A FORMER Lenzie Academy pupil has scooped an education ‘Oscar’.
Richie McColm was named Probationary Teacher of the Year at the Scottish Education Awards.
The former Lairdsland Primary and Lenzie Academy pupil was recognised for his dedicated work as a drama teacher at Perth Academy.
Richie (31) set up the school’s drama department from scratch and has increased uptake in the subject for Standard Grade by a massive 400 per cent.
He also started an after-school drama club, and one of his other roles is a mentor to pupils.
The school was so impressed with Richie’s work that they have given him a full-time job.
And such is his dedication to the job that he commutes more than three hours between Glasgow and Perth every day.
Richie, whose family still live in Kirkintilloch, picked up his award at a ceremony in Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel. He said: “I’m really pleased to have won the award, but it was a bit of a shock.
“I don’t think I’m doing anything out of the ordinary, I’m really doing what I’m meant to do.
“I really love my job and the pupils are really enjoying drama.
“We put on an end of term show called ‘What’s On Your Mind’, which is about facebook and social networking, and the pupils created it from scratch.”
Richie’s mum, Frances, said: “I’m really proud of him, he’s my star.”