Learning and Development
Galashiels offers a wide range of educational opportunities at every age and stage, with each respected institution retaining its own voice, but with a shared vision to inspire and nurture.
With highly regarded primary schools anchored at the heart of their communities, in addition to accessible and respected secondary education provision at Galashiels Academy, Galashiels offers the perfect start for pupils.
For those who wish to stay in the town after leaving school or who choose to come to Galashiels to further their education, there are a multitude of opportunities through college, university, apprenticeships and community learning.
Home to one of the oldest textiles teaching schools in the world, Galashiels has a rich heritage in the textiles industry.
Heriot-Watt School of Textiles & Design, formerly the Scottish College of Textiles, has become a centre of excellence. With a reputation for innovative education, enterprise, leading-edge design and technology researchers, the impact and financial benefit of Heriot-Watt’s research on economic development to Scotland and the UK is a proud achievement.
Offering the best design and production facilities for textiles and fashion in the UK – a unique point of difference in its offer – its honorary graduates include Jasper Conran, Bruce Oldfield, Mary Portas and Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Creating an inspiring hub for learning and development in the town, the main Borders College campus sits alongside the School of Textiles & Design, and as a result of a multi-million-pound ground-breaking project, provides a unique learning and teaching environment.