Media Awards: ImPRESS Scottish School Media Awards

A MAGAZINE produced by pupils at Dollar Academy has been named Magazine of the Year at awards celebrating the best of schools media in Scotland.

Seventeen schools were represented at the ImPRESS awards ceremony in Edinburgh, on Friday, all competing in 14 categories.

Dollar Academy received the most accolades for its magazine, ‘The Galley’, with four awards, including Best Cover. James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh won two awards for its newspaper, The Spark, with Fiorenza Kirkwood named as Inspirational Teacher and Alex Hamilton as Best Sports Columnist.

The awards, which were organised by Menzies Distribution, aim to encourage young people into careers in publishing and the creative industries and were of particular interest to pupils who have an interest in writing, photography, design and business.

The winners list reads:

Commercial Strategy

The Grammarian, Paisley Grammar School, Paisley


The Galley, Dollar Academy, Dollar

Design and Layout

The Galley, Dollar Academy, Dollar

Distribution and Logistics

Borealis, Brae High School, Shetland

Editorial Content

The Galley, Dollar Academy, Dollar

Feature Article

Rachel Kane, Rare Beast, Coatbridge High School, Coatbridge

Inspirational Teacher

The Spark, James Gillespies High School, Edinburgh/ Fiorenza Kirkwood

Original Photography

Ryan Dorran, Patter in the Park, Park School, Kilmarnock

Sports Columnist

Alex Hamilton, The Spark, James Gillespies High School, Edinburgh

Magazine of the Year

The Galley, Dollar Academy, Dollar

Newsletter of the Year

Larbert Link, Larbert High School, Larbert

Newspaper of the Year

Am Paipear Gaidhealach, The Gaelic School, Glasgow

Outstanding Pupil

Wallace Hall Academy Newsletter, Wallace Hall Academy/Robert Guthrie

Pic: Mike Wilkinson.