A FORMER Kelso High School pupil has played a key role in the development of the new £22.5million school in the town.

Robert Hawker, a modern apprentice with Scottish Borders Council’s digital services partner CGI, helped to install and configure new technology in the campus.

The 20-year-old, who only left the school two years ago, carried out a range of tasks in the run up to and after the grand opening on November 14. 

This has included installing the new phone system, configuring the work stations and smart boards in the classrooms, working with Openreach on the installation of fibre broadband, and helping teaching staff to learn the new technology.

Robert said: “I’m really enjoying my time with CGI and I’ve learned so much. This modern apprenticeship has already given me great experience and presented me with lots of opportunities, none more rewarding than working at the new Kelso High School. 

“As a former Kelso pupil it’s been exciting to see the new campus take shape and a privilege to have played a part in its development.”
Leader of Scottish Borders Council, Councillor Shona Haslam (Cons) said:

“Robert is a prime example of a young person who’s not afraid to work hard and learn as much as he can. His work on the new Kelso High School has been excellent and he can rightly be proud of his efforts. 

“We will continue to work with CGI to give these opportunities to young people in the area for years to come.”