Two local schools been named the ‘Best Kept School’ in their category at the annual Best Kept School Awards in association with George Best Belfast City Airport. Grosvenor Grammar School received ‘Best Kept Post-Primary School’ for the Belfast region whilst Knockbreda Nursey School received ‘Best Kept Pre-Primary School’ for the South Eastern Region.

Last Year’s Runner Up, and winners this year, Grosvenor Grammar School was praised for its commitment to the creation of environmentally conscious school community. In addition to outdoor eco- activities, to promote student awareness and wellbeing, Knockbreda Nursery School also involved local groups in the creation of outdoor space where all students can learn and work together.

Doreen Muskett, President of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC) who host the awards, commented: “The standard of applications continues to rise each year, with a notable amount of schools being placed that have never entered the competition before. Our judges had a tough time choosing the winner! Grosvenor Grammar School impressed the judges with their demonstration of school community values and their role in sustainable education. The Best Kept School Awards is a great chance for schools to demonstrate their commitment to the environment and sustainability, equip their pupils for with practical skills for the future and show Northern Ireland the tremendous work that happens behind the scenes every day.” 

Stephen Patton, CR and HR Manager at Belfast City Airport, presented Grosvenor Grammar School and Knockbreda Nursery School with their prizes at a ceremonious event at Stranmillis University, in Belfast. He commented: “It was fantastic to see over 120 representatives from local schools and education boards attending the Best Kept Awards today. Congratulations to Grosvenor, Knockbreda and each school that won in its category.

“Belfast City Airport is proud to support the Best Kept Awards for the third year. It plays an important part of our Corporate Responsibility programme, which has helped support over 150 different community groups with nearly half a million pounds.”

The Best Kept School Awards is part of the wider Northern Ireland Best Kept Awards initiative, with the Best Kept Health and Social Care Facility Awards will taking place in September and the Best Kept Towns and Villages announced in October.

Pictured (left to right) HR and CR Manager from George Best Belfast City Airport, Stephen Patton, Mr Philip Brunt, Dr Frances Vasey Grosvenor Principal, alongside Doreen Muskett, President of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC) with pupils Danny Hazley and Megan Ashfield.

Photo by Aaron McCracken