EIGHT Dyslexia friendly and specialist provisions schools in Cumnock and Doon Valley have been recognised by East Ayrshire Council.

Barshare Primary was one of just two in the county to receive the council's gold award while Sorn Primary and Cumnock Supported Learning Centre received the first ever Dyslexia Friendly Schools Gold Maintenance Award.

St Xavier's Primary picked up a silver award while Bellsbank Primary, Catrine Primary, Dalmellington Primary and Dalrymple Primary were all given bronze awards.

Councillor Fiona Campbell – cabinet member with responsibility for skills and learning – presented the well-earned awards at the fourth annual East Ayrshire Dyslexia Friendly Schools Award Ceremony, held at Dumfries House.

She said: “This inclusive approach creates a community of learners where everyone is encouraged to fulfil their potential.

“The efforts, dedication and continued commitment showcased today are a real inspiration. I congratulate them all on their well-deserved recognition.”