Dunoon Grammar School has been named the best school in the world for community collaboration after winning the T4 Education World’s Best School Prize.
The remarkable achievement for the school, which was announced on Wednesday (October 19), saw the school beating off competition from schools in India and Brazil.
Head teacher, David Mitchell, said: “For Dunoon Grammar School to be awarded with the World’s Best School Prize for community collaboration is overwhelming. We are still in shock, but as you can imagine we are absolutely delighted with this global recognition.”
Paul Gallanagh, principal teacher, added: “This was a dream we didn’t dare to dream! It is testimony to the fantastic community work we have been dedicated to over the past few years and this will further fuel our ambition to be truly a school at the heart of our community. We have so many local, national and global partners to thank as well as our fantastic staff, parents and of course our wonderful young people. Together we have achieved this prestigious accolade. Thank you T4 Education.”
DGS was recognised for its work within the community and collaboration with projects such as the Dunoon Project, Apps for Good and many more. The overall winner was decided by public vote.
Pupils, Staff as well as council officials and MSP Jenni Minto gathered at the school yesterday to hear the results of the competition.
First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon led the congratulations that poured in for the school following the news. She said on social media: Congratulations Dunoon Grammar School, well-deserved winners of the World’s best schools prize. [I am] very proud of you all.”
The School will receive prize money of approximately £45,000 ($50,000) which David Mitchell said they will use to buy a school mini-bus to help them access the community more easily, as well as setting up an exciting new e-sports curriculum.
Well Done, Dunoon Grammar!