Funding to rebuild Arbroath schools

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More than 800 pupils in Angus Council are set to benefit from three new primary schools, the First Minister confirmed today (Monday).

Angus Council will receive a share of a £230 million investment to rebuild Hayshead, Muirfield and Ladyloan Primary Schools.

Hayshead, Muirfield and Ladyloan Primary Schools are three of 19 schools across Scotland to receive funding as part of the final phase of the £1.8 billion ‘Schools for the Future’ programme. The 19 new projects announced will take the overall number of schools being delivered across Scotland to 112.

Since the Schools for the Future programme began it has created an estimated 11,000 construction jobs and 230 apprenticeships.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement today at Queen Margaret Academy in South Ayrshire.

The First Minister said: “This government is working hard to improve educational standards across the country to make sure that every child in Scotland has the ability to achieve their potential. Part of that is making sure children have the right physical environment to learn in.

“Today’s announcement is fantastic news for Angus. The new Hayshead, Muirfield and Ladyloan Primary Schools will be fantastic, modern buildings that pupils, teachers and the whole community will enjoy for generations to come.

“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 per cent.

“In addition to the educational benefits of the new school, it will also provide a boost to the local economy, creating many construction jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.”

Angus Council’s finance convener Councillor Alex King said: “I am very pleased by today’s announcement. We want young people in Angus to be educated in learning facilities that are fit for the 21st century. We have ambitious plans in place to replace or refurbish all Arbroath Primary Schools over a 10-year period. The investment announced today will help Angus Council realise those plans within a shorter timescale.”

Gemma Boggs, schools programme director at Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), stated: “Today’s announcement builds on the huge progress SFT has made managing the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme.

“We are working with all local authorities to achieve the very best value for the investment in their new schools which will be of benefit to thousands of pupils across Scotland, whilst also supporting many local SMEs when construction starts.”