An East Dunbartonshire school has seen off hundreds of rivals to be named Sunday Times ‘State School of the Year’ for 2014.
Christmas has come early for the hard-working pupils, staff and parents of Bishopbriggs Academy, as the school was named the top secondary school in Scotland in the newspaper’s prestigious School Guide for 2014.
It is the latest accolade for the school which remains the only secondary in Scotland to achieve four ‘excellent’ gradings under the current Education Scotland regime.
A tough judging panel selected Bishopbriggs Academy to top the poll of 2,000 schools and did so not only because of its attainment levels, but because of its record on continual improvement and a wide range of opportunities afforded to pupils.
Over recent years the school has climbed the ranks of the Sunday Times list, breaking into the top 20 for the first time last year.
Head teacher Gordon Moulsdale paid tribute to the 1200 pupils, their families and the 120 strong teaching and support team who make the school the success that it is.
He said: “This is a tremendous accolade, one we are absolutely delighted to receive. When Education Scotland inspected the school they referred to us as an ‘outstanding’ school.
“They said they thought we were outstanding for many reasons but, above all else, we were outstanding because we knew we were not perfect.
“We will continue to strive to achieve the highest standards in everything we do. This award recognises the hard work and dedication of our staff and our young people and everyone associated with the school should be extremely proud.”
The council’s education convener, Councillor Eric Gotts, said: “Bishopbriggs Academy is a fantastic school which offers a first rate educational experience for all its students helping them towards high attainment levels and giving them the best possible chance of leaving school and going on to sustained positive destinations.
“The entire school community works hard to achieve shared goals and that was recognised when inspectors from Education Scotland gave Bishopbriggs Academy the best report of any secondary school in Scotland.
“Almost two years on, that record remains intact as no other secondary school has received four ‘excellent’ scores. Building on that magnificent achievement, the school continues to go from strength to strength with outstanding leadership at all levels, a dedicated and highly-skilled staff and hard-working, ambitious pupils.”