GYMPIE'S James Nash State High School is one of the state's best education leaders and now it has the award to prove it.

The school won the Showcase Award for Excellence in Leadership at a gala presentation in Brisbane last week.

It was among seven major award-winners at the Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.

The school won for a project that inspired the Gympie community to help provide training and education resources for the benefit of all schools in the region.

Pleased with the school's success was James Nash principal Darrin Edwards.

"James Nash is very proud of our achievements and feel very honoured to be recognised at the State level for our educational leadership," Mr Edwards said.

"This award is a tribute to the leadership across all levels of the school and the Gympie community.

"When leaders across Gympie work together to provide educational and training opportunities for our town, it is amazing what our humble town is able to achieve."

Gympie MP David Gibson said James Nash was a shining light changing the face of local education.

"The establishment of partnerships between primary, secondary and tertiary education providers is creating greater learning opportunities, which are changing the learning culture and ensuring local students have every opportunity to excel," Mr Gibson said.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the awards gave state schools the chance to share in more than $370,000 of development grants to reinvest in their programs.

This year 74 regional award winners received $1000, 21 state finalists won $5000 and the seven state award winners received an extra $20,000 each to spend on educational development.

The award categories relate to early and primary years, junior secondary years, senior years, inclusive education, leadership, innovation, and community or industry partnerships.