19 Schools To Benefit From £230m Upgrade Plan

Details of 19 schools to benefit from a £230 million construction plan have been unveiled by the First Minister.

The investment, confirmed by Nicola Sturgeon, is part of the final phase of the £1.8 billion Schools for the Future programme.

The latest stage of the project will take the overall number of schools being rebuilt or refurbished under the programme to 112.

Ministers said more than 6,500 pupils are set to benefit from the latest upgrade plans, which should see the 19 schools completed by March 2020.

The announcement was confirmed as the First Minister travelled to South Ayrshire to meet pupils and teachers at Queen Margaret Academy, one of the buildings set to be replaced.

The new building will include a supported learning centre for up to 50 young people with complex learning needs.

Ms Sturgeon said: "We are 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 that children have the right physical environment to learn in. This ambitious plan will replace older schools across the country with new, modern buildings that will bring benefits to the whole community.''

John McDowall, depute leader of South Ayrshire Council, said he was delighted that Queen Margaret Academy has been included in the programme.

The 18 other schools to be rebuilt or refurbished across the country are Inverurie Academy in Aberdeenshire; Hayshead Primary, Muirfield Primary and Ladyloan Primary in Angus; Abercromby Primary in Clackmannanshire; St Agatha's Primary in East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian's Wallyford Primary; Queensferry Community High in Edinburgh; Mariner Support Service in Falkirk; Glasgow's Blairdardie Primary and Carntyne Primary; Alness Academy in the Highlands; Kilmacolm Primary, Inverclyde; Lossiemouth High in Moray; Cumbernauld Academy and Burnside Primary in Lanarkshire; Renfrewshire's St Fergus Primary; and St Margaret's Primary in Stirling.

Ms Sturgeon said ministers have exceeded the target set in 2009 for improving school buildings around the country.

"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,'' she said.

"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%.

"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.''

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