Academy is 
all set for a crucial upgrade

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Arbroath Academy looks set for a £850,000 makeover to bring the school estate in line with the requirements for the Curriculum for Excellence.

Members of Angus Council’s corporate services committee were yesterday (Thursday) asked to approve the alterations, which will be funded by the schools and learning programme of the updated general fund financial plan.

If approved, it is hoped the project could go out to tender at the end of the year, with work starting next March and being completed by August 2014.

In a report by the authority’s strategic director of communities Alan McKeown, he explains that the new curriculum requires an overhaul of the school building to incorporate a more flexible learning environment with more teaching space.

He notes: “The new curriculum requires a far more flexible learning and teaching environment than the traditional modular classroom model can provide.

“As part of the Curriculum for Excellence model education have identified 
Arbroath Academy as requiring significant building 
works to fully meet the teaching challenges raised.

“The alterations to Arbroath Academy will allow for larger teaching spaces to be made available to the school. This will increase flexibility of use and provide spaces for collaborative learning as well as for the more traditional learning model.”

The proposals would see the re-location of several of the school’s department with alterations to a block of classrooms to create a new expressive arts and music suite.

There will also be a new library and research facility in the A block, while B block could be set for a new technology suite and workshops.

C block will eventually accommodate the social sciences department, and when all work is complete the Brunton Block will be demolished at a later stage.

Mr McKeown added: “The overall project comprises internal alterations to Arbroath Academy to allow for the relocation of various departments to create flexible teaching spaces, rewiring of B block and the subsequent demolition of the Brunton Block.

“The internal alterations include stripping out classrooms, builder work, joiner work, plumber work, heating work, ventilation work, electrical work, relocation of technical equipment, suspended ceilings, floor coverings and redecoration work as required.”