The Scottish Government is to build 12 extra schools under the Schools for the Future programme
An £80m investment, brought forward in last week’s budget, will be used to fund the facilities, which are estimated to benefit 26,000 pupils.
The programme is set to build 67 new schools by March 2018, with a budget of £1.25bn. The £80m is being made available by savings made by the Scottish Futures Trust.
We need to do more to get more shovels into the ground right now – not in 18 months’ time.
Scottish Building Federation CEO Michael Levack
Scottish education secretary Michael Russell said school accommodation was “vital” to the government’s education plans.
“The first two phases of Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme are already lifting thousands of pupils out of poor quality buildings.”
“This is also fantastic news for Scotland’s construction sector. By identifying all 30 schools now, we can get the projects moving and offer some certainty to one of Scotland’s key industries, providing a welcome boost to our economic recovery.”
Mr Russell announced the list while visiting Newbattle community high school in Midlothian.
Construction on the following schools is expected to begin within the next 18 months:
- Aberdeen City Council – new secondary to replace Torry and Kincorth Academies
- Aberdeenshire Council – Alford Community Campus
- Angus Council – Forfar Academy
- East Renfrewshire Council – Barrhead High School
- Fife Council – New secondary to replace Buckhaven and Kirkland High Schools
- Highland Council – Inverness Royal Academy
- Midlothian Council – Newbattle High School*
- Moray Council – Elgin High School*
- North Lanarkshire Council – Greenfaulds High School
- Scottish Borders Council – Kelso High School
- Shetland Islands Council – Anderson High School
- South Ayrshire Council – Marr College
Midlothian council leader Bob Constable described the investment as “excellent news” and “a catalyst for regeneration”.
“In the months and years to come, we will be looking at reviewing the facilities we hope to provide from the new school site and will undertake consultation as you would expect at that point.”
The other schools listed for the next wave of development are:
- Argyll & Bute Council – Oban High School
- City of Edinburgh Council – St John’s Primary School
- Clackmannanshire Council – Craigbank Primary School
- Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – New Primary School in North Uist
- Dumfries & Galloway Council – Crichton 15+ secondary school
- Dundee City Council – Baldragon Academy
- East Ayrshire Council – New secondary to replace Kilmarnock and James Hamilton Academies
- East Dunbartonshire Council – New primary school
- Falkirk Council – Carrongrange ASN School
- Glasgow City Council – Garscadden Primary School
- Inverclyde Council – St Patrick’s Primary School (refurb)
- North Ayrshire Council – New secondary to replace Ardrossan and Auchenharvie Academies
- Perth & Kinross Council – New secondary school
- Renfrewshire Council – New ASN school
- South Lanarkshire Council – New primary to replace Halfmerke Primary School and West Mains ASN school
- Stirling Council – St Ninian’s Primary School
- West Dunbartonshire Council – Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School
- West Lothian Council – West Calder High School (refurb)
The Scottish Building Federation welcomed the announcement, but added that more needed to be done to stimulate the sector in the short term.
SBF CEO Michael Levack said: “It’s worth noting that this funding has been accelerated into the 2014-15 budget so will have no impact on spending over the next financial year. Given how badly construction firms are suffering at the moment, we need to do more to get more shovels into the ground right now – not in 18 months’ time.”