Peter Ranscombe a summary of the latest news from schools in Scotland.

GLENALMOND College in Perthshire has introduced a Business Technology and Education Council (BTEC) accredited rural management course.

The school is the first in Scotland to offer a BTEC qualification which can lead to work in agriculture, land management or surveying.

As well as gaining hands-on experience on the school’s 300-acre grounds, the college has teamed up with Logiealmond Estate to deliver the course.

Michael Alderson, Warden or Director schoolsaid: “The opportunity to enhance what we do in the classroom with real-world knowledge from those working at the forefront of the sector is very exciting for our students and the college.”

School launches Life Skills Award

Belhaven Hill School in East Lothian has launched a life skills award to encourage its pupils to push themselves ‘outside their comfort zones’.

Reward tasks are divided into gold, silver and bronze levels.

They are centered around “courtesy, courage and creativity”.

Headteacher Ollie Langton said: “Teaching life skills is an important part of any good education, which is why we have just launched the Belhaven Awards in our centenary year.”

Replacing Galashiels Academy

Scottish Borders Council has granted planning permission for the replacement school Galashiels Academy.

The new campus will be built on the site of the existing school and part of Scott City Park.

Construction should begin in the spring and be completed in 2025.

Councilor Lee Douglas, the council’s executive member for education and lifelong learning, said: “As well as offering major educational benefits, the new school will also bring significant benefits to the wider community through improved social and sporting facilities available to all. »

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