In partnership with Springboard Scotland, Historic Scotland is offering the winning school team the opportunity to take part in a VIP visit to Stirling Castle.

The Challenge

All teams need to do is work together to source the answers to 5 Multiple Choice Questions relating to the history and culture of Scotland and also to respond to this Open Question in no more than 100 words:

“2014 is the Year of Homecoming. With this in mind, how can historic sites be made even more attractive to tourists, both from home and abroad?”

To view the 5 Multiple Choice questions and submit your school’s entry click here

Completed entries must reach Springboard Scotland no later than 27th June 2014.

The competition will make for an interesting class exercise for students of all disciplines to demonstrate their creative abilities, without impacting on valuable teaching time.

Who can enter

All secondary schools in Scotland can enter as many teams as they wish. The competition is open to all year groups and you may wish to enter a mixed-year group. Each team entered may not consist of more than six students.

The winning team gets...

  • A VIP Visit to Stirling Castle as the special guests of Historic Scotland and Springboard Scotland. Students will meet characters from history during a tour of the recently refurbished James V Palace and take part in a fun, interactive learning experience drawing on different aspects of Stirling Castle, which is both an important historic site and a major tourist attraction.
  • A Goody Bag for each member of the winning team 
  • A starring role in a special feature article on the Scottish Tourism Careers Festival website.

The winning school gets... 

  • A year-long relationship between the school and Historic Scotland to enable a facilitated visit to an additional Historic Scotland site, perhaps the school’s ‘local site’ in this the Year of Homecoming.
  • The specific content and arrangements for the visit would be discussed and agreed between the school and Historic Scotland.*
  • A specially commissioned trophy designed and crafted by Historic Scotland
  • Positive PR opportunities including a special feature article on the Scottish Tourism Careers Festival website 

*All students at the school would be eligible to participate in the visit for around 15 students. Final participant numbers and participating sites would be discussed and agreed between the school and Historic Scotland.

Curriculum for Excellence

The competition fits perfectly with Curriculum for Excellence values, purposes and principles. Working as a team, students could undertake a range of investigative, creative and critical thinking activities which will develop their literacy skills. They will gain a sense of heritage and historical understanding that will assist them in functioning as successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.


The competition will be judged by representatives of Historic Scotland and Springboard Scotland and the judges’ decision is final.

For any further information please contact:

Amanda McDade, Youth Programmes Manager
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Mobile: 07530 909394