Larbert head boy returns to finish the job

Fraser, on the right, with Sir Chris Hoy and last year's depute head boy Andrew Lauder, is volunteering at Larbert High
Fraser, on the right, with Sir Chris Hoy and last year's depute head boy Andrew Lauder, is volunteering at Larbert High
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Most pupils count down the days until they can leave school behind for the last time and never look back - but not Fraser Johnston.

Despite leaving Larbert High in the summer, the former head boy is volunteering at the school and overseeing the project he founded.

Fraser (17) came up with the Captains’ Challenge, launched last year. It brought seven Scottish athletes to the school and inspired 1200 pupils to complete personal challenges. Last week hurdler Eilidh Child delivered a workshop to students and the teenager hopes to continue building on the boost sport has provided.

The part-time lifeguard, who hopes to study medicine next year, said: “I considered coming back to school throughout sixth year, I just felt there was unfinished business here and projects I wanted to see out.”

Fraser is working towards a youth achievement award, as well as promoting the work done with Larberts twinned school in South Africa and working as a Tryst Sports Club young hub leader.

Rector Jon Reid is thrilled Fraser is back in the corridors of Larbert High. He said: “I was delighted when Fraser suggested coming back to volunteer. He is one of the most outstanding head boys I have come across throughout my entire career and is a real asset to the school.”

As a result, Larbert High is now putting in place a leadership programme that will allow students to do their gap year at the school and boost their university application.

Mr Reid said: “We promote positive destinations at Larbert High and there is a lot we could do to help our young people get where they want to be. Fraser’s post is just the start.”