Inspiration is drawn from teacher Aileen

Jordan Denley's winning poster entry
Jordan Denley's winning poster entry

Donaldson’s school is celebrating after learning recent competition entries have met with huge success.

And, a teacher has been shortlisted in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) awards.

Jordan Denley (16), from Northumberland, is a Donaldsons boarder, while Ruaridh Herd (15) attends both Donaldson’s and Linlithgow Academy as a shared placement student.

Jordan submitted his entry to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe poster competition and has been named as the Lothians regional winner.

Ruaridh’s entry received a highly commended award from the judges. His poster, alongside Jordan’s, will now appear in the Museum of Childhood’s public exhibition of the winning entries.

Ruaridh also entered artwork into the Tesco Art Competition and achieved a Special Merit. He was the only person from Donaldson’s to achieve this commendation.

Jordan and Ruaridh were aided by Donaldson’s art teacher, Aileen Mullen.

Aileen joined the school in 2009, developing her skills to meet the special requirements of her students, including learning sign language.

Aileen uses techniques to allow pupils to communicate difficulties, expressing themselves through art.

She has been shortlisted for the TES Awards in the category of Most Inspirational Support Teacher.

This award aims to reward teachers by recognising unsung heroes, educators who are truly exceptional in their teaching and who capture the imagination of their stu-dents.