Strathallan’s David Barnes recognised for lifetime of service

Posted: 30th May 2022

Strathallan School teacher David Barnes has awarded the Stephen Winkley Award, the longest-running Boarding School’s Association (BSA) Supporting Excellence Award, recognising a lifetime of service dedicated to improving education and boarding experience of students in Scotland and across the globe.

Currently Senior Master at Strathallan School, David has contributed to the life of the Perthshire school for over 40 years.

From his first few days as a Resident Tutor to 21 years as Deputy Head of Pastoral and Head of Boarding, he has directly cared for and helped shape the lives of thousands of pupils in Scotland as well as raising tens of thousands of pounds for children in Kenya through the Strath Kenya Project.

On receiving the award, David said, “I feel very humbled. Education is a collaborative process and I’m just blessed to be supported by such fantastic colleagues, wonderful young people and a passionate community. I would like to thank the BSA for their award and a huge thank you and love to my family who have stuck by me throughout.”

The judges of the award said, “David Barnes is a worthy winner of the 2022 Stephen Winkley Award. He has dedicated his career to education, boarding, supporting young people and to school life. He has always been there at the coal face and sharp end while also finding time to be an expert in the crucial area of safeguarding children. A role model for anyone working in the world of boarding.”

Strathallan School’s Headmaster, Mark Lauder, added, “David is a tireless champion of our students and a brilliant role model for all of us. Whether he’s giving advice or setting up a safe space to discuss mental health during lockdown, he always been someone our pupils and staff can turn to.”

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