School whose pupils visited Kenya for housebuilding project named Scottish State Secondary School of the Year

Bishopbriggs Academy at Mount Kenya summit
Pupils from Bishopbriggs Academy at the summit of Mount Kenya. Photo: Twitter/MissLittleMaths

A Scottish school, which took a group of pupils to Kenya for a volunteer housebuilding project earlier this year, has been named Scottish State Secondary School of the Year by the Sunday Times.

Bishopbriggs Academy rose 15 positions to 11th place overall based on its results last year, its best position since it first made it into the top 50 in 2011.

Bishopbriggs Academy in Kenya
Bishopbriggs Academy students arrive in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/CampsInt

In 2016, 84% of students left the East Dunbartonshire comprehensive with five or more National 5s while 60% of leavers achieved five or more Highers and 23% gained two or more Advanced Highers – the three measures on which the ranking is based.

Bishopbriggs Academy in Kenya
Students from Bishopbriggs Academy working on a classroom floor refurbishment in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/CampKenya

During June and July, 22 pupils travelled to Kenya on a four-week expedition where they spent time building a house for a family, going on safari and climbing Mount Kenya.

Bishopbriggs Academy in Kenya
Bishopbriggs Academy pupils learn bush survival skills on Marungu Hills. Photo: Twitter/CampKenya

In their 4 weeks in Kenya, the pupils helped refurbish a local school, undertook waterhole maintenance and learnt adventure bush skills on top of the Marungu Hills.

They also helped to construct a traditional house for an elderly Kenyan lady called Mama Fatuma, visited a medicine man, tried their hand at cooking authentic East African recipes and finished with a climb to the summit of Mount Kenya.

Bishopbriggs Academy in Kenya
Bishopbriggs Academy building a home for Mama Fatuma. Photo: Twitter/CampKenya

The Kenyan adventure was run with Camps International and you can find out more about their expeditions to the country by visiting their website.

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