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Welcome to The Queensberry Initiative Website

The Queensberry Initiative is a community charity project, linking Wallace Hall Academy, its cluster primaries in Mid-Nithsdale (Wallace Hall, Moniaive, Dunscore, Duncow, Penpont and Closeburn Primaries), local businesses of all sorts, including farms and other land-based industries, local colleges and universities and third sector enterprises and the Queensberry Estate, a local country estate with extensive outdoor opportunities.

This project has been running since 2008. It progressed to becoming a fully constituted group and a Scottish charity during its first and second phases. The key purposes of the Initiative continue to be to support pupils in making better connections with their local communities, increase their employability and improve their health and well-being by getting them outside, making use of the opportunities on offer for the 'outdoor classroom' at Queensberry Estate and at other outside locations in the area.

The main aims of the Queensberry Initiative are:
To Promote:
- Business and community partnership working
- Employability skills
- Vocational Courses
- Countryside Connections
- Entrepreneurial skills and social enterprise
- The Outdoor Classroom
In its third phase, September 2013-2015, the Initiative plans to continue to innovate and experiment, leading the way in piloting new approaches to help children and young people to improve their life chances, overcoming rural disadvantage and achieving their full potential. We want to continue to work with other school clusters both within Dumfries and Galloway, other areas of Scotland and internationally, to provide information and advice, and we hope, inspiration, to others seeking to take outdoor learning, learning for sustainability and global citizenship forward.