Southside schools hope for top marks

Stuart Maxwell - Eastwood High headteacher
Stuart Maxwell - Eastwood High headteacher

Two East Ren schools have been short-listed for the prestigious Times Educational Supplement (TES) Schools Awards, which recognise outstanding contribution to education.

For the second year running, Mearns Primary has been shortlisted for the ‘Science, Technology and Engineering Teacher or Team of the Year’ award.

Judges were impressed with the enthusiastic, dynamic approach of the school’s science team, which is inspiring children to engage with science and technology in and out of the classroom.

Meanwhile, Eastwood High School, head teacher, Stuart Maxwell, is the only head teacher from a Scottish school in contention for the title Head Teacher of the Year. Stuart is up against seven other heads – six from England and one from Northern Ireland - for this coveted award, which will be presented at a glittering ceremony in London on June 24.

The award submission for Mearns by head teacher, Catherine Dillon-Ruddy, says close working with two neighbouring high schools has been integral to developing the school’s innovative approach to teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects to pupils as young as three.

Stuart Maxwell has taken a similarly selfless approach to ensuring all 1,000 pupils at Eastwood High get access to the best possible education.

Stuart, who has been head at the school since 2002, is described by colleagues as being “driven and dedicated” as well as having “an open and personal approach” and is spoken of with equal affection by pupils.

His stewardship of Eastwood High’s move to its brand new home in Capelrig Roard, Newton Mearns in 2013 is seen as being particularly exemplary. In 2015, 32 per cent of pupils achieved five Highers or more.