School pupils from across Fife have celebrated their graduation, thanks to an initiative involving Fife College and St Andrews University.
The First Chances Fife programme was launched with the aim of raising the aspirations and attainment of a selected group of youngsters by giving them continued support into further and higher education.
Participants, who range from primary seven to sixth year, are required to pass each year in order to graduate on to the next.
On Friday it was a time to shine for 99 first year pupils from Levenmouth Academy and Auchmuty, Viewforth and Woodmill high schools.
The pupils have completed a series of science-focused workshops this year, covering subjects including psychology, sociology, criminology, chemistry and biological sciences.
Throughout the programme, youngsters also develop their skills in literacy, numeracy, science and technology, as well spending time visiting the college and university to meet students and staff in a range of organised activities.
Fife College Principal Hugh Hall, who handed over the certificates, said: “All of our young graduates have shown great commitment to First Chances Fife which involves extra study and learning on top of their normal school work.
“This is the second year that Fife College has been involved in First Chances Fife and we are very pleased to be part of this unique partnership.”
He said working together meant many more pupils were benefiting from the programme, giving them opportunities they may not normally come across.
“Colleges are intrinsic in helping create a fairer society providing a route to education for learners of all ages and from all environments,” Mr Hall added.
Laura Houston, widening participation outreach coordinator at St Andrews, said the university was was proud to be a partner.
The First Chances Fife programme also involves the Robertson Trust and Scottish Funding Council, as well as the Fife schools
Gordon Hunt, head of scholarship and learning at the Robertson Trust, commended “the dedication, hard work and talent” which has brought students to this stage.
“The Robertson Trust has always been committed to supporting initiatives which help young people realise their potential,” he said.
“It’s been a privilege to see this in action today and we hope First Chances Fife will continue to raise aspirations and help more young people across Fife gain all the benefits – educational, social and cultural – that further and higher education can bring.”