Vil­lage school de­light at hon­our

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News - BY DAVID MACKAY

A vil­lage pri­mary school in Mo­ray has ex­pressed as­ton­ish­ment at be­ing named the best in Scot­land by an up­mar­ket mag­a­zine.

Tatler has picked Dyke for its an­nual guide to the best state schools af­ter it was nom­i­nated by par­ents of for­mer pupils.

Staff were praised for mak­ing learn­ing fun for the 90 pupils and go­ing out of their way to in­volve the chil­dren in a wide range of sports and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The ru­ral school was the only amenity from Scot­land to make it into the mag­a­zine’s list – an ac­co­lade of which head teacher Stephen Simp­son is im­mensely proud. He said: “We’ve all been taken aback by it re­ally. It has come as a big sur­prise. We’re slightly em­bar­rassed by it, but de­lighted at the same time.”

A par­ent of a for­mer pupil asked Mr Simp­son’s per­mis­sion to nom­i­nate the school last year.

Stephen Simp­son with some of his pupils

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