• The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School
  • Turnbull High School
  • Silver Winners
  • 2023
  • Scotland

Patrick has had a profound impact at this Greater Glasgow school. He has transformed the Geography department into the highest achieving department in the school, with the level of pupil attainment also making it the one of the leading departments in East Dunbartonshire.

Patrick promotes a hands-on approach to learning, helping students believe there are no barriers to learning and achievement. He has expanded subject choice by bringing in advanced higher and Environmental Science courses, as well as improving engagement by setting up sustainability committees and clubs and creating effective revision programmes. His introduction of level 6 sustainability reflects the department’s commitment to climate change. His department also plays a vital role in the wider school, running student business enterprises such as selling fruit smoothies.
Patrick has enhanced the learning experience by organising field trips to Iceland, Italy, Loch Lomond and earth and environmental science centre Dynamic Earth. His department also has strong links with the developing world through initiatives such as connecting classrooms (Nigeria) and providing finance for toilets in developing countries.