Most country towns and country people put a high value on education, and Duns is no exception. Despite the problems faced by the continual movement from farm to farm of the working population, the people always wanted better opportunities for their children than they themselves had had. So it is that we find a history of excellent education in the Duns area.
In the mid 1860's there were 3 Private Schools, 3 Boarding Schools, a Free Church School and the Parish School. In addition, there was an Industrial School, which took place in the evenings, to 'educate the young who cannot attend school during the day'. This was supported by voluntary subscriptions. It had three teachers - two male and one female.
Today there is the Berwickshire High School, Duns Primary School and the Duns Campus of Borders College.