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Schools for the Future

Published: 26 Aug 2018 10:30
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Education

Three key milestones met in one week.

More 'Schools for the Future' will open this week, giving thousands of pupils state of the art facilities to learn in.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney will attend the official topping out of Inverurie Community Campus in Aberdeenshire before officially opening Dalbeattie High School and St Joseph's College in Dumfries and Galloway.

All three projects are part of the Scottish Government's ambitious £1.8 billion Schools for the Future programme which began in 2009 and will see more than 117 new schools delivered throughout Scotland.

The Deputy First Minister said:

"We want all of our learners to have access to state of the art facilities that young people want to learn in and parents and staff can be proud of.

"These three new schools provide innovative and inspirational learning facilities that can make a real difference to educational outcomes.

"Through our £1.8 billion Schools for the Future Programme we are delivering at least one new school project in every local authority in Scotland with 117 schools constructed or refurbished by March 2020."

Background

  • Inverurie Community Campus received £25.6 million of funding under Scotland's Schools for the Future programme; Dalbeattie High School received £7.8 million and St Joseph's College received £8.3 million.
  • The £1.8 billion Scotland's Schools for the Future programme involves £1.13 billion of Scottish Government funding with local authorities contributing £665 million.
  • 95 schools have been completed and are operational.
  • 18 schools are currently in construction.
  • 4 schools are in development and will commence construction this year.
  • The proportion of schools being reported as in good or satisfactory condition has increased from 61% to 86% since 2007.
  • A new school project is being delivered in every local authority area in Scotland.