What an incredible achievement!
St Patrick’s High School in Keady is again in the running for the prestigious TES Secondary School of the Year award.
The Co Armagh school won the title in 2015, and was the only Northern Ireland school to have been nominated.
A team from Keady, led by principal Pat McGuckian, travelled to London for the awards night in 2015 and were thrilled to have been chosen ahead of the rest.
Two years later and the school has been shortlisted again.
Once again they will be attending the gala awards do, which will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane.
Another comic will preside at the ceremony; taking over from Greg Davies, star of the Inbetweeners, will be the camp and colourful Julian Clary, star of stage, screen and a best-selling author, with over 30 years in showbusiness, although the less said about Norman Lamont the better!
St Patrick’s High is once again one of eight shortlisted for Secondary School of the Year.
It is up against Brighton College, Fulham Cross Girls’ School in London, Forest Gate Community School in London, Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Widnes, St Thomas the Apostle College, London, Stockport Academy, and TauHeedul Islam Boys’ High in Blackburn.
The Overall School of the Year award will be selected from the winner of this as well as the Early Years, Primary and Alternative Provision categories.
In all, 17 awards will be presented.
Two others from Northern Ireland will be in the running.
Liam O’Hare, of Christ the Redeemer Primary School in Dunmurry, has been shortlisted in the English Teacher of Team of the Year category.
And there will be excitement too in Banbridge, where St Colman’s PS and All Saints Nursery Unit, are chasing the Collaboration award.
A Lifetime Achievement award will also be presented on the evening and is being kept a closely guarded secret.
The TES Awards will take place on Friday, June 23.
On behalf of Armagh I we would like to wish St Patrick’s High and our other local nominees the very best of luck!