Published 26 May 2022

Our Lady & St. Patrick's High School has been named as one of 80 Pearson National Teaching Award Silver Award winners across the country.

The Dumbarton School is honoured with a Silver Award in the category of Secondary School of the Year for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day.

The school is also honoured on national Thank a Teacher Day, Thursday,26 May, as the country celebrates the people who make our schools so special.

This Catholic school promotes Gospel values and seeks to build a community that promotes the spiritual, moral, physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of the students as they prepare for adult life.

The distinctive Catholic ethos of the school is fostered by prayer and worship. The school cites its purpose as being to help all students to fulfil their potential, their attributes and capabilities to the full in each aspect of their development – spiritual, academic, physical, personal, social and emotional. Staff are committed to developing in students the four capacities, ensuring that they become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

As a Silver Award winner, Our Lady & St. Patrick's High School has now been shortlisted to win one of just 16 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme to be broadcast on the BBC. Recognition of this once in a lifetime achievement will be broadcast on the BBC’s The One Show as part of a week-long celebration of teaching, which sees famous faces honour award winners every night in the run up to the ceremony. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school staff who have worked wonders to bring together their local communities despite the challenges of the past few years.

The Silver Award winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for national ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, bringing together everyone across the country to celebrate the schools and colleges at the heart of our communities.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 23rd year of celebrating our school staff across the UK.

Councillor Clare Steel, Chair of Educational Services, said: “This is a great achievement and I would like to congratulate everyone at the school for the hard work and effort that has led to them winning this prestigious award. It is clear the teachers, support staff, parents and carers are extremely committed to the education, health and wellbeing of all our young people. By creating engaging lessons and teaching the importance of looking after our communities, they are giving pupils opportunities to explore and appreciate our environment as well as encouraging them to be active responsible citizens which will fully prepare them for their future.”

Councillor Michelle McGinty, Vice Chair of Educational Services said:  “It is important that children learn about the benefits of recycling and sustainability of our open land from a young age, and this Silver Award is testament to the hard work that both the school and its community have put into sharing these messages. The award also recognises the importance the school places on pupils’ mental health and wellbeing, which is at the heart of everything we do. Congratulations to everyone involved in achieving this prestigious award.”

Sharon Hague, Managing Director of Schools at Pearson UK, said:

“Congratulations to today’s Silver Award winners on their incredible achievement, they should all feel very proud of themselves. And thank you to all the incredible educators and support staff across this country who really do make our schools and colleges so special. I am delighted that we can take this opportunity to say how much we appreciate all that you do for the young people in your care.”

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Congratulations to Our Lady & St. Patrick's High School on this incredible achievement, and for the hard work and dedication which led up to it. Winning this award is impressive, well-deserved and shows their commitment to helping students achieve their full potential.”

Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: 

“For so many of us, it was someone at school who changed our lives, was at our side through hard and difficult times, who lifted us up when we were down, helped us find our voice, gave us confidence when we needed it most, and set us on a path that we have followed ever since. 

“No matter who we are, school has touched our lives and played a central role in our childhoods. School is about so much more than learning, and we see that now more than ever before. Schools really are the beating heart of our communities. Every person that cares for our children in schools should be celebrated loud and clear on Thank A Teacher Day 2022.”