West Mainland Leisure Centre is one of eight dotted across Shetland, used by schools and the wider community. With primary, junior high and high schools around the islands, classes sizes tend to be small, and the standard of education is high.
“I feel so lucky that there are no concerns about having to apply for schools or worrying about where you have to live to get into a good school. The boys will be able to stay at the Aith school until 4th year, and after that they can choose to go to Lerwick to the Anderson High. Both schools are excellent and I feel really confident about their education.”
Having gone through Shetland’s school system herself and completed much of the practical elements of her medical training in the islands, both at the Gilbert Bain Hospital and in primary care settings, Jacqueline believes there’s nowhere better.
“Doing my training here meant I was secure in my location, without the need for long commutes or having to move house. There is a lot more stability than there is for trainees on the mainland. That definitely helps. The benefit of working in Shetland is that you get well known within the medical community by the time you finish training.
“You develop a lot of professional relationships. You know the consultants in the hospital. You have worked in the hospital, which I think makes it easier to have professional conversations once you’re working in different areas.”