Five schools across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire have been nominated for prestigious awards in recognition of their achievements.

St James’ Primary, in Renfrew, East Fulton Primary, in Linwood, Todholm Primary, in Paisley, Netherlee Primary and Mearns Primary, in Newton Mearns, are all finalists in this year’s Scottish Education Awards.

The annual event, organised by Education Scotland, celebrates the success taking place at schools across the country.

Ross Greer, who represents both Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire as Green MSP for West Scotland, has praised all five schools for making the shortlist.

He said: “I was delighted to hear about these local schools being nominated.

“While schools across Scotland are constantly facing challenges at the moment, particularly with their budgets, there are shining examples right here in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire – and it’s great that schools like these are being recognised.”

East Fulton Primary and Netherlee Primary are both in the running for the Raising Attainment in Numeracy Award, while Mearns Primary is nominated for the STEM Award, which recognises educational innovation in relation to sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics.

St James’ Primary is a finalist in the Raising Attainment in Literacy Award, with the school’s headteacher Margaret Convery one of three candidates in with a chance of winning the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Todholm Primary has been shortlisted for the Family and Community Learning Award.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Renfrewshire’s education and children’s services convener, said: “These nominations recognise the hard work and success within Renfrewshire schools and I congratulate the schools and individuals on their nominations.

“The council has been working hard to raise levels of achievement and attainment in numeracy and literacy from an early age.”

Councillor Paul O’Kane, East Renfrewshire’s education and equalities convener, added: “We continue to strive to raise the attainment of all our pupils by providing excellent experiences across a wide range of curriculum areas.

“Good luck to both Netherlee Primary and Mearns Primary.”

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday, June 6.