Andrew and Eyemouth High up for laurels

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Andrew Dixon from Duns and Eyemouth High School have been named as finalists at Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards, which take place in Dunblane in March.

Eighteen-year-old Andrew is doing a Modern Apprenticeship SVQ Level 3 in Mixed Farming at the family farm and Borders College.

Andrew also won the Best Practical Student for Agriculture at Borders College last year and was nominated for the Junior Young Farmer of the Year Award. He also has his own contracting business helping local farmers and plans to establish a successful cattle herd.

Andrew joins Ciara Whitson from Selkirk and Lewis Mathison from Melrose on the shortlist.

Eyemouth High School, up for the Schools Award, has an area set aside for outdoor education, enabling it to offer a range of land-based courses, including units in Horticulture.

It is also used for experiments into plant growth and biodiversity.

More than 350 pupils, plus partnership primary schools and younger children, use the facility.

Next year, Eyemouth is looking to improve the range of units and courses on offer, as well as working more closely with local businesses.

Kevin Patrick, director of Lantra Scotland, said: “We are delighted to announce our finalists, and are extremely grateful to the independent panel of judges for all their hard work.

“These awards continue to play an important role in communicating and celebrating the value of gaining qualifications, developing skills and improving standards.”