AN Inverkeithing barber has taken on a West Fife student and is hoping to do the same for other pupils in the area. 

Kate McQuillan of Divit Barbers on the High Street already offers a range of training options out of her cutting-edge training school, KM Hair Academy, but after a local high school reached out for help she is hoping to expand. 

She told the Press: "The high school contacted me about a pupil that just wasn't engaging, they had been down to a salon but they absolutely hated what they were doing because it was all hairdressing and not barbering. 

"They contacted me and asked me if I would take them on full time, as in the full academic year."

Dunfermline Press: Divit Barbers where the academy will be based.

For three days a week, the pupil comes into Kate's barber shop and learns the trade. And there's been a big improvement. 

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She continued: "This is week five and I think that they're doing amazing. I'm very pleased with their progress and I think it's because they're enjoying it."

This was all made possible thanks to the Raymond Fernie Foundation - a charity set up in memory of Mr Fernie to support young people as they move from secondary school education into work, apprenticeships and further study - which is sponsoring the pupil's studies. 

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And Kate doesn't want to stop there, she wants schools across West Fife to know that she can help. 

She added: "The reason I want this out there is so that other schools know that we're doing this and that it can be done.

"If there's somebody that's really not engaging and this is something that they want to do, then bring them along."

If you have someone who you think could benefit from this programme, get in touch with Kate by emailing