PUPILS with additional support needs at a Wee County school celebrated Christmas with a special party before they broke off last month.

The pupils at Alloa Academy threw their very own Christmas dinner which they planned and cooked with the help of the learning support staff at the school.

A determined team of 13 pupils planned, shopped and prepared their own traditional Christmas dinner with support from learning assistant Heather Richardson.

A fantastic spread of soup, turkey, veg and delicious puddings were served to a beautifully set table and afterwards there were a few prize winning party games.

The pupils also invited staff to join them in having a very merry Christmas party.

It helped the pupils on the ASDAN programme which supports a more flexible approach to learning for those who require it.

The qualities of organisation and leadership shown by all the pupils means they have completed the "knowing About myself" element of the ASDAN course.

Mrs Richardson told of her pride at what the pupils had achieved.

She said: "I am really proud of our learners. They have benefitted from our festive activities and could demonstrate their learning in a fun way. I would like to thank all of the young people for their hard work.

"Alloa Academy has come a long way in supporting the learners through the ASDAN Programme. The ASDAN programme supports young people who need more flexible approaches towards learning which also ensures they achieve qualifications in a very engaging way."

Colin Bruce head teacher at the school, feels the dinner was testament to the strong relationships pupils have with staff.

He added: "I am really proud of both the learners and the staff involved. Mrs Richardson and other learning assistants go out their way to ensure the young people have an excellent learning experience.

"The strong relationships between pupils and staff make this a success."

Alloa Academy would also like to thank Tesco Alloa for their very kind donation towards the event.