Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed £230m of funding for 19 new and refurbished schools by 2020.
Scottish school building programme moves to final phase
The funding will complete the second wave of school projects to be brought forward in the fourth and final phase of Scotland’s Schools for the Future Programme.
At the October 2014 budget, The Scottish Government revealed it planned to release £330m for this final fourth phase, bringing total investment for the programme to £1.8bn.
A £100m pot of this was announced in June 2014 with the next £230m now being released to support the final upgrade push.
The 19 schools to be rebuilt or refurbished are…
- Aberdeenshire – Inverurie Academy
- Angus – Hayshead Primary School, Muirfield Primary School and Ladyloan Primary School
- Clackmannanshire – Abercromby Primary School
- East Dunbartonshire – St Agatha’s Primary School
- East Lothian – Wallyford Primary School
- Edinburgh – Queensferry Community High School
- Falkirk – Mariner Support Service
- Glasgow – Blairdardie Primary School and Carntyne Primary School
- Highland – Alness Academy
- Inverclyde – Kilmacolm Primary School
- Moray – Lossiemouth High School
- North Lanarkshire – Cumbernauld Academy
- Renfrewshire – St Fergus Primary School
- South Ayrshire – Queen Margaret Academy
- South Lanarkshire – Burnside Primary School
- Stirling – St Margaret’s Primary School
The First Minister said: “We had planned to build or refurbish 55 schools across Scotland, these new schools now take the total to 112 – more than double our original target.
“Since 2007, we have worked with local authorities to rebuild or refurbish 607 schools, resulting in the number of children educated in ‘poor’ or ‘bad’ condition schools falling by 60%.
She added: “This infrastructure investment programme has already generated an estimated 11,000 construction jobs and 230 apprenticeship placements. Now as these further developments begin construction we will see a further boost to the economy right across the country.”