful, Eco-schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world and encourages young people to take steps to ensure we look after our environment. To earn the Green Flag Award the children have been following the seven elements of the programme over the last two years, involving the whole school and wider community throughout.

Pupils awarded in national art competition

Four budding artists from primary schools across Argyll and Bute have been awarded in a national drawing competition.

Dunoon teacher wins 'UK Educator of the Year' accolade

Paul Gallanagh, Principal Teacher for Business and Computing from Dunoon Grammar School, was awarded the title of Apps for Good's 'Uk Educator of the Year.'

Good report for Education Service

Strong leadership, customised support for schools, and staff committed to improvement are all recognised in the progress report on Argyll and Bute Council's Education Service.

2017

Innovation

Council shortlisted for prestigious Shelter Scotland awards

The council’s Empty Homes Service has been shortlisted for two awards in Shelter Scotland’s Champions of the Year Awards 2017.

Double success for Council's Gaelic centre

The council’s Gaelic centre has celebrated a double success this week after reaching the final of a national awards scheme and winning first prize in a competition run by the Royal National Mod.

Argyll and Bute shortlisted for prestigious national procurement award

The council’s innovative new approach of including Community Benefits Clauses in the contracts it awards has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious GO Awards Scotland.

Argyll and Bute is top performing Scottish council for information technology

The Council is the top performing local authority for information technology in Scotland - according to the latest Socitm benchmarking results.

Professional Development

Top marks for staff training

The council’s staff training centre has been given a first-class report after an external inspection.

Council nominated for top UK award

The Council has been short-listed for a major UK award for excellence in HR.

Regeneration

Council’s Campbeltown restoration project triumphs in national empty homes awards

An Argyll and Bute Council project to save a semi-derelict and vacant tenement building in Campbeltown town centre from demolition and bring it back to life, has won two awards in the National Empty Homes Awards 2017.

Regeneration projects benefit from £3 million of funding

Three projects across Argyll and Bute will benefit from almost £3 million of Scottish Government funding – aimed at regenerating economically fragile rural areas and involving local communities.

Helensburgh’s Outdoor Museum shortlisted for two more prestigious national awards

Helensburgh’s Outdoor Museum – an integral part of the town centre’s regeneration – has been shortlisted for another two prestigious national awards.

Excellence in Education

Gigha Primary School won a competition run by The Scottish Salmon Company in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland.

The school has been awarded a funding package to help plan and produce their end of term show ‘Gigha’s Gone Global for Christmas’. The prize includes a special one-day winter workshop with the National Theatre of Scotland plus £500 towards props and costumes.

Port Ellen Primary School shortlisted for prestigious science prize

Port Ellen Primary School on Islay has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s prestigious Rolls-Royce Science Prize.

Lochdonhead pupils are "totally creative" winners
Pupils at Lochdonhead Primary School are celebrating again this week after winning the regional round of the Better Energy School Awards.

Primary two Ulva pupil wins national engineering competition
A pupil from Ulva Primary School has won a national engineering competition.

Top gardening award for Bailey
A pupil from Gigha Primary School has won a top award at Gardening Scotland 2017.

Dunoon Grammar School is Apps for Good UK School of the Year
Dunoon Grammar School has been crowned the Apps for Good UK School of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.

National success for Young Enterprise group
Pupils from Lochgilphead High School have flown the flag for Argyll and Bute at a Scottish showcase for teenage entrepreneurs.

Royal honour for lollipop lady
Staff and pupils at Colgrain Primary School are celebrating after their former lollipop lady was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Mull pupil is through to national Westminster final
A Mull Primary School pupil will attend the Palace of Westminster next week after making it through to the final of a national art competition.

Dunoon Grammar reaches national Apps for Good final
A team of pupils from Dunoon Grammar School is calling for help from members of the public after being shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Apps for Good UK finals.

Double success for Education Service

Argyll and Bute Council’s Education Service is celebrating following a double success at this year’s Scottish Education Awards.

Rhu teacher is awarded professional recognition

A teacher from Rhu Primary School has been awarded professional recognition in Outdoor Learning by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Hermitage pupil commended for science

A pupil from Hermitage Academy was commended for her high performance in science when she became the first recipient to receive the school’s new Barr Medal.

Argyll and Bute schools receive national sports award

Twenty six schools across Argyll and Bute have been presented with a prestigious national sports award.

Islay pupils win gold at star-studded awards

There were celebrations on Islay when Islay High School won the FilmG Gaelic Learner’s Award at this year’s National Gaelic Film ceremony in Glasgow.

Aspiring head teachers received top marks

A group of six aspiring head teachers from schools across Argyll and Bute have received top marks after completing the new “Into Headship” qualification – awarding them the Standard for Headship.

Schools project shortlisted for prestigious partnership award

Argyll and Bute Council’s Schools Redevelopment Project has been shortlisted for two awards in the 2017 Partnership Awards – which recognise international excellence in Public, Private Partnership.

Dunoon pupils scoop top award at national event

A group of pupils from Dunoon Grammar School excelled in a national event when they scooped the top prize.

Hermitage girls win Scottish Cup

Hermitage Academy celebrated after two of their girls netball teams reached the Netball Scotland Scottish Cup Finals - with their S3 team taking the gold.

West Coasters triumph in Young Enterprise Awards

A high school team of young entrepreneurs is in the national final of a major competition after triumphing in the regional heat.

Argyll and Bute teacher is top of the class as national awards finalist

An Argyll and Bute school and head teacher have beaten off stiff competition from across Scotland to be selected as finalists at this year’s Scottish Education Awards.

Quality of Life

Double recycling success for council

Argyll and Bute Council has won two UK awards for its recycling. It has scooped gold in two categories, beating councils from across Britain.           

£3.4m success for welfare team

THE welfare rights team at Argyll and Bute Council has helped local residents claim more than £3 million in benefits.

2016

Excellence Awards

Excellence Awards 2016

Well done to our staff for all their hard work this year.

Innovation

Argyll and Bute Council leads the way in IT cost efficiency

The Council has been recognised as sector-leading in its value-for-money approach to storing electronic data.

Regeneration

Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm recognised with prestigious RIAS Award

The revitalised town centre public realm took home a prestigious Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Award.

Helensburgh town centre public realm scoops Scottish Design Award

Argyll and Bute Council’s Helensburgh public realm project won a Scottish Design Award.

Event to celebrate Campbeltown town centre regeneration hailed a ‘real success’

Argyll and Bute Council held an extremely successful event to celebrate the success of Campbeltown’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) which has revitalised the town centre.

Professional Development

Education support staff receive Professional Development Awards

Education staff from across Argyll and Bute attended an awards ceremony to receive their SQA Professional Development Award in Education Support.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Procurement Team gains national recognition

Argyll and Bute Council’s procurement practices have received a national endorsement after the Scottish Government’s Procurement and Commercial Improvement Programme assessment awarded a rating in the top band.

Argyll and Bute Welfare Group scoops best Scottish award

Argyll and Bute’s Welfare Reform Working Group (WRWG) won the best Scottish entry at the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV) Association Performance Awards – for Excellence in Partnership Working.

Young Argyll and Bute man chosen to represent Scotland

A young man from Argyll and Bute has been chosen to represent Scotland at this year’s Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) in Canada.

Quality of Life

Port Ellen blooms in national competition

An Argyll and Bute school had an exhibit on display at this year’s Gardening Scotland event after winning a national competition.

Top marks for council apprentices

Two apprentices from Argyll and Bute Council have become fully qualified HGV mechanics.

SFA success for two Argyll and Bute clubs

Two football clubs from Argyll and Bute were awarded the Scottish Football Association's standard award.

Helensburgh man wins national Young Scot award

Former Hermitage Academy pupil, Gordon Reid fought off hundreds of entries to get to the final - before being crowned the 2016 winner - of a sought-after sports accolade at this year's prestigious Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards.

Keira Rutherford, a pupil at Rothesay Joint Campus, was shortlisted for an Unsung Hero Award.

Council apprentice wins Apprentice of the Year Award

A modern apprentice from Argyll and Bute Council has won the coveted Scottish Training Federation (STF) Apprentice of the Year Award.

Argyll and Bute Sports Awards winners are announced

The Argyll and Bute Sports Awards took place on Friday (9th Sept) and a number of local sporting heroes were awarded for their commitment to sport.

Excellence in Education

Argyll and Bute primary crowned Scottish champion

A primary school in Argyll and Bute has been crowned the Scottish champion in this year’s Total Green School Awards.

Argyll and Bute makes Scottish Education Awards final

Two schools and an educational supporter from Argyll and Bute beat off stiff competition from across Scotland to be selected as finalists at this year’s Scottish Education Awards.

Two Argyll and Bute schools make national final

Two projects in Argyll and Bute were shortlisted for the Royal British Legion Scotland's 2016 Schools Award.

2015

Excellence in education

Argyll and Bute school takes on the UK and wins in the Kodu Cup, Microsoft's computer programming competition

Argyll and Bute’s primary schools are gaining a reputation for being top of the class when it comes to technology based learning

Young people are solid gold winners with Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards 2015

Quality of life

Social workers highly respected for sheer professionalism

Argyll and Bute Council’s Children and Families service has won a cherished gold award at the prestigious annual CoSLA Excellence Awards

National award for Aquilibrium Team in Campbeltown

Innovation

Argyll and Bute’s Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament recognised with national award 

2014

Excellence in education

Cardross Primary School pupils impress judges

Education staff and schools finalists in national award

Council’s school meals staff receive national award

Kilcreggan Primary School, a rural school with 78 pupils, has been recognised at national level as an example of best practice in the field of PE Disability Inclusion Training

School charity song success in cyberspace

Kilmodan Primary School pupils tread the boards to drama success

Mull primary are winners in Finest Woods awards

Annie wins road safety calendar competition

Twenty Argyll and Bute Council Support Assistants received certificates for the Professional Development Award

Young people excel in Duke of Edinburgh Award

Pupils get green fingers with help of Scottish sea farms

Innovation

Making more affordable housing available in Argyll and Bute

Silver award for work in bringing empty homes back to life

National award for local community resilience

Sector leading website - our website has been ranked one of the top 20 local government websites in Britain, one of only three in Scotland!

Building healthy communities

Sports volunteers announced

Four sporty Argyll and Bute schools land gold awards

Regeneration

Campbeltown THI (Townscape Heritage Initiative) awarded Best Before and After empty property brought back to life