Newton Stewart teen from Royal Blind School heading for success after reaching the final of a prestigious Scottish Education Award

Posted: 05/06/2010 |

A NEWTON Stewart man is aiming for success after reaching the final of a prestigious Scottish education award. Derick Locke, 19, helps to run Vera’s Café at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh – and the team is bidding to triumph against two other finalists from the mainstream education sector in the Entrepreneurial Learning Award category. The winning school will be named at The Scottish Education Awards at a ceremony in Glasgow later this month. All the pupils who take part in the non profit-making cafe are blind or visually impaired and many have additional support needs.

They are aged 12-19, and carry out a number of duties including baking, waiting on tables, taking money, cashing up and banking as well doing as their own laundry, cleaning and gardening. Derick plays several roles at the café, including serving, cashing up and baking. He was also a driving force behind an Italian theme day, which developed when the school helped him to take his love of languages a step further. Derick said: "I really enjoy working in the café. The Blind School has a far greater understanding of the blind and visually impaired than mainstream schools have.

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