John Ogilvie High in Hamilton has become the only Scottish school to be awarded the title of "Spanish School of the Year 2010" by the Spanish Embassy in London.
The four other schools to win the accolade are all based in England and hold specialist modern language academy status.
The competition required entrants to submit a portfolio of evidence showing how the secondary promoted the teaching of the Spanish language and culture, both within the classroom and across the school, and the ways in which it used the study of Spanish to promote international education and global citizenship.
The South Lanarkshire school has been twinned with Francisco Tarrega School in Vila-Real since 2004, with pupils taking part in mutually beneficial annual exchanges. John Ogilvie is also in the second year of an ambitious work-experience programme in partnership with a school in Amposta, in Tarragona, which is funded by the Catalonian government. Even pupils who do not take part in these exchanges see Spanish posters all around them as soon as they walk through the school gates, from anti- bullying messages to PE advice.