PEEBLES High has reached the top of the podium when it comes to delivering sport.

The school was presented with the Gold Award by SportScotland.

The award is based on an in-depth critique of the practice and ethos of sport at a school.

Stewart Harris, chief executive of SportScotland, told us: "Peebles High School should be extremely proud of this fantastic achievement.

"Not only have they put sport and physical education at the heart of their school and local community, but they have managed to do so in a way that encourages all pupils to engage in physical activity whilst having fun at the same time."

The Gold Award, which lasts for three years, recognises and celebrates successful PE curriculum delivery and school sport models.

Acting rector Paul Fagan accepted the award during a recent presentation along with athletics captain Bryony Paterson, hockey captain Kazya Stevens and rugby captain Innes Minto.

It was presented on behalf of SportScotland by former Edinburgh Rugby coach Rob Moffat, who now coaches Romania, and Scottish U16 hockey coach Pippa Bell.

David Changleng, from the Physical Education department, said: "This award is for all pupils at Peebles High School who represent the school in the huge variety of sports we play.

"It also recognises the fabulous help we get from our wider community who volunteer as match officials and coaches.

"Parents should be very proud of the hard work their children put in on a daily basis.

"The Gold Award also acknowledges the PE Curriculum we run at Peebles HS which is satisfying too."

Out of the 364 State Secondary Schools in Scotland only 54 have achieved the Gold Award - Galashiels Academy is the only other Borders school.