They were among a select few representing Scottish schools at the recent TES (Times Educational Supplement) Awards in London at the end of term, and Paul McLaughlin and Derryk Gray did East Dunbartonshire proud.
In a very strong field, Headteacher of St. Ninian's HS in Kirkintilloch, Paul McLaughlin made the shortlist for Headteacher of the Year Award while his colleague Derryk Gray was up for School Business Manager of the Year.
Although neither walked away with the silverware this time Councillor Jim Goodall, Convener of the Council's Education Committee congratulated them on getting to the final stages.
He said, "St. Ninian's is already an award-winning school with an enviable record for collecting top awards and for two members of staff to get through to the finals of this nationwide event is further proof of the high standards we've come to expect from them. Congratulations to Paul and Derryk who are both excellent ambassadors for the school and the Council."
Paul has been Headteacher at the Kirkintilloch school since 2004, and in 2009 was named Headteacher of the Year in the Scottish Education Awards due to his inspirational leadership and collaborative approach.
The Kirkintilloch school's 2018 inspection saw the best results of any school under Education Scotland’s current system and ranks it among the top three schools in Scotland.