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The £56m school reboot giving students the ‘ultimate high’

Shetland Council’s biggest-ever building project promises huge changes for pupils and teachers

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Ythan Shaw, who is 14 years old, is getting used to his new commute. It is a five-minute walk to the new £56 million Anderson High in Shetland from the residence where pupils such as Ythan, from remote and rural parts of the archipelago, stay during term time. Previously, the hostel he lived in was part of the school so he could pretty much fall out of bed and into class, but the new accommodation is located in a separate building.

“I just have to make sure I leave earlier to get to school on time,” says Ythan, who is in S3. The new residence is “a lot more sophisticated than the old one”, ...

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