Our School Community
Sound School has various links with the local and the wider Shetland community through educational visits, enterprise projects and links to the world of work. Visits from those with a particular specialised knowledge or local business people are a useful addition to the topic work done in class. Excursions to complement the project work helps reinforce teaching through personal experience. Pictures and articles written by pupils on special visitors (and sometimes they have more than two legs!) or excursions can be viewed on "Our School" page, and by selecting the year groups on the left.
There are two large primary schools in Lerwick. At the end of P7, pupils from both primary schools move onto the Anderson High School, which provides eduction up to sixth year (http://www.anderson.shetland.sch.uk). We have very good transition and curricular links with the High School, with the joint overall aim of ensuring the move from primary to secondary education goes as smoothly as possible.
The Wider Community
Shetland is made up of over 100 islands, just 15 of them inhabited. The population is approximately 22,000 of which 7,500 live in the main town of Lerwick. Historically the town was an unofficial market place for fishing fleets and today much industry is still focused around the harbour. Shetland enjoyed prosperity, largely in the fishing and oil industries, during the latter part of the the 20th century and this has contributed to excellent leisure and recreation facilites throughout the islands. In Lerwick you will find a sports centre and swimming pool, a theatre, a library, a recently opened museum and a range of shops and two supermarkets. There is also a hospital and a health centre in the town.
Travel links between Shetland and the Scottish mainland are good with a daily ferry service linking Lerwick and Aberdeen. There are also regular sailings to Kirkwall in Orkney. Daily air services operate between Sumburgh and the major Scottish cities. There is also a twice weekly air service to Stansted in the summer months. Useful links for travel information and what you can do in our islands are:
www.visitshetland.com tourist information
www.flybe.com for information about flights
www.atlantic.fo for information about flights between Shetland, Faroe Islands and Stansted
www.northlinkferries.co.uk for information about ferries between Lerwick, Kirkwall and Aberdeen